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Gov. Bill Richardson

Politician

The New Mexico governor first pursued a career in baseball, so it’s no wonder that many movies that have impacted Bill Richardson feature the sport: for example, the Oscar-nommed “The Natural” and “Field of Dreams.”

The former pitcher put aside his ambitions of going pro when he pursued a political science degree at Tufts U., where he saw his all-time fave, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” “I’ve seen it a total of 28 times,” he says. “I love to watch films many times over because I don’t want to be surprised. I like knowing the outcomes.”

When it comes to films about politics, Richardson cites yet another Robert Redford pic. ” ‘The Candidate’ is a wonderful depiction of the typical vacuousness of a political campaign, as well as the compromises you have to make to get elected, but it is also a funny look at our political process. While flawed, it is a good one, because it involves appealing to common people,” he says.

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