January 3rd, 2008
10:15 AM ET
10 years ago

Richardson on Iraq

 Watch Bill Richardson on American Morning Thursday.

Watch Bill Richardson on American Morning Thursday.

(CNN) - Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson touted his own foreign policy experience Thursday morning while diminishing that of his democratic rivals.

“I’m the one that is the most consistent,” says Richardson. The Iraq war “is the fundamental issue here in Iowa and so all of these candidates are now shifting to my position.”

Watch the entire interview with American Morning’s John Roberts.

–CNN's Emily Sherman

soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Kate, Aurora CO

    Richardson supports amnesty for the over 20 million people in this country illegally. Any candidate who supports any form of amnesty and not enforcing our laws, will never have my vote. If he is willing to bend the rules for this, what else is he willing to do behind closed doors? He does not have the interest of the American people, he has the interest of the corporations that exploit the illegals and the illegals who think they are above our laws.

    January 3, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Fred Jax,FL

    Does Mr. Richardson honestly believe that because he has some foreign policy experience, he would be able to convince the terrorists to stop hating democracy and quit trying to kill Americans? Please, lets jump back into reality shall we? Cut and run, admit defeat, stick your head in the sand and just hope the terrorists don't try to kill anyone, anywhere ever again. Nice fantasy....errrr policy. And Mr. Richardson is proud of this stance, and better, wants to be president??? Good luck.

    January 3, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Chris

    CNN Sucks

    January 3, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Chris

    CNN still sucks.

    January 3, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Chris

    Time to lobby for the reinstatement of the fairness doctrine.

    January 3, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Brandon

    Richardson's Iraq plan IS total crap.

    If we leave Iraq in the fashion that he and Edwards are proposing, the entire Middle East is going to go straight down the toilet. If the Shi'ites in Iraq get the opportunity to start ethnically cleansing the Sunnis, it will spiral into a major regional conflict involving every single Muslim country. And we'll be right back in it, because the Jews will be scared out of their dreidels at all the warring going on around it.

    It's why I'm a Biden man. Because I don't want the world to fall apart ... yet ...

    January 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Hillary supporter (need to ask...because I don't know of a single one)

    does her stance (or non-stance) on issues such as licensing illegals bother you?

    does the fact that she calls the war in Iraq "Bushs War" – when she voted for war in Iraq (don't believe me...look up the Senate video on YouTube) – then she will talk about "all the money the Republicans wasted in Iraq" – when in fact she voted for war funding each and every time....

    Does it bother you that she advocates a socialist healthcare system (when the wealthy of those same countries come here for treatment....proving that system is broken)

    Does it bother you that she is running on the exact same message as her mentor Saul Alinsky (she wrote her thesis paper on him....that her college "locked" up with a "we won't release the these paper of a sitting first lady" when her husband was in office....) – and come to find out.....he was a grassroots Marxist....

    you guys baffle me

    January 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. Mati

    Iraq is a consensus for all candidates. The exit strategy is a detail.

    Regarding Mr. Richardson, I am very disappointed about the rumour that he would sent his supporters to Obama camp instead of letting them decide on their vote.

    I start to be totally disappointed by how Iowa caucus goes: Republicans and Independents who register as Democrats just to change voting outcomes, deals about giving out supporters...

    I thought Iowa caucus was supposed to test voters' choices based on these face-to-face meetings with candidates that are more difficult to happen in bigger states. Influencing results by deals and forced changes in the composition of the electorate does not serve the purpose to have this Iowa caucus.

    And sorry to tell this now, but Obama is the promoter of both strategies that alter the democratic process and scope of the Iowa caucus.

    January 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  9. Jim in Orlando, FL

    I am a staunch conservative who believes Bill Richardson to be a good man, and a capable politician and Governor. I won't be voting for him, and disagree with his Iraq plan, but he does have a track record of being pragmatic, relatively non-partisan, and getting things done. He is far more capable of a politician and legislator than Hillary.

    January 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. william hauser

    Immigration, immigration, immigration, immigration, the media and the washington boys just don,t get it, the people of this country are not going to let this issue go away and the one's that go against the people will pay the price of losing their do-nothing jobs in wonderland washington dc –

    January 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. johnE



    January 3, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  12. Tom Johnson

    Heh JohnE,
    Is your last name McCarthy? And have you ever ventured out from the confines of your trailer park?

    January 3, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. threeriverscrossing, Raleigh, North Carolina

    Deportation is the responsibility of the Federal government and laws are already in place to to protect the borders and deport illegal residents, however, under this Republican administration in the last seven years has failed to up hold the laws of the land to the dismay of their party and the country as a whole. Others will just spin the issue without a history of results or experience.

    Now Governor Richardson's position has always been for securing our border with Mexico and his action speaks louder than words when he called for Federal emergency help to just that. Not once has anyone ever heard Gov Richardson state that he is for 100% instant amnesty for all illegal aliens. Governor Richardson has stated clearly that he is for a legal immigration process with standards for new immigrants such as passing a background checks, speaking and writing English, understanding the American culture as part of the process of citizenship required under the laws of the land. These public statements by Richardson are well documented and in response to the question how to deal with the 10 million illegals in the country. They are pragmatic and fair.

    I agree with the Richardson's Plan on illegal immigration, that more manpower, technology, national ID verification card, enforcing the laws of our nation, and diplomatic agreements to end illegal immigration are far more effective to solve the root cause of the problem which in return, will invoice the taxpayer a much lower rate than building a fence and life time of upkeep. A fence only puts a band-aid on the problem. By the time the fence is completed across our Southern border, the illegals will find an alternate route into the United States. Secondly, Richardson has stated on many occasions that Mexico must share the responsibility of securing their side of the border and doing more to help their own people in economic terms and this is at the root cause of the problem.

    Governor Richardson has the diplomacy skills and know how, familarity with the region and issues, and speak the language to ensure success in this area more so than any other candidates from either party.

    January 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. AJ, IL

    To....JJ, of Cleveland, OH

    I like my president to be intelligent, thoughtful and have charisma. All this B.S. about experience and being Commander-In-Chief is disturbing. Only about 3 presidents in the history of the US have had distinguished military careers in which they deserve the title Commander-In-Chief. The other 37+ presidents did other things besides serve a lot of time in military.

    Your president should be able to motivate you for a better America. It doesn't matter if president is John McCain, Barack Obama, or Bloomberg, they all would get there military information and recommendations from the same military commanders.

    Most of the candidates have some good ideas on doing this or that, but if have been in Washington for over 20+ years and haven't gotten those good ideas done as a senator or representative then how would it change if they become president? You still have to work with a Congress.

    January 3, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. threeriverscrossing, Raleigh, North Carolina

    Others may be impressed by polish and shine but I am impressed by results.

    January 3, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. Ben

    I'm surprised by how many tart-tongued and nasty things some folks have to say about Bill Richardson in this comment thread. Although I will never vote republican and have serious differences in regards to many of the republican candidates' positions on issues, I would never so so low as to, for example, talk about how one of their candidates talks like he's 'retarded.' Not only is that offensive and of no taste, it is a prime example of how we as Americans need to spend more time listening and educating ourselves. Sure, you have the right to free speech, but I am also of the mind that we have one of two choices: 1. Be nay-sayers and block progress from actualizing itself in our public policy, OR 2. Allow ideas that differ from ours into serious and considerate dialogue. Some are so 'hip to judge' and are contributing nothing but cynical and banal minutia that offers nothing more than isolating division among all of us who want to have positive affects on the world.

    January 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. julie

    Ben is right, I think all the candidates of either party are decent folks, they all just have different ideas of where they want to take this country. I just want the best candidate with the most experience in foreign affairs and getting bi-partisan legislation passed more then once, I also want a candidate who has a exit strategy for this war that makes sense. I am also looking for a candidate who doesn't just have campaign slogans of change or experience, I want a candidate who has proved himself to be a leader and a record of backing it up. I looked at all the candidates and Joe Biden stood out and he has my vote.

    January 3, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. threeriverscrossing, Raleigh, North Carolina

    Our country is at a crossroad. It is true that many of Americans believe we should have a long term occupation of Iraq region as the only way to get stability. But some fundamental questions must be asked about such a long term occupation. Did we not come to liberate the Iraq people or did we come to occupy and dominate them as greater vision to empower American interest in the Middle East? If it is the latter, then we lied to the world about liberation of Iraq.

    Now who will pay this long term war debt and occupation for Iraq? Today, Americans as a whole, who support the Iraq occupation have not stepped up to the plate to purchase U.S. Patriot Series EE Bonds. The purchase of U.S. Patriot Series EE Bonds are all historic low considering we are at war, but the Chinese and Iranian governments to date have taken this opportunity to purchase our debt as it grows with our war effort in Iraq.

    Richardson is correct, we must shift our role from occupier to meditator and pursue our long term American interest for security and stability with foresight. Richardson is pragmatic, visionary, and a achiever outside the conventional box of Washington and New York mind set which is at the root of our political and fiduciary misjudgments.

    Suggestion, If you support the Iraq War or the American occupation of Iraq, then purchase U.S. Patriot Series EE Bonds and stop free loading political ideology on the taxpayer.

    January 3, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
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