(CNN) - Bill Richardson has made his extensive diplomacy experience a central theme of his campaign – but at Saturday night’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire, the former U.N. ambassador seemed to have a foreign policy flashback, promising to make “negotiations with the Soviet Union” one of his first priorities as president.
Moderator Charles Gibson had asked the candidates what they would do on the day after a nuclear weapon went off over an American city, and what they would have done to prevent it.
The Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991.
“It was a minor slip. He clearly meant Russia,” said Richardson spokesman Tom Reynolds.
–CNN's Shirley Zilberstein