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The first and most obvious is his status as the only Hispanic candidate in either of the major partiesâ€™ crowded presidential fields. Richardson could rise quickly in the polls if he is able to galvanize significant support from a Hispanic constituency that is rapidly growing in both size and influence in Democratic Party politics. He would be seeking to make demographic history as the first Hispanic president, just as Clinton hopes to become the first woman president and Obama the first African-American president.
Perhaps less obvious, but no less central to Richardsonâ€™s potential appeal is his wealth of political experience in the area of foreign policy â€” a crucial issue for the 2008 campaign, as the nation seeks a way to extract itself from the prolonged conflict in Iraq and deal with other hot spots around the world.