March 21st, 2008
08:00 AM ET
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Bill Richardson to endorse Obama

Obama will receive the endorsement of former presidential rival Richardson on Friday.
Obama will receive the endorsement of former presidential rival Richardson on Friday.

(CNN) - Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico plans to endorse Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic race for president Friday, an Obama campaign spokesperson told CNN.

Richardson plans to join Obama at a rally in Portland, Oregon, at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

In an e-mail to supporters, Richardson said Obama will be a "historic and a great president, who can bring us the change we so desperately need by bringing us together as a nation here at home and with our allies abroad."

Richardson also said in the e-mail that he was touched by Obama's recent speech on race in America, saying he "understands clearly that only by bringing people together, only by bridging our differences can we all succeed together as Americans."

Richardson is the nation's only Hispanic governor. Hispanics have tended to support Obama's rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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  1. Kelli

    This is great news!

    Obama 08!

    March 21, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Jones in California

    Bill Richardson, you did the right thing; even though, it seems it is coming a little bit late, but it is a wise choice. I commended you for this.
    Bill Richardson is a great man he doesn't own Clintons anything like other Hispanics think they do. He knows the problem, future, and solutions of this country home and abroad.
    We know that you will be a good president soon..
    God bless Gov.

    March 21, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Dawn Matthews

    I am very pleased to hear of the endorsement. I hope Edwards will endorse Obama soon as well!

    March 21, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Craig T

    This should signal Gore, Edwards and the rest of the Super Delegates, that it is time to rally around the our presumptive nominee. Hillary, read the writing on the wall and do what's right for the party.

    Drop out now!

    Obama 08

    March 21, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. anita

    Looking forward to the ticket after the convention

    March 21, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. vic nashville,Tn

    Another episode of democratic party drama. I remember CNN first debate Richardson was saying he may get VP post from Hillary!!!! . Why didn’t Richardson endorse him Before 02-05-08.and he was keep on saying endorsement wont help !!!!!!

    March 21, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Silvio

    Way to go Richardon. The timing is right. The reasons are obvious.

    Obama 2008!

    March 21, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. LATINA VOTER,CALIF THE STATE WHO GOT IT RIGHT

    I FILL SORRY FOR BILL
    HIS STATE VOTED FOR HILLARY
    DOES THAT MEAN THE PEOPLE OF NEW MEXICO DONT COUNT?

    GO HILLARY '08

    March 21, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Freddie

    As someone who does not believe illegal immigrants should get a free ride, I'm concerned about Richardson. I'm voting for Obama, but I disagree with him on licenses for illegal immigrants.

    Richardson is an opportunist and if he has any power he will tear down every barrier, and have open borders. I don't trust him.

    March 21, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Andrienne

    Hopefully, other superdelegates will follow and endorse Senator Obama! This is history in the making!

    OBAMA 2008!!!!

    March 21, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. andrew rubio

    thank you so much God bless you

    March 21, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. jp/michigan

    Richardson had the right to endorse any one he pleased, I am sure he' ll get some thing out of it, loyalty breeds loyalty. Obama may get the nomination, but he will never be President, to many flaws. Just like the flaws Obama found in his 1996 bid for the Illinois legislature. He had Thomas Johnson challenge the nomination petitions of four other candidates in order to knock out off all the others Democratic candidates. He won that seat unopposed. (Chicago Tribune).

    March 21, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Vince, Los Angeles

    WHOOO HOOOO!!!!! YES WE CAN!!!! I BEG you Hillary people...PLEASE stop the hate and support Barack Obama. If you REALLY care about the Democratic party and having a Democrat President this election...PLEASE stop the divisivness...together we stand.....

    March 21, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  14. TJ, Austin, Tx

    DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

    March 21, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Bernard

    WOWWWWWWWW....This is AWESOME for OBAMA!!!!! GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!! Now, maybe the race obsessed CNN can report on more then Rev. Wright!

    March 21, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. Jan in MI

    Can we ask, was there a VP deal made??????

    March 21, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. LisaMpls

    I think the tide is slowing shifting back into Hillary's favor, according to many most recent polls. Perhaps Gov. Richardson's endorsement of Obama is too late. Why did he wait so long?

    March 21, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Doug, DC

    It's about time that some of these on the fence superdelegates realize that Obama is the only one that can truly UNIFY the majority of the Country and address the real issues that are impacting American lives!!

    Way to go BR!!

    March 21, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Helena Montana

    Thank you Governor Richardson! You are a man of great judgement & integrity as well!

    March 21, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. CB

    Thank-You Gov. Richardson! For having the courage to say Obama "understands clearly that only by bringing people together, only by bridging our differences can we all succeed together as Americans."

    March 21, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Bryan San Ramon

    To bad, I guess his judgement is flawed as well.

    March 21, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. steve o barstow ca

    A good day for Barack, Bill Richardson brings a great deal of experience to help with the Hispanic issues that the Clintons have exploited and harmed Barack in this election. Bill Richardson is a honorable and very capable man that I would love to see on the ticket either as V.P. or Sec. Of State.

    March 21, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Jacqueline Samms

    John Edwards is next.

    March 21, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Christine

    FINALLY a top Democrat weighs in...the infighting will kill the Dems in November if they don't pick a nominee soon. The primary process was good for Democrats when they didn't know what they were getting from Obama, but it's gone on long enough, evidenced by regressive negative attacks and a shift away from the issues. Wake up Dems, you're about to go down a path of no return. Get your party together or else you will lose the White House AGAIN. I applaude Richardson for making a notably tough decision, and the other Supers should follow his lead.

    March 21, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Ted McDonough

    Yeah this seals the deal for Obama. Who cares!

    March 21, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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