He’s baaaack … Bill Richardson appears on “Meet The Press” as a panelist
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While people across New Mexico wait and wonder, the former governor flew to Washington and appeared on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday (Jun 24) as a panelist to discuss the hot political topics of the past week with host David Gregory, congressman Darrell Issa (R-California), Politico’s Jonathan Martin and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.Richardson didn’t really say anything earth-shattering — he provided standard Democratic Party views on the subjects Gregory brought up.
*On the Fast and Furious showdown between Issa’s committee and Attorney General Eric Holder, Richardson said, “I think the Attorney General has done a very good job,” and called a possible contempt of Congress vote in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives an overly partisan ploy.
*Richardson criticized possible Vice Presidential candidate Marco Rubio while saying that should Mitt Romney choose Rubio, that will help Romney in Florida but “I don’t think it’s going to be enough, even if he picks Rubio, because the president has a very good record with Hispanic voters.”
*And should the Supreme Court could overturn President Obama’s health care law, Richardson said, “It’s going to energize a Democrat base.”
Earlier in the week, Richardson appeared on FOX News Latino and when Juan Williams asked him if he thinks he’ll ever run for office again, Richardson said, “I am now a member of the private sector. I’m happy. I’ve got a little foundation. You never say never, but I may have had my last race and that was the Presidential race. I think that you only get one shot.”
But the most interesting part of the interview came when Williams asked Richardson about national Hispanic politicians to watch. Richardson mentioned a couple Democrats and two Republicans (Rubio and Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada) but did not mention his successor in the governor’s mansion, Susana Martinez:
“Well, Juan, I think they’re up and coming right now. They may be two, three elections away. The mayor of San Antonio, I think the mayor of Los Angeles has that potential. There’re some Republicans that may be candidates. The governor of Nevada, possibly Senator Rubio. I don’t know much about him, I’m intrigued by him.”
Hat tip to Steve Terrell.
You can see the first segment of the panel discussion of Sunday’s “Meet The Press” here:
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