Bill Richardson, New Mexico's governor, told the Northwest Iowa Labor Council Picnic that it was God's will that the first primary be held in Iowa.
"Iowa, for good reason, for constitutional reasons, for reasons related to the Lord, should be the first caucus and primary," Richardson told the crowd.
While talk of God's will is something Americans have become accustom to, it is probably a good sign that Richardson's comment was not well-received. "That was a little weird," said Sioux City resident Joe Shufro. "I don't know what God had to do with choosing Iowa among other states. I found that a little strange."
"It's the kind of thing that would make me wince if, for instance, George Bush said it," said another resident. "Richardson has the saving grace of not taking himself too seriously. It was one of those off-the-cuff remarks that can't be taken as seriously as the punsters will make it."