October 22nd, 2007
02:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Richardson declares in new ad: I brought hostages home

Richardson is touting his experience in hostage negotiation in a new ad.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson is up with a new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire Monday that touts a hostage situation in Iraq "that then Congressman Richardson was called upon to defuse," the campaign said in a statement.

The 60-second ad, entitled "Only One," is a testimonial given by Bill Barloon and the late David Daliberti and wife Kathy Daliberti. Both Barloon and David Daliberti were hostages of Saddam Hussein in 1995.

"We were accused of being spies," David Daliberti said in the ad.

Barloon continued, "Then Congressman Richardson came and spoke with Saddam Hussein."

Richardson puts a twist on the traditional finish of campaign ads by closing with, "I'm Bill Richardson, and I am honored to approve this message."

Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Iowa • New Hampshire
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Seth, Minneapolis

    Didn't you get the memo, since we made iraq the 51st state, we just decided to go ahead and make every country in the world a state. Welcome to America, Mexico. And you're welcome.

    October 22, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. Kirt, Philadelphia, PA

    When you look closely at Governor Richardson's track record and his character (youtube some old daily show interviews if you must) I think it will be clear to most fair minded people that he's much more than veep material: he's the best candidate for President on either side of the ideological chasm.

    October 23, 2007 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  3. Steve, New York

    lol does he really think he has a chance in hell... really does he!

    October 23, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. Jayson, Beale AFB, CA

    Sorry Mr Richardson but you did not bring these hostages home. They were brought home because the Iraqis realized what a stupid mistake they had made and what consequences would follow if they did not correct that mistake.

    Were you by any chance responsible for the deal with the North Koreans under which they would stop building Nukes. Back when Billy Boy was president..

    October 23, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. Jayne Syracuse, NY

    Saddam gave the impression he was cooperating- but fooled everyone Richardson included? So he didn't send the hostages home with Richardson? Who did Richardson come home with? Impostors? Dopelgangers? I didn't know the late Mr. Hussein was a master of disguise. Do share with me the reputable source where you got such information. I'm sure Governor Richardson would love to know how you found out he was fooled into thinking he brought 2 people back with him...

    October 23, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
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