January 8th, 2008
03:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Richardson sets his sights low in the Granite State

Watch Bill Richardson discuss his presidential campaign.

Watch Bill Richardson discuss his presidential campaign.

(CNN) – Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson sought to lower expectations Tuesday as New Hampshire primary voters headed to the polls.

Just a few days after he told reporters he was looking for a third-place finish in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary, the New Mexico governor told CNN’s Heidi Collins that “a respectable fourth” would also be a kind of victory for his underdog campaign. No matter where he finishes, Richardson is looking forward to Nevada’s caucuses, and to a number of western states that hold their primaries on February 5.

Watch Richardson discuss his rivals for the Democratic nomination, why he does not engage in negative campaigning, and whether he’s interested in being a vice presidential candidate.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart


Filed under: Bill Richardson • Nevada • New Hampshire • Primary Calendar
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Reminds me of those "Lowered Expectations" dating videos on MAD TV.....

    January 8, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, Diamond Bar CA

    Bill Richardson for Secretary of State

    January 8, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. David G Holmes

    Although he has a great resumé, I get heartily sick watching Governor Richardson defend, support and suck up to Mrs. Clinton.
    With only 2% or whatever in Iowa, I feel that anyone else would have gracefully withdrawn.
    I cannot work our whether he is perhaps staying in to suck up for a possible VP position as a running mate to Hilary (if he ingratiates himself sufficiently) or perhaps whether the DNC and/or Clinton campaign has promised him something like that or similar in her administration to stay in the race and support / defend her every step of the way.
    A neat strategy if that were true but I am afraid it still turns my stomach to watch such an otherwise seemingly qualified person ‘crawl’ like he does for Hilary

    January 8, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. andy

    we love you bill !! you tried its just not your time yet wait till after the put the fences up and then we can try again ! Im also latino and i knew that its not a brown thing this time:(

    January 8, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. David G Holmes

    Although he has a great resumé, I am extremely unhappy watching Governor Richardson continually defend & support Mrs. Clinton at every turn.
    With only 2% or whatever in Iowa, I feel that anyone else would have gracefully withdrawn.
    Although he denies looking to be Vice President, I cannot work our whether he is perhaps staying that position if Hilary wins.
    I do not know but perhaps the DNC and/or Clinton campaign has promised him something like in her administration to stay in the race and support / defend her every step of the way.
    A neat strategy if that were true but I am afraid it still upsets me to watch such an otherwise seemingly qualified person come to the defense of someone who is more than capable to defend herself and against his other colleagues like Obama and Edwards who are fighting for real change

    January 8, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. john williams san diego, ca.

    BILL, your expectations cannot get any lower even if you quit because your resume says former 'CLINTONISTA'....just as the bushes, the billary is only a piece of history.

    January 8, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. julie newmar

    bill richardson would help clinton MORE if he got out of her way by getting out of the race. If he wants to join forces with her, he is delusional because SHE IS SO OVER!

    January 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Maury Lubman

    Bill Richardson is the most qualified person to become president for many reasons. Experience!!! He was an Ambassador to the UN, Secretary of ENERGY Under CLINTONHe is internationally learned....which is so important. and to top it all..just as good guy too.
    I hope he might get VP

    January 8, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  9. brad

    David – how did he defend Clinton? Other than his quip at the debates about being civil, which could easily have been more in defense of Edwards than Clinton, what examples do you have? Any why the rumors of a deal to give his votes in Iowa to Obama, then, instead of Clinton? He just wants to stay positive, because that's the kind of person he is, and is hoping that people will get sick of the negative attacks and give his vast experience a second look.

    January 9, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |