Richardson At International Meeting

New Mexico – Gov. Bill Richardson has traveled to Malaysia to participate in a conference for international business leaders.

Richardson spoke Monday about the economic downturn, U.S. politics and health care at the Forbes Global CEO Conference in Kuala Lumpur, the governor's office announced.

The Democratic governor participated in a session with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, and Forbes chairman Steve Forbes.

Richardson left New Mexico on Saturday and will return to the state on Thursday.

The governor's office says his travel expenses will be paid by conference organizers.

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