Richardson Pitches Obama’s Foreign Policy Creds

Posted August 28, 2008 at 7:31pm

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson took the stage to make the case for Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) judgment on foreign policy. Pointing to Obama’s October 2002 speech opposing the Iraq War, Richardson said the then-Illinois state Senator laid out a “detailed vision for foreign policy.”

In the lead-up to the war, “Barack Obama saw chaos. John McCain said we’d be welcomed as liberators, and that Iraq would pay for its own rebuilding. John McCain was wrong. Barack Obama was right!”

Richardson, a former U.N. ambassador who ran against Obama before he dropped out and endorsed him in March, was reportedly a finalist for the vice presidential slot on the Democratic ticket. He called Obama’s pick, Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), “a kindred spirit in another leader of great strength and wisdom.”

Richardson’s brief remarks spanned crises around the globe — in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Georgia, Israel, Darfur and Latin American.