May 20th, 2008
07:26 PM ET
7 years ago

Richardson to campaign for Obama in Puerto Rico

Gov. Richardson endorsed Sen. Obama in March.
Gov. Richardson endorsed Sen. Obama in March.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Former presidential rival turned supporter Bill Richardson will campaign this week for Barack Obama in Puerto Rico, 10 days before the Commonwealth holds its Democratic primary, a Richardson aide tells CNN.

Richardson, the governor of New Mexico and former Cabinet official, is one of the most prominent Hispanic politicians in the nation. He sought the Democratic presidential nomination, but dropped out of the race after a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary.

While Richardson served in President Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, he chose to endorse Obama over Hillary Clinton in late March. Hillary Clinton has performed better than Obama with Hispanic voters, although the latest Gallup tracking poll suggests that the Illinois senator has erased his disadvantage with that key voting bloc.

Richardson will visit the Commonwealth on Thursday.

Fifty-five pledged delegates are at stake June 1 when Puerto Rico Democrats head to the polls.

CNN will have exclusive poll data from the Puerto Rico primary.

soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. SLO Bear

    Gracias a Dios!

    May 20, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Chanel

    Going for the VP slot?

    May 20, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  3. Gracias!!!

    Cool! I'm glad to hear Richardson will go to Puerto Rico! That's AWESOME and I think it will prove REALLY helpful to Obama!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  4. SLO Bear

    Perhaps we could trade in West Virginia or Kentucky's statehood and give it to Puerto Rico.

    May 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  5. Sukie in Oregon

    I wouldn't want Richardson to campaign for me as dog catcher.

    This guy betrayed Hillary Clinton. Obama shouldn't count on him to help with anything.

    I used to like Richardson, but no more. I hope he doesn't get the vice president spot with Obama.

    I am writing in Hillary in November. I don't change my mind.

    May 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. mmartin arkansaw

    wooohoooo! i like bill richardson!very smart man.

    May 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    Won't help... but it 'is' a great gesture...

    Obama '08

    May 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. Dee, NY

    Viva el pabo

    May 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Don

    I would like to suggest he stay there.

    May 20, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. deidre

    I'm with Carville on this one.

    May 20, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. Alex

    Bill (JUDAS) Richardson is sooooooo trying to be the VP!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Drew, Central FL

    Yeah! Si se puede!

    May 20, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. Morgan

    Why is no one talking about Clinton disenfranchising voters with her "I'm ahead in the popular vote" arguement? She is discounting caucus states and all of those voters!!!! I'm glad to count Florida and Michigan, but this argument of hers is hypocritical!

    May 20, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE!!!!!!

    IT DOESN'T MATTER OBAMA CANNOT WIN!!!!

    WHAT ABOUT KENTUCKY!!!!!

    GO HILLARY GO!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Good job Richardson you the man!

    May 20, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Texas Dem

    Working hard to snag that VP job, are you Richardson?
    I have lost ALL respect for you.

    May 20, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  17. R

    I lost my respect for him a long time ago

    May 20, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  18. Michael

    This is great news!!!! Thanks Gov Richardson let's win Puerto Rico and win in Nov.

    Kick McCain and Bush out of the White House.

    May 20, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. Lisa

    Well I guess the Mission is not Accomplished like Obama said it will be on May 20th.

    May 20, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Jeanne

    I hope Richardson is able to have an impact for Obama in Puerto Rico. Of course, most of us already believe Obama has won the nomination and that it's time for the party to unite behind him for the general election.

    May 20, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. common sense

    Viva Obama! VivaCambio

    May 20, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. Miguel Gomez

    This guy is something else, not only his state went for Clinton, but also, so far, about 70% of Hispanics are for Clinton, yet he claims he represents the Hispanic vote. Give me a break !! I for once, am not represented by you Mr. I'd rather vote Republican than Obama, thanks a lot !!

    May 20, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. stop the madness

    GOOD!

    May 20, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. Nobama

    Hah! This idiot who now looks like a terrorist with that funky beard. I say slap on an orange jump suit on him and buy him a one way ticket to GITMO. And then let the MIs get the truth out of him. I am curious to know what he sold out for? Was it the Veep or was it the money?

    May 20, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. No Hillary

    Gooood idea !!!!!!!!!!.... Thank you Governor Richardson for your sevice to our nation.

    May 20, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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