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Bill Richardson to Exit Race

Updated 8:42 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Sources close to his campaign said Wednesday that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has decided to end his campaign for the presidency after a meeting with top advisers and that he will formally announce the decision Thursday in Santa Fe. Richardson, who was running on an anti-war platform under the banner of "Change and Experience," came in fourth in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday and also in the Iowa caucuses last week.

A spokesman for the Richardson campaign declined to comment.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 9, 2008; 7:34 PM ET
 
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Why are people suggesting Bill Richardson for Secretary of State? This is a governor with no experience of foreign policy. Being a governor is no qualification for dealing with Islamic extremism, the rising power of China etc. A Secretary of State should have a deep knowledge of foreign policy and international experience.

Posted by: david.gwilliam5 | January 11, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Why are people suggesting Bill Richardson for Secretary of State? This is a governor with no experience of foreign policy. Being a governor is no qualification for dealing with Islamic extremism, the rising power of China etc. A Secretary of State should have a deep knowledge of foreign policy and international experience.

Posted by: david.gwilliam5 | January 11, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that we have last heard from him in this election cycle. He will be the VP candidate no matter who is the democratic norminee for president :-).

Posted by: fzheng501 | January 10, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh LOL! Someone got offended at me complaining about the Anchor Baby having no right to be President!
Truth MUST hurt!

Folks, bear in mind, all the Anchor babies of the Illegals, CAN, by our existing Laws, Run for President Here!

If they can, the Governator of California should easily be able to as well! At least Austria, is not encroaching our sovereignty!

Hasta la Vista Senor Richardson!

Posted by: rat-the | January 9, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Whoa There! The campaign says it ain't so! Let's hope not -- he should be holding out for the Western states like he said he would.

Posted by: sssiwek | January 9, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm originally from New Mexico too, a state that typically picks the winner in presidential races.

That they picked Richardson for governor twice impresses me because he is not a true New Mexican in the sense that so many of us Hispanics there are; i.e., we are descended from a centuries-old mixture of the original Spanish settlers and American Pueblo natives. Richardson is descended from a Mexican mother and an anglo father. The man has the kind of talent that brings all kinds of people together, obviously.

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | January 9, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

A pity; he's been a great governor in New Mexico, was reelected with 70% of the vote. He'll make a great VP because he took the high road and didn't foulmouth fellow democrats. He's the best of them all. Go Bill!

Posted by: alarico | January 9, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

There goes the most experienced, smartest, best qualified candidate. But, as Bush has proven, the majority of the voting public wants someone they can identify with. Stupid and greedy

Posted by: linda_521 | January 9, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

BUMMER. There goes the only candidate with the minerals to really lead this nation. I hope we haven't seen the las of him on the national stage.

Posted by: Sweetback | January 9, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

There is always the possibility that he could be the United States' permanent representative to the United Nations. Or, Secretary of State. But then, others might think Mr. Biden would be a better Secretary of State.

Posted by: Dungarees | January 9, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

As a complete non-starter, Richardson has been trolling for a Clinton appointment from the beginning. Ain't too proud to beg.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | January 9, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to see him go. He was qualified for office, but just couldn't match the charisma and energy of others in the running.

I wouldn't be surprised if he gets picked to run as vice president.

Posted by: elan_eux | January 9, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

He has more, and more varied, experience than any of the front runners. He'd make a great vice president and eventual president, even if he drops out for right now.

Posted by: citizenw | January 9, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I think he may have a great future in Mexico since he seems to agree with Mexico that invading the US with uneducated peons and criminals for the tax payers to support is great!

Posted by: american1 | January 9, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm from New Mexico, and sorry, but I wouldn't have voted for him. He won't take the VP; he wants the presidency.

Now maybe he'll come back to New Mexico and do his job.

Posted by: kld87 | January 9, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Richardson could have been a great president.

He still can be a great vice president.

Tony L. Williams

Posted by: twilliams2978 | January 9, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see him picked as the vice-presidential candidate.

Posted by: tthecht | January 9, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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