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

Richardson: Endorsement could come 'within days'

CNN

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


Filed under: Bill Richardson
soundoff (390 Responses)
  1. CNN Don't delete this!!!

    Why are you not reporting that Hillary Clinton is basically saying that Texas doesn't matter now that she is losing in polls there????

    She told Texas Monthly that the state wouldn't matter because the Dems will not carry it in November anyway!!!

    The stupidity and divisive nature of this woman is amazing!

    Roll over her OBAMA!!!!

    February 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Eli

    He should support Hillary Clinton. She is the one that can lead the country.

    February 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. gagird

    California Independent February 26th, 2008 2:10 pm ET

    Hint, hint…. Change versus experienc… experience doesn't work.

    come in to the light, come in to the liiiiiiiight…… your broken soul will be healed.

    I realize this is your attempt at humor California Independent, and it weren't so close to the truth for many (though clearly not all) Obama supporters it would be funny. Because it is, it is not. And if you're looking for words to heal your "broker soul" may I suggest a spiritual leader.

    As for Richardson, enough already. He clearly made up his mind since he's already voted in his state's primary. Either endorse or don't endorse. Who really gives a rat's hindparts at this point.

    February 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Obamacan

    Richardson has always wanted to be a VP...so he will support the better person who better speaks at tonights debate.

    Good luck to the better candidate.

    February 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. CNN Don't delete this!!!

    Why are you not reporting that Clinton told Texas Monthly that Texas does not matter???

    This woman's arrogance and divisive nature is amazing!!!

    February 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Lloyd Hansen

    He's running for VP. He will endorse the front runner when the most likely winner becomes clear.

    February 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. marge

    ((((Hillary Supporters)))) I thought endorcements didn't matter????

    Unless Richardson is fool,he's jump on the Obama band wagon. NOBODY thinking about their own careers is going to support a candidate that has lost 11 in a row!!!! It just doesn't make sense!!!!

    February 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Chuck

    Richardson is a former Clinton Cabinet member and knows Billary VERY well. If he thought she was such a great choice, he would have endorsed her prior to super tuesday. Now that New Mwxico, Arizona and California already voted, his endorsement is useless.

    February 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Mike

    Why are you not reporting that Clinton told Texas Monthly that Texas does not matter???

    This woman's arrogance and divisive nature is amazing!!!

    OBAMA '08

    February 26, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Dennis

    Richardson could go either way on this. This endorsement will likely have an impact in Texas if he makes it before March 4. I do find it ironic that after Dodd endorsed Obama, so many Clinton supporters were saying that "endorsements don't matter!" "Why is this news?" etc. And now, here they are, campaigning for Richardson's endorsement.

    February 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Michael

    Why are you not reporting that Clinton told Texas Monthly that Texas does not matter???

    This woman's arrogance and divisive nature is amazing!!!

    February 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Ben

    As an Obama supporter, I hope that Richardson chooses to support Obama. However, the more important issue here is what appears to be a growing division within the Democratic party. While a few comments on CNN do not make a trend, it is disturbing to see people say that they will vote for McCain if their candidate doesn't win. I would prefer Obama, but I would vote for Hillary in a heartbeat over McCain.

    I personally hope that these comments are just being left by conservatives in the hope of fracturing those leaning towards voting for a Democrat. Considering the disturbingly frank racism in some of these posts, I truly hope that these people are not Democrats.

    February 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    I think Richardson should endorse Obama which would solidify the hispanic base and in return Obama should pick him as his VP.

    February 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Charles

    Ex-Gov. Richardson get onboard, Senator Obama again got a great endorsement from one of his peers and one from Hillary's friend the ex-mayor of Cleveland today. It sounds like a lot of subliminal racism going on in this race on both sides, Democrat and Republican. Senator Mc Cain likes over emphasizing Senator Obama's middle name and Hillary tries to show that the good senator has African ancestry in his blood. I wonder if Senator Obama wasn’t running, where would the racial overtones surface. Archeologists say that all modern humans have African genes in their blood. Stop the pettiness Hillary and tell me what are you going to do for the country and those millions of Americans that aren't wealthy. Bow Out and GO OBAMA! America's Choice!

    February 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  15. michael

    What did the Clintons' forget in the White house that they are going back to get. Tell Laura Bush to leave chelsea's old toys in the front lawn.
    way to go barack

    February 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Adam - TX

    He's already locked down Clinton. It's inevitable. As more of Obama's true intentions and past actions are coming to surface, I think people are starting to see who he really is. Nothing more than a cheap facade covering a sleazy politician.

    February 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. John

    Barack Obama+John Edwards= winners
    HRC+HillBilly+Rove politics+sore losers+cry baby= LOSERS

    February 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Manuel

    I'm glad Richardson dropped out of the race. His indecision on this simple matter is indicative of the type of decision maker he would be as President—a lousy one.

    February 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Darth Vadik, CA

    You know what Richardson,

    SHUT UP

    NOW YOU'RE GOING TO TELL US WHO YOU'RE ENDORSING, AT THE END OF THE GAME (AND HE ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT THE GIANS CAN WIN THE SUPERBOWL TOO)

    WHATEVER

    February 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Frank

    Oh yeah, those who say Obamania is a cult are WAY off.

    "Hint, hint…. Change versus experienc… experience doesn't work.

    "come in to the light, come in to the liiiiiiiight…… your broken soul will be healed."

    February 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Horace P Manure

    Where is the story about the RNC conducting focus groups to determine how racist it can be with attack ads against Obama?

    Where is the story about the Secret Service halting their security detail at Obama events?

    Where is the story about John McCain having a history of extra-marital affairs, i.e. cheating on his former wife with his current wife?

    Are Democrats so much more informed than Republicans that these stories don't sell newspapers?

    February 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. canada 4 Hillary!!!!!

    Hahahaha...... this is really funny...... supporters are fighting over their candidate, Obama`s endorsements are just to help him expose who Obama is, ...it`s too early for Obama to run a high position.... Hillary is more qualified for president and Obama will be herVP, if you dont take it too bad..... you stay as asenator...

    February 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Jack

    CNN you'd better post this too!!

    Richardson, a vote for Hillary is a vote for Hispanics, Women and CHILDREN everywhere!!! We need your vote TODAY FOR HILLARY!!!

    DON'T LISTEN TO THE OBAMA SUBVERSIVES FROM WHO KNOWS WHAT COUNTRY THEY ARE COMING FROM!!!

    OUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU BOTH!!! GO HILLARY!!!

    February 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. wait a minute

    "This race isn't over." hints at Clinton.
    I will be very disappointed at Governor Richardson if he endorses Hillary, who told him he was only good for V.P.

    Governor Richardson, please do not take any more calls from Bill Clinton. Do what you think is right. Your endorsement is also about who you are.

    February 26, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  25. Hillary Smith

    OBAMA-RICHARDSON IS THE BEST TICKET IN AMERICA.

    Hillary Smith
    Canton, OH

    February 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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