Oh, be­have

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

The Demo­cratic hope­fuls are get­ting so rude with one an­other that one of their own had to step into the fray.

New Mex­ico Gov. Bill Richard­son an­nounced Oct. 30 that he re­grets the “neg­a­tive tone” that two of his ri­vals have taken to­ward Sen. Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton of New York, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press. He chided Sen. Barack Obama of Illi­nois and for­mer Sen. John Ed­wards of North Carolina for claim­ing Mrs. Clin­ton was be­holden to spe­cial in­ter­ests, and pre­dicted he’ll win the nom­i­na­tion be­cause he’s nice on the cam­paign trail.

“I think that Sen­a­tors Obama and Ed­wards should con­cen­trate on the is­sues and not on at­tack­ing Sen­a­tor Clin­ton,” said Mr. Richard­son, who of­fi­cially added his name to the New Hamp­shire bal­lot on Oct. 30. “It’s OK to get ag­gres­sive on the is­sues, but to make per­sonal at­tacks on some­body’s at­tach­ments to lob­by­ists, that’s not the kind of pos­i­tive tone I want to see.”

Be­sides, there’s plenty of time to get mean be­fore the gen­eral elec­tion.

“Now is not the time to start food fights,” Mr. Richard­son said.

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