June 18th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Richardson: 'We don't have to be like' terrorists

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(CNN) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, backed the Democratic Party’s new standard-bearer in a growing dust-up between the McCain and Obama camps over how to wage the war on terrorism.

Asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer whether al Qaeda suspects should be given the same rights that American citizens enjoy in U.S. courts, Richardson said he “totally” disagrees with the Bush administration’s policy of treating terrorism detainees as enemy combatants and treating them differently than defendants in typical criminal cases. “We have to protect our country from terrorists but we don’t have to be like them by abridging our own freedoms,” Richardson added.

WATCH Bill Richardson's interview from The Situation Room

The former presidential candidate, who served as Energy Secretary under President Clinton, also waded into a second dispute between the two presumptive nominees over energy policy. “In the Clinton administration, we pushed for renewable energy, for fuel efficiency. We should have pushed harder,” Richardson said. “I’m the first to say that both Republican and Democratic administrations have not come forth with a sustainable, long term energy policy,” he added.

soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. cindy sls from pa

    wow! I'm so tired of people saying that they are not going to vote for obama because theyre mad hillary didnt win! Or how about the people out there saying that there candidate hillary lost so theyre going for mccain! Hillary and obama are not the same but hillary and mccain are certainly a heck of a lot farther a part. And as for obama is inexperienced and has bad judgement, last time I checked nothing…no matter how many years compares to the job of being a president…the only way to have experience in the field of being a president which is quite different from other jobs is to be a president. On the grounds of bad judgment, I haven't seen any yet, I have seen a lot of good in how he has run his campaign and the choices I've read about that he's made in his life though. Mccain on the other hand has went with judgments that I do not agree with as a democrat, a person, and a christian. I follow the media and pick out what I want to believe, meaning I don't care if you call Mccain Mcbush or Obama a radical, because some things are obviously not true. But it makes me mad when others get carried away with this stuff or other silly matter when really we should be looking out for the well-being of our future America. My only request is to make a logical educated decision. Make sure what you choose to believe is true. And don't vote on emotion. Because you might not have those same emotions years from now…but facts will always be facts. Democrats need to stick together…we always have…were similar….we believe in similar beliefs…. and republicans dont….thats why there republicans….

    June 18, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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