I just wish it didn’t have to come so soon.
It appears that Bill Richardson will withdrawal from the Presidential Race. There are reports that with the New Mexico Legislature convening for its annual one-month regular session next Tuesday, he might announce was “suspending” his campaign for the time being _ rather than formally withdrawing from the race
Richardson’s Presidential Race Is Over
Sources Claim New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson Will End His Campaign On Thursday
Gov. Bill Richardson on the CBS Early Show, Dec. 26, 2007 (CBS)
(AP) New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his campaign for the presidency Wednesday after twin fourth-place finishes that showed his impressive credentials could not compete with his rivals’ star power.
Richardson planned to announce the decision Thursday, according to two people close to the governor with knowledge of the decision. They spoke on a condition of anonymity in advance of the governor’s announcement.
The Richardson campaign would not comment on the governor’s decision, reached after a meeting with his top advisers Wednesday in New Mexico.
Richardson had one of the most wide-ranging resumes of any candidate ever to run for the presidency, bringing experience from his time in Congress, President Clinton’s Cabinet, in the New Mexico statehouse as well as his unique role as a freelance diplomat. As a Hispanic, he added to the unprecedented diversity in the Democratic field that also included a black and a woman.
But Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama dominated the spotlight in the campaign, and Richardson was never able to become a top-tier contender. He accused his rivals of failing to commit to bring troops home from Iraq soon enough.
Richardson was born 60 years ago in Pasadena, Calif., after his American father sent his Mexican mother there to give birth and erase any doubts that his son would be a U.S. citizen. His father was an international banker from Boston, and Richardson spent his childhood in Mexico City before being sent to boarding school in Massachusetts, where he was a standout baseball player.
After graduating from Tufts University in 1971 with a master’s degree in international affairs, Richardson worked first as a congressional aide and then for the State Department. He was a staffer for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when he decided to leave Washington in 1978 to launch a political career.
Richardson settled in New Mexico partly because of the state’s large Hispanic population, and he won election to the House. Richardson is a master negotiator, and put his diplomatic skills to work to rescue Americans held hostage abroad. He earned a reputation for a mix of patience, toughness and cultural sensitivity that served him well on mercy missions from North Korea to Cuba to Sudan.
President Clinton recruited Richardson to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, then secretary of Energy two years later.
He was easily elected to two terms as governor but will be forced from office by term limits in 2010. His closest advisers hope that even if his presidential campaign didn’t bring him many votes, it built his reputation so that he’ll one day be able to add even more to his resume
I think it worth pointing out the way the article talks about Hillary and Obama monopolizing the spotlight as if the media had nothing to do with it.
The media decided a long time ago that it was to be Obama .Clinton, and Edwards on the Dems. side and Romney and Guili on the other. The only reason Huckabee and McCain are getting any attention at all is the fact that voters actually forced the media”s hand.
I hope the remaining candidates keep Richardson in mind as a VP candidate, or Secretary of State. He brings a wealth of experience to the table. Experience this country sorely needs.
I am disenchanted by the fact that he received such little media coverage compared to the others. After such a thoughtful debate, he was pegged as the comic relief. Wolf Blitzer made an off color remark about his 5% and how he should go back to NM to figure it out. No wonder he had the hard challenge! If only more people could have recognized his positivity, experience, ability to communicate effectively your ideas, and likeability