January 22, 2007
Another day, another name for the 2008 Presidential race. On Sunday it was Democrat and New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, who announced he was forming an exploratory committee.
The former energy secretary and ambassador to the United Nations calls himself an underdog.
"I know I'm not the favorite in this race. As an underdog and governor of a small western state, I will not have the money that other candidates will have" said Richardson.
On the key issue of Iraq, where more than 20 U.S. soldiers died over the weekend in various incidents, Richardson says the next president should pull out American forces immediately.
Richardson's announcement follows two others this weekend. Democratic senator Hillary Clinton announced the formation of an exploratory committee while Republican senator Sam Brownback announced he will run.
When asked if he felt his announcement was overshadowed by Hillary Clinton's, Brownback looked back a few years.
" I imagine Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton felt some of the same at the same point in time but the system works, I trust the system" said Brownback.
Richardson, Clinton and Brownback join an already crowded field. Eight Republicans have now declared their candidacy or formed exploratory committees. For Democrats that number is seven.