February 26th, 2008
03:59 PM ET
10 years ago

Richardson: Endorsement could come 'within days'


Watch Richardson on The Situation Room Tuesday.

(CNN) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson Tuesday suggested he may endorse a former rival in the Democratic White House race sometime this week.

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer set to air at 6 p.m. hour of The Situation Room, Richardson praised both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and suggested now might be the right time he publicly backs one of them.

"I may make a decision and do an endorsement," Richardson said.

Asked if the endorsement could come within the next couple of days, the New Mexico governor replied, "Possibly, yes."

Richardson, a former member of the Clinton administration, wouldn't hint at which candidate he was leaning towards, and said it's still possible he may make no endorsement.

"I'm just not trying to be cute. I just have felt that an endorsement by me, I don't think it is that significant," he said. "But I still might do it."

Both Clinton and Obama have heavily sought Richardson's backing since he dropped out of the race in January. Richardson, one of the highest ranking Hispanics in the Democratic Party, could give either candidate a boost in the Latino community ahead of Texas' primary on March 4. Latinos are expected to play a big role in that contest.

In the interview Tuesday, Richardson praised both candidates, and said the two are running a "classic race."

"Change versus experience," Richardson said of the race. "And obviously I ran on the experience mantle. It didn't work out too well. But I think they are both exceptional candidates, represent fundamental change. I think it is going to be very, very close. I don't think this race is over."

Watch the full interview with Richardson tonight on The Situation Room, 6 p.m. ET.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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soundoff (390 Responses)
  1. Cal Independent

    Obama needs to have a woman VP. That is truly the right way to unite - otherwise this election will be about defeating women. Of course we need someone more qualified than Hillary. There are many qualified democratic women to choose from...

    February 26, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. O


    February 26, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. E Fabian

    I couldn't care less who he endorses.

    Funny how Hillary has been recently endoresed by actor Sean Astin, General Wesley Clark, Lt. General Joe Ballard, Major General Antonio M. Taguba, Rear Admiral David Stone, Brigadier General John M. Watkins, Jr., former Secretary of the Army Togo West as well as 27 Flag officers. She has also been recently endorsed by a dozen Cleveland area officials and community leaders. Not to mention that The Akron Beacon Journal, The Laredo Morning Times and The Daily Texan have all endorsed her this week yet none of this is reported while the majority, if not ALL of Obama the Semi-devine's endorsements make the front page and headlines.

    Pretty ridiculous and yes, I know CNN, you will delete this post like the gazillion of my other pro-Hillary posts. Truly sad but cheers anyways.

    February 26, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. 80s_chick

    Did Gov Richardson watch the Super Bowl with Bill Clinton? Hmmm...

    February 26, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Abner from Sacramento

    Let us face it. A guy so far to the left, with the intentions that Obama has, will NOT HAVE A CHANCE at ever winning the presidency. At least, for the return of the democrats to the presidency, let us give Hillary a change. Obama has NONE whatsoever. Otherwise, it looks like we are headed for the 100 years war with McCain as president. If Obama runs against him he will be obliterated. All McCain has to do is:
    First, replay the “in my adult life, I have never been proud to be an American” statements from his wife – – totally inappropriate at this time of war, or his refusal to do anything that is patriotic, like endorsing the flag. (Americans HATE that – – no explanations are necessary).
    Second, have a message of Bin Laden making threats to Americans, and BINGO, McCain wins by a landslide. Change that, support Hillary for President.

    February 26, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Dave

    The Governor needs to realize the 15-20 million people who wiill not be covered by Obamas Health Care policy will be the very same people he represents in New Mexico. So if he sides with Obama, he has turned his back on the People of New Mexico and has become nothing less than a FOOL! Better wake up GOV!

    February 26, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. BLR

    Bill Richardson...Do the right thing! Endorse Barack Obama.

    February 26, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. st louis

    Who cares who Richardson supports, the people have already spoken. They will speak again on March 4th. Let the voters determine which candidate will be the nominee. And, for those that say they want vote if one or the others is nominee–God Lord, who cares!!!

    February 26, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Elizabeth

    Maybe he hasn't been asked to consider VP or a cushy cabinet job yet and is waiting to see which way the wind blows? I don't see how his endorsement matters one way or the other. Now, Sen Kennedy is another matter. I immediately lose a ton of respect for anyone endorsed by him. Sen Dodd is just following orders from Kennedy. I'm voting for Ron Paul even if I have to write in his name. There is no one else, still in the race, I would give a second thought to of either party. No more of the Clinton/Bush dynasty. Is the best the Republicans and Democrats could come up with? The best of the bunch has already been eliminated. What a shame for America. Surely we have many who would be great candidates in this country of 300,000,000 people.

    February 26, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Smith

    Richardson's in a pickle.. he's on the fence

    If he REALLY BELIEVED in Hillary we would have KNOWN it LONG AGO....

    he's waiting for Obama to erode her support....

    If he supports her and she's a loser he's a loser and what Hispanic wants to be side kick to Hillary?

    What experience did Regan have before he was prez for 8 years? what experience Bush? for that matter, what experience Bill Clinton?

    get off it with experience. . don't need corrupt experience wheeling and dealing and smiling smugly at us from Air Force One..

    I TOLD you SO! America doesn't CARE what Bill did.. they can do some more of it!

    and comment above about if YOU THINK THE ECONOMY WILL TURN TO ROSES!!! dreamers awake!

    Prepare to pay off YOUR OWN DEBT !!! NOT HILLARY'S !!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Jed in Texas

    Bill would make a good monk and N.M would make a fine country.

    February 26, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. gdouglas

    If he has any sense at all he will support Clinton. Obama is like popcorn all air not substance.

    February 26, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. pastjob

    Hillary supporters give it a break. stop this bull that Hillary has experience. if the plumber gets sick can the plumbers wife take his place? see what I mean....just because Hillary was in the whit house does not give her experience. at least Bill ran a state (sort of).

    February 26, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Oh my

    who cares who he endorses after all, I vote experience and Hillary has many ...

    February 26, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. case

    The anti Obama sentiments is crazy. Obama is no ameteur and he stands to actually change the country. The same thing Ron Paul, Nader, and to some extent McCain want to do. Hillary is MORE OF THE SAME! This country is in dire need of a change in policy, all policies. McCain or Obama, anyone is better than W and the pork barell establishment.

    Congress needs to get to work, fire them all.

    Independent for OBAMA 08

    February 26, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Jenny, Rio Vista, CA

    Edgardo, if you want a politician that you can trust, then surely you should vote for Senator Obama. Why would you trust Hilary? She was for NAFTA before she was against it. She voted for the war and now she is against it. Five days ago she was proud to sit next to Obama and now she is ashamed of him.

    Which Hilary do you trust. Doctor Hilary or Mrs Clinton.

    February 26, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Sam

    Richardson can jump on board the Titanic, err I mean Hillary's campaign. All kidding aside Clinton's recent attacks to stifle Obama are getting real old, real fast. Her negative politicking is too reminiscent of Dubya's style back in 2000 & 2004. Enough of silly season already, as Obama eloquently put it.

    Avoid the drama, vote Obama!

    February 26, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Sig, Los Angeles CA

    Richardson will endorse Hillary. If not, Bill is going to be mighty upset that he wasted watching the Super Bowl with Richardson when he could have been at the game hitting on the cheerleaders.

    OBAMA ' 08 BABY!

    February 26, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Serge in Miami,FL

    Too much speculation from all these comments. Too much Obama this and Hillary that... so much posturing and threats of voting one way or another if your idealized candidate doesn't get nominated. Why don't you all shut up and let your votes do the talking for you?

    February 26, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Noans

    For Bill Richardson to say that his endorsement " wouldn't be significant" and that is why he has waited, is playing the ultimate Washington insiders political game. Richardson knows Obama is going to be the nominee and has been holding out for a possible VP bid or significant cabinet position. Obama will need Richardson's help to secure the Latino vote, many who are Republicans for some ungodly reason and Richardson can deliver the Latino vote in the general election. I seriously don't understand why anyone of color would be a Republican as I can't find any legislation that shows the Republicans have supported Latinos or African Americans or for that matter Asians. Oh well, Richardson is a good diplomat, with a good sense of humor who has been able to work with Republicans. He would help Obama win the presidency by delivering the Latino vote.

    An Obama/Richardson ticket wouldn't be bad for ALL Americans. Wonder what the odds are in Las Vegas for Richardson to be on the ticket with Obama?

    February 26, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. B

    "I don't think this race is over."

    He's going to endorse Hillary.

    Now Edwards just needs to jump on the bandwagon and we'll get the jolt we need!

    Hillary Clinton '08

    February 26, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Hispanic Woman in Chicago

    jj (or whatever you name is)

    Out of all the comments posted today, your comment is the most racist and uneducated. I find your comments extremely offensive.

    Why don't you try reading about where each candidate stands on the issues? Then you can make an informed and intelligent decision.

    I agree with A.P. Fox – stop with the childish talk!

    Go Obama!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Erik




    OBAMA '08

    February 26, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. pastjob

    U actually want to hear that annoying Hillary voice for 4 years? Yikes!!!
    ask yourself this question "who looks more Presidential "Hillary" or Obama" enough said. I'm not crazy about either of them but at least Obama looks Presidential and will make this country stand out. Hillary does not even look like a Senator. she looks like an Ex Presidents wife.

    February 26, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  25. Kenny_CHICAgo

    I respect Richardson so much. I hope he will go for Obama to prove that Latinos can vote for blacks. Not only that, but also to prove that Obama is a better candidate. I can understand why some lantinos vote for Hillary because they think that clinton will fight for them when it comes to immigration issures. What an utter nonsense, even if she is going to be the next president. they should realize that she can not save them on immigration. Latinos should know that Obama will actually help them better than Clinton because his father got here from Africa, and he understand how important it is to chase American dream. I hope that Latinos in Texas an Ohio will try and change their minds, so they wont see their love ones send back to mexico. ....GO OBAMA

    P.s... Richardson, please do the right thing and support Obama. HE will save this nation. mark my word.

    February 26, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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