Gov. Richardson Tells Fellow Democrats to Play Nice


The heat is on for presidential hopefuls with only 37 days until the Iowa caucus. But while some Democrats and Republicans are baring their fangs, one candidate asks why everyone can’t just get along.

“The voters need to hear something positive,” New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democratic presidential hopeful, said on CNBC's "Squawk Box." “They just want their lives improved, and they just hate politicians taking shots at each other.”

Richardson is encouraging his fellow Democrats to leave the mudslinging to the Republicans, because, he says, voters want to hear about Democrats’ policy differences, not their personal differences.

“They want to know what we’re going to do about the economy, about Iraq, they want to know what we’re going to do about healthcare.”

Richardson’s play-nice attitude is causing some to speculate that he’s campaigning for vice president, not the top job, but Richardson said he’s not out to be number two.

“I am moving up," said Richardson. "I’m going to be the nominee.”