(CNN) - Bill Richardson told CNN Tuesday that his Democratic presidential opponents had more “charisma,” but that once voters start to weigh in “I’m gonna shock the world.”
“People who are voting, they want someone to bring them together they’re inspired by. Somebody that can resolve problems,” said Richardson. “And I’m gonna do well, you watch. I’m gonna shock the world as we move into these early primaries.”
The New Mexico governor is running well behind Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards in most early-voting states, registering the single digits in most surveys.
“I think this race is about who can bring this country together, who has the most experience,” Richardson told CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux. He said he’d asked voters to “not look at the candidates on not who has the most money, or the most charisma, or who was the best political pedigree, but who can change this country and give it hope. You need experience, you need a record and that is why I'm running.”
Richardson also cited his foreign policy experience, which has been a cornerstone of his presidential run. “I think I can negotiate a resolution to the Iraqi issue with diplomacy, not with force. And that’s what I think I bring to the table.”
Asked by Malveaux what his New Year’s resolution was, Richardson said it was the same as every year: “Lose weight,” adding, “I lose it a little at the start of the year, but then at the end of the year it comes back. But you know, in a campaign you just can’t lose weight. Because you’re eating, you’re tense, people give you things to eat - you can’t turn them down or you lose votes.”
- CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand