June 18th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
13 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. Independent

    How much faith do McCain and Bush have in our constitution? In the American ideals of Justice? They don't have enough imagination to protect us within the bounds of the law, but somehow they think they can lead our country?

    June 18, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Drew, Central FL

    Looks like the Carville devotees are a bit bitter. Too bad, sooooo sad.

    Personal loyalty is an admirable trait. However, GOD and Country must come first. Richardson made the right choice in supporting Obama.

    And FYI, of all the candidates, Richardson had the best resume. It just happens that Obama has the inspirational charisma that doesn't grace most politicians.

    I think you'll find that when Obama becomes President, Hillary and Richardson will have cabinet level positions.

    Change is coming.

    June 18, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    Richardson is Pre 9-11 with terrorist, let law enforcement handle the criminals. He is also a big part of todays oil/gasoline crisis. He did not promote our own independence by allowing drilling 10 years ago and he was of the same dillusion that alternative energy sources are easy and cheap to produce. We have been trying since the 60's to create alternatives to oil and all have flopped. Oil is still the most efficient and cheapest way to move people and power our world. Richardson was against nuclear power as much as any green peace fanatic. I would not want him back in D.C.

    June 18, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. REAL DEAL!!!!

    Lynn ...............Whenever he is on I put my remote on mute. That's what I think of him...........YOU are so Angry.......... If America wants credibility in the world when it comes to human rights, respect human rights.. simple as that..... MR McCAIN was a POW.....he has STORY TO TELL !R OSE, texas .....................who wants 2 know what this idiot has 2 say. have no repect 4 him. i'm latino and i know that he is half white and half latino and i sure would not b voting 4 this idiot if he would have made it................. THIS is NOT about RACE besides we all are AMERICANS .........YOU need to READ up on the CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT ...people lost their life for FREEDOM

    June 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  5. Becky, KS

    I liked RIchardson. He was my first choice. He has real experience in Washington DC, foreign affairs and state government. He stabbed Clinton in the back to support Obama, the man with great vocal cords and no experience. Go figure. What the hell is wrong with you people? There isn't a corporation in the world that would hire a rookie to solve the problems George W Bush has created. Richardson would be a better President than Obama. Think people!

    June 18, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Uncle Sam

    When people accuse John McCain of changing a former position, I am reminded of what Pres. Lincoln once said, " I hope that such changes reflect that I am getting wiser with time."

    Americans for McCain '08

    June 18, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Tejano

    Richardson you are a fool and you associate with one too.
    Neither one of you understand the gravity of defeating the Islamic Jihadists. These are not armed forces with a government that signed the Geneva Convention, so why should we give them that right. Give them the same treatment they give their own country men and the same trial they gave our people on 9/11.

    Killers of innocent women and children in Muslim temples don't deserve protection.

    On a legal note. The United States Constitution applys to the United States and it's citizens, and those within their borders. The courts reaching out to other countries, violates the sovereignty of every country and undermines our own sovereignty. Now every tom dick and harry that has a gripe against the United States can file in our courts. This is absurd and perversed logic.
    Will this open the door for Mexican-Americans deprived of their lands in the Southwest to sue the Federal Government in Federal Court for
    violation of their land rights? I only bring this up because of the ramifcations to your home state and mine (Texas).

    June 18, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Heidi from California

    Mr. Richardson you let your own state down by going for Obama, when your state voted for Hillary. For this, I have no respect for you and will not vote for Obama if he chooses you for his VP.

    June 18, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Michelle from Colorado

    Richardson should have kept his mouth shut after the terrorist comment. That was a good remark and I agree with him. But bringing up what the Clinton administration did to try to conserve oil and enrgy after he kicked Hillary to the curb and jumped on the Obama running on Hillary's platform bus just makes me despise him.
    I wanted Hillary. Not someone who stole her ideas and now says he is just like her, so why don't you want me? Where is the man for change? You and your cronies are just a bunch of wanna be's.

    June 18, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. sarah

    i find it interesting that the obama supporters are supposed to be the more "highly educated" voters and yet at least 75% of them cannot spell properly.

    June 18, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Vig

    Richardson is about Richardson – his buttocks kissing of Obama while stabbing Clinton in the back is a reflection of his ambitious cravings. These people are all the same. Two ego maniacs.

    June 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. Ann Romero

    Obama and Richardson a great match, they were meant for each other. You have to be a trader to win in this world, put them together and maybe they can work out an energy solution.

    Don't count on it, we will be paying higher gas with Obama in office, he can't change Washington.

    June 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Proud American

    Lets Go Dems!!! Lets take back what is ours. America deserves better.
    Obama '08

    June 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  14. MDB

    You have to love Democrats. "We need to follow the Constitution". It's a great thought except the Constitution was written to protect American citizens on American soil and was not written to protect the people of the world wherever they may be. We do have the Geneva Acord but there again none of the Middle East countries signed the Geneva Acord so once again we have a conondrum. We do however have a Supreme Court decision from 1950 that say's we can treat enemy combatents as such and do not have to allow them due process during a time of war. You people do realize don't you that if enemy combatents obtain due process they can actually claim discovery and subpoena documents directly from the White House and the Pentagon? I'm wondering if any of these "kids" have taken a government or law class? Apparently not, and Obama backers were supposed to be the educated one's.

    June 18, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  15. al

    ****************************************
    GOV RICHARDSON SPEAKS HIS MIND AND I AGREE WITH HIS POSITION.

    1. PROTECTING RIGHTS OF OTHERS AS WELL AS ENEMY COMBATANTS SHOULD BE UPHELD SO WE DONT TURN INTO MONSTERS LIKE THE ENEMIES WE ARE FACING AND ALSO TO PROMOTE OUR MORAL STATUS TO THE WORLD.

    2. WE NEED TO SOMETHING FOR THE LONG TERM SOLUTIONS TO THE ENERGY PROBLEM, IT MAY BE DRASTIC OR SUBTLE BUT BOTTOM LINE IS WE GOT TO DO SOMETHING AND KEEP DOING IT UNTIL RESOLVE.

    STOP THE MADNESS. VOTE OBAMA.

    June 18, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. DJ, LA, CA

    No...it IS about solar and wind. Some of you goons don't get it. Huge percentage of energy plants and home heating is supplied by OIL.

    Oil consumption therefore is not all by cars/gasoline. We need to replace oil with solar and wind.

    Both parties over the past few decades didn't push hard enough to have more rigorous minimum federal mpg standards. Also not enough was done to promote R & D funding for renewables.

    June 18, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. Ann, MI

    Lately, George Bush has been talking about presidential legacies, perhaps in an attempt to define his. Here, Bush has an opportunity to make himself look good by publicly trying the enemy combatants before January 2009. Why does the administration so adamantly refuse to prosecute?

    June 18, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. SBvoter

    Richardson – Judas go home-anything you say falls on deaf ears.
    no one wants you – no one likes you-and you're not going to be VP

    June 18, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. annie

    Hey Richardson ask the families of the victims of 9/11 how they feel about terrorist and what rights terrorist should have. Why don't you and hussein take a couple of them home with you and re-train them to be productive citizens. Maybe the dnc can sponser a few of them too.

    June 18, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  20. G12

    michelle from co,

    i believe hillary was for the war before she was against it.

    June 18, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. Tell the truth

    Brian Knoxville, TN.

    Who cares what you think or the rest of your friends. You have not said one single fact on this blog. You only speak out of anger. Please review your facts and get back with me. Facts are 2+2=4

    June 18, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. Robert

    You clinton supporters are way out in left field..., Michelle from Colorado how do you figure / justify your comments about obama stealing clinton's ideas.... I did not hear him pandering for votes over a stupid summer gas tax holiday.....

    You also have to realize, if clinton's version of universal healthcare got approved, most of corporate america who offers health care plans to their employees would have thrown us tio the wolves and cancelled our health care. Because it is mandated by the government, does not make it better nor more affordable......

    June 18, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. Tell the truth

    sarah June 18th, 2008 7:02 pm ET

    i find it interesting that the obama supporters are supposed to be the more "highly educated" voters and yet at least 75% of them cannot spell properly.

    You are right Sarah I have my math degree but I cannot spell that good, but it is ok because we are talking aobut views not spelling. Try and change the subject so you do not have to address the issues. I cannot spell but my house whole income is around 175,000.00 $. Not bad for a guy that can not spell

    June 18, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  24. john williams san diego, ca.

    richardson,carter and the dali-bama-surrender at ALL costs...the downfall of what was a great nation that those wusses have a need to change...change we can believe in???i beg forgiveness for paying taxes to support the madrassas that our now this counttrys education system.

    June 18, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Steve, New York, New York

    Governor Richardson is right.

    It is JUST NOT the American way, to keep someone locked up forever (w/o any chance to state their case). Let's take them to trial, and let's have them executed (if deemed appropriate), but at least let us have all the evidence presented in a proper manner. Due process is one of the things that makes America so incredible!

    Annie – SHAME ON YOU – I live in New York, and I was 5 blocks from the north tower when the first plane hit. How about you? Disagree with his policies, but you sound unintelligent when you sit there, making fun of his middle name.

    June 18, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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