“Iowa, for good reason, for constitutional reasons, for reasons related to the Lord, should be the first caucus and primary.”


It struck some Iowans as odd too…

“That was a little weird,” said Sioux City resident Joe Shufro. “I don’t know what God had to do with choosing Iowa among other states. I found that a little strange.” […]

Sioux City resident Jan Hodge agreed that Richardson’s statement was odd.

“It’s the kind of thing that would make me wince if, for instance, George Bush said it,” Hodge said. “Richardson has the saving grace of not taking himself too seriously. It was one of those off-the-cuff remarks that can’t be taken as seriously as the punsters will make it.”

So was it said with a wink? Like he was making fun of somebody who would say something like that? I’d certainly like to know…

He says it was an “off the cuff” comment…which I guess is “politician” for joke, but everywhere else it means it was unprepared and ill-timed…

Asked about it Tuesday, Richardson said: “Look, that was an off-the-cuff comment where I said Iowa and New Hampshire should be first.”

When pressed further, he said Iowa should launch the primary calendar because “it’s a tradition in American politics that has worked.”

“Iowa scrutinizes candidates through a grass-roots state. They are very good at winnowing down candidates,” he said. “They don’t listen to national polls. Iowa voters are very independent and issue-oriented.”

Nice save Bill…

  • Of course it was a joke. Having followed Richardson and having some feeling for his sense of humor, I had no doubt it was a joke when I first heard this. Afterwards his campaign also verified that it was a joke.

  • Link?

  • I saw a few media accounts through the day refer to statements from the campaign that it was a joke. The first I found was from The Politico:

  • mw

    Richardson makes Joe Biden look like a master of elocution who carefully measures and considers every words.

    I liked Richardson at first, and he would probably be a good president, but the guy is completely hopeless as a candidate. Maybe some other year he could get away with these mistakes, but not after 7 years of GWB. Nobody wants to see a candidate who can’t open his mouth without inserting both feet.

  • rachel

    We must have humorless stiffs running for President; the public demands it!

  • steve

    i always believe that he is only joking at that time…but unfortunately, some people take advantage of it. anyway, what can you expect for politics?