In His Own Words
With New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D), voters were going to get everything: change, experience, policy know-how, perhaps even a little self-deprecating humor -- one Iowa ad included the line, "I'm sure not the best-looking or the flashiest, but I know who I am."
But after two fourth-place finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, he dropped out of the race Jan. 10. Yesterday, he was briefly back in the political spotlight when he endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) at an event in Oregon.
Here is a look at how Richardson went from trumpeting the importance of his own extensive experience to lauding Obama as a "once-in-a-lifetime leader."
"I have the experience. I've been in Iraq. I've negotiated with Saddam Hussein. I was secretary of energy. I increased energy efficiency in our country. I've been a governor. . . . I've actually -- a lot of people give speeches about these issues. I've actually done it."
-- Jan. 21, 2007, discussing his newly declared candidacy in an interview with ABC News
"This nation needs a leader with a proven track record and an ability to bring people together to tackle our problems here at home and abroad. I am that person -- not because I say so, but because of what I have done."
-- May 21, 2007, at a Los Angeles event officially launching his presidential run
"We need someone with an international record of accomplishments to rebuild strong American international leadership to keep Americans safe. I am prepared to stand up to the GOP on national security because I've been there and done it. . . . I've got more international experience than the all GOP foreign policy novices combined."
-- Aug. 24, 2007, in a statement in response to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's comments on the prospect of another terrorist attack giving Republicans an advantage