He's out

If you have been watching my blog for a while you know that, even though I tried to remain unbiased I really liked Bill Richardson as a candidate for President of the USA. Yesterday I got an email that let me know that he was officially getting out of the race for president. Watching the presidential campaign I can understand it. In this day and age it is difficult to keep up momentum when the press have already made their decisions and the general public have accepted it. He wrote a great thank you for your support letter, and an edited version of it is available on his website. ...

One of the things that is missing from the email on his site is what he said about some of the other candidates:

Originally posted by Governor Bill Richardson:

Running for president brings out the best in everyone who graces the stage, and I have learned much from the other candidates running. They have all brought great talents and abilities to the campaign.

Senator Biden's passion and intellect are remarkable.

Senator Dodd is the epitome of selfless dedication to public service and the Democratic Party.

Senator Edwards is a singular voice for the most downtrodden and forgotten among us.

Senator Obama is a bright light of hope and optimism at a time of great national unease, yet he is also grounded in thoughtful wisdom beyond his years.

Senator Clinton's poise in the face of adversity is matched only by her lifetime of achievement and deep understanding of the challenges we face.

Representative Kucinich is a man of great decency and dedication who will faithfully soldier on no matter how great the odds.

And all of us in the Democratic Party owe Senator Mike Gravel our appreciation for his leadership during the national turmoil of Vietnam.

I am honored to have shared the stage with each of these Democrats. And I am enormously grateful to all of my supporters who chose to stand with me despite so many other candidates of accomplishment and potential.

While his departure from the race no longer leaves much of a wild card in the mix, I'm still glad to see Dennis Kucinich running. My wife and I agree, Kucinich doesn't run because he thinks people will vote for him enough to get elected. He runs to make sure people are paying attention to the values he considers important. I hope he runs right up until the convention, he's says some very good stuff.

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