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.
Gracias a Dios!
Going for the VP slot?
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!!!
Perhaps we could trade in West Virginia or Kentucky's statehood and give it to Puerto Rico.
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.
wooohoooo! i like bill richardson!very smart man.
Won't help... but it 'is' a great gesture...
Viva el pabo
I would like to suggest he stay there.
I'm with Carville on this one.
Bill (JUDAS) Richardson is sooooooo trying to be the VP!!!
Yeah! Si se puede!
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!
IT DOESN'T MATTER OBAMA CANNOT WIN!!!!
WHAT ABOUT KENTUCKY!!!!!
GO HILLARY GO!!!!!!!
Good job Richardson you the man!
Working hard to snag that VP job, are you Richardson?
I have lost ALL respect for you.
I lost my respect for him a long time ago
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.
Well I guess the Mission is not Accomplished like Obama said it will be on May 20th.
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.
Viva Obama! VivaCambio
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 !!
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?
Gooood idea !!!!!!!!!!.... Thank you Governor Richardson for your sevice to our nation.