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Say what you will about Bill Richardson's White House chances, but at least his presidential campaign is making New Mexico safer for roosters. From the AP:

Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat running for president, has come out strongly in favor of a ban on cockfighting. Legislation to outlaw the bloodsport has come up from time to time in New Mexico, but until recently, Richardson refused to take sides.
Some suspect he does not want to look as if he comes from a backward state.
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"The bottom line is that if Bill Richardson is not running for president, this wouldn't be an issue," said Leo Lopez, 42, who has been attending matches since he was 12.

With Obama giving up cigarettes and New Mexico now giving up cock-fighting, this presidential campaign is turning into a remarkably effective vice squad.

--Jason Zengerle

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