The dark horse? You bet. But a popular Democratic governor who talks about going forward instead of right or left. He definitely has my attention, much more so than Obama.

From Fox News:

Richardson was secretary of energy and later U.N. ambassador during the Clinton administration. In addition to his diplomatic experience, Richardson believes that his Hispanic heritage will be an advantage in his campaign for the presidency.

“I am Hispanic, which I believe is an asset,” Richardson said. “But I’m not running as an Hispanic, I am running as an American who is proud to be Hispanic.”

Still, his aides say he hasn’t announced yet. Umm…yeaaaa…

Despite Richardson’s taped announcement, his office released a statement saying the announcement of he candidacy was premature and that he would “make a final decision in January.”

“Other comments from the interview were taken out of context based on a hypothetical question that FOX News posed about the Governor’s strengths should he run for president,” Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for the governor, said in the statement.

Of course Mark Warner surprised many when he pulled out of the race so early, but something tells me Richardson is going to run. If not for the Presidency, than the Vice-Presidency.

And yes, I know nobody is really going to say they’re running for the VP spot, but Richardson’s Hispanic roots and moderate governance would be key assets.

We shall see…

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