Add another potential milestone to the growing list: Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) is running for president. Richardson, who would be the first Hispanic president if elected, also served as energy secretary and a diplomat.
AP via Guardian:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., took the first step Sunday toward an expected White House run in 2008, a high-profile state chief who promoted his extensive experience in Washington and the world stage as he seeks to become the first Hispanic president.
“What this country needs is bipartisanship and to bring back civility” in government, Richardson told The Associated Press. “I’ve had Cabinet experience. I’ve been U.N. ambassador. I’ve actually done what a lot of candidates give speeches on.”
In a video posted on his Web site, he spoke of “a clear intention of declaring my candidacy for president in the very near future.”
“I am taking this step because we have to repair the damage that’s been done to our country over the last six years,” said Richardson, who also was Energy Department secretary.