May 20th, 2008
07:26 PM ET
10 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. The last word

    Watching Hillary's desperate attempts at winning this nomination is sad. Its like watching a old boxer stubling around a rink take a beating after they are swollen and have lost the fight. Go out with some respect and dignity

    May 20, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. Scarlett in VEGAS


    May 20, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  3. Jose

    Yes, we can
    Thank you Governor Richardson !!!

    May 20, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Erick FL

    OMG , Bill is not running fir president,Obama is nor can Bill R. out do the Clintons. It will not make a difference.

    May 20, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Franky

    No offense to Sen. McCain but over 15,000 people have voted against him. Don't they know that's their nominee??? And thye even manage to get up and vote against him and Sen. McCain hasn't even hit the 100,000 vote mark. That's just amazing......ohhh yeah, Hillary won Kentucky, right? I almost forgot, LOL!!!

    And tell Gov. Richardson that I'll meet him at the party over'h, I'm just playing, LOL!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. GoldenChica

    Mr. Richardson don't waste your time campaigning for Obama. Puerto Ricans can see that he is not the best candidate to be the president and they will let you know that when they cast their votes just like West Virginia voters and Kentucky voters did today and the rest of the big states. Obama can only win votes in caucuses.

    May 20, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. David Self

    James Carville hit it on the head when he referred to richardson as a Judas. Didn't Hillary win New Mexico? And, didn't Richardson say the Super Delegates should vote the way their state/district goes? Of course he did. Did anyone out there think richardson sounded very bright during the early debates? VP? We had better make sure Obama is well guarded!!

    May 20, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  8. rbasquez

    Richardson is such a fake. He is a spastic, when he went for Obama, (the antichrist) 1/2 of the Latin voters were disgusted. We love Hillary.

    May 20, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. White folks please coming from a white man

    Some posters on here sounds about 5yrs old, talking about if Obama win, they are voting MCcain. Wow! RACE PLAYS A HUGE PART IN COMMENTS LIKE THAT. THE ONLY REASON WHY HILLARY WON OHIO AND TEXAS IS "THE REPUBS HELPED HER". How can Hillary run the country when her campaign is in debt, and plays the gender role when ever she lost a state. Have Obama every say he lost states because he was a black man??? heck No!!

    Go Obama 08

    May 20, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  10. Carrie Pa

    Richardson for VP!

    May 20, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  11. terry

    Bill Richardson is not trustworthy.

    May 20, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. Eddie p.

    Stay home Richardson. In the end ! all the campaigning in the world is not going to help Barak Obama win the nomination. Too many of us Democrats out here going to vote for McCain if Obama is nominated. He does not have the experience , and he is a racist. Furthermore!!! he made a statement that the GOP had better be careful if the are going to attack Michelle. He put her in the public eye, and she's no different than any othe spouse on the campaign trail . If you can't stand the heat . Get out of the kitchen. What exactly does Obama mean by saying anyone attacking his darling had better be careful? what will he do? Maybe borrow nucs from Iran and fire them at anyone attacking Michelle. Hillary has taken plenty of hits, and she's still standing, Bill has taken plenty and all of this is O.K. Stop your crying Obama. No sympathy here.

    May 20, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. Fred

    I understand why HRC wanted Richardson's endorsement but why do people feel he betrayed her?

    May 20, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Julian E, Arizona

    I love the Bill's, Bill Clinton brought some good green paper backs into my pocket, and Bill Richardson brings now the green light of hope when we need the change on Capitol Hill.

    Hill's make it hard for the mountain climber's. But Obama will be on top. Kentucky ? I am not worried.......they are nothing but fried Chickens.

    May 20, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  15. Donald from SC

    Sukie in Oregon,

    I love how people like you complain about super-delegates like Gov. Richardson who change their support to Senator Obama. Just a couple of months ago, you were the same people screaming that the supers could change sides if they choose to do so. Yet, when the supers change in the direction you did not expect you call them betrayers.

    News: Many former Senator Clinton supporters (super-delegates) have switched to support Senator Obama. Zero, zilch, none, nada super-delegates have switched from Senator Obama to support Senator Clinton. What does that tell you about the candidate?

    May 20, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  16. Alfredo

    I'm from Puerto Rico and Richardson does not need to come here, he's not welcome.

    May 20, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  17. Kev, Golden, CO

    Referring to Richardson as a "Judas" is twisted. He is good guy, who truly believed that Clinton's campaign was dirty and Obama was the better choice. He owes the country more than he owes the Clintons.

    May 20, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Joseph Adewole

    BR is a credible politician l admire so much; now he's doing the right thing. Bill, your credibility is at stake if you don't win that State for BO.....I trust you will.

    May 20, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  19. joe

    Perhaps Richardson can become the president of Puerto Rico and not come back?

    May 20, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  20. piling on the bandwagon

    Anything to ensure that Obama wins.

    Can't have it any other way.

    Can't trust the voters to make uo their own minds.

    And you wonder why people rally around Clinton.

    We don't like it when the gang piles on to beat up on one candidate and advantage the other.

    Whatever happened to winning on his own merits?

    May 20, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    Clinton lost her "sway" with Hispanics as soon as she told us we were not "hard-working Americans".

    The comment was taken as white vs black, but what has been forgotten by the media and by the Clinton camp is how HISPANICS helped Clinton in FL, CA, NM, TX and other states and how she has not once mentioned Hispanic issues or thanked them since she was doing needing them. She used the Hispanic vote and tossed them away for the "white, blue-collar vote" as soon as it was in her best interest.

    Watch out, those Americans in OH, PA, WV and VA will learn the Clinton way soon enough as soon as the campaign is done using you.

    May 20, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. Chris from New York


    May 20, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  23. B-NYC

    Serious? PR is not worth Obama's time? Throwing Richardson a bone? Lame...

    May 20, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  24. Lynn ND

    My oh my! People sure have their ire up tonight. Insults don't help anyone but the Republicans. That goes for both canidate supporters. Let's all grow up and start uniting!

    May 20, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  25. Kevin-Seattle

    Democrats unite!!

    May 20, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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