April 3rd, 2008
10:38 AM ET
6 years ago

Richardson: I never promised Clintons

CNN

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(CNN) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Wednesday sharply disputed Bill Clinton's reported claim that Richardson promised not to endorse Barack Obama's bid for the White House.

"I never did," Richardson told CNN. "I never saw [President Clinton] five times. I saw him when he watched the Super Bowl with me. We made it very clear to him that he shouldn't expect an endorsement after that meeting."

Bill Clinton's comments reportedly came during a recent meeting with some California superdelegates. The San Francisco Chronicle reported the former president got "red faced" when the subject of Richardson came up and said, "Five times to my face (Richardson) said that he would never do that."

In the interview Wednesday, Richardson acknowledged he was "very close to endorsing" Clinton, but decided not to after the campaign got "nasty."

"I held back. I waited. I felt the campaign got nasty. I heard Senator Obama; he would talk to me continuously," Richardson said.

"The Clintons should get over this," he added.

Richardson, a former U.N. Ambassador and Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration, endorsed Obama late last month.

Read more: Richardson denies promise to Clintons

Related: Watch Bill Richardson's interview on The Situation Room.


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soundoff (433 Responses)
  1. GM from MN

    Richardson probably did say that he was leaning her way at the superbowl party. But then he saw her start up her smear campaign and thought differently.

    April 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. sophia nyc

    This is the EXACT reason we can't have a Clinton as president!

    April 3, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Roger Evans Colorado

    As we move foreward we get to see the real Clintons. If you don't back the Clintons, they will attack you and drag you down. Just ask Mr. Foster about the Clintons, oh I forgot the Clintons took care of him. I would watch my back Mr. Richardson. Some people think the Clintons are great and will vote for Hillary. What I don't understand is we all hate the goverment and the people in office, because they are only looking out for themselfs. So if we are all saying this, why would we want to put a lier, a cheat and a dishonest person who we can't trust in office. Does any one have a answer to why we should elect a dishonest person in office?

    April 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Obama Un-Electible!

    Richardson is a traitor and made a career ending move! You are done in politics hope you enjoy welfare.

    April 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  5. Addom

    Clinton is going to lose...Get over it Hillary!

    Also, is anyone else loving the fact that Hillary went from thinking that she had the canidacy wrapped up last Fall to now comparing herself to Rocky? What's it gonna be next Hillary?

    April 3, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  6. Joel King

    Do the Clintons EVER tell the truth anymore?

    April 3, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. IAMWMD

    The Clintons are CooCoo. It's getting pretty obvious that most people have really gotten fed up with these lying fools and their gullible supporters.

    Camp Clinton better enjoy their narrow victory in PA because it's gonna be downhill from there.

    Come on superdelegates and end this mess now so that we can tear into Lil McBush's **s.

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Lancaster John

    Well, Benedict Arnold speaks out! Get serious people. The only reason Richardson backed Obama is that he sees opportunity like most politicians. He thinks he has a better chance of getting a job (maybe VP) in an Obama administration than in a Clinton administration and he has no problem selling out his supposed friends the Clintons. He is not an honorable man. Did he tell Obama he could deliver the Hispanic vote? His comments help McCain more than hurt Clinton.

    April 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Tom C.

    To Uncle Sam, John Mccain is George Bush all over again. When he mentions that we have a military presence in S. Korea and Kuwait, he fails to mention we left no military presence in S. Vietnam. S. Vietnam is doing ok nowadays, I believe. Mccain is the ole trickle down economics guy. We've had the republicans for 8 years and look where we are. If the republicans think the dems are big spenders, then they need to look at how much they have spent on this awfull war. The dems could'nt spend that much in 10 years much less 4. Go Bill Richardson, support Obama, he is our best chance for change for the good.

    April 3, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. gengyue

    I don't think Bill Clinton is trying to dictate anybody, but just for common sense, they think Bill Richardson should at least for being a friend or being a coworker and was promoted by Clinton, keep silence. I think nobody would like to be betrayed by someone else. The Clintons may not be good, but Bill Richardson did not do well too. You think Obama will trust him in future. No, abusolutley no. I think all people like to have loyal friends, loyal family members and loyal employees. Bill Clinton's reaction is normal enough to be understand. When I am angry with my son's behavor, i would say I called you serveral times, but you did not answer. Actually I may just call him three times. It was just overreaction, no lies here.

    April 3, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. MurphyMorseJohnson

    Mary, Independent, has placed the horse in back of the carriage when she comments that Richardson needs to get over himself and move on. It is not Richardson that keeps raising this story. Rather, It is the interviewing media's initiative that keeps raising the point about Richardson's endorsement of Barack Obama. Moreover, the news media has every right to print a story of interest and it is very interesting that a close ally of the Clintons switched his vote to Obama!

    April 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. ana lewis

    screw you bill richardson for not supporting Hillary. Shame on you.

    April 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. richard

    It is all non sense.

    April 3, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. CHERYL

    TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT YOU NEED TO BE PATRIOTIC!

    HOW CAN OBAMA SAY HE IS WHEN HE IS BLOCKING VOTES IN MI AND FL??

    VOTE FOR HARD WORK AND HONESTY!!!!!!!

    HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    Shame on you Bill Richardson for turning your back on women.

    HILLARY/NADER 2008

    CNN please post.

    April 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  16. Paul

    The Clintons are lyers and their supporters are naive to say the least. To trust the Clintons is like following a cult. Wow, the Clintons have a cult of believers that will believe anything they say. We don't need another president most Americans do not trust. The cult of believers are small and getting smaller.

    April 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  17. Michael Kosmin

    WHAT IN HOLY HELL DOES BILL CLINTON KNOW ABOUT TELLING THE TRUTH?

    HE DIDN'T DO IT WHEN HE WAS 5 YEARS OLD AND HE DOESN'T DO IT TODAY

    GEORGE W. BUSH KNOWS MORE ABOUT THE DEPLOYMENT OF WMD THAN BILL CLINTON KNOWS ABOUT THE TRUTH.

    WELL, IT IS A VIRTUAL ENDORSEMENT OF RICHARDSON'S VALUE TO THE ELECTION. HIGH, AMIGO

    April 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Daryl

    This is coming from a past President that LIED to all the american people and LIED to his wife! Try and spin that Billary supporters!
    And to your puppet daughter ......what happens in the White House that "we the people" pay for is our business...so YES WE CAN ask the question about how Bill cheating on Hillary has affected her campaign and it is OUR business! We paid for the "clean up" tissues and the impeachment proceedings in the house!

    April 3, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Brian

    Why is this newsworthy?

    April 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. PC

    About time a prominent Democrate realized enough is enough and publicly called Bill what he is a "liar"!

    April 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Dave

    you tell 'em Richardson! get over your sour grapes losers. the man can make his mind up without having to be backed into a corner. who would endorse her with those policies and that brand of politics the Clintons adhere to. they are a total turn off.

    April 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    screw off richardson for not backing Hillary.

    ...Pissed in Peoria

    April 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. NO

    Well, I'm sure he will be kicking himself when Clinton does win..

    Besides, I don't think he's very bright..

    April 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Reality check #1

    You are a snake also, Judas Richardson. Obama must be promising all super delegates a "place" in HIS cabinet. What an ego Obama has!

    April 3, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. trooper

    at this point, the republicans do not need to bring up Rev.Wright to win the White House as long as they have the Clintons busy tearing the democratic party apart and pitting the people against one another, simply because Hilary is power-hungry and so hung up on proving that she is a Clinton and is “ going all the way”.

    April 3, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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