New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said he didn't want to weigh in on the dispute among his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, over diplomacy, but the former UN Ambassador did say how he would approach the issue.
"I am for diplomacy and dialogue. In face I have met with Castro and the North Koreans. I believe in talking with our enemies, but here is the deal: you can't just talk, you have to get something out of the talks," Richardson said to reporters in New Hampshire. "I would set no pre-conditions in talking with them."
All week Obama and Clinton have been sparring over their responses to a question asked at a debate Monday night. Asked whether they would meet with leaders from countries hostile to the United States in their first year as president, Obama said he would; Clinton said she would not agree to meeting without pre-conditions.
While Richardson's view sounds closer to Obama's position, he said he wasn't getting into the debate.
"I don't want to interfere in their dispute," Richardson said. "In fact, I hope their dispute continues."
In a recent poll, Richardson is running third behind Clinton and Obama in New Hampshire.