Interview Highlights

– “There’s so many trouble spots, you’ve got Iraq, you’ve got the Iran situation, you’ve got Syria, you’ve got several wars in Africa going on, you’ve got Columbia and Venezuela fighting each other, you’ve got the immigration issue unsettled, you’ve got North Korea, you’ve got the refugee situation in Syria – this kind of explosion of problems.”

– “What we need in Syria is an international coalition that basically gets [Syrian President Bashar] Assad out in some kind of transition, maybe he doesn’t lose his power completely, but we need an international coalition there, the country’s collapsing, we’ve got thousands of refugees…”

– “We’ve made this deal with Iran, and I’m not entirely sold on that, I think with North Korea we need to approach them the same way, look, North Korea, get rid of your nuclear weapons. In exchange, maybe you get some food, some humanitarian assistance, some energy assistance.”

– On the Democratic race for President: “I think [Vermont Sen.] Bernie Sanders maybe wins one of the two primaries, Iowa and New Hampshire. But then the rest, there’s 48 others, I think that’s where Hillary’s strength with minorities, with women, with activists will come out.”

– “If the Republicans nominate John Kasich or Bush, then it’s a race, if they nominate anybody else … even … Donald Trump, they’re going to go down (to Hillary Clinton).”

About Bill Richardson

Governor Bill Richardson was 30th Governor of New Mexico, from 2003 to 2011. He was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration and has also served as a U.S. Congressman, chairman of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.  Since Governor Richardson left public life, in 2011, Richardson joined the boards of APCO Worldwide company Global Political Strategies as chairman.  He was also appointed as a special envoy for the Organization of American States.  Richardson has a long interest in North Korea, and has been involved in ad-hoc negotiations with the leadership there since the early 1990s, and visited a number of times, not always with official support.  In 2013 Richardson joined the Board of Advisors for the Fuel Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit campaign that advocates for the end of the oil monopoly.

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