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Monday, March 07, 2005

Bill Richardson: "Bush deserves the credit"

Citizen Smash has posted a bit of a transcript from NBC's Today with Bill Richardson as a guest:

BILL RICHARDSON: Well, it is working. Whether by design, or by accident, it is working. The fact that the President has spoken out, where in the past the US policy has winked at Saudi Arabia, or Egypt, because of their massive security, and we have energy interests there, we have military bases, we kind of said, 'OK, it's alright not to be democratic. The President, in talking about freedom and democracy, is sparking a wave of very positive democratic sentiment that might help us override both Islamic fundamentalism that has formed in that region, and also some of the hatred for our policies of invading Iraq. So, this is not only bringing a good result in the Middle East, potential democracy and full elections, but also it is helping our security, perhaps making us safer, by having less Islamic fundamentalism--
I have been a fan of Richardson for a number of years now. He would be a very strong contender in a Presidential election and, absent a Rice or Guiliani on the Republican side of things, would almost certainly get my vote. I doubt he will be able to win the Democratic nomination though, which is a shame.


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