January 7th, 2008
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Richardson: I have the experience to change

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Bill Richardson on CNN's American Morning Monday.

(CNN) - One day before the New Hampshire primary, democratic presidential contender Bill Richardson continues to tout his foreign policy experience in hopes of winning the support of New Hampshire’s undecided voters.

“What I say is, with Bill Richardson you get change and you get experience. You gotta have experience to change things. You gotta have a record. I’ve got a foreign policy record as U.N Ambassador as Energy Secretary, as a Governor,” says Richardson

Watch the entire interview with American Morning anchor John Roberts.

– CNN’s Emily Sherman


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  1. Independent

    I have to say, I'm not very impressed by the level of vitriol emanating from the proponents of "change."

    January 8, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  2. Jose Card - Independent

    Governor Richardson is the most qualified candidate of all Democrats.
    Too bad Democrats are fooled by fake promises of change.

    January 8, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  3. Julie in VT

    A quote from Paul Abrams, M.D., J.D, because I couldn't have said it any better myself:

    The Clinton campaign strategy apparently has been revamped to tell the American people that their criteria for judging for whom to vote is just wrong. Telling people they are wrong is not necessarily the best way to win friends and influence people, but their argument has another flaw: if you bought it, you would not vote for Hillary, you would vote for Bill Richardson.

    Here is Bill Clinton, campaigning in North Conway, N.H., sticking to the key word "change."

    "There's a difference between talk and action. It makes a big difference if you've actually changed people's lives, if it's the work of your life," the former president said.

    And Hillary: voters should elect "a doer, not a talker."

    Assessing the "Final Four" candidates for President, to whom can the Clintons be referring? The only person that truly fits THAT description is Bill Richardson, New Mexico Governor, former UN Ambassador, former Energy Secretary, and negotiator extraordinaire.

    James Carville, Bill Clinton's major advisor, called Richardson, "probably the most qualified person EVER to have run for President". But, he backs Hillary, so he must disagree with them that results matter more than talk.

    Bill Richardson has been eyeball-to-eyeball in negotiations with our fiercest enemies, and won, e.g., release of US hostages. Has Hillary? (Or Obama? Or Edwards?)

    North Korea's nuclear program poses a threat to world security. When North Korea decided it wanted to speak again to the US about a deal to relinquish its nuclear program, Hillary is correct when she says that they did not call Obama (or Edwards). But, they also did not call Hillary. They called Bill Richardson, invited him on a mission to recover American remains from the Korean War, which he accepted, and had to opportunity to grease-the-skids for the talks that appear to be headed to North Korea dismantling its nuclear program, if Bush et al. do not blow it again. Think of the implications for world peace. Consider how many times analogous situations might occur if Richardson were President of the United States.

    Or, consider domestic issues. Bill Richardson fought for and won settlements totaling in the BILLIONS of dollars for radiation safety workers that the federal government, Democrats and Republicans, had ignored fo 50 years. When Edwards won his legal cases, he personally took 33-40% of the settlement. Richardson took not a single dime. And, Hillary has done what, exactly, in this arena? So far as I know, she worked for the largest law firm in Little Rock.

    Richardson took a state that was 48th in economic growth and made it #6. He balanced the budget 5 times, cut taxes and increased investments in education and child health. Children now have healthcare in New Mexico, and all children can go to kindergarden. He even took junk food out of the schools. He made New Mexico the clean energy state, abiding by the Kyoto Treaty. How does Hillary measure up compared to this track record of delivering results that matter in peoples' lives.

    As indicated in "How Handlers Have Hurt Hillary", Hillary's main problem is authenticity. Sitting in the debate next to the most experienced person by far and touting your own experience over Obama's (and Edwards') is hardly the route to authenticity.

    January 8, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. threeriverscrossing, Raleigh, North Carolina

    It is interesting how some point the finger at Bill Richardson for the current rise in oil?

    Bill Richardson has not been Secretary of Energy for the last 7 years, what has the Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and Samuel Bodman been doing in the last 7 years?

    Bill Richardson actually negotiated with OPEC to raise oil production which resulted in lower prices during his tenure.

    The facts are Bill Richardson is not accountable for the current rise in oil prices, Secretary Bodman is, and the current Secretary of Energy, and who is part of an administration that believes in the free market.

    Pointing the finger at Bill Richardson for the current rise in oil price is lame and meaningless.

    January 8, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. brian

    Step aside American Idol, hello American Candidate! Only Bill Richardson has not only the skills and experience to create change, but the personality to bring people together. To bring home hostages. To negotiate with dictators like Saddam Hussein.

    Hillary said, "When North Korea wanted to talk to the U.S. about reliqueshing its nuclear program, they didn't call Obama". They didn't call Hillary, either! No, they in fact called Bill Richardson. Great article here:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-abrams/news-flash-clintons-back_b_80332.html

    January 8, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. Adam, Sacramento

    Teh fact that richardsons supporters can quote line and verse of policy success after success tells you who his percentage of support is from. Unfortunately wonks are a minority.

    On the fuel oil shortage people forgot to mention the usuing of the strategic oil reserve despite clintons commerce secretary arguing it wouldn't lower fuel oil rates to "LOWER" fuel oil rates for the northeast. Although they are ona different scale of high now.

    It's not like a secretary of energy can just decide to spend billions on clean energy "President Clinton" and his apparently co president Hillary would have had to press an energy bill and funding through congress to do that. Sure blame Richardson not Clinton for there being no energy revolution during Clinton's presidency. As secretary you can apparently expend funds and create incentive programs without congressional and presidential authorization.

    January 8, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
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