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Contender Richardson wants to have it all

Can anyone be a New York Yankees fan and a Boston Red Sox fan at the same time and win the presidency?

Democratic candidate Bill Richardson wants to have it all.

"I'm a Red Sox fan," said the New Mexico governor, who was born in Pasadena, Calif., but spent his early childhood in Mexico City.

Richardson attended a boarding school in Concord, Mass., where he pitched on the baseball team. He graduated from Tufts University in 1971 with a master's degree in international affairs. He also pitched a season in the Cape Cod summer league. He follows baseball closely to this day.

Earlier this year, Richardson said that if he were not running for president, his dream job would be playing for the Yankees. Yesterday, on NBC's "Meet the Press," he explained: "I've always been a Red Sox fan. But I said if I weren't running for president, I would like to be No. 7 -- Mickey Mantle -- playing center field for the New York Yankees.

"My favorite team has always been the Red Sox," he said, then added, "I'm also a Yankees fan. . . . This is the thing about me. I can bring people together." (AP)

The field may grow

Are 10 Republican presidential contenders enough? One of them, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, said yesterday that there is room for more.

Huckabee commented when asked on "Fox News Sunday" how he felt about the possibility that Fred Thompson, the actor and former Tennessee senator, might enter the 2008 race.

"I don't know enough about his record in terms of the issues but, you know, I think any of us who are running have to recognize that there's going to be room even for more than the 10 who are already on the stage," Huckabee said.

Another Republican hopeful, former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore, said he does not know much about Thompson's conservative record while in the Senate.

"He's a one-term senator," Gilmore said.

"He's kind of the guy that's hanging around out there, flirting with this, and he's well known because of his "Law & Order" appearance. But the question is, is there a solid, consistent record there of supporting conservative principles? That's going to have to be seen after he gets in the race." (AP)

Experience, for a change
Do voters prefer change or experience? "You can't separate them. I think [voters] want both," said former senator John Edwards of North Carolina, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2004 who is running for president in 2008.

"I think they're looking for change -- serious change, substantive change -- and I think they will have to feel like whoever the candidate is is prepared to be president. . . . I don't think they will judge that based on a resume," Edwards said.

Barack Obama's wife addresses the murmurs that the 45-year-old senator from Illinois is not ready for prime time.

"He has great experience," Michelle Obama told ABC this month. "He's been in the state Legislature. He's been a community organizer. He's been a civil rights attorney. . . . Need I go on?"

Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona was a self-styled reformer during his failed 2000 presidential campaign. But at 70, he considers his age and experience an attribute.

"I'm older than dirt and have more scars than Frankenstein," he likes to say. "But I've learned a few things along the way." (AP)

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