February 1st, 2008
02:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Richardson to watch Super Bowl with Bill Clinton

Richardson served as Clinton's Energy Secretary and U.N. Ambassador.

Richardson served as Clinton's Energy Secretary and U.N. Ambassador.

(CNN) - CNN has learned that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will watch the Super Bowl this Sunday with former President Bill Clinton in Red River, New Mexico.

Despite the obvious implications for the much sought after endorsement of Richardson, a Hispanic who holds sway in the community, a top Democratic source describes this as "two old friends getting together, and not to be "construed as a coming endorsement."

Nonetheless, Richardson is not unaware of the power of that picture. The former president has been phoning Richardson “with regularity” since he dropped out of the Democratic presidential race.

Richardson spokesman Pahl Shipley said the office does not comment on the governor’s private schedule.

- CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Bill Richardson
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Cliff CA

    Have a great time, Guys!

    February 1, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Ron

    I understand the importance of the support the Hispanic community gives Bill R. but not sure why it would be felt that it would automatically transend to the Pres candidate.

    All this is suggesting again and again is it is a popularity contest, nothing more nothing less.

    We of all races, religioins etc. need to make our own educated decisons based on the candidate not who they knowor the circles they run in!

    This race thing is being played up again but just differently on the Hispanic side.

    February 1, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. dave

    Richardson will endorse Obama at 4 or so today. Too bad no news network knows what I have known since Wednesday.

    February 1, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. tomdavie

    Well.

    I guess we have to put up with the Obama supporters spinning this one as well.

    Richardson will endorse Hillary if she holds the hispanic vote on super tuesday.

    I dont see him hanging out at a bar with Ted Kennedy.

    February 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Sue, Michigan

    I like Gov. Richardson, and he would make a great VP.

    February 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. stan pitts pa

    yeah he can go and endorse HRC, loser!!!

    February 1, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Ron, TX

    Sounds like a non-endorsement to me... why is the press trying to make it out like Bill Richardson is somehow "endorsing" Clinton for President, because he's watching the Super Bowl with Bill? Is that the storyline the Clintons are pushing?

    February 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  8. Denis, NJ

    2 Bills + a few sixpacks + superbowl = endorsement?

    February 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  9. for Hillary

    Hey – it depends how you see Bill!! He is an American icon. He has transformed the country and brought prosperity to the American people in 90's. Obama himself said that nobody's hands is clean. So.. please take any steriotype you may have and rise above it.

    February 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Sue, Michigan

    I like Gov. Richardson, and he would make a great VP.

    February 1, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. jyfranca

    it doesnt help Bill Richardson because hillary has to pick barack obama whether she like or not.otherwise she cant win election

    February 1, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Jennifer

    I have a question for the Clintonians –

    For the past 30yrs, two families Bush-Clinton have ruled this country. If this were one country in the middle-east or africa, would you describe their system as democratic ? Would you try to invade them, to liberate the people ?

    America, wake up !! This is a country of more than 300million americans. These 2 families are blocking our nation's potential great-presidents-to-be from getting there. Where is the democracy here ?

    February 1, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Nap time... Cookies later.

    OMG!!! They are going to **gasp** ... watch the Super Bowl together! Now, that's news on the minute.

    February 1, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. John Smith

    Some of the DEMS, like the Clintons, NEVER LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES !!!

    I really think it is going to take the active support for Hillary for the DEMS to lose the White Huse again; remember GORE and KERRY? How short minded can some of the DEMS really be in this nation. Gore and Kerry (each a stronger candidate than Hillary) were the "accidents" of the Clintons– the Dems lost each time!!

    Currently, the Dems are celebrating the "huge voters" out there for them because of the Independents (like myself), moderate Republicans, and young voters who are coming out in huge numbers BECAUSE of Obama. Let us wait until the Dems put up Hillary as the nominee and the hole will run dry of voters!!

    Wise and competent Dems should simply stay AWAY from the Clintons; the Clintons are the sources of "curse" for the Dems!!

    No Clinton, not even Bill, can restore the ECONOMIC fortunes of the past; the conditions of the past that made that happen (e.g., Internet burst), are simply NOT there today. The Clintons burnt their bridges (e.g., excesive scandals) before they left (in disgrace) the White House. Hillary has been making strong enemies since.

    February 1, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Emily, Cambridge MA

    wow, AJ- admirable.

    February 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. Tolu, Minneapolis, MN

    "Sway over Hispanic voters"?!? Puhlease!! Even Richardson couldn't get a respectable percentage of the Hispanic vote. Richardson is no doubt a smart and a competent person, let's not, however, overstate his ability to sway any particular group of people.

    Enjoy the watching the Patriots crush the Giants, Billy boy Clinton. Don't bother Richardson for endorsement – won't mean much.

    February 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. greg

    No. Bill Richardson will not endorse so long as he pities the faltering Obama campaign. Furthermore, he trusts the intelligence and decision-making capability of the American people so much that they don't need his endorsement.

    February 1, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. George from Minneapolis

    Who cares who someone watches the super bowl with. This has what to do with politics. Next are you going to be telling me what show Guliani watched last night at 9pm.

    If Clinton watches the game with Richardson, does that mean latinos should vote for Hillary because she will help improve their lives more than Obama will????

    If Richardson watches the World Series with Obama should latinos vote for Barack then ??

    Stupid story.

    February 1, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Rena

    Carla, "loyalty" is what has gotten this country into so many messes. Elected officials need to do what is RIGHT, not what is owed because of previous jobs or PAC money.

    February 1, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Smiles

    It's funny how the Clintons seem to parade around with which ever race they are targeting. In SC it was the blacks and now it's about the hispanics. Obama is consistent with "all".

    February 1, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. Al in Wpg

    I'd be a bit, no a lot more interested in hearing about Bill's mining influence that recently came out, why is this not covered on CNN, it's huge. Way bigger than Richardson's tv watching of Ann Colter... why the sensoring?

    February 1, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Marco,tx,

    I grew up in New Mexico, and the reputation Richardson has is high. I came to the United States illegally, as most hispanics in this country. Still illegal, I will vote for your president. Clinton has all of our votes. I'm sorry, but Mexico is voting for Hillary. Hillary 08 McCain is good to us too. It does not matter.

    February 1, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Chris Berry

    I'm going to be so disappointed if Richardson endorses Clinton; he ran hard on his anti-war position and endorsing Clinton would be a principle-less power grab to try to clench the nomination for Clinton by keeping her support among latinos high.

    February 1, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. No More N00bs!

    Al in Wpg

    Because it actually doesn't matter much at all you just want it to. Trust me... If CNN thought they could use it against Hillary they would have.

    February 1, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. LaDonna Parker

    This is such an incredible race at such a critical point in history. Both Barack and Hillary are doing well with 'super endorsements'. Nothing will surprise me after Maxine Waters, Ted Kennedy, and the New York Post endorsements. Both candidates are so strong in their respective rights that loyalty is being defied by intuition. I will win either way! Play Politics.

    February 1, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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