Bill Richardson's file:
Richardson

Democrat from New Mexico

Bill Richardson is the former governor of New Mexico, having served two terms in that position from 2003-2011. Richardson is also a former congressman, U.S. secretary of energy, and ambassador to the United Nations. He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, and was President Barack Obama’s initial nominee for secretary of commerce in 2009.

Recent statements involving Bill Richardson

Among Hispanics, support for immigration reform is close to universal.

As secretary of the Department of Energy under former President Bill Clinton, "I created reserves of home heating oil."

"Sixty-five percent of the Iraqi people now say it's okay to shoot an American soldier."

The form students fill out to get college financial aid is "longer than the form to get U.S. citizenship."

"Congress' approval rating is 11 percent. You know who's higher? Dick Cheney and HMOs."

Recent stories featuring Bill Richardson

Two parties, one night: We find some truth, some exaggerations and a Pants-on-Fire falsehood at the dual debates in New Hampshire.

FACT SHEET: Who was in military?: They want to be commander in chief, but most of the presidential candidates have not served in the military. Our survey of their resumes finds that five of the 15 candidates have military experience.

PolitiFact's greatest hits: Our Top 10 Truth-O-Meter rulings cover the Pledge of Allegiance, military shrinkage and crime linkage. We also examine whether God has a position on the Iowa caucuses.

FACT SHEET: Who has been to Iraq?: We surveyed the 16 candidates to find out which ones have visited Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003. As of December 2007, nine have. Here are our findings along with a brief synopsis of each candidate's position on the war, taken from their Web sites.

Why facts matter: In an essay, PolitiFact editor Bill Adair explains why facts are important — and why we nitpick.

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