03/28/2008 02:48 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Richardson to Musharraf: Step Down!

Denison, Iowa---Democratic presidential hopeful and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson released a statement reacting to the assassination of Pakistani former prime minister and opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto, saying "We mourn for Ms. Bhutto. She knew the dangers to her safety. Her death, and the deaths of so many of her supporters is more than just a tragedy. It is a testament to the will of the Pakistani people to see democracy restored. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who died today."

Richardson stated, "It is in the interests of the US that there be a democratic Pakistan that relentlessly hunts down terrorists. Musharraf has failed,and his attempts to cling to power are destabilizing his country. He must go."

The former US Ambassador to the UN also pressed President Bush to diplomatically encourage Musharraf to step aside and to bring a broad-based coalition government consisting of all the democratic parties. Until free and fair elections occur, Richardson says, the US should suspend all
military aid to Pakistan.

Senator Joe Biden, also a Democratic presidential hopeful, will be holding a press conference in Des Moines at 12:00 CST.