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. EDW

    hahaha, how many aces does Obama have in his pocket???

    May 20, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. Franky

    Later guys! I gotta check the draft(NBA)! Hey, gotta know which pick my team will have....

    I'll holla back at you guys later on...

    May 20, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  3. Venus


    Thanks Richardson! I was wondering when you were going to show up!

    Go Obama! This should be nice to see these two work together

    May 20, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. Rave

    Hillary can join Ralph Nader's party. She is nothing but an election spoiler, desperate, cheater and lier.
    She cheated her running mates by going to MI and FL and that did not work so well. She can run with Rush Limbaugh in the next election.

    May 20, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. walli

    I thought it was suppose to be by 30 points in Kentucky...last time I checked with 39% reporting she only had a 13 point lead.

    May 20, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    Richardson is working for the parties candidate as all true Democrats should be doing.

    We have our candidate, and now it is time to unite.

    I know it sucks for Hillary supporters, but someone has to lose when the other wins.

    For those that say they will vote for McSame instead of Obama are either just temporarily pissed off, or they are not Democrats!

    May 20, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. phil .c

    its a good thing that richardson will campaign for obama in pueto rico. whenever i see people who dont like obama i wonder if these people are aliens from jupiter. tell me how can a well thinking individual listen to obama and hate him. thats stupidity in the highest level.

    May 20, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. enomisa

    Obama can't seem to do it on his own merits.

    He needed Oprah, Caroline, Ted, Kerry, Maria, the rock stars, Richardson, Edwards, the 100% positive press coverage, the Hillary bashing and hatred...

    Even so... he barely leads HRC.

    And he cheated at caucus and he blocked the revote in Fl and Mi.

    What else does he need to seal the deal?

    May 20, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. Raghu

    OBAMA WILL reach milestone today.


    Clinton ahead by SMALL margin in Puerto Rico.


    Ticker Headline: Bill richardson to campaign for B.O;


    May 20, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Nia - AZ by way of MN

    Si Se puede!!

    May 20, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  11. Franky

    ohhh and one more thing guys....

    yeah Hillary might won the state but we took Louisville and Fayette without even campaigning as much there!! Go Cardinals, go cardinals......

    May 20, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. Venus

    Enjoy your win Hillary with Kentucky and West Virginia!

    It's over from tonight forward...

    Get ready Hillary supporters....................

    Go Obama!

    May 20, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |


    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 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |


    I don't care what they say Obama will not win Puerto Rico even with Richardson on the stump for him. Latinos vote Hillary!!!!

    Wake up America

    Hillary all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 20, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. squeezer offense Barack.

    May 20, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Salida

    Carrie, Carrie, Carrie, being jealous should not be part of your reason to support your candidate. I know, a strong woman always scares the weaker ones. How do I know? I'm a strong, educated, confident, 30 something woman who supports Hillary not because she is a woman but because she is a Woman AND a qualified, confident, strong, educated and knowledgable person. Go and make something of your life. No matter what happens, Clinton has accomplished what many people, not only women, will not accomplish over their live time.

    May 20, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  17. merits only

    All the support he has gotten from the DNC, democrats, the media, celebrities, famous rich families- and he still had NO MANDATE.

    How sad for this left wing puppet destined to fail in NOV.

    Should have ;let the voters decide. Even now, the big shots should stay out of it. The more unfair the deck is stacked in Obama's favor- the less likely the HRC supporters are to back him in Nov.

    May 20, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. Obama 08

    Sukie Chill out a little

    May 20, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. carrie

    YES! Send Judas Escariot to Perto Rico. They have been planning this all along. First it was Edwards news of supporting him after a lost and then Richardson again after a loss. Clinton will never win the nomination because it has been decided already.

    I am tired of watching this whole parade. And CNN keep supporting only one candidate because it is obvious! I am still undecided here.

    May 20, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  20. Pat in Cali

    All the haters who say they're not voting for Obama or writing in Clinton deserve a Bush 3rd term.

    When you lose your house, your job, your child to war, your health car, your social security because you threw away your vote, you can blame yourself. You know you voted for Bush's 2nd term, so you're already getting what you deserve.

    May 20, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    you are stupid

    May 20, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. D R

    Bill Clinton helped put Puerto Rico's governing officials in office, so I think Hillary has the inside on this one.

    May 20, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  23. Mike in Minneapolis

    I think I know why Hillary is scrambling to be the nominee: It is much more difficult to prosecute a president than it is the ordinary citizen. RE: Paul vs Clinton in the state of California. Plus the fact that she can put those "lost" papers behind her that were found in the white house library after missing for two years. No telling what else you would find if you looked. The Clintons have a true legacy of cheating, lying, and Potomac two stepping behind them. Be very care when dealing with them. And how about that parlay of $1000.00 into $99,000.00 plus in under a year in the stock market. Something really smells there, and I'm not talkin' about astronomical luck.

    May 20, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  24. scarr

    i wonder if obama or any presidential candidate will ever try to be bi or tri lingual ?

    besides that, go obama, the world needs "new frontiers"

    May 20, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  25. Latino from Sacramento

    To all,

    Please do NOT think that all hispanics are like this guy. We rejected him already, which is whay he dropped out. who does he think he is going to fool?

    May 20, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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