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Vetting Richardson

Politicolooks head-on
"The Kerry campaign vetted Governor Richardson, and nothing was found that would have prevented him from being chosen as John Kerry's vice presidential candidate," [Kerry campaign advisor Jim] Johnson said.

Three other people -- either senior Kerry aides or Democrats involved in the vice presidential search process -- said in interviews that Richardson's past was not subject to any examination* aimed at determining whether his personal conduct with women was a potential political problem....

[One] Democrat said Richardson's citing of the 2004 vetting process as a rejoinder to questions about his personal behavior is "a crazy thing to go around saying."
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