He spoke at the Awbrey Glen Country Club at a fundraising dinner Tuesday night.
He stopped into the KBND studios Wednesday. He says the most frequent question he gets is how is he going to beat a Democratic Governor in a state with more Democrats than Republicans.
"The way I overcome the significant voter differential is not by focusing on party politics, but what Oregonians care more about, how to get decent jobs and better education and pay our mortgage and not just stay in this abyss where there's talk about change, but it really doesn't happen."
Richardson says recent polling has him closing the gap on incumbent Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber.
Richardson says if people in the state approve of the job Kitzhaber is doing he won't win, but if they don't, he's offering an alternative.