Bill Richardson campaigned across South Carolina on Wednesday.
FLORENCE, South Carolina (CNN) - At a campaign stop Wednesday at Horne's Country Buffet, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson struck back at prominent liberal blogs that yesterday called Richardson a "buffoon" and claimed the New Mexico governor is "not ready for prime time."
"Bloggers can say whatever they want, but I care about the voters," Richardson told CNN.
The blogs DailyKos and MyDD.com, both influential voices in Democratic politics, blasted Richardson after he said Iowa should be the first state in the nation to hold caucuses because of, among other justifications, "reasons related to the Lord."
After that comment hit the Web, Todd Beeton at MyDD.com wrote that "Richardson has demonstrated a keen ability to stick his foot in his mouth."
Markos Moulitsas at DailyKos wrote that "Richardson is really becoming the buffoon of this campaign."
"Bloggers say a lot of things. They are an important part of the democratic process," Richardson said. "But no, I didn't put my foot in my mouth. I stand by what I said. I make no apologies about it. Iowa is important, just like South Carolina and New Hampshire."
After his stop in Florence, Richardson headed to the annual meeting of the South Carolina AFL-CIO in McCormick, where he was the only presidential candidate to speak to union members.
- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby