January 3rd, 2008
10:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Richardson supporters moving to Obama camp


Obama and Richardson chat at Sen. Tom Harkin's Steak Fry in Iowa.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) - CNN’s Candy Crowley reports that supporters of Bill Richardson in Iowa are now moving over to Barack Obama as their second-choice candidate - a vital designation in the Democratic caucuses. A Clinton source tells her that “The 'Richardson thing’ is real," and that Clinton supporters in the caucuses report “people are moving en masse from Richardson to Barack Obama.”

Obama supporters dispute the reports.

Earlier Thursday, word spread that Richardson caucus goers in precincts where the former New Mexico governor was not “viable” – could not meet the required 15 percent threshold - were being urged to go with Obama as their second-choice candidate.

A Richardson spokesman told CNN that “no deal was cut between the two campaigns.”

The spokesman also said that there is a “natural overlap between Richardson and Obama supporters” on such issues as the war in Iraq and bringing change to Washington.

soundoff (213 Responses)
  1. Greg

    "Two men–Obama and Richardson (both people of color)–conspired against Clinton, a woman. This is consistent with what I know about a lot men of color- they tend to be against women. Unfortunate." – What's unfortunate is there are still people like you Dan Birch who think like this. Why can't "the men" just believe in this very important situation "the woman" is not qualified to do the job? If these 3 fine people where in a working situation and "the woman" was not selected to head up a major project because she was not qualified, I guess you would want to sue.

    January 3, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  2. John

    Folks, here is something to reflect on. In the last six election cycles, Iowa Democrats never chose a winner. Hillary should be happy about this.

    January 3, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  3. Jim, Cherokee

    Bill Clinton also lost New Hampshire and ran into trouble in Massachusetts, but still was elected by a large margin. He also like Senator Clinton had the most super delagates and was an early Democratic favorate like Senator Clinton. Remember her National Average is at 45%. No other canadate camoes even close. Way to go Obama. Clinton 2008. Richardson won't even be a Governor in a couple of years. That is 2% Governor Richardson who I used to like Boo on you. Senator Clinton 2008, and not with richerdson ex gov of New Mexico.

    January 3, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  4. Tampa FL

    First of all I am a black woman, with that said I am not surprise that Obama won in Iowa. I feel that their trying to make a statement that Iowa isn't a racist state. I will not vote for Obama, because I truely don't believe he's ready to be president. I will vote for Hillary and try to get my family and friends to do the same. I bet karl Rove is the happiest person of all!!!!!

    GO HILLARY 2008

    January 3, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  5. Les

    When it comes to Richardson, he have just killed his own candidacy in other state of the union. Me and my friends were following Iowa this evening, three of them are Richardson supporters, they're changing their support, they're voting for Hillary on February 5.

    January 3, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. John

    In the last seven election cycles, no democrat chosen by Iowa democrats won the general election. Iowans are good at choosing losers.

    January 3, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  7. Jack

    Way to go people, I guess we didn't learn anything when the Democratic Party nominated Mayor Bill Bradley for Gov. and then he got trounced in the California Governors election by a GOP "nobody". Or, when we went out in force for our Latino candidate for Gov and we wound up with Arnold!!!!

    Yes, It's nice to be heard but, do you really want another Republican in the White House???????????

    The numbers aren't there to elect Senator Obama or Senator Richardson as President the GOP knows it and they will continue to throw money and media attention to these two fine gentlemen hoping that they will get the nomination so that they can once again prey on the fears of white America and elect another Bush Republican!

    Enjoy the night but, please think about the next four years!

    January 3, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  8. Ann Thomas

    David couldn't more right in saying, "Other than talking about "change" what qualification does Obama have to lead this country? He is handsome and speaks well but that is not enough to be the president. Unfortunately Iowans look for style over substance.

    January 3, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. ZQ

    Just came back from Iowa City Caucus.

    Obama DESTROYED both clinton and edwards in most delegations. In ours Obama had 70% of the vote.

    And yes we got all most all 9% of Richardson's people.

    I think Richardson realizes Obama is the meal ticket for the next 8 years.

    January 3, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  10. Mr. Peters

    Obama has no substance. He's all fluff and will be a hinderance to progress. Do people really think respected world leaders will take President Osama...er Obama seriously. Hell, the brilliant sliver of Iowans participating in the caucus process should push for a Obama/Huckabee (or vise versa) ticket! It'd be more of the same idiocy we've experienced over the last 8 years.

    January 3, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. Ada

    Thank you Richardson, you did what I wanted, and I'm very happy. I'm still waiting for Joe Biden.


    January 3, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  12. Larry Buchas, New Britain, CT

    Democrats will win with Obama. You Clinton supporters don't know the strength & power of angry Independents & Republicans. Even the Clinton's know it's the Democrats election to lose.

    Face the facts, Obama represents the youth vote. They have more at stake ever since Bush & the Republicans created this monstrous deficit & sent us to an expensive and disastrous war.

    January 3, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. Sean, Detroit, MI

    Mr. Peters: to in any way compare an intelligent man like Obama to a bumbling moron like Bush is "idiocy"

    January 3, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  14. OverTheRainbow, KS

    Can anyone tell me what differentiates ANY of these Duhmocrats?

    Duhmocratic Platform:

    1. Hate Bush
    2. Get outta Irag in 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, uh, 4 months, uh, 5 months, uh, and on and on
    3. Hate Bush
    4. Tax everybody, and anything that moves, lives or dies
    5. Hate Bush
    6. Free (LOLF!) Health Care for EVERYBODY in the Entire Universe! Yippee! (Oh, what the heck, let's let Canada in on our's too. They already know about "free" Health Care)
    7. Hate Bush
    8. Let anyone in our country that wants to be here, even if illegally, give them lots of money and free stuff so they will know who to vote for in future elections
    9. Hate Bush
    10. Oh, and hate Bush

    Style AND substance in this group? Puhleeeze. How can there be any serious DEBATE with this gang of clowns when they all say the SAME thing?!

    January 3, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  15. Bob in DC

    Forget "change". "It's the economy, stupid" should be the operating mantra from now until November. (Unless, of course, you want to elect another "no new taxes" budget busting, warmongering, deficit creating Republican.)

    January 3, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  16. Lynn, Reno, NV

    Independents love Obama and that is why he will win the general election. Independents despise Clinton and that is why she would lose the general election. We have to have independent voters on our side so we can't nominate Clinton.

    January 3, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  17. Jen

    Wow, America, the land of the free and where all men are created equal is not practicing what it preaches right now. I thought we lived in a time where the color of someone's skin was NOT a definition of their character. Can you really say that Obama is 100% black? Isn't his mother white? Wouldn't that make him brown? Get over the color issue and the gender issue. All the candidates are AMERICAN and each has a shot at the big office.

    January 3, 2008 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. notagain

    Obama will never win the presidency, who cares who wins Iowa, look at how many lost the presidency that won Iowa. The only thing that counts are the two final candidates that are actually chosen to vote on for the big office. And Obama will not be one of them, can you ever see the USA put a black man in that office to be the head, never! His running for this office is nothing more then name recognition, he has no experience to even know what to do for any type of disaster or attack on us. And how many years has he been in politics, right! The person that will win the big office will be a white male either democrat or republican, but definitely no one of color or female, this nation will never accept either to lead the nation. So what has he won in Iowa? Nothing at all.

    January 3, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Jim

    I love all the "Republicans will eat Obama" posts. We reject that.

    This is the first step in a march to the White House – a march to restore dignity, honor, compassion, justice, and intelligence to the office of President, and to our great nation.


    OBAMA 08.

    January 3, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  20. Mr. Peters

    If the democrats, coupled with the angry independents and cross over Republicans, put their hopes on Obama – who has ZERO experience in executive office, has very little to his name by way of interesting (let alone meaningful) legisltation and is weighing his campaign on superficial change with no real platform to roll back the bumbles of the Bush years – then they might as well put their vote in the R (or if Bloomberg jumps in I) category when they go to the voting booth next year. He is green, way idealistic and extremely superficial. If that's what the youth vote is after then Obama's their man. However I warn in the national election he goes down to the vastly more experienced R front runners.

    January 3, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  21. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    I am a Hispanic and a Republican (voted Independent though, never for Bush). I do not think its being a traitor to stand behind someone you believe in. So what if BILL Clinton (NOT Hillary) gave him a position? Should Richardson follow Clinton to the ends of the earth becuase of it? Loyalty is important, but so is judegement.

    If Richardson, knowing the Clintons, decides NOT to support Hillary.... stop calling him a traitor and THINK about what that means. Does he realize that Hillary is not the person to be president? Does he think that perhaps Barak will be a better leader or has the right idea?

    Im sorry, but the Clintons have shown several times that they deserve no loyalty. So has Bush. I am ready for change, loyalty to the establishment will only lead this country to ruin.

    January 3, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  22. notagain

    Jen, you are right on a couple of things, yes, all candidates are American and each has a shot at the big office. Operative word, SHOT, having a shot does not get you to be the president, John Blow on the street has a shot at it if he so wants it, but will he get it? And you are seriously fooling yourself if you think that this nation if you think that this nation has forgotten about looking at skin color as ones definition of self or that the words in the famous document stating that all men are created equal really means that today all men are truly being treated as equal. As a person of color, I can definitely tell you that this nation still sees color first and the person second and not all are treated as equals, look into the court systems and see if a man of color gets the same time for the same crime that a white man does, look and see how many discrimination cases are heard each year. It would be nice if how you see the world is actually how the world is, but take off the blind folds and you will see that it hasnt changed much.

    January 3, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. Ann Thomas

    Folks, I just heard Mike Fitzgerald, Iowa State Treasurer speak at Obama campaign. He thanked the Democrats, Independents, and REPUBLICANS for supporting Obama. It is obvious several Republicans supported Obama so they wont have to face Hillary in November.

    Are the Iowa Democrat so sutpid not to see this?

    January 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  24. James, Iowa

    Well said, Mr. Peters. It is unfortunate that the Iowa Democrats acted so foolishly.

    January 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  25. Gem

    They're probably in negotiation for VP, obviously.

    If Obama or Edwards win, the GOPs will be celebrating big time. They rather face Obama or Edwards anytime.

    Republicans will dig on Obama's Illinois state senate records which he's trying to hide. Republicans like to dig up the dirt.

    January 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
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