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If anyone cares, this is my candidate for president. Thanks to our

If anyone cares, this is my candidate for president. . At least the AP has reported it. But
look how they inserted a negative attack on the candidate in the middle
of the report. This is proper media coverage of this event? Check out
Richardson. He has more experience, more brains, more integrity, more
potential than any of the others. He is Half Hispanic and Half Boston
Brahmin. How about that combination? Bob Keeley

-------- Original Message --------
Subject:        Richardson Joins Presidential Race
Date:   Mon, 21 May 2007 13:38:22 -0400

*Richardson Joins Presidential Race

The Associated Press
Monday, May 21, 2007; 1:18 PM

LOS ANGELES -- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson vowed to repair the
"ravages" of the Bush administration Monday as he formally announced his
campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in prepared remarks.

Richardson said his track record makes him the right person to lead the
country through a pivotal time.

"The challenges we face are not acts of God or accidents of fate,"
Richardson said, according to text of his announcement speech
distributed by the campaign.

"They were man-made and deliberate," Richardson said. "Whether it was
willful ignorance or an ignorant will, we are left with the ravages of
an administration that will take years to rectify."

Richardson said he would repair "damage done here at home and to our
reputation abroad," first by removing U.S. troops from Iraq and using
diplomacy as the primary instrument of U.S. foreign policy.

Richardson scheduled the event at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, in the
same room where his campaign said President Kennedy accepted the
Democratic presidential nomination. He has been running for president
for months, but he had only formed can exploratory campaign under
federal election rules.

His decision to stage a formal launch in Los Angeles was meant to
highlight his Hispanic roots and his leadership of a Western state.
Richardson also wanted to showcase his roots in California, the nation's
most delegate-rich state which has moved up its presidential primary to
a new position of early influence on Feb. 5.

Richardson was born in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena, thanks to
some careful planning by his father. William Blaine Richardson Jr., an
American banker living in Mexico City, sent his Mexican wife there to
give birth to ensure there would be no questions about his child's

Richardson's announcement came in the midst of a dispute with the mother
of a Marine from New Mexico killed in Iraq over details surrounding his

Richardson often talks on the campaign trail about how he was inspired
to create a $250,000 death benefit for fallen New Mexico National Guard
members because of the low amount Lance Cpl. Aaron Austin's mother got
from the federal government.

Austin's mother, De'on Miller, of Lovington, N.M., told The Associated
Press in an interview she never mentioned money to Richardson at her
son's memorial service. But Richardson spokesman Pahl Shipley said
Sunday that the governor stands by his story that Miller thanked him for
an initial $11,000 in federal death benefits she had received.

Miller, however, continued to deny Richardson's version of the story.

"Bill Richardson needs to stop pushing this lie," Miller said in an
e-mail to the campaign and The AP. "Aaron's name had better not be used
again in any way. Not mine either. A full written apology is due me for

Shipley acknowledged that Richardson got the details wrong sometimes
when telling the story. Richardson said at least once that the Marine's
name was Sean Austin and at least twice that he was 17 instead when he
was 21. He also has called Austin the first New Mexico soldier to die in
Iraq, but he was the third.

Richardson is running against Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton
<>, Barack
Obama <>,
Chris Dodd and Joe Biden; former Sens. John Edwards and Mike Gravel; and
Rep. Dennis Kucinich
<>. He
played up his experience to set him apart in the field with some more
famous and better-funded rivals.

Besides serving as governor, he has also been a congressman and served
as President Clinton's energy secretary and ambassador to the United

"I'm proud of my record of getting things done," Richardson said. "And
I'll put that record up against anyone's."

He raised $6.2 million in the first three months of the year _ about a
quarter of what Obama and Clinton brought in and less than half of what
Edwards raised. But his campaign always said he would focus more
intensely on fundraising after the first quarter.


Associated Press writer Holly Ramer in Concord, N.H., contributed to
this report.


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