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

Richardson: I never promised Clintons

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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. paul

    Richardson is a no good liar and a traitor. We can use traitors in our country. Him and Obama make a scarry team along with the Good Reverand Wright in tow.

    April 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. steveda - pennsylvania

    WOW .. the truth according to Clinton, what a concept.. Bill, the "I didn't have sex with that woman" and then my all time favorite,,,, "define sex". Hillary brought peace to Northern ireland by hosting tea parties, while she dodged sniper fire and was fighting NAFTA by reverse lobbying....

    Chelsea says "it's none of your business" even though her dad was President, having sex with a government employee, on government time (was Monica on overtime for that?), in a publicly owned building. At least Spitzer paid for his chick with his own money.....

    The same crew that says pledged delegates should be able to change their vote, but that the party needs to listen to the people....

    people need to carefully listen to the Clintons... the truth is the truth if it favors them, otherwise its just the media being against them ...

    Please please please my fellow PA'ers ... lets vote Obama and rid ourselves of these people. They are piling it on so deep my shovel is no longer adequate and I can't afford a tractor!!!

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

    Everyone is belongs to God first. Then to the nation.
    Nobody is belongs to anybody.

    Clintons are bad democrat who , very often, undermine & defame other democrats.

    April 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. ART

    Bill Richardson is a very well respected and popular hispanic governor. He has served his country well in public service. Those that think he owes the clintons for his hard work are insulting, not only Bill Richardson, but all hard working Americans.

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Philly

    The Clintons are just plain weird. By the way Hillary Rocky lost the fight to the black guy. Bad analogy!

    April 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. mariam gul

    richardson is very honest man. he endorse which is best for the country. that is obama.

    April 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. John

    I find it interesting that Richardson waited until there seemed to be a clear front-runner in the Dem race until he made an endorsement. This says to me that he had his own interest at heart when making the endorsement...appears he was positioning himself to be the vice-presidential candidate. He should be careful not to burn too many bridges along his way. As a registered Democrat, I'm not sure I'll even vote in the upcoming Presidential election. The behavior of the Democratic constituency (voters) has really turned me off to the party. Do people feel so threatened that a female is running for Presidency?! Democrats have been cannibalizing themselves – and it's repulsive! I am seriously considering a switch to Independent.

    April 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. V. Miller, CT

    . . . .Who does Bill Clinton think he is trying to present himself as Boss
    Tweed and strong arm the superdelegates?

    April 3, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. SaintSteven

    According to the Clinton camp, I thought Richardson was un important as an endorser

    April 3, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  10. Sushil Thapa

    Like any politician Richardson is no different. Obviously he is an opportunist and decided to opt for Obama , seeking greener pastures .Next time Richardson will root for Obama's opponent in a similar situation..

    April 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. RobJohnson

    This thread reveals the ugliest side of the Clintons and their supporters.

    They are absolutely convinced that Bill Richardson, the Democratic Party and America OWE them another round in the White House, and anybody who defies them is a "Judas" or a "traitor." Notice how many times those two words are used on this thread.

    Obama haters are fond of calling his supporters a cult, but the Clinton campaign is the one acting like the Branch Davidians at Waco. Circle the wagons, and anybody who isn't with us is against us.

    April 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Mark

    Richardson thinks Obama is going to win and he can ride his coat tails. Obama is not going to win. Richardson screwed up just like alot of other people who are endorsing Obama

    April 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Tanilan

    Why should Bill Richardson not endorse Obama? I am beginning to think the Clintons are being a bunch of spoil Washington brats. Get over yourselves!

    April 3, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Mr Bigger

    Both Richardson and Clinton are very good liars.

    April 3, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. JT

    I think the Clintons should expect some degree of loyalty from long time friends, but that expectation should not come across as if they own people.

    April 3, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. sally

    Richardson is going on a MSM blitz and the story changes from one venue to another. Richardson is desperately trying to repair the damage this has done to his reputation. I think he is a liar, hypocrite, and opportunist and should quit digging his hole.

    April 3, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. mimi de la cruz for OBAMA

    DON'T WORRY GOV. RICHARDSON WE KNOW WHO LIES HERE.

    WE ARE PROUD OF YOU FOR PUTTING YOUR COUNTRY BEFORE

    YOUR FRIENDS. SHE SOLD US OUT,BEHIND CLOSED DOORS,

    WHEN SHE PROMISED THE NATION UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE

    & SHE SOLD US OUT WITH THE WAR. THEN CARVELL CALLS YOU

    JUDAS.TRUST ME WE KNOW WHO JUDAS IS HERE

    AND IT'S NOT YOU.

    April 3, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Maria Garcia

    IF NOT HILLARY CLINTON, THEN OUR HISPANIC VOTES GOES TO JOHN MCCAIN. PERIOD.

    April 3, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Michael B.

    "Carville and others say that I owe President Clinton's wife my endorsement because he gave me two jobs. Would someone who worked for Carville then owe his wife, Mary Matalin, similar loyalty in her professional pursuits?"

    Bill Richardson

    April 3, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Rebecca (CBear)

    Maybe he should have asked Bill what his definition of "is" is? When will she (they) ever realize that she is NOT entitiled to the Presidency? Please leave now while you still have an ounce of dignity. The more dirt you dig, Hillary, the deeper the political career goes. 6 feet under.

    April 3, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. REALIST NJ

    It wont matter anyway,John Mccain will be our next president.

    9 words to be afraid of: we're the government and we are here to help.

    John Mccain 08

    April 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. Eduardo of TX

    TRAITOR TO NEW MEXICO & TO THE LATINO COMMUNITY! You will regret what you did to us, expecially when HILLARY wins!!!!!! And pls. SHUT UP already!

    April 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Fred

    And when the voters speak in your upcoming election Richardon, I hope you just "get over it"

    You overplayed your hand this time.

    April 3, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. David

    It's all about control. Hillary wants what her husband had, power and control. Ironiclly she is finding out that she cant control the free thinkers in the Democratic Party and it irritates the Clintons.

    Control and Power... She cant have it and she's pissed off.

    Hillary go bowling and cool off.

    As an independant I will vote for either McCain or Obama.

    BUT NEVER EVER A CLINTON.

    April 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  25. JH

    If it where not for the Clintons , Bill Richardson wouyld be a nobody. He is traitor. His state voted for Hilalry too. He even betrayed the people in his state He have no chance to be president and he think maybe he can have chance to VP of Obama. The truth is Omaba just used him to get Spanish Votes. Obama will never think about he is his vp. He will lost everything.

    Go Hillary!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
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