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Bill Richardson officially announces in LA

by: Brian Leubitz

Mon May 21, 2007 at 14:19:33 PM PDT

From the LA Times:

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.

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most popular clip from that longer video.

He's doing well in OC... (0.00 / 0)
He's competing pretty well with the Big 3 (Clinton, Obama, Edwards) when it comes to raking in big bucks from hooked-up donors. And though some in this community have problems with Richardson's fiscal policies, Democrats, Independents, and Republicans in Orange County seem to like it. Heck, even one of my good Republican friends told me that's he's been tempted by Richardson!

So I think Bill Richardson may very well end up being the sleeper candidate here. He has the stellar resume, and he seems to have a good set of policies that appeals to socially progressive and fiscally responsible voters in SoCal. If I weren't already with Obama, I might even give Richardson another look. ; )

Had enough of the "red county" right-wing crazy-talk bulls***? Well, then come and visit us at The Liberal OC! Yes, there ARE liberals in The OC! : )

I just don't think it's responsible (0.00 / 0)
To constantly say that Democrats always want to tax and that he's a Norquist disciple who refuses to consider any tax changes.  First of all, it's a dishonest dodge that tells voters they can have their cake and eat it too.  Second of all, it's completely irresponsible to perpetuate the "tax and spend" liberal frame when it doesn't apply anymore (which party instituted PAYGO?).  And third, it's completely outdated to play these tax wars, people have responded by wide margins saying that they're willing to pay for things like quality health care for all and energy independence.

That said, he's strong on the war, his energy policy is the gold standard, and he has a stellar foreign policy and diplomacy background.

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Tempting Republicans (0.00 / 0)
Kindof a double-edged sword, particularly in the context of spouting right-wing talking points.  I think he's got a lot of value as a candidate, but he's got some issues to be sure.

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