Last night, we received the following email from Fox:
GOVERNOR RICHARDSON (D-NM) TELLS FOX NEWS CHANNEL’S CARL CAMERON THAT HE WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008. TUNE INTO FOX NEWS CHANNEL’S SPECIAL REPORT WITH BRIT HUME AT 6:22 PM TODAY TO SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW.
Yet, today, Richardson is denying the report.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson’s camp denied a FOX News report Thursday that he had announced his candidacy for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination on the network.
In an interview with CNN, Pahl Shipley, Richardson’s spokesman, said “the simple truth is the governor made no announcement.”
“We are disappointed the FOX reporter took the governor’s response to a hypothetical question out of context,” Shipley said.
But FOX correspondent Carl Cameron, who interviewed Richardson, is standing by his report.
When asked Friday morning if Richardson “more or less said he was running for president,” Cameron answered “Oh, not more, he did,” during an interview on “FOX and Friends.” Richardson is planning to create an exploratory committee in January, Cameron said.
Cameron acknowledged that the Richardson camp had denied that the governor had announced his candidacy, but Cameron said Richardson backtracked on an Associated Press report in 2005.
“He has been in this situation before,” Cameron said.
>UPDATE: Or was Richardson just backpedalling?