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. Jack

    He's obviously going to endorse Hillary. Why doesn't he just spit it out already?

    February 26, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. My .02

    It will be nice when some women get over their ego's and come to their senses about who is the best candidate. The one who doesn't polarize, one who isn't decisive, one who can and will bring about real change, one who can beat McCain, and the one who speaks the truth....Obama.

    Hillary would have had a better chance to win 4 years ago, but a women running for President, to me, isn't a big deal anymore. There are plenty of women Governors and Senators, and personally feel that HRC would have had a better shot back in '04. And please don't tell me "it's her turn", or "she deserves a chance", that kind of speak is ridiculous.

    February 26, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. Sandon

    I am still amazed that fellow Democrats are using the "Hussein" card when writing about Barack. Unbelievable. We are supposed to be the progressive party of inclusion.

    I am a supporter of Obama and believe it would be an honor to have Bill Richardson endorse his campaign. While I do not believe Hillary is the right choice for President, both she and Obama deserve some respect.

    February 26, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Byron in CA

    Richardson is an Obama adviser, big secret who he's going to endorse. Please, he's such a non issue

    February 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Nancy

    I would like to congratulate Mr. Richardson on his wise words. Good to see that some is not in the business of King maker.

    In my traditions elers words are respected and adhered to. The words of elders are important because they influence people and in some cases they may unduly influence people in this very important process that is happening in America.

    I believe the rest of the superdelegates should follow Richardsons example.

    B.C. Canada

    February 26, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Peg

    Richardson, stay home. If you endorse Clinton and she loses, you lose some credibility. If you endorse Obama, you piss off your good Clinton friends and "some" of the Latinos.

    Let this one play out........be smart......endorse no one! It's too late anyway.

    February 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Sara, MA

    I love reading the Obama supporters suggest that Richardson should "jump on the Obama bandwagon". We are picking president, people! Bill Richardson is an intelligent man who knows that experience and vision matter. He should, and I believe he will, endorse Hillary Clinton. This matters- it's not about joining the latest craze to sweep America. We all know how those end...

    We need Hillary!

    February 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  8. Yolanda

    Let's see what Bill is made of. If he jumps on the Obama-Wageon, I will loose a lot of respect for the man.

    February 26, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  9. Anton

    At least all of you Obama supporters have something in common with Minister Louis Farrakhan, apparently he also supports Obama:)

    February 26, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. no clinton dynasty

    He's definitely going to endorse Obama- he (like most people) sees the writing on the wall that says it's over for Hillary. It's time for her to recognize this and bow out gracefully. She's ruining her image with these childish attacks that are tearing apart the Democratic Party.

    Please, for the sake of party Hillary, end the madness!!

    February 26, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  11. tim greene

    Gotta go with Obama, you dont want to lose twice, do you?

    February 26, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Obamacan

    Texas Monthly just aired a interview with her and she says she would love to carry Texas, but it is not a voting state that matters in the Presidential Nomination. ......CNN YOU SHOULD POST THESE COMMENTS.

    I thought the big states matter now...she wants to seat Michigan even though she was the only person on the Ballot. Wake up......she wants to tarnish the Dem party and her families name...Way to go Hillary.

    You go girl.

    February 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. Wayne, Greenville TX

    CNN Don't delete this!!! February 26th, 2008 2:39 pm ET

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

    They're not reporting that Clinton said "Texas does not matter" because she didn't. Here are her exact words, as posted on texasmonthly.com:

    “I think it’s important for the DNC to ask itself, Is this really in the best interest of our eventual nominee? We do not want to be disenfranchising Michigan and Florida. We have to try to carry both of those states. I’d love to carry Texas, but it’s usually not in the electoral calculation for the Democratic nominee. Florida and Michigan are.”

    She's talking about ELECTORAL votes in the general election – not DELEGATES for the nomination. And since the GOP has carried Texas each year since 1968, the two Democrats who won the presidency during that time (Carter and Clinton) did it WITHOUT Texas' electoral votes.

    THAT'S what she said. Please get your facts straight, instead of spreading lies like so many on the right are doing nowadays.

    February 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. MichaelP

    Interpretation: Dodd has endorsed Obama and so now the Clintons are pressuring Richardson to endorse Hillary!

    February 26, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Edd

    Hope Richardson will support Hillary since she won in New Mexico and the Latino population in CA, AZ as well. It will be an illogical choice if he will choose Obama. The Latino population will be greatly disappointed if he will not choose HILLARY! She is the most qualified candidate to carry the Hispanic cause.

    February 26, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Ramon Morales

    i believe that Richardson would be more aligned with Obama since both represented a strong anti war position and both support driver's licenses for undocumented workers. Hillary has equivocated on both changing her position based on these issues based on expedience.

    Richardson would make a great cabinet member in an Obama admininstration heading Homeland Security or as Secretary of State with his international experience. He would serve any Democratic administration very well.

    For those who support Barack Obama, let's maintain civility and temper our remarks . If we can work with Republicans we should be able to work with Clinton supporters as well. Insults and sexist remarks will not help. Let's take the high road!

    i just finished Audacity of Hope which should be read by everyone who endeavors to find out where Obama is coming from.

    February 26, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Charles, wi

    Come on Bill, u gonna dorse the hill, si. then u loose a second time in one months.

    February 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |

    Ted Kennedy. Oprah Winfrey. Robert DeNiro. Caroline Kennedy. Maria Shriver. Obamacans. Independents. The World is ready for Change.

    Fresno, CA

    February 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Bearcat

    I live in Cincinnati and everybody I knows thinks this guy is a clown. This just further proves it.

    February 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. wait a minute

    I understand the Clintons are desperate for even a single endorsement from anybody. If Richardson can endorse Hillary, it will also help her with Latino votes. I can imagine the pressure Bill Clinton is putting on Richardson every day or even every hour. I can imagine what language Hillary will use to Richardson if he refuses to endorse her.

    Now Chris Dodd told us it was uncomfortable to talk with the Clintons about not endorsing Hillary. But I am sure Dodd feels all comfortable now after rejecting their solicitation for endorsement.

    Governor Richardson, don't let the Clintons give you more guilt trip.
    It's not all on you. It's all on Hillary and Bill. They gave away their base to Obama all by themselves.

    February 26, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. James, Houston, TX.

    Bill Richardson as knowledgeable as you continue to BE, Hillary is the "New Voice" in the Country. Yes the Latinos in number support Hillary; However, Make No Mistake, Its Hillary by FAR!

    February 26, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Joseph Back

    Grown a beard since he was running. Betcha he'll pick Hillary. He worked for Bill. Loyalty.

    February 26, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. CHERYL

    GO HILLARY CLINTON 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Moodi

    I think you are the nearest candidate to Obama in terms of logical and moderate thoughts in foreign policy and other issues, but the problem is you were in clinton camp for many years. I hope you choose the best choice; Obama

    February 26, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. ees

    Gov Richardson, you and Sen Clinton have the experience to turn this country around however many opted for the change and hope person who is without experience. Many of us live in reality and the hard job of the presidency is not for somebody who would need on the job training. We are certain that you would opt to choose the right and experienced person to lead this country and the most qualified person to be commander in chief of the military and that is Hillary who has been proudly endorsed by these gallant officers, generals and admirals. Thank you.

    February 26, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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