Bumped and updated: Richardson stated earlier today that he may make an endorsement in the next few days.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a key superdelegate in the U.S. presidential contest, said he would decide this week whether to endorse a Democratic candidate.
Richardson, himself an early candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, remained on the fence for endorsing a particular candidate. But, in an interview with The Albuquerque Journal, Richardson said, "I'm going to decide whether to endorse certainly this week."
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published: Feb 14, 08 09:39 AM
Bill Richardson as Vice-President
When Wizbang Blue first started covering the Democratic Party's field of eight candidates there was strong agreement among the writing staff that Governor Bill Richardson was an excellent choice for Vice-President.
While he didn't have the experience, charisma, and name-recognition of the Democratic frontrunners and rising stars, it was clear that his solid, current executive experience as New Mexico's governor coupled with his previous stint as a Congressman, and his high-level cabinet work under Bill Clinton's administration (serving as Secretary of Energy and UN Ambassador) coupled with his strong diplomatic abilities evident in the hostage negotiations he conducted in North Korea, Iraq, and Cuba, gave Richardson a unique set of superior skill-sets and experience that positioned him nicely for the White House.
The consensus was that he didn't have the name recognition and 'panache' to ultimately prevail against his strong opponents, but that he definitely was the frontrunner in the race for Vice-President.
To date, Richardson has not endorsed either Obama or Clinton, so evaluating what and where he could put his experience and endorsement to good use in the final stretch of the Democratic Party nomination process becomes interesting food for thought.
The Latino vote in Texas is one of the remaining linchpins in the final run for nomination. Clinton has it -- and Obama wants it.
An endorsement from Bill Richardson could be a factor in pushing the Texas Latinos in one direction or the other. However, going one step further, the selection of Richardson as a Vice-Presidential running mate would be an even stronger push, and could be a decisive factor in securing the nomination for either Clinton or Obama.
Traditionally, the Vice-Presidential choice is made at or after the convention, so its unlikely that the selection would be announced during the primaries, but an endorsement from Richardson, and a strong hint in return that he's under strong consideration as a Veep-mate, could be enough -- especially if Richardson were to then attach himself at the hip of the candidate he endorsed, and campaign at their side in Texas.
With the added strength he'd bring to the table in Texas at this critical juncture, Governor Richardson just might be endorsing the next President of the United States in the process. And now that Democratic Party has come this far, with the final race being waged between a woman and an African-American, having a Hispanic VP would put a nice cap on this celebration of U.S. diversity.
I wouldn't be surprised if Richardson receives some roses here on Valentine's Day from both Clinton and Obama. I hope we see him back in the spotlight soon.
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