Is Bill Richardson dropping out of the race for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination?
The Associated Press (Nedra Pickler) says yes (and NBC agrees).
MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson ended his campaign for the presidency Wednesday after twin fourth-place finishes that showed his impressive credentials could not compete with his rivals’ star power.
Richardson planned to announce the decision Thursday, according to two people close to the governor with knowledge of the decision. They spoke on a condition of anonymity in advance of the governor’s announcement.
The Richardson campaign would not comment on the governor’s decision, reached after a meeting with his top advisers Wednesday in New Mexico.
Richardson had one of the most wide-ranging resumes of any candidate ever to run for the presidency, bringing experience from his time in Congress, President Clinton’s Cabinet, in the New Mexico statehouse as well as his unique role as a freelance diplomat. As a Hispanic, he added to the unprecedented diversity in the Democratic field that also included a black and a woman.
But Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama dominated the spotlight in the campaign, and Richardson was never able to become a top-tier contender.
Personally, I kind of think we are the point in this process where each candidate knows whether or not he or she has a realistic shot at winning their party’s nomination. If they don’t, they should save themselves and their families and supporters some time, money and heartache and call it quits. At this point, at least in this writer’s opinion, there should be no more than three candidates from each party still in the race.
They’ve all been campaigning for at least a year now. We are less than a month away from knowing who the nominees will be. Those who know that they have little to no chance of winning should have the grace to depart now. (Are you listening, Dennis, Fred, Mitt and Rudy?)