Posted: November 16, 2007 3:27 PM
Richardson Plays Peacemaker in Las Vegas Debate
In another debate marked by scuffles between Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., Gov. Bill Richardson again tried to play the peacemaker role at the Nov. 15 Las Vegas debate on CNN and told the bunch to stop mudslinging.
Richardson accused Obama of trying to start a generational war and Clinton of being too lenient in her Iraq war stance.
Stealing a line from the Beatles, Richardson said, “All I want to do is give peace a chance.”
His performance included one of the worst moments of the night, according to Salon.com, when he said that human rights are more important than U.S. national security.
“We’re not sure which office Richardson is seeking these days, but he came pretty close to disqualifying himself from either of them last night,” wrote Salon blogger Tim Grieve.
On a more positive note, the Richardson campaign is getting a star power boost, announcing that Ugly Betty’s Tony Plana will be the national spokesmen for “Mi Familia con Richardson,” the campaign’s Latino outreach program.
Richardson has also received a fifth nomination for the Nobel peace prize. Democratic Rep. Bart Gordon of Tennessee said he has sent a nomination packet to the Nobel Committee for Richardson’s diplomatic efforts in North Korea and Sudan.
Nominations don’t necessarily mean much, but 11 other Congressmen did sign the nomination letter.
Richardson will be in Iowa for the weekend campaigning.