March 21st, 2008
01:15 PM ET
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Richardson endorses Obama

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(CNN) - Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico endorsed Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic race for president Friday.

"Barack Obama will make a great and historic president," Richardson told a rally in Portland, Oregon, with Obama standing at his side.

Richardson said 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."

"He appealed to the best in us ... as a Hispanic American I was particularly touched by his words," Richardson added.

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soundoff (281 Responses)
  1. Democrat

    THAT'S THE TICKET!

    March 21, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Barbara

    We will never vote for Obama.
    Voters in NC

    March 21, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  3. viva la Obama 008

    does obama have a plan for mexico?

    March 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Thank you Gov. Richardson!

    What a fantastic endorsement! Thank you Gov. Richardson for doing the right thing!

    March 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Obama the other white meat

    Obama paid off another person. Richardson is dumb because he just now rode the coat tails of a fallen angel. All the issues of Obama are starting to surface and the end is near for his political career.

    March 21, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Charlotte

    I saw the speech, the usually redundant speech by Obama. The urgency of now,MLK, and I did not vote for the war. Is this all there is to him? Why do people want to hear the same thing over and over?

    March 21, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Michael

    Welcome aboard Bill!!! Glad to have you!

    March 21, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Sara

    Excellent endorsement. OBAMA 08'

    March 21, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. debbie

    No distancing there!!!!!!

    Let's go DEMOS Let's go!!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. CCS

    Yes! Now all we need if for the two of them to be on an Obama-Richardson ticket! That's my kind of dream team!

    March 21, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. txpoodoo

    Good speach by Mr. Richardson. The two seemed at ease with each other on stage, unlike Romney and McCain.

    March 21, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. anita

    "historic president"

    Historically inept and without courage.
    A continuation of the current president's qualifications.

    March 21, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. Mr. C.

    WOW Senator clinton shrugged it off.. Hmm... says much about her Monstrous behavior.

    March 21, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  14. Norm

    If this endorsement gets him to Nominee ,I give up on the Democratic party

    March 21, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  15. Steven Furtado, Kunkletown PA

    I'm glad Richardson saw what the speech was really about rather than dissect it like the talking heads on the news networks. As much as I like Obama, I'm grateful that the Clinton campaign is staying out of the Wright controversy. I may not agree with many of the things she does, but I have to give her kudos for that. I hope she makes a habit of this.

    March 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Kim

    must have been promised the VP position. I hope all of these politicians are ready to take responsibility for their decisions when this man takes our country down the drain.

    March 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Kevin

    The races and the democratic party are coming together.

    To those of you who think this endorsement means nothing, look at Richardson's diplomacy record; he is a political figure who knows how to work with the world and gain respect. We need that. Let's move forward!

    March 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Monte

    One needs to aks, "What was Richardson promised by Obama, VP or some other position"? It means nothing except he stabbed the Clinton's in the back. Guess superdelagates don't have to go the way their state voted – New Mexico voted for Hillary. Richardson's public career is over.
    Richardson just proved that he can't be trusted, guess he approvesof Rev. Wright's comments.
    As a "typical white woman", I am deeply offended by Obama's remarks as should every American be.

    March 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. April in Texas

    Awesome! Lets come together democrats otherwise we will get stuck with 4 more years of the same old stuff.

    March 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Michelle, VA

    It's nice to see that there are some who can still think for themselves. I have a dream ticket suggestion: Sen. Obama and Gov. Richardson.

    March 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Matt C

    I hope this helps quell Hispanic Americans' fear of a Black candidate.

    March 21, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Carl, ND

    Two minorities, even though Americans are changing will never work. The country is not ready. Don't put him or Hillary on the ticket or the Dems are doomed.

    Obama 08

    No to Hillary and Richardson for the VP

    March 21, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Ben

    I wonder what backroom deals took place here? Richardson (whom i liked a lot as a candidate) turned his back on his friend for this guy! What a joke. How much do you want to bet that Richardson will be Obama's VP if he gets the nomination....

    March 21, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Paul from Kissimmee

    Let's see. Clinton or Obama? What the heck. I'll endorse the front runner Obama. That was a really big decision.

    March 21, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. chantal

    it smell VP, one is unpatriotic and the other one unfaithfull where the US is going? At this rate I think Senator McCain chance are groing by the minute

    March 21, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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