New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said on Friday that an early emphasis on campaign fundraising was an "absurd" fixation of "the Washington media" that would ultimately not determine who Democratic voters nominate.
"There is this fixation that the Washington media is developing that this race is basically already over and that the two most important attributes are who can raise the most money and who has the most rock-star status," Richardson told reporters.
"I think that's absurd. I think the voters of Iowa will have something to say about that."
Still, Richardson boasted about his ability to raise money.
"I don't want to get into numbers, but I was able to raise $14 million for my race as governor. I raised close to $30 million for the Democratic Governor's Association. We raised $2 million in one night in New Mexico," he said. "We'll be respectable."
Richardson, making his first trip to Iowa since announcing his presidential bid, emphasized his lengthy resume as a congressman, diplomat, energy secretary and governor. He also took subtle digs at his Democratic opponents, senators or former senators all.
""I've got CEO experience ... I don't just give speeches about it and vote on it."