Bill Richardson: Are two parties enough?
Bill Richardson is the Governor of New Mexico and former candidate for the 2008 Democratic nomination. Of Hispanic descent, Richardson was born in Pasadena, California, but spent most of his childhood in Mexico City. Richardson graduated from Tufts University, from which he also received a Masters in International Affairs. In 1982, Richardson was elected to the United States House of Representatives. During his time in the House, Richardson focused on foreign affairs as well as on issues of importance to the Native American community. In 1997, Bill Clinton appointed Richardson United States Ambassador to the United Nations; Richardson left that post in 1998 to become Secretary of Energy. Richardson is known for his "shuttle diplomacy" and has been nominated five times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Richardson was first elected the Governor of New Mexico in 2003; he was reelected in 2007 in a landslide, earning 69% of the vote. Richardson is the author of two recent books: the campaign autobiography Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life, and Leading by Example: How We Can Inspire an Energy and Security Revolution.
Bill Richardson: Yeah, I think two parties are enough. But I wouldn’t obstruct the creation of other parties or movements – the Independent party. I think anybody that shows legitimate support with the public, we shouldn’t just create parties because somebody wants to create them. But there is . . . In the states and nationally, if a certain movement or . . . shows that it’s worthy of being a party, as President I would not oppose their creation. But right now the two party system in America has served us well, even though my big worry is that 48 percent of the American people that are eligible to vote in a presidential election don’t vote. So those parties need to have candidates that are candidates of change with ethics; that talk about change in this country, bringing this country together. Recorded on: 11/20/07
They're enough, but it doesn't mean we can't have more.