July 18th, 2007
04:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Richardson tells congress to ‘stand up’ in new ad

Richardson call on Congress to end the Iraq war in his latest ad.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson calls on members of Congress to “stand up to the president” to end the Iraq war, in a new television ad that began airing Wednesday in Iowa.

"Congress must stand up to a president who has put our brave military men and women in an impossible situation refereeing a civil war,” Richardson, a Democratic presidential hopeful, says in the ad. “Our troops are targets - viewed as occupiers. If George Bush doesn't get them out, as President, Bill Richardson will.”

Five of Richardson’s rivals for the Democratic nomination are currently members of Congress – Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

Richardson, whose chief rivals enjoy considerably higher name recognition, has already run several ads in the early voting states - most of which promote the New Mexico governor’s lengthy resume.

In the latest CNN/WMUR-TV poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire, Richardson finds himself running third at 9 percent among Granite State Democratic primary votes, behind Clinton with 36 percent and Obama with 27 percent.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Iowa
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Brian, San Diego CA

    Bill is the only one qualified in this party to 'govern' and that makes him the only legitimate candidate. All the others are either political pundits OR campaign funding whores.

    Of course, he's not leading in the polls because not enough have heard of him and his accomplishments as a Democrat.

    If he can hold on long enough for the field to narrow to 3, he's very viable.

    July 18, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Robert Griffith, East Peoria, IL

    I am at a loss in understanding how Congress has completely and totally abdicated their responsibility in determining the course of this nation’s behavior as it relates to foreign relations. Only Congress has the power to declare war. If that is true, then Congress also has the power to declare peace.

    We are engaged in a conflict in Iraq largely dictated by special interests that want to establish or maintain some control over the world’s oil supply. Cut it any way you want, the truth of this statement is obvious to anyone with a modicum of common sense. And President Bush is completely unabashed in his determination to toady to those interests. We are in Iraq because there is a perceived financial advantage to corporate interests for being there. Some have suggested that the actions of these special interests have, indeed, created much of the animosity that exists today toward America. History will eventually judge the truth of this, but logic certainly lends credibility.

    The rhetoric from Democratic Senators and Representatives rails against these policies, yet nothing changes. I hold Democrat and Republican Senators and Representatives equally responsible for this travesty. To all of our elected representatives: step up to your responsibilities and do what you know needs to be done and return some semblance of control of our future to the American people.

    I have a son now finishing his education and entering adulthood. His motivations, based on his observations of the state of this nation, are to search for someplace else in the world that can provide a better social and political structure than we have in America. Shame on you!

    July 18, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Ok Bill – how about we use your TV spot as a litmus for the "Retreat Now" crowd. The percentage of votes you receive in the primaries will be a direct indicator as to the support level for "Retreat Now" message.

    We'll all be watching to see how well you and your message play.

    July 18, 2007 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Think of elections as a process in which voters sit on the Board of Directors of America, Inc., with a fiduciary duty to select the most qualified person for the most important executive job on Earth. Do you want a mysterious Mormon or an average actor; a greenhorn Harvard lawyer or a wife of a perjurer and philanderer; or a seasoned governor, diplomat and negotiator? Talk about no-brainer. Too bad that's not how most people elect Presidents.

    July 18, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Gee Jeff, shouldn't that be "diplomat" "of a perjurer and philanderer"?
    I think your post is clearly biased in your support of Bill.

    July 19, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    I like him personally and some of his ideas and his experience is vast, but he is for illegal immigration and therefore will not get a sniff of the presidency.

    July 19, 2007 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Anonymous

    He wants people to stand up so we can get a better view of the illegals coming across the border when he opens the flood gates.

    July 20, 2007 01:50 am at 1:50 am |