New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s campaign is throwing more weight into the key primary race in Iowa, moving members of the campaign’s South Carolina and Nevada staff to Iowa.
Among the staff members shifting location is Richardson’s South Carolina state director Lachlan McIntosh. But Richardson spokeswoman Katie Roberts told CNN the campaign will still have some field organizers in South Carolina.
Richardson was on the talk show circuit this week promoting his new book, “Leading By Example: How We Can Inspire An Energy and Security Revolution.” The book outlines his plan for shifting the United States away from foreign oil and cutting oil dependency by 50 percent by 2020. He also aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050 by focusing on renewable energies.
Richardson was given a chance to set rumors to rest that he might be positioning himself to be a vice presidential candidate on a ticket with Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., on Fox & Friends this week. He did not flat-out say he would reject the offer, but said he plans to be the nominee.
The governor also commented on events in Pakistan, saying that the administration should tell Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf that all funding will be cut off if he doesn’t hold elections, reported New Hampshire Public Radio.
“Unless we shift and lean on him to say to him we give you $10 million dollars every year, we give you $10 billion dollars since 9/11. You need to bring democracy back. Bring Benazir Bhutto and let her participate in elections. Bring back the supreme court, and then go after al-Qaida and the Taliban,” Richardson said.
Back in New Mexico, Richardson’s proposal for universal health care in the state is not likely to build many bridges with the immigrant community.
Illegal immigrants, as well as some legal immigrants who arrived recently, will not be eligible for the programs aimed at uninsured low and middle-income families. Richardson has said his goal is to make sure all New Mexicans have access to health insurance.