Posted: January 7, 2008 7:12 PM
Richardson Keeps on Keeping on in Hopes of Heading West
After placing a distant fourth in the Iowa caucus with 2 percent of the vote, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson hopes to survive Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary to eventually reach friendlier turf.
While fellow lower-tier candidates Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., dropped out after the Iowa caucus, Richardson said he will take his campaign as far as he can.
“I’ll keep going because the rest of the country — Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, California — are next,” Richardson told New Hampshire’s WMUR “So this is a state-to-state race.”
But the financial strain is already starting to show. Over the weekend, his campaign let some campaign staffers go, citing an extremely large Iowa staff as the reason for the cuts. The campaign would not say how many people were fired.
Richardson appeared with the front-runners, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., at a Facebook/ABC News/WMUR forum on Saturday night. One of the most heated exchanges of the night was over the need for change.
“Whatever happened to experience? Is experience kind of a leper?” Richardson said during the debate. “We all are for change. But the question is, examine the record of those that, in the past, have produced change and that have taken responsibilities.”
Richardson is traveling all around New Hampshire Monday, stopping at a Dunkin Donuts in Manchester, meeting with the mayor of Portsmouth and visiting the Timberland factory in Stratham. He will finish out the day with get-out-the-vote efforts in Manchester and Portsmouth.