Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson has something new to tout at Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate — a fifth Nobel Peace Prize nomination.
Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tennessee, officially nominated the New Mexico governor for the honor on Thursday, praising Richardson for his trips earlier this year to Darfur and North Korea.
“We live in a volatile world, but people like Bill Richardson are reaching out through diplomatic efforts to reduce those tensions,” Gordon said in a statement. “He has worked tirelessly during his 22 years of public service, and his efforts this year alone are certainly worthy of this high recognition.”
The official nomination was co-signed by 13 members of Congress, including one Republican — Rep. Jim Ramstad of Minnesota.
Richardson, a former ambassador to the United Nations, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize four times before, according to his presidential Web site.
In response to the latest nomination, Richardson said in a statement he is “profoundly humbled.”