September 5th, 2007
04:45 PM ET
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Richardson to bloggers: ‘I make no apologies’

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, 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 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

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Iowa • South Carolina
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Bob, Long Beach, CA

    Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire only have extra significance because it has been given to them not because they are any more important then New York, California, or Florida....

    September 5, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Henry, Tucker GA

    I'm a conservative but I'm really starting to feel for Bill Richardson. He's getting kicked pretty hard by his party – a "buffoon"?

    It's rather bleak when politicians that speak honestly (McCain, Richardson, Kucinich, etc) get marginalized and the "players" (Hillary, Guiliani) get the attention and money.

    September 5, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Cary - Lowell, IN

    Bill's a good guy. He knows the wisdom of not raising taxes. Too bad he will get lost in the shuffle because the Breck Girl, Osama and Hillary Rotten are larger than life and will dazzle the masses with their slick politicking.

    September 5, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Jerry, Chicago, IL

    Moulitsas once again demonstrates how tone deaf he can be. There is a single candidate who stands out in this campaign as a buffoon, and it's not Richardson. It's Marcos's favorite [...]: John "the Silky Pony" Edwards.

    He is in a league of his own when it comes to ridiculous statements and policy pronouncements.

    September 5, 2007 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Orrel, Lexington, MA

    I am not sure richardson understands bloggers=people and people=voters. So richardson you're going to need to care.

    September 5, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Betty, Palm Beach FL

    What a clown. If Richardson really cared about voters, he would never have gotten involved with politics.

    September 5, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Steve, Ithaca, NY

    You do realize that if Bush or some other conservative had made a statement like Richardson's, it would be wall-to-wall coverage, 24/7 about the theocracy and seperation of church and state.

    September 5, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. TiredofKos

    Good for Richardson! Kos and such need to realize that they're pitching opinion and not always is their opinion correct.

    Note the articles that get slapped up on DKos and then magically disappear from time to time.

    September 5, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  9. Querent Cheyenne, WY

    OK, fair enough, Mr Richardson. You don't want to apologize, no sweat. You are probably 4th or 5th on the wish list of most progressives, so you don't owe the bloggers or the commenters anything. They weren't going to vote for you anyway. Oh, and by the way. I'm reliably informed that God's country is somewhere west of Iowa.

    September 5, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. Mara, Dallas GA

    well, there's one more candidate off my list of "might vote for". The last thing we need to do is replace a right-wing Christianist President with a left-wing Christianist.

    Thank goodness it's a long election lead-in. More chances for these folks to fall out of 'character' and let us see the REAL person behind the personae.

    September 6, 2007 06:21 am at 6:21 am |