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Running Behind the Pack

Polls show that Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) isn't in the lead pack for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. And he knows it.

In a speech this afternoon to the International Association of Fire Fighters, Richardson showed how he hopes to catch up to Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) as well as former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.). He hurled some rhetorical bombs.

"I'm not going to say much about the Congress except I have a real job, I do things," said Richardson, a one-time House member. "I had to come from New Mexico, not across the street."

"I think all of [the other Democratic candidates] could serve enormously well in the White House as my vice president," he added.

At one point, he acknowledged that "I'm at four percent, I've got to do things."

Richardson repeatedly emphasized that he had a record of getting things done while his opponents' records were mostly rhetoric. He asked attendees not to choose a candidate based on the polls or which candidate was the biggest "rock star" but rather on who had a concrete record of accomplishments of getting things done for organized labor.

"Look at the record, look at the experience," said Richardson in outlining his accomplishements. "That's all I ask."

He said that record includes tax cuts, a balanced budget and an increase in the minimum wage -- all accomplishments based on his willingness to work across party lines. "I take a different approach to government," said Richardson. "I would be a bipartisan president."

Will Richardson's bomb-throwing strategy work? Who knows. But it sure livened up this crowd this afternoon.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 14, 2007; 3:55 PM ET
 
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