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Richardson to pitch Obama energy plan in Broward

Dispatching New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is not quite as innovative as advertising on top of a gas station pump, but that's the latest the Barack Obama campaign has come up with to sell its energy plan.

Richardson will host a "Florida Forum for Change" Monday at the Pembroke Pines Charter High School. He served as the U.S. Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton and was the only Hispanic candidate for president in 2008 until he dropped out of the race in January.

Another Obama supporter, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, will host an event on Social Security in Port St. Lucie on Sunday.

Florida Policy Director Ian Bassin said in a statement: "Floridians are facing real challenges right now  from the rising costs of owning a home to a state economy losing record numbers of jobs. To address these issues, Senator Obama doesn't just want Floridians' support, he wants to hear their stories, their concerns and their opinions.''

The events are free and open to the public. Doors open for the Richardson event at 4:30 p.m.