Richardson Officially Declares Bid For Democratic Presidential Nomination

Los Angeles (AP) -- Saying his track records makes him the right person to lead the country through a pivotal time, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has formally launched his campaign for the Democratic Presidential Nomination.

Richardson, making the announcement in California, vowed to repair what he called the "damage done" domestically and to the reputation of the US abroad.

He said his first action on that front would be to remove US troops from Iraq and use diplomacy as the primary instrument of US foreign policy. Besides serving as governor, Richardson has also been a congressman and served as President Clinton's Energy Secretary. And, he was ambassador to the United Nations.

His decision to stage a formal launch in Los Angeles was meant to highlight his Hispanic roots and his leadership of a western state.

California's Presidential primary will be held on February fifth.

Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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