November 1st, 2007
06:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Iacocca 'just plain likes' Richardson

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca announced Thursday he's backing Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson for president, praising the New Mexico governor's "bold plans."

"Unlike others on the stump, he's offering bold plans, not just pandering talk," Iacocca said in a statement released by the Richardson campaign. "I like his jobs plan, his healthcare and energy plan, education plan and his plan to get us out of Iraq. I also just plain like the guy."

In the same statement, Richardson praised Iacocca as a man who "has lived the American dream."

"He went to school, worked hard, and, with a bit of luck, brought his creative ideas to fruition," Richardson added. "I am glad to have the support of such a legendary problem-solver."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Bill Richardson
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Daniel, NY

    In more news from New Mexico, Tom Udall is now inching back towards running for Senate after all - as Richardson apparently told him he is out for good. Link.

    November 1, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Henry Masters, VA


    November 1, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Wally McCorkle. Los Alamos, NM

    Richardson has started a Rail Runner project that is now incomplete and underfunded.

    He created a GRIP "Governor Richardson Improvement Projects" for Road improvements that is now under funded and suggestions are for major cuts in future road projects.

    There are suggestions for creating TOLL ROADS in New Mexico.

    We have a Drunk Driving Problem that is getting worse not better.

    Now he has suggested that we have a quasi "single payer" health insurance program that he can trot out as his health care proposal now he is running for President.

    He has yet to explain his "get out of "Iraq" plan other than I just "do it" in 6 months.

    We have school administrators that over rule teachers and give passing grades so graduation can take place.

    He created a tax cut program almost exactly like his predecessor Republican Governor tried to do for 3 years but could not get the Democrats to agree with.

    I am not sure what Lee "Mustang" Iacocca sees in Richardson.

    November 1, 2007 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Pres Watkinsville, GA

    Sounds like a real love fest. On the one hand, who cares what Iococca thinks? On the other, the opinions of business leaders are probably far more salient than the opinions of, say, Hollywood celebrities. (Hello, HuffPost!)

    November 1, 2007 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. Sam, Portland OR

    I second that!

    November 1, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. Len, sparks nv

    Richardson is the worst panderer. He told Iowans that God and the Constitution wanted Iowa to be first. Then he admitted he said it to score points. He says really dumb things. I could not take him seriously.

    November 1, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. MHRamirez, Palmdale Ca

    Mr. Bill Richardson is a great speaker and speaks with great sincerety. He would be a great President of the United States Of America, understands the issues ..... I like Iaococca will support this candidate for Presient of this great country.....

    November 1, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. Scott, Brandon, MS

    Bill Richardson is the only "qualifed" candidate for the POTUS. I am a republican and voting for Richardson based on his "actual" experience in many areas of government. Clinton has promised health care change since she was first lady "THE FIRST TIME" and she has done absolutely nothing to solve the problems. Obama has no experience and I cannot see electing someone who lacks the knowledge base after one term. Bill Richardson has the upmost respect of the National Guard in his State of New Mexico and should be a model of all states that support the National Guard. Good Luck Governor!

    November 1, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  9. Jon Davis, Las Cruces, NM

    Unfortunately as Hilary Clinton and most of the top Republican candidates show us, the spinsters and fat cats who select our candidates for us absolutely do not want real change.

    November 4, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |