New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he was banking on foreign policy expertise and appeal to Hispanics as he formally entered the crowded Democratic presidential field with bilingual remarks in Los Angeles on Monday.

Those themes from Richardson’s announcement were aimed at putting him where he has long thought he deserved to be: closer to the front of the Democratic pack. He is unique among the presidential candidates for his undertaking of diplomatic missions to Iraq, Burma, Sudan and, just last month, North Korea – a delicate trip approved by the White House.

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