An endorsement by Martin Sheen, the politically active actor who played the American president on the popular television series, The West Wing.
Sheen, who campaigned in South Florida for Reno during her failed 2002 bid to oust former Gov. Jeb Bush as governor, has endorsed the Democratic presidential hopeful and will campaign with him in Iowa in the runup to the Jan. 3 caucus.
"Bill Richardson has the proven record of success and the real-world experience that this country needs in our next President: he is ready for prime time," Sheen said.
Richardson, who has struggled to gain traction in a race that has revolved around Clinton, Obama and Edwards, despite a resume that includes two terms as New Mexico governor and stints as an ambassador, congressman and Clinton-era Cabinet member, said Sheen is "used to backing the underdog in the fight, and I am confident that his participation will put the exclamation point on my grassroots campaign and help me finish very strongly in Iowa.
"I am looking forward to Martin showing me around the White House," Richardson said. "And I hope that I can serve as many terms in the White House as his characters have."
A recent Bloomberg/LA Times poll pegged RIchardson at fourth place with support in the single digits in both Iowa and New Hampshire.