May 20th, 2008
07:26 PM ET
6 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. Ellie

    Let the battle begin....

    Si Su Puede!!!!

    Si Su Puede!!!

    Si Su Puede!!

    May 20, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. Ellie

    Let the battle begin....

    Si Su Puede!!!!

    Si Su Puede!!!

    Si Su Puede!!

    Senior Obama All The Way!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. Motov8n

    I can feel the tide TURNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Teddy don't claim that illness. It doesn't belong to you. Prayer changes things. If GOD is for you who can be against you.? Keep the faith. No matter what or who, GOD is in control!!!!!!!!! You have more work to do...Oh,. I almost forgot "GO BILL. Handle your business"!

    May 20, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Robin

    I have seen more of this guy than I ever wanted. I wish he would take his pauncy stomach and gotee and get lost.

    May 20, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  5. carrie

    goodbye clinton
    june 3rd is a few days away
    i actually want the fl and mi delegates seated
    so obama can reach the magic number
    losing witch,with a b

    May 20, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. Darrel from Denver

    Good on the Governor!

    Why will CNN not give Senator Obama his due?

    HE IS AHEAD...HAS BEEN AHEAD....AND WILL STAY AHEAD

    Yet, CNN plays up Clinton's wins in states that do not matter, are bigoted in demeanor, and should not surprise anyone with their voting pattern. No one wants to point this out, of course, because the network wants Clinton to win.

    What a shame you are backing a lost cause.

    May 20, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. WIN

    Obama still can't win the nomination?
    How can he beat white MAN?

    May 20, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. Serge

    Where are the exit polls from Oregon? Why are all your articles about Kentucky?

    May 20, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. Mike, Atlanta GA

    Puerto Rico beware Judas Iscariot/Benedict Arnold!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Erick FL

    TRADER!!!! Hispanics are for Clinton all the way!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. vic nashville,Tn

    Aha Big Joke that will hurt Obama
    Richardson going to Puerto Rico
    Is he going to say he is from Puerto Rico
    Best of Luck
    Hillary 08

    May 20, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Dal CA Republican

    Good work. Keep slogging Richardson.

    May 20, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. Hillary

    Richardson:

    Take Michelle Obama with you and don't buy her a return ticket.

    May 20, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Mike, Atlanta GA

    So what about that Edwards endorsement LOL

    FYI – This black man that voted for Hillary (in Atlanta) will NOT vote for OBAMA. Even though I am a Democrat, it does not make me less of one if i choose to be an AMERICAN first and vote on issues.

    If Hillay does not win the Democratic nom, to appease all of you Obama supporters who resort to name calling cause I am doing what I believe is the right thing, I will pull out of the Democratic convention and register as an Independent and vote McCain.

    Unlike most of you, I have been a Democrat all of my life and not just "for the first time in my life." I follow the issues.

    I also find Donna Brazille to be disingenuous. As a Superdelegate of her caliber, she should go ahead and declare her endorsement of Obama (which we know she supports) and stop patronizing Hillary.

    May 20, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  15. bizbiz

    Hispanics won't listen to Richardson. The majority of Hispanics want Clinton as the next President and his endorsement of Barack Obama shows he is out of touch with the very people he supposedly claims to understand and repesent. Richardson is a joke.

    May 20, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  16. A.M. Saqib

    Thank you so much Mr. Richardson, thank you.

    Your help for 'Obama' compaigning in Puerto Rico, will long a long way!

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    May 20, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  17. Claire

    Obama supporters please stop being rude. Before you get on my case, I am an Obama supporter as well and very disappointed in these results. However being rude, calling the people of Kentucky backwards or racist will not help matters. It is what it is. For whatever reason Kentucky prefers HRC to Obama. Acutally it seems they prefer anyone to Obama. What we have to do is focus on the future, if indeed Obama is the nominee, we have a problem on our hands and lots of work to do. Should HRC become the nominee then we get to decide if we vote for her as in vote for the democratic party, or we can even do as HRC supporters said they will do that is vote for McCain.

    May 20, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  18. Griff

    Praise Him.. Praise Him.. Praise Him..... Because if you don't... You're comment's don't get ??>??????? Commented....
    What a Sucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  19. deidre

    YOUR ARE SUCH A VOICE FOR OBAMA CARRIE. Thanks for representing Obama's message so well!

    May 20, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  20. Stumped

    Why is it that a territory, that holds no electoral votes, have more democrat delegates than many states? Oregon and Kentucky only have 51 or 52.

    May 20, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. Robert

    Good for him....it's time to kick Hillary out of the race. She is really STUBBORN....Hillary go back to your kitchen!

    May 20, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. Fox; Albuquerque NM

    Impressive.

    May 20, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  23. Democrat for mccain if not clinton

    Haha.. Bill Richardson the traitor.

    Ill put money on the table it wont change anything,
    take any bets?

    May 20, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  24. democracy?

    Kennedy sang for obama in front of hispanic voters, Richardson will go beg hispansics to vote for Obama. Kennedy didn't work. If Richardson can not deliever, then the front line will be "In spite of Richardson's support, Obama still loses." Just like the front page said the day after MA's primariy.

    May 20, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. Former Obama Supporter

    Look. I'm Hispanic and Judas' (I mean Bill Richardson's) endorsement did not sway any of us. We even had George Lopez come down and Hillary STILL won BIG. Bill Richardson does not represent the Hispanics in America.

    May 20, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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