Bill Richardson: If you don't win, why will that be?
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.
Question: If you don't win, why will that be?
Well because the other candidates get more votes than I will. I suspect because other candidates will have a better message. I think the American people will want a message of who can change this country, who can bring this country together, and who has the experience to do it. I believe I have those attributes over the other candidates; but it may be that the voters may not see it that way, and I respect that. Maybe the next question is gonna be, “What will I do if I lose?” And if I don’t make it – and I believe I will make it . . . I’m very confident that I’ll win the nomination. I may not win all the first early primaries. I just wanna place in the top three in the first few primaries – I’ll go back to being governor of New Mexico, a job that I love because I can make a difference for people as a governor. Because I can wake up in the morning and ride my horse, and be with my family, and be in a state that I love, and in an area of the country that is booming, and is growing, and is pursuing all those American dream objectives that the country has had for years. Recorded on: 11/28/07
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