Friday, June 10, 2005

Lost in Translation

Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM) is up in New Englanc, prompting talk he's scouting out the New Hampshire primary. And in pure political style, is talking out both sides of his mouth -- except he's doing it in two different languages.

Depending on which language he's speaking, he's either running -- or not. Here's how the Concord Monitor reported it:

"I want to be very clear about this presidential stuff," Richardson, the Democratic governor of New Mexico, said at yesterday's New Hampshire Latino Summit. "No, I will not run for president."

Then, switching to Spanish, he told the heavily Hispanic crowd, "Segura que si, voy a ser candidato!"

Rough translation: "You bet I am!"

Governor Richardson was President Clinton's Energy Secretary and a favorite to have been Al Gore's running mate in 2000 -- until rising gasoline prices made him an unpopular choice. (Concord Monitor)

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