Welcome Fellow Utahns:
For the first time in my life I've really jumped onto a band wagon and please excuse me for hoping you join me. I am a big Governor Bill Richardson fan and think he should be our next president.
This country needs a compassionate leader who has the experience, innovation, and drive to rebuild what has been torn down during the past eight years. Gov. Richardson served 7 terms in the US Congress, was America's ambassador to the UN, served as Clinton's Secretary of Energy, won his second term as Governor by a record breaking margin, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize four times. There's a lot of interesting candidates eyeing the prize in 08, but none with the international experience and respect that Gov. Richardson has. Gov. Richardson has unparalleled diplomatic experience and is committed to using diplomacy to reestablish America's position in the world, as opposed to the threats and recklessness that both the world and US citizens have recently become used to.
One of the things that most impresses me is Richardson's down-to-earth, right-on-the-money views on Immigration. As a Border Governor and Latino he understands this issue better than any candidate before him. Visit his site and get the low-down on where he stands on all the issues.
Importantly, I think Richardson appeals to both parties exceptionally well. He is an admitted moderate and fiscal conservative who has performed key diplomatic missions for both Clinton and Bush (including his recent successful trips to North Korea, to discuss shutting down nuclear reactors, and Darfur, to broker a cease-fire and to negotiate the release of an American citizen). We live in a state where, believe it or not, in Clinton's re-election (1996), Clinton came in third! So when I look at the candidates I look for someone I know will work both sides of the aisle successfully. Bill Richardson will do this. For my Republican friends, here's a link a Dartmouth Review (which is apparently a conservative paper) article about Richardson. Maybe it'll inspire you to jump parties and join me on the Richardson wagon.
Anyway, best of everything to all of you.