SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is making a campaign swing through Eastern states that includes stops for gubernatorial candidates in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maryland.

Richardson is chairman of the Democratic Governor’s Association, which his office says is paying for his travel.

Richardson has made several trips to New Hampshire and is considered a presidential hopeful for 2008. But Richardson says he is focused on his re-election bid this year, and will make a decision later on whether to run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

This evening he will attend a reception in Nashua.

Before returning to New Mexico later this week, Richardson will visit Washington, D-C to lobby for federal money to carry out Indian water rights settlements in his state,

Richardson is to meet Tuesday with Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and will urge the Bush administration to support money for water projects and other costs to settle water rights claims involving tribes and pueblos.


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