March 21st, 2008
01:15 PM ET
7 years ago

Richardson endorses Obama

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Watch Bill Richardson endorse Obama. (AP Photo)

(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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  1. Relax Joe

    The man garnered just over 2% of the Primary votes he was in. Big deal. He lost the Latino vote to Clinton.

    March 21, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Jen, Dallas

    Sorry Mr. Richardson , we WILL NOT bind it! Your endorsement is still very small compared to Obama's pastor who has endorsed him for the past 20 years....

    March 21, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. david

    its about time...

    March 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. GoBama

    This should tell you something when another longtime ardent Clinton supporter and Superdelegate supports Obama.

    March 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. Peter

    Sad, very sad to see the oh so much more qualified Governor Richardson giving his endorsement to Senator Obama in large part due to "his words." If only Obama's actions, qualifications, or courage measured up to his "words."

    March 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Lisa Ray

    Thank You Gov. Bill Richardson . Thanks a million for your wise decision. You are one amoung the few politicians left in Washinton who are honest with American public

    March 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Peachy Keen

    Amen.

    Thank you Governor.

    Obama 08!

    March 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. mike

    sweeeeeeeeeeet

    March 21, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Theresa

    Guess Richardson forgets where he got his start.. Loyalty is short lived in politic. He will have egg on his face when Sen Clinton wins the nomination.

    March 21, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Alexandra

    Thank you Bill. God bless you.
    Obama/Richardson/Edwards '08

    March 21, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Where is the information on Obama's words last night on what a "typical white woman" would do?

    March 21, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. Ray Ito

    Here comes Obama's Secretary of State!
    Gov. Richardson is a true leader who could not be swayed by Bill Clinton's secret fireside chat visit. The rest superdelegates should stand up for what is right and follow Richardson's example. This is a new age for a new kind of politics.
    Only by going this way can the Dems win the White House. A huge plus for Obama and America!

    March 21, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. nn

    Has anyone noticed that every endorsement Obama gets is on the front page of all the news web sites and when Clinton gets an endorsement like John Murtha endorsement the other day all the networks put it somewhere that nobody could see. Even on the TV Obama endorsements are the first big news and Clinton's barely makes it to end of the news.

    CNN and MSNBC all these networks are disgrace to balanced journalism. I am sick of the coverage of these news media.
    And I am sure my comments will not be posted.

    March 21, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. brian

    Bill Richardson might have been seeking running mate as Hillary camp was sending out signals to Obama camp offering him as her running mate.

    March 21, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. Yolanda Diaz

    It will make no difference – Shame on you Ridcharson – My Vote goes to Hillary

    March 21, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Jan

    Obamas speeches are becoming very boring , self-serving and preacher-like. The debates were much more stimulating and interesting. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that he loves to hear praise about himself. How about a little more down to earth reporting,CNN? If he could only say something new and prove he has has solutions! Will someone please advise Mr Obama that this election is about the American people and not about Barrack and his not so unprivileged background (loving grandparents with wealth-Ivy league and private schools)

    March 21, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. nick

    "only by bridging our differences can we all succeed together as Americans"
    -> That's "Bridging our differences" not deviding us over our differences Hilldog!!

    March 21, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Ticket of Hope: OBAMA Al Gore

    Thank you Bill – we Americans love you as much as you love America. Now it is time for other democratic leaders to come forward, endorse Obama and give an end to this in-fighting that can only benefit McCain.

    March 21, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. karen

    Its good to see the good in Obama has been reflected in his speech as he maintain the idea of his strong belief in unity .The gov has recognized the will of Obama and made a good choice ....it is now Hilary "s turn to realise the best person to represent the party is Obama ...sometimes our strength is in our belief and not our mouth.

    Good endorsement Gov...

    March 21, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Illinois

    This guy, Richardson, is playing political game. Should we trust him or Obama. The answer is "NO". The Obama guy is even worse, he is a liar. He said he had never heard what his crazy pastor said, but in his speech he confirmed that?????????????

    March 21, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Obamarama

    Thank God there are people who actually listens to truth, honesty, boldness, and integrity. Obama emptied himself to America. He should be rewarded. Richardson is a great statesman.
    Obama want to lead on a very tough issue that no polititian except perhaps, Abraham Lincolm is bold enough to touch.

    March 21, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Don

    Great endorsement from someone who is well respected for his honesty, hard work, loyalty to America and who represents an increasingly large segment of our population. This could very well serve to confirm that Obama will be the nominee as other super delegates will follow as well they should.

    March 21, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Betty

    I had begun to wonder, during this current trend to discredit Sen. Obama, if someone would step forward and acknowledge the consistency of Senator Obama's campaign! Not once has he dispayed the Clinton attitude of "win at all cost". Her position changes with each situation if it gives her an advantage, which makes one think she would sell her soul to win this election. George Bush only concerned himself with what he wanted and that he would twist the truth to get his way. These tactics seem to appeal to many and I had begun to lose hope that the honesty of a campaign would be mean anything, so the endorsement of Gov. Richardson reminds me that change is still possible.

    March 21, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. AR

    Bill Richardson is a very smart and very wise man. He is able to see what some have seen but many have yet to see, let alone understand. He knows it'll be very bad for the country to lose this rare opportunity which may never come around again for a very long time. Eight years from now, with Obama as the president, this country will look back and say WOW!! we didn't think all that was possible and how come no-one has ever done these. And yes, this country would also wish that Obama remains in office but he can't. Remember this comment.

    March 21, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. Jason in Fort Worth, TX

    This a strong message to the super delegates and party it is time to unite.

    March 21, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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