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. vic nashville,Tn

    Really it is too late New Mexico voted for Hillary . Nearly 65% Hispanic American voted for her what he is doing now ? Another politician !!!!!!!!! Compare to these two Hillary is the best

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

    Great endorsement!...Obama will be the 'uniting' President...Hang in there and keep smiling...You will beat Clinton yet...Keep appealing to the best in us.

    March 21, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Alston

    "Barack Obama will make a great and historic president"

    ..next stop the general election and McCain

    March 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. jgzeger

    Richardson's endorsement of Obama should have about as much impact as a mosquito hitting the windshield of a car going 20 mph.

    March 21, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Karen p

    Thank you Bill Richardson! I am so happy that Bill Richardson has the courage to back the candidate he knows to be the best for the country over and above past "friendships" with the Clintons. Hillary is NOT Bill and Richardson has used his intelligence and foresight to make his decision.

    March 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Jim

    I used to think Richardson was smart and I respected him. Not anymore!

    March 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Alice

    Obama wants to change the attention of his pastor's GDA. We should think about this GDA. Obama should quit right now. If Obama is a " typical white person" having this kind relationship with Wright, he already did quit for sure.

    March 21, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Tam

    As a typical white person who supported Gov. Richardson's campaign, I'm really disappointed that he thinks Sen. Obama is a uniter. Obama made a racist remark, basically called his own grandmother a bigot, and made it clear he will not represent my interests since I'm just a typical white person...

    This is not the type of change I want for this country.

    March 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Marc For America

    Today soon to be former governor Bill Richardson gambles with his own political future by endorsing Obama against the will of the people of his own state won by Clinton. He underlined the hypocrisy in the Obama campaign's argument that elected officials should support the candidate that won there own state. He is now disowned in the Hispanic community

    March 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. anne oconnor

    sorry bill richardson, you really are a rat to Mrs. Clinton, I have no sympathy for you at all and I will never vote for obama, he hates white people......................

    March 21, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Don

    Whether Obama becomes the democratic nominee or not, I feel that he and Bill Richardson can do so much to bring unity amongst the different ethnicities, especially if they could get Hillary on the bandwagon also. Maybe if more news outlets showed their viewers different races working together, we might actually live up to our creed that all men (including women of course) are created equal.

    Obama-Hillary-Richardson 08

    March 21, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Love America

    We don't like to vote a person who has 20 years relationship with a pastor who hates America. BR's endorsement is wrong.

    March 21, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. R.A.

    Both Clinton and Obama have been trying to get his endorsement.
    He's done alot of good and even been nominated for the Nobel peace prize a few time.
    He chose Obama. That speaks volumes and i hope others follow suit.

    March 21, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. Latino Voter

    What a backstabbing loser. It just goes to show you, that being a friend to someone doesnt really matter. The Clintons were so good to Mr. Richardson, then he goes and does this.

    Its just like the African Americans forgetting how good the Clintons were to them. Ill just say "wow", lets start a movement entitled "Hillary Supporters for McCain 08!".

    March 21, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Jack

    Richardson just made a dumb move.

    Hillary won New Mexico, and Hispanics all across the country are voting in large numbers for Hillary and at the same time rejecting Obama for his inexperience, his upbringing/race, and his baggage (Rezko & Wright).

    Richardson: you just hurt your career.

    March 21, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. Denise Hoover

    David Plouffe's remarks are completely irresponsible and vicious in nature. His words reek of desperation and inexperience. He is not helping his candidate or the Democratic Party and should be reprimanded or removed from his position in the campaign for Senator Obama.

    March 21, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. kcfromtexas

    Obama attacks! I thought he was all about hope and unity and change and inspiration. What a fraud.
    He is the most devisive politician in my lifetime and sadly, the media love it.

    March 21, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  18. Love America

    Is this a dream ticket for America?

    March 21, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. Tommy

    Obama will never be elected. He has insulted every white American. He is formenting a racial riot. Obama is not for unity he is for civil war.

    March 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. rb

    Richardson, why are you so unthankful?

    Go Hillary!

    March 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Floridian

    For everyone who is saying nasty things about Richardson, the guy was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 5 times. FIVE TIMES. How many times were you nominated? So quit saying insulting things about someone who has really made a difference in America and the world.

    Not everything revolves around your love of your candidate or hatred of the other – at least have some respect for Richardson for the statesman he is.

    March 21, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. William O. in Michigan

    I wonder how the Clinton team will spin this as a negative... wait, they already are trying. I think they said 'both of us have a lot of people endorsing us'. Ha!! But this guy was in the Clinton administration AND is a close personal friend of Bill. This has gotta hurt!

    Obama 08!!

    March 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. Burt

    Bill,

    Amigo, you're a traitor. If you think you are trying to force Hillary's hand, your are all wrong. FOX is preapring more surprises for your candidate. Stay tuned.

    Burt

    March 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. Peter in Canada

    Thank you Mr. Richardson for showing what integrity and character are! Obama is unfairly down lately, due to racism, but you stepped up!! I am very impressed!

    March 21, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. richard

    I used to vote republican but after seeing and listening to Obama im jumping ship and will be voting for him. A politician like this only comes one in a lifetime.

    March 21, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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