Campaign 2008: Richardson Says He's Running ... And Kucinich May Run, Too
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a veteran of the Clinton Administration, told Fox News Channel that he intends to run for president in 2008.
"I've dealt with the issues that are very important today — national security, immigration and energy," Richardson said, who was Energy Secretary and later U.N. Ambassador for Clinton.
Richardson plans to visit New Hampshire next week, and form an exploratory committee next month.
While it appears former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) and current Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) -- veterans of the 2004 presidential race -- will be contenders again in 2008, what about Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).
Kucinich is apparently mulling another run, according to a report in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Whether that would mean he'd start an exploratory committee, or simply announce his candidacy, or do nothing, is unclear."
Kucinich was a darling of the far left in 2004, for pushing hard to get the U.S. out of Iraq, an argument that has since become the majority opinion of Americans. At the time, his "U.N. in, U.S. out" mantra seemed politically naive, even if the idea of a short U.S. stay in Iraq had merit.
On the one hand, maybe Kucinich should get more credit for his stance -- rather than Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA), who is often given credit for helping change American opinion on troop redeployment. On the other hand, it's hard to fathom Kucinich improving on his woeful performance in the 2004 primaries.
Also on Edwards: The Hotline is reporting that Edwards has asked former Rep. David Bonior (D-MI) to join the One America Committee as a senior advisor for policy and politics. That's led to speculation that Bonior would become Edwards' campaign manager, if/when Edwards declares.
Barack Obama's new tome, The Audacity Of Hope, became an instant best-seller, and perhaps helped generate momentum for a possible 2008 run from the freshman senator from Illinois.
But that order of events is the exception. Most times, a candidate writes a book to clarify positions. For example, political readers should expect Gen. Wesley Clark's American Son sometime next fall, reports ABC News. Clark, one can assume, will have declared his intention to run by then (otherwise, this may be the last you hear of American Son.)
But maybe Obama won't be alone in the man-bites-dog phenomenon. Possible 2008 contender Al Gore's next book, The Assault On Reason, is due out in May. It's expected to be a blistering attack on the Bush Administration, and offer alternate ideas for how to right the ship.
If the book is a hit, expect the "Draft Gore" movement to start.