Richardson Plans January Decision on Bid

Friday, December 8, 2006

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said yesterday that he will decide next month whether to form an exploratory committee and begin a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"I've got to make a decision in January," he said in a campaign-like speech on immigration at Georgetown University. He called Georgetown "a sort of testing ground" for potential candidates.

Richardson, the nation's only Latino governor, said immigration must be a high priority for congressional Democrats. Legislation on immigration has been mostly stalled this year, and Richardson said the issue will resonate with voters.

"Democrats shouldn't be afraid that their majority will be threatened if they do" address it, Richardson said.

Speaking to his presidential ambitions in an interview with Fox News yesterday, he said, "I'm not running as a Hispanic; I am running as an American who is proud to be Hispanic."

-- Darryl Fears

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