Gov. Bill Richardson has an incredible résumé but consistently fails to hit the mark in these debates. Tonight he crashed and burned. (MORE)
Richardson was asked did he believe sexuality was a choice. "Yes."
Melissa Etheridge—who has been doing most of the questioning tonight—does her best to ask the candidate to qualify his response. "I'm not a scientist," he explains. "But I don’t see this as science or a definition, I see this as people but I don’t like to categorize people..." He lost us. (MORE)
Richardson attempts to explain his record—New Mexico is only one of five or six states that does not have a statewide Defense of Marriage Act or constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage, he called his legislation into special session to expand domestic partnerships—which is actually very good but he continues to stumble on the "choice" question. "I've been outspoken on these issues and supportive," the governor says.
Richardson also calls sexuality a "lifestyle."
We've said this several times before: Richardson has impeccable credentials but suffers from a certain lack of strategic thinking. It's not that he isn't strong on the issues—he is very strong but consistently has foot-in-mouth. Good luck on the campaign trail.