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. @americans

    HILLARY IS TOAST!

    I CANNOT HIRE HILLARY AS MY DISHWASHER!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Didine in Maryland

    Good job Richardson. I hope Obama will win in Puerto Rico.
    Obama'08

    May 20, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  3. SC for Hillary

    Who in their right mind would listen to JUDAS, he could not get 10 percent of the vote when he was running for president, he is an opportunist, looking for a handout from Obama who cannot close the deals, he will be dissapointed in November, also The women in New Mexico will show him a thing or two for being a traitor, he will never get elected in New Mexico for a dog catcher never the less governor again.
    He is a LOSER ALONG WITH THAT COCKY OBAMA, THEY WILL BOTH GET WHAT IS COMING TO THEM IN NOVEMBER

    May 20, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  4. Tom

    Richardson's a slime not worthy of the proud traditions in the hispanic community. Carville was right.

    May 20, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    HILLARY HAS THE POPULAR VOTE !!!!!

    fine print:

    (claim of popular vote not good in all 50 states, excluding any state's voters who held caucuses, because she didn't win those, so those should't count, but including florida and michigan because they help this incredible claim.. void where prohibited...)

    May 20, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  6. bill pike

    your next VP.

    May 20, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. BRiley

    Maybe he can stay in Puerto Rico and Obama can visit him on his next vacation! Birds of a feather flock together (Oh no that's a Rev. Wright quote)!! McCain/Clinton '08

    May 20, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. James

    Shame on you-Richardson!!!!!
    Go Hillary

    May 20, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. JABBER

    IF RICHARDSON CRAWLS UP OBAMAS BUTT ANY FURTHER HE WILL HAVE TO CALL ROTO TUTOR TO GET HIM OUT! WHAT A PEICE OF WORK! HE WANT TO BE VP SO BAD HE IS OBNOCOUIS. HE TOLD HILLARY HE SAID THE OTHER DAY ON A SHOW IT IS TIME FOR HILLARY TO STEP DOWN, WELL I THINK THAT BOW WOW SHOULD GO BACK IN HIS CAGE! I WISH SOMTHING WOULD COME OUT IN THE NEWS ABOUT OBAMA AND HE WOULD HAVE TO STEP DOWN. 57 STATES IN US AND HE WANT TO BE PRES?

    May 20, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. The Truth

    Great news....Richardson is really on our team. He should really help in swinging some votes over to Obama.

    OBAMA '08!

    May 20, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Lier & Cheater

    Ric Richardson is such a liar & cheater. I am not saying because he worked in Clinton administrator but because he is supporting Obama because it would be favorable for him if he is president. that;s why he made decision at the last time, Obama supporters are you deaf, Hillary is saying she would support nominee no matter what happens,ask Obama to say same thing. His supporter & african american so head strong, they say it would disfranchise african american if he is not the nominee, so imature & idiotic is it not.

    May 20, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. True

    Hillary we will need you to help the Obama campaign with whites and bible thumping regions of West Virginia and Kentucky. Thanks for all your support! Richardson the Great will help with all the Latin communities in each state. Awesome! we will definitely take Novembers Election!

    2 more Super Delegates today!!!!

    Obama 2008!

    May 20, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. Shannon

    god, isn't Richardson's fifteen minutes of fame up yet!

    May 20, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Nobama influence

    is he not doing this for a position in Nobama's cabinet ?

    May 20, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. Hillary or Macain

    OH palease!!

    I hispanic and I didn't vote for him. Hispanics hate for betraying the Clintons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    May 20, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. Linned

    That's great! He is mainly doing all of his campaigning himself. Michelle Obama's top priority is their children and it should be. Senator Clinton, Bill Clinton and Chelsa are out campaigning . A question for those of you speaking against Richardson – doesn't he have the right to endorse who he wants to?

    May 20, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. Teacher

    Richardson is a traitor. Hillary is the woman of the people!!
    I hope Mr Richardson enjoys his vacation in Puerto Rico.

    May 20, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  18. JABBER

    RE MORGAN: IF YOU COUNT FLORIDA & MICHIGAN SHE IS AHED IN POPULAR VOTES!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  19. Eric

    You can see the difference between obama voters and clinton voters. Obama voters are more educated hence exit polls show a great majority would vote for Hilary knowing the consequences of the GOP and 4 more years of bush. Whereas Hilary has less educated voters who do not understand the consequences of voting for McCain when they scream I will not vote Obama. Keep in mind when you say that, if you think gas prices are high now, just wait till the mideast says we have another cowboy in the U.S in McCain, why should we help them by producing more oil. Not to mention spending another 50 billion a year on war for the next 5-100 more years in iraq. Bush's Gas plan is to go beg for oil, is this the best we can do? Thats sickening.

    May 20, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  20. Terrence (Winston Salem,NC)

    Way to go, Richie! let's get this done...

    May 20, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  21. F C Sanders Sr, La

    Wow its still amazing to me how cruel some people can be and there is really no need for it. Before being Dem or Rep. we are all human and all Americans.

    May 20, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  22. Tom

    Carrie – with your comment in mind, never wonder why even the strongest democrats who are voting for Hillary would vote for McCain or no one if Hillary doesn't run. It's people like you with comments like that that are dividing the party and it seems that most of Obama's supporters are like you. By your attitude, it sounds like you're a bit too young to be voting at all.

    May 20, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. Herman in LA

    Here you go McCain & Hillary supporters go ahead vote for McCain.

    McCain Repeatedly Voted Against Minimum Wage Increases
    2006

    McCain Voted Against An Amendment To Raise The Minimum Wage. McCain voted against an amendment to raise the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour in three steps. According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics, 62.4% of all minimum wage earners were women in 2006. [1]

    Obama 08!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. No2Obama!

    Good for you Bill now please don't come back.
    Obama will not do well in the general election. McCain will be the next President of this great country!

    May 20, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. Carolyn from New York

    With Richardson, Obama has taken a Judas into his camp. Be careful Barack, he can turn on you also if he feels it's to his advantage.

    May 20, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
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