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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  1. Derrick S. Douglas

    Lol...his endorsement does not matter. His own hispanics does not even like him.

    March 21, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. V Wong

    That is great news. Hopefully many more will follow so we can wrap up this nomination.

    March 21, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  3. ula

    about time for all DNC to come together and suport the true leader!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. PR

    Gov. Bill Richardson has an agenda – his.

    March 21, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  5. Tracy

    Obama has not only shown us that he has bad judgment and is a liar but now he can add hypocrite to his impressive resume. Hillary won New Mexico. Bill Richardson, a superdelegate, should support Hillary according to Obama's argument. If Barack does manage to make it to the White House, I can't wait to see what back door, untransparent deal he cut with all the good all boys that support him like Richardson, Kerry and Teddy.

    March 21, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. BAKERSFIELD

    no loyalty – a political gamble

    March 21, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Lawrence Gray, Sr.

    As an Independent white voter who has changed party affiliation to vote for Obama, I was delighted to see what to me looks like a strong potential ticket.

    March 21, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. interesting

    Andy how many votes did you get Richardson?

    What would surprise me is if Obama can get Edwards endorsement after having his Pastor for 20 years say Bleep Bleep America.

    That is news worthy.

    March 21, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. By the Way....

    Bill Clinton meet with Pastor Wright not ounce... but twice.

    March 21, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Mercury

    The fat lady is singing Hillary. Up next: John Edwards.

    March 21, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  11. Deeep

    I thought his speech on race was very real. It might have touched a raw nerve within us but he was certainly brave to do that. I think he will make a great president.

    March 21, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Fabienne

    That's a major endosement! That only proves that Barack Obama is the one! The maths are very tough on Sen Clinton now. Hope she majors in miracle like Ockabee because she desperately needs one!

    Let's stop fighting and back up the one that is much closer to win this nomination and more qualify to beat John McCain: Obama!

    March 21, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Trina

    What took him so long? I hope this endorsement starts to the mend the democratic wounds so that we can take the White House in the upcoming election. Where are the rest of the superdelegates? Get on board please...time is a wasting.

    March 21, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Terry

    The "real dream team" has finally come together! Hope and experience and a shared goal of a United States of America. North, south, east, west and a focus on home and a great perspective of the rest of the world. Shared GOOD judgement instead of tear down politics. Sounds tough to beat! Now if John Edwards would agree to be Attorney General...pretty dominating force.

    March 21, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    Great,
    endorse after Obama has already secured the nomination.

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

    I would like to see these two on the same ticket., what a powerful team for change in America.

    March 21, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  17. Terrence W

    Is that an Obama/Richardson ticket?

    March 21, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Andrew

    Si se puede!!! Obama/Richardson in 08, 12 and Richardson for President in 2016.

    March 21, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Ted

    It's great to see more and more people realizing that Barack is the candidate that can win. Bill, thank you for siding with change!

    March 21, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Erica

    This will be great for Obama's campaign. Bill Richardson was by far the most experienced candidate in the Democratic nominee field and it was a shame how his candidacy was totally overlooked. With Richardson as his VP, I think Barack could have a general election in the bag.

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

    Why is it that ONLY the negative ads about Obama get to have comments???

    March 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. kenny

    I love this pic. GO Obama GOBill R

    March 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Rice

    CNN only broadcasts news favoring Obama, but ironically it always
    calls itself the most neutral network. What do you think?

    BR is another loser. Obama is the next one

    March 21, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Roger S

    As a British closely watching the American politics, I hope Gov. Richardson edorsement of Sen. Obama should open the eyes and voices of other Americans in saying no more to political dynasties. Unless off course, America wants to create a Clinton-Bush Monarch where Chelsea would take over the mantle from her Mum should Americans decide to elect Hillary as Pres.

    March 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Obama/Richardson would be a pretty formidable ticket. Richardson has the experience to trump any concerns about Obama's lack of it and will carry a key Southwestern state that borders both Mexico and John McCain's Arizona. The fact that he's a former Clinton exec also scores political points.

    March 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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