April 3rd, 2008
10:38 AM ET
7 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. Texan

    To sell news and papers, media is heavily dependent on Clintons.

    No wonder Obama lies and negatives are not getting out in public, or such news die down soon.

    April 3, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Jose Card - Independent

    Between Bill Clinton and Governor Richardson, whom do you trust better?

    This has to be a joke. We all know who is the perpetual master liar.

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

    I am amazed that Obama supporters see Senator Obama as the best hope for the country. How is "hope" going to solve the multitude of problems left behind by the present administration. I have not heard any concrete solutions from Senator Obama but inspirational rhetoric. As far as Governor Richardson he is entitled to his opinion but keep in mind he is also a politician.

    April 3, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    It took carriage Gov. Rich. You stod up to the Clinton machine, they will smear you to the end but you made a great choice and I commend you for that.

    April 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. LMDJ

    I think Hilliary and Bill's behavior toward their 'friend' Richardson speaks volumes about their character–or lack there of.

    Someone suggests Bill Richardson is an opportunist? Please. Hilliary Clinton is the biggest opportunist there is. She didn't even run in her own home state of Illinois as Senator or Arkansas. Rather she runs for senator in NYC and Richardson is the opportunist? And did I mention HRC is trying to win nomination on Bill Clinton's coattails?

    And Hilliary says Obama can't win? Funny. I think the candidate who is winning against Clinton should be the one who challenges McCain in the fall. Obama. So Clinton is trying to tell the public that although she is losing, she should be the nominee? Ridiculous!

    It's time for HRC to do the right thing and drop out. Her negatives continue to climb.

    April 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Sold Out

    Bill Richardson now no one will believe you anymore and no one will trust you again. You damaged your reputation. You sold out for whatever it is Obama promised you. Back stabbing is pretty low.

    April 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  7. Jack Walden

    The Clintons still cling to the concept of age old cronism where if someone does you good, you are expected to be indebted life long to the dynasty. Richardson may have been loyal to Bill Clinton but he does not owe anything to Hillary. It is wrong for Bill Clinton to expect loyality to his dynasty from people who served in his administration

    April 3, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  8. Jean- texas

    Why is Bill Clinton miffef again? Because he was lied too!! hmmm hypocrites the Clintons, no shame in your game. How is the American people supposed to react, when You lied under oath, and your wife was caught in a blatant lie, and yet still hiding y'all Tax returns. Who should be getting miffed! You (read Clintons) or the American people. You have no right to call another person a lier, while Lying is encrypted in the Clintons DNA.

    Yes, I would take the TAX returns now!! Lets see what more lies that are encrypted there.

    CNN, PLEASE POST!!!!!ALSO YOU SHOULD PUT

    April 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. Debra

    Child of God (10:29 am) : "May the Lord bless those reading this message, the next president of the US, and those endorsing him! Obama '08!!" What will happen to those not endorsing him?

    April 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Ramesh Patel, IL

    The Clintons are addicted to LIES.

    April 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Wake up

    He has defiled his state, isn't? His state voted for the Clinton! A double betral!

    April 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. CHERYL

    RICHARDSON NEWS FLASH:::::::::::::::

    YOU SCREWED UP!

    MAYBE THIS IS WHY YOU ARE NO LONGER IN THE RACE!!!!!

    THE WORD FLIP FLOPPER COMES TO MIND!!!!!!!!

    JUST LIKE OBAMA CALLS HILLARY OLD SCHOOL BUT IS WILLING TO HAVE AL GORE ON HIS TEAM!!!!!!!!

    WOULDN'T GORE QUALIFY AS OLD SCHOOL?

    OBAMA WANTS IT BOTH WAYS!

    HIS FOLLOWERS JUST DON'T GET IT!!!!!

    HE SWITHES FROM ONE LIE OR BAD DECISION TO ANOTHER DAILY!!!!!!!

    VOTE FOR A CALM RATIONAL INTELLIGENT INDIVIDUAL!

    SENATOR CLINTON I TRUST HER!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. Sonny

    The Clinton machine is so different from the Bush machine. We, all of us, being the intelligent people we are, know the Clintons never lie or "spin" or exaggerate and never get nasty or vengeful, unlike Bush. And we certainly know the Clintons never are surrounded by constant scandals of some sort or another, unlike Bush. We know for sure that the Clintons never are beholden to the big corporate lobbyists, unlike Bush. And, also unlike Bush, we know that Hillary would never vote to allow a president to use military force in Iraq. As I have shown, Hillary and Bill are a stark contrast to Bush, and that is why they can beat McCain, because he is so much like Bush, while Hillary is not. And, of course, we all know that Obama is exactly like Bush, so how can he represent real change. No, the real change will come from the candidate most unlike Bush...Hillary. So, Bill Richardson, not having the great perception that we have, somehow fooled himself into believing that Hillary is not a stark contrast to Bush. For some stupid reason, he has deluded himself into thinking that Obama is a real contrast to Bush and represents the real change that this country needs and will vote for in November. What in the world is he thinking?

    April 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Wake up!

    Realistic wrote "Are you saying that a Clinton lied? I'm shocked, SHOCKED"

    where have you been Realistic???? not only a Clinton lied, BOTH Clintons have lied!!! Lying is in their blood!

    April 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. sue

    Who cares. Richardson has ensured he won't be the VP though.
    Obama , if he gets the nomination, will not be able to win the general election without the support of the Clinton supporters and Richardson on the ticket will make casting that vote for McCain all that much more likely.

    April 3, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. mar

    Where do these people get the idea that OBAMA is from modest beginnings????? I wish I came from such a modest beginning.

    GET REAL.

    Hillary is a worker, OBAMA IS a slacker.

    April 3, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. christine

    hillary i respect you so much, but this time you cant win just do the right thing, like edwards dropped of and i respect him for that,

    April 3, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. kp

    Richardson will be Obama's vice president.

    April 3, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. CHERYL

    OBAMA IS NO LONGER ELECTABLE SO IT DOES NOT MATTER!!!!!
    THESE PEOPLE ARE DELUSIONAL!

    WHEN OBAMA GETS SWIFT BOATED OUT THEY WILL ALL LOOK LIKE FOOLS!!!!!!

    VOTE FOR HILLARY AND WIN!!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Joyce in Florida

    Governor Richardson, you did not change your mind because the campaigning was getting nasty. You yourself stated that your mind was made up after you heard his speech on the race thing.

    You are such a liar yourself. Obama courted (and possibly paid you) for his endorsement. Your career is definitely now over. So why don't you get over it? You wouldn't be where you are if it were not for President Clinton. I wonder how you sleep at night. Oh, maybe it's the promise that Obama made to you (whatever that is). He probably won't keep his word. Senator Obama's words mean NOTHING.

    I sincerely hope Hillary Clinton wins the nomination and then we can say bye bye to you along with Senator Obama.

    HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Jon

    This is ethics! He feel who is smart

    April 3, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Cathy in FL

    Looks like President Clinton's memory is as bad as his business partner's, I mean wife's memory.

    April 3, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Dan

    I think Richardson was leaning toward Clinton early on. He made some nasty comments and zingers toward Obama in some of the early debates that made it seem like he was 'ganging up' on Obama with Clinton.

    But he says her negativity and the tone of her campaign, coupled with the positive message Obama is sending made him change his mind. What is wrong with that? Why can't people accept that?

    I think many, many Americans are sick of the negativity, the mud slinging, and especially the lies. Lie after lie.

    There's a reason her campaign is broke and rumour has it that she is filing bankruptcy. No one is supporting her, financially, or otherwise.

    I won't be suprised if PA is very close or if Obama even wins it.

    April 3, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Ex-Hillary supporter

    I admire Governor Richardson and those superdelegates who refuse to be bullied by the Clintons and clowns like Carville. Their heavy handed tactics and negative campaign show just how self serving they are.
    My respect for Clinton has dwindled to zero, and I take full advantage of the mute button when she shows up on my tv screen.

    April 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Penn State

    At the end of the day, both Obama and Clinton are going to be losers. Do you Obama supporters think that us Clinton supporters are actually going to vote for Obama in the General Election? Obama and his supporters have attacked Clinton so much that there is no way that we could support him. So how about you guys get over it and expect McCain to be the next president of the United States of America.

    April 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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