Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Richardson Proposes a Pledge for Democratic Candidates not to Attack One Another

Richardson indirectly chides all the other candidates. He proposes a pledge that Democratic Candidates not attack one another.

Talks about what he has achieved as Governor of New Mexico. Interestingly, Vilsack didn't focus so much on his experience as Governor.

"A lot of candidates talk about these things. I've done it."

Richardson clearly plays the experience card like no other. He wants the congress to de-authorize the war since it was the one who authorized it. Wants to restore America's standing in the world.

Second reference to Kennedy (after Clinton), "man on the moon" effort - this time it's about energy.

Richardson says Obama should denounce Geffen's comments on Clinton. He says candidates should advance their own solutions, not engage in name calling. Gets a lot of cheers for his pledge.

"I would not increase taxes" - problem is eccessive costs, wants to focus on preventive health care. "Solution should not be spend more, tax more". Actually gets some light applause for this.

In talking about globalization, he wants to reward those who keep their jobs in America. "I want the Democratic Party to be the party of high tech, of science, of innovation". He wants to things in a "positive way".

Quotes President Clinton: "Bad guys like Richardson, so I'm sending him there" in reference to his international experience. He's the first one to talk about Darfur.

First to quote non-American, former Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin: "We don't make peace with our friends, we make peace with our enemies"

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