The 2008 Presidential Campaign of Democrat Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico.
Created by devin on Aug 13, 2007
Last updated: 03/06/10 at 08:27 AM
Clinton - 40%
Obama - 25%
Edwards - 13%
Hillary Clinton’s support is at or above the 40% level for the third straight week. Obama, even with his improvement, is merely back to the mid-20s level of support he has enjoyed for several months. John Edwards is still a very distant third place, hovering consistently in the low-to-mid teens. Rasmussen Reports continues to see Hillary Clinton as the default candidate of the Democratic Party. It is likely that she will win the nomination unless something dramatically shakes up the race.
Bill Richardson tops the second-tier candidates at 4% followed by Joe Biden (2%), Dennis Kucinich (2%), Chris Dodd (1%), and Mike Gravel (1%). Eleven percent (11%) of Likely Democratic Primary Voters are undecided.
Rasmussen Reports provides weekly results to provide a longer-term overview of the race. These updates are based upon nightly telephone surveys. Results are reported based upon interviews conducted on the seven days up to and including the night before posting.
The seven day results typically include interviews with more than 1,000 Likely Democratic Primary Voters. This includes both Democrats and those independents likely to vote in a Democratic Primary. In some state primaries, independent voters are allowed to participate in party primaries while in others they are excluded. The margin of sampling error for the weekly update is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
The presidential candidates are invited to answer questions from a panel and from viewers on Gay Lesbian Transgendered and Bisexual issues to air on the LOGO channel. Notable on the panel is Melissa Etheridge.
Democratic candidates Clinton, Edwards, Obama, Gravel, Richardson and Kucinich attend.
Only Kucinich and Gravel support Gay Marraige while the others support Civil Unions.
Senators Dodd and Biden declined invitations due to scheduling conflicts. Every Republican candidate declined an invitation including Rudy Giuliani, who is for several gay rights. Dodd posted answers to many of the questions on his website.
The forum at the second annual Yearly Kos convention, a political blogger convention, drew all but one of the Democratic presidential candidates, and it helped cement the bloggers as an increasingly significant constituency inside the party. The 90-minute session displayed many of the qualities for which the blogosphere is known -- it was free-wheeling, occasionally raucous and consistently passionate, with candidates competing with one another to earn the affection of the audience.
Clinton came under attack for declining to join former senator John Edwards (N.C.), who is quite popular with bloggers, and Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in pledging not to take campaign contributions from Washington lobbyists.
"I think my party, the Democratic Party, the party of the people, ought to say from this day forward we will never take a dime from a Washington lobbyist," Edwards said to rising applause from the audience of more than 1,000.
Asked whether she would agree with that, Clinton said, "I don't think, based on my 35 years of fighting for what I believe in, anybody seriously believes I'm going to be influenced by a lobbyist or a particular interest."
The debate featured seven of the Democratic candidates: Clinton, Obama, Edwards, Kucinich, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.) and former senator Mike Gravel of Alaska. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) skipped the forum because he is on a book tour.
Democratic presidential candidates met working families Aug. 7 at the AFL-CIO Presidential Candidates Forum in Chicago. With some 17,000 union members and families, the crowd showed that working men and women are deeply concerned about the future of the country and just as excited about the chance to choose the next president.
Working men and women asked the candidates questions focusing on issues that affect the daily lives of working families—from jobs and wages to health care, retirement, education and Iraq. Some of the questions were submitted and selected by visitors to the AFL-CIO's Working Families Vote 2008 website. Union members submitted more than 2,000 questions.
The entire debate is available as a 9 part series on YouTube
Clinton - 44%
Obama - 22%
Edwards - 13%
Clinton again gains poll standing this week. Since April, her numbers have been steadily raising. During the last full week in July, Clinton topped the 40% mark for the first time and the first full week in August the frontrunner earned support from 44% of Likely Democratic Primary voters.
While Clinton has been gaining support, Senator Barack Obama’s support has declined for the first time since April. This is the first time all year that Clinton has doubled Obama’s support in a full week’s polling sample.
Polling for the first full week in August showed Edwards with 13% of the vote (just nine points behind Obama). New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Delaware Senator Joe Biden, and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich each attract support from 3%. Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd and former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel each are at the 1% mark and 10%% are undecided.
The poll is based upon nightly telephone surveys. Results are reported based upon interviews conducted on the seven days up to and including the night before posting. The seven day results typically include interviews with more than 1,300 Likely Democratic Primary Voters. This includes both Democrats and those independents likely to vote in a Democratic Primary. In some state primaries, independent voters are allowed to participate in party primaries while in others they are excluded. The margin of sampling error for the weekly update is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson raised $7 million for his Democratic presidential campaign during the past three months, surpassing his first quarter fundraising, his campaign announced.
The total places Richardson firmly in fourth place in the race for money among Democrats, behind John Edwards and pack-leading Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson announces he is ending the exploratory phase of his campaign and is officially seeking the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination. With his wife Barbara by his side, the Governor made the announcement during a news conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Bill Richardson, the New Mexico governor who has undertaken diplomatic missions to countries at odds with the United States, began a rare visit to isolated North Korea Sunday to recover remains of American servicemen killed in the Korean War.
The four-day trip, which has been endorsed by the Bush administration, comes days before a crucial deadline in a recent nuclear disarmament accord. But Richardson, a Democratic candidate for president, said he had no intention of negotiating nuclear matters.
Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, poised to sign a bill making New Mexico the 12th state to legalize medical marijuana, said Thursday he realizes his action could become an issue in the presidential race.
"So what if it's risky? It's the right thing to do," said Richardson, one of the candidates in the crowded 2008 field. "What we're talking about is 160 people in deep pain. It only affects them."
Richardson announced that he has formed a presidential exploratory committee. Richardson joins a diverse field for the Democratic nomination, which already includes Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. While Obama would be the first African American and Clinton would be the first woman, Richardson's own background would make him the first Hispanic to earn a major Presidential nomination.