Tuesday, May 22, 2007

It's Official; Gov. Bill Is In!

Although a mere formality, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson made it official yesterday:
LOS ANGELES, May 21 -- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson established another landmark in the 2008 campaign Monday, becoming the first Hispanic Democrat to seek the presidency of the United States.

Richardson, 59, the son of a Mexican mother and half-Mexican father, made his candidacy official at a crowded news conference in the same downtown Los Angeles hotel in which John F. Kennedy accepted the Democratic nomination in 1960. Richardson emphasized his Hispanic heritage, his extensive diplomatic and political experience, and his depth of knowledge on issues, particularly foreign policy.
And he is sounding more presidential each day:
"This nation needs a leader with a proven track record and an ability to bring people together to tackle our problems here at home and abroad," Richardson said, speaking from a podium in a Millennium Biltmore Hotel ballroom packed with supporters. "I am that person -- not because I say so, but because of what I have done."
"What I have done", is something some of the other candidates can't say with the same conviction. Where the Governor may not have the unlimited financial chest, or popularity in the polls, he does have a presidential resumé that is the most solid of all candidates on both sides of the aisle. Once the electorate begins to realize that, we just may have another Gov. Bill coming out of nowhere to reside in the White House.


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