January 10th, 2008
03:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Richardson drops White House bid

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Richardson officially dropped his presidential bid Thursday. (Photo Credit: AP)

(CNN) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson announced Thursday he is quitting the Democratic presidential race after fourth-place finishes in the first two contests of the 2008 election.

"Despite overwhelming financial and political odds, I am proud of the campaign we waged," he told cheering supporters in his state capital of Santa Fe.

Richardson, who served as energy secretary and ambassador to the United Nations in the Clinton administration, drew 5 percent of the vote in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary and 2 percent in last week's Iowa caucuses, far behind leading Democrats Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards.

In bowing out, he called the Democratic field "the most promising field in my lifetime" and predicted the party's eventual nominee will win the White House.

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  1. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    Bill Richardson for Secreatry of State

    January 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. bean counter, Motor City, MI

    Hopefully John Edwards is close behind.

    Na, na, na, na
    Na, na, na, na
    hey, hey, hey goodbye!

    January 10, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Kate

    Here's hoping there will be spots in the cabinet for Richardson, Biden and Dodd – the most experienced candidates.

    January 10, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. art

    Richard, don't you remember the mess we created by backing flawed leaders? We backed the oppressive Iranian Shah and look what happened. We backed Saddam Hussein and look what happened. We backed the Afghan Majahedeen and look what they did. We're backing Musharaf and the Saudi royals. If they also fall at the hands of radicals, oil will soar and we will all pay the price. Let's stop betting on the wrong horses!

    January 10, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. SCOTTE BUCHANAN

    Mr. Richardson please run for Senate and don't take a VP spot, You will do more for country; if you are in the senate then being vice president.

    January 10, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Karen

    Bill Richardson for VP!

    January 10, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  7. EarlB

    I am a New Mexican and a Republican and I think the best candidate for both parties has just walked out the door. And I agree with Expat Teacher and Dean, the media decided way too early that Bill was a "second tier" candidate and they (the media) made an effort to convince people that the only two candidates for the Dems were Clinton and Obama. A real shame as we need someone on the White House with Bill's Foreign Policy experience.

    January 10, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I salute you Bill Richardson. You did your best.

    January 10, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  9. Jason

    Sorry folks, Bill Richardson is just a memory now as John McCain will be the 44th Prez. The Democratic Party is DEAD!

    January 10, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. LILLIAN ALBUQUERQUE NEW MEXICO

    I AM VERY SAD TODAY AS THE EXPERIENCED CANDIDATES HAD TO LEAVE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. THE ONLY WAY I WILL VOTE FOR THIS PARTY IS WITH THE EDWARDS-RICHARDSON TEAM.. LILLIAN FROM ALBUQUERQUE

    January 10, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  11. Walt, Belton, TX

    Kind of hate to see a Democrat with integrity leave the field of battle. He would certainly get my vote before most of the rabble from either party, let alone the idiot mayor of New Jork.

    January 10, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. Steven Bengtson Sr.

    Bummer about Bill Richardson, he has a lot to offer! I hope he stays involved with national politics, I value his experience. We would all benefit if he becomes involved in the Clinton Administration.

    January 11, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  13. George in Ohio

    So the candidate with easily the best resume and track record can't make it past the first primary – what does that say about our electoral process? What a loss for the country – and shame on the media for going after glamour rather than substance. Perhaps Richardson's TV ad is correct – maybe he is overqualified to be President. Thanks for trying, Bill. You had my vote.

    January 11, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
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