Flanked by local Latino leaders and a large contingent of politicians from his home state, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson formally entered the 2008 presidential campaign today, saying that his thick resume offered him an unmatched ability to tackle the country's problems at home and abroad.
The Democratic candidate, who has been running for months and has already aired campaign ads, made his announcement inside downtown Los Angeles' Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Richardson noted that John F. Kennedy accepted his 1960 Democratic nomination for president at the Biltmore.
Richardson is still running a distant fourth at this point, but he does well when he talks about Iraq and foreign policy. He begins to lose some street cred when he talks about taxation. But whatever you want to say about him, he has a resume that is simply unmatched. He would be a solid nominee, but seems that he is a bit too comfortable with his DLC status. It is interesting that he chose to announce in California. So, did this help to get people to consider him? I don't know. What about you folks in SoCal?
Over the flip, check out the Governor's interview with California bloggers.