September 15th, 2007
08:47 AM ET
11 years ago

Dem wagers New England clam chowder

Sen. Chris Dodd and Gov. Bill Richardson, who both speak fluent Spanish, looked friendly recently at the Univision Democratic debate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A friendly wager over a weekend series between one of the greatest rivalries in baseball turned into a sour spat on Friday.

Sen. Chris Dodd, a lifelong Red Sox fan, challenged New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to a friendly bet over the Yankees-Red Sox series this weekend. Of course, Dodd wanted the Sox in the bet. But a Richardson spokesman countered that the governor has always been an avid Red Sox fan.

"Governor Richardson is a devoted Red Sox fan, and has been since his days playing ball in Massachusetts in high school, college, and in the Cape Cod League," Richardson spokesman Pahl Shipley said.

Dodd and Richardson are both seeking the Democratic presidential nomination and New Hampshire is in the heartland of β€œRed Sox Nation.”

In a press release, Dodd offered to wager a gallon of New England clam chowder on the game in return for an equal bet from Richardson "if he's confident enough in his team to accept my challenge." Dodd quoted Richardson saying that his dream job would be "playing center field for the New York Yankees.”

"Nothing is more exciting than a Red Sox-Yankees series in September," Dodd said in a statement. "The governor and I both dreamed about playing center field for our respective teams as children, and although that didn't happen, I know we will be both be watching this series closely, so why not have a little fun with it?"

Richardson will not participate in the bet.

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Chris Dodd • New Hampshire
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Tom, Flagstaff AZ

    That does it! More and more, I have been moving toward Chris Dodd's candidacy. Now that I know he's a Sox fan, I will vote for him in my state's primary. Yankees suck.

    September 14, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. Henry Tucker, GA

    Funny... both Dodd and Richardson are fighting over who gets Boston in the Ny – Boston series. Does anyone else get the irony of two political no-chance-of-winning fighting over the Sox who (notoriously) have no-chance-of-winnnig against the Yanks.

    Sorry. Just telling the truth, folks!

    September 14, 2007 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    So, there is something positive about Chris Dodd! I knew that if we looked hard enough we could find something.

    September 14, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Every 80 years or so...the Sox win – maybe these two losers think they have the same chance. I'm from CT – ask anyone who voted for Dodd what has he done...and without looking it up...they can't answer...I'm sure the same can be said for Richardson (or and the Democrats for that matter)

    September 14, 2007 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Brett, Pembroke MA

    Actually, Tucker, right now the Red Sox have the best record in all of baseball. Also, I urge you to look back at the 2004 ALCS, when the Yankees were 3-0 to the Red Sox and they managed to come back and win the series at 4-3. That doesn't sound like "no chance" of beating the Yankees.

    Go Sox!

    September 14, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  6. Peter, Wausau, WI

    I REALLY hope nobody makes their decision about who to vote for based on which sports teams a particular candidate likes... that being said, though, it's good that people involved in a serious business like politics are able to have a bit of fun.

    September 14, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  7. Dan, TX

    CNN, why? Why? Why? Why not something about politics? Like the views of some independent voters:

    A sample of 2,931 members of Unity08, surveyed by Linescale in August 2007. (The survey was conducted via email to those signed up at Margin of error is plus or minus 2%.

    The sample of respondents was upscale (average income $74,000), slightly older than anticipated (average age of 51), well-educated (61% were college graduates), and disproportionately male (73%). Asked with whom they were most aligned politically, they responded as follows:

    Republican 15%
    Leaning Republican 10%
    Independent 27%
    Leaning Democratic 13%
    Democratic 19%
    Other party or no party 13%

    Respondents were asked to name two leaders from the past whom they admired. Many, for example, named Lincoln, FDR or Reagan. On a 0-6 scale (where 0 represented poor and 6 excellent), they were asked to rate those two leaders for leadership skills. On an average they ranked the first leader they named at 4.93 on the 0-6 scale β€” and the second at 4.54.

    On that 6 point scale respondents were asked to rank the three announced frontrunners for each of the two party nominations as follows:

    Barrack Obama 2.91
    Rudy Giuliani 2.52
    John Edwards 2.51
    Mitt Romney 2.48
    John McCain 2.45
    Hillary Clinton 2.30

    September 14, 2007 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  8. Paul F., Alexandria, VA

    Yanks Win 8-7 in an incredible comeback against their best pitcher, Jonathan Papelbon!!

    Both Dodd and Richardson are losers! (Only because they are Red Sox fans)

    Since Hillary and Guiliani are Yankees fans, like me, I expect to see them in the general election.

    I was hoping for this match-up in a Senate race a few years back but this defeat of Guiliani will be even sweeter.

    After all, Guiliani may be a great Yankees fan but even he was wrong to spend time at Yankee Stadium and then claim he was really spending time being a hero at ground zero. What a zero of a person!

    September 15, 2007 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  9. beth,Montara CA

    Glad these two "never have a chance in '08's" are spending their time 'productively' on baseball while Ms. Clinton is grilling General Petreus and showing the continuing falsehoods of this administration. Looking forward to electing the first female president in '08.

    September 15, 2007 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  10. onemom

    And this is news, why?

    September 15, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  11. Shander, New York NY

    I'm still waiting for the day when these candidates pander for the Met fan vote!

    September 15, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  12. Dave, Albuquerque NM

    Chris is Middletown, CT –

    I live in Albuquerque, NM, and do not know a single person who think (very important) that Richardson would make a good President.

    If people stop looking at the horse race of the thing and look at the candidates and their positions, and, arguably more important, if they are real, genuine people who are in the race for the right reasons, I believe they will be attracted to the candidacy of Senator Dodd. Ever since the first debate, it's been clear that if you put all the Democratic candidates up on the stage together, the only two who are President material are Dodd and Biden.

    What Dodd was trying to show with this bet was that Richardson was pandering instead of standing up for what he believes in. True, it's only baseball, but it goes to the heart of what Richardson will do to be President – namely sell out and say whatever he thinks will get him another percentage point in the polls.

    The United States will only elect as its next leader a person that can show courage, charisma, and humility. Which one of those attributes does Richardson, or any of the other candidates for that matter, show?

    September 15, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |