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New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson came to a Monitor sponsored breakfast on Tuesday in two roles – chairman of the Democratic Governors' Association and potential presidential candidate.

As chairman of the Democratic Governors' Association, Richardson talked up his party's prospects in the 36 statehouse races that will be decided this November.

"I believe we will win the House of Representatives, the Senate probably [is] a little more difficult," Richardson said. "I can honestly say I believe we will win a majority of governorships this year.... We will win in New York. We will win in Massachusetts. We will win in Colorado. We will win in Ohio. We will win in Arkansas. We have some very competitive toss ups in Nevada [and] Florida. We will win in Maryland. I would put Maryland in the 'feel confident' [category]."

Another governor's race where Richardson is confident is New Mexico. Although he is running for reelection, Richardson felt confident enough to take time out for a swing through several Eastern states to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

Richardson was also in Washington as someone pondering a move from the state house to the White House. The governor told reporters at the breakfast that he "will make a decision early next year" on whether to run for president. But he is already clearly preparing for a presidential run.

For example, Richardson instantly offered up a highly detailed plan when asked what he would do about Iraq if he were president.


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