HOOKSETT, N.H. -- Wrapping up a three-day campaign swing to New Hampshire Monday afternoon, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, a Democratic presidential candidate, said he will compete in the state's primary no matter how early it takes place.
"I will be here no matter what, but please don't schedule it for July because I need some time to compete," quipped Richardson to a group of 30 at a quick stop in Hooksett.
Richardson is the first major candidate to visit Robie's Country Store here, a classic New Hampshire primary stop. Inside the small store are photographs and bumper stickers of campaigns past. Last year, Republican presidential candidate John Cox visited the store.
"I will meet with every voter at least 7 times if I have to," said Richardson.
Over the weekend Richardson addressed an AFL-CIO convention, attended house parties, and headlined a local Democratic Party's annual clambake fund-raiser.