Civily Unioned In New Mexico

Bill Richardson has the opportunity to prove his negotiatin skills and push through legislation to provide civil unions in New Mexico

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MyDD Interview with Tom Udall

Bumped -- Jonathan... This is a really important race, and I just wanted to bump up this interview so that folks could make sure to be able to hear it and see it. And if you want to get involved, you can still head to DraftUdall.com and the Netroots for Tom Udall Act Blue page. Also, Tuesday morning I'll be posting my interview with Congressman Mark Udall from Colorado, who's also running for the Senate, so stay tuned.

On Thursday, as a part of what became known in some circles as "More and Better Udalls in the Senate Day" because of the official announcement by Congressman Tom Udall that he would run for the Senate in New Mexico and the San Francisco fundraiser for Congressman Mark Udall (who's running for the Senate in Colorado), I had the opportunity to speak with both cousins about their campaigns. Tomorrow I'll be posting the audio and transcript of my interview with Mark, but first my interview with Tom, who agreed to be drafted to run this cycle.

You can download the interview as a large .mp3 file here, or listen to it through the player below. I have also included a rush transcript. And if you want to help out Tom's campaign, head over to the Netroots for Tom Udall page on Act Blue today.


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Jonathan Singer: Can you tell me how much a role the outgrowth of support you saw - in the Draft Udall, and also just people speaking out saying, "Run, Tom, Run" - how much that grassroots support played a role in your decision to reconsider and in fact run for the United States Senate?

Tom Udall: It played a major role in my decision to run for the United States Senate. There was within New Mexico and I think across the nation a very sincere Draft Udall movement. The blogosphere played an important part in that and I think got people involved and engaged and stirred up, and the result was that every time I was home in New Mexico people would come up to me very excited and say, "You've got to make this race."

I was at the central committee meeting, which had 200-300 Democratic activists. They had been involved and engaged and blogging. And they held up signs, "Run, Tom, Run!" Incredible enthusiasm. The way I would describe it, Jonathan, is that it played a major part in my decision.

The other significant part was about New Mexico and the nation and the role I could play in the United States Senate. This is what many of my constituents talk to me about. They say, "Tom, you've stood up on the issues, you've been a man of principle, you speak to us from the heart, we love you, and we want you to run so that you can make a difference in the Senate. We look at the Senate" - many of them told me this - "we look at the Senate as a place where legislation goes to die." And, as you know, the House has passed some pretty significant legislation on issues like the War in Iraq and ending it; healthcare for children, the SCHIP program; trying to do everything we can to get education in our schools for all of our children and improve the levels of schools just across the board; and energy, renewable energy. All of these things get out of the House and in some way seem to die in the Senate.

So that was another big part of my decision, which many of my constituents weighed in on, telling me, "You can make a difference for us, you can help empower us to fulfill our dreams, the things we want to see done in New Mexico and for the nation." And I think those were big, big factors for me in making the decision to make this race.  It was truly gratifying to see such a sincere effort out there.

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SUSA poll: New Mexico tight, Clinton runs ahead of Obama

SUSA released a poll from New Mexico and its 5 electoral votes today. Clinton runs ahead of Obama, and only John McCain manages to win a match-up against her.

Read the full poll and analysis here at Campaign Diaries.

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NM-Sen: Tom Udall Leads Big in Both Primary and General

The early numbers out of the New Mexico Senate election, which Congressman Tom Udall officially joined last week after paying heed to the calls of countless progressive activists in New Mexico and around the country working to draft him into the race, look awfully good. From SurveyUSA:

Democratic Primary

Udall 62
Chavez 32

Republican Primary

Wilson 56
Pearce 37

General Election

Wilson 41
Udall 56

Wilson 47
Chavez 46

Pearce 40
Udall 54

Pearce 52
Chavez 42

There are a few interesting data points from the poll worth noting. Chavez has seemingly centered his campaign on the notion that because he is a self proclaimed "moderate" and Udall is allegedly "so far to the left", he would be a stronger candidate. Clearly the topline numbers don't bear out this argument, with Udall performing significantly better than Chavez in head-to-heads against Congressmen Wilson and Pearce. The internals of the poll undercut this argument as well. According to SurveyUSA's writeup, "With Udall on the ballot, Moderates break 2:1 Democrat. With Chavez on the ballot against Pearce, Moderates split. With Chavez on the ballet against Wilson, Moderates break 5:4 Democrat."

It has also been suggested from the Republican side of the aisle that Wilson would be a stronger candidate than Pearce given her perceived ability to pick up a sizable chunk of the women's vote. Not so, however. According to the pollster, "Udall gets 59% of the female vote against Pearce; Udall gets 61% of the female vote against Wilson."

All in all, great numbers for Congressman Udall. If you want to help out his effort, head over to DraftUdall.com or the newly updated Netroots for Tom Udall Act Blue page to get involved.

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Udall Officially Files for Senate in New Mexico

It's official -- Draft Udall was a success. From the Albuquerque Tribune (via New Mexico FBIHOP):

U.S. Rep. Tom Udall has made it official: He is running for the U.S. Senate.

The Santa Fe Democrat had hinted he would make the move, and on Friday he filed a statement of candidacy, a staff member said.

A campaign kickoff is planned in New Mexico after Thanksgiving, his office said. Udall is campaigning this weekend in Iowa on behalf of Gov. Bill Richardson's race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

When Sen. Pete Domenici, Albuquerque Republican, announced he would not seek re-election next year because of a degenerative brain condition, Udall initially said he was not interested, but he changed his mind after lobbying by Democrats in Washington and New Mexico.

If you want to help kickstart Udall's Senate campaign, head over to ActBlue to make a small but meaningful contribution to his campaign account. With polling consistently showing Udall holding a large double-digit lead over either of his potential Republican rivals, as well as a 20-point lead in the Democratic primary, Udall is well on his way to success. But a contribution today could help out greatly, as well, so get involved if you can.

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