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Richardson Interviews for Top Job

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

If running for president is nothing more than an extended job interview, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) may well have a jump on the field.

Richardson is set to launch an ad today in Iowa that takes the form of a mock job interview. In it, an interviewer runs through Richardson's resume -- member of Congress, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, secretary of energy in the Clinton administration, diplomat, governor -- before biting into a sandwich and asking: "What makes you think you can be president?"

Richardson looks drolly at the camera as the disclaimer ("I'm Bill Richardson, and I approved this message") is read.

The commercial is the first in a series of ads with a job interview theme aimed at, according to media consultant Mark Putnam, encapsulating Richardson's wealth of experience and sense of humor.

"We were looking to capture the process of running for president when you have the best candidate with the best record, but the political establishment doesn't quite see it yet," Putnam added.

-- Chris Cillizza

Mrs. Romney Gave to Planned Parenthood

Just a day after former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani was pilloried by conservatives over $900 in contributions he and his wife made to Planned Parenthood in the 1990s, Mitt Romney's campaign acknowledged that the former governor's wife, Ann, had given $150 to Planned Parenthood in 1994. The contribution was first reported by ABC News.

Romney supported abortion rights as governor of Massachusetts, but has since changed his position and now describes himself as an abortion opponent.

-- Michael D. Shear

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