July 30th, 2008
04:40 PM ET
6 years ago

Richardson to help Clinton retire campaign debt

Sens. Obama and Clinton appeared with Gov. Richardson at a New Hampshire debate in January.
Sens. Obama and Clinton appeared with Gov. Richardson at a New Hampshire debate in January.

(CNN) – Is Bill Richardson about to kiss and make up with the Clintons? It certainly looks that way.

The New Mexico governor announced Wednesday that he will host two fundraisers to help Sen. Hillary Clinton retire more than $20 million in outstanding campaign debt accumulated during her failed White House bid.

"Governor Richardson's efforts reinforce Senator Obama's commitment to unifying the Democratic Party and assisting Senator Clinton's effort to retire her campaign debt," Bill Burton, a spokesman for Barack Obama’s campaign, said in a statement released by Richardson.

Richardson, who served as secretary of energy in Bill Clinton’s administration, decided to endorse the Illinois senator, now the presumptive Democratic nominee. The move was viewed as an act of betrayal by some longtime supporters of the Clintons. CNN Political Analyst James Carville, who has long and deep ties to both Clintons, even likened Richardson’s endorsement to Judas’s betrayal of Christ.

In late April, Richardson responded to Carville’s criticisms by saying that Carville and other Clinton supporters believe they are a “dynasty” and that they were “clinging to the throne.”

WATCH: Carville, Richardson on Larry King Live

Since announcing his support for Obama, Richardson has made numerous television and campaign appearances on Obama’s behalf. He is also mentioned as a potential pick for vice president.

In the statement from Richardson, Clinton spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said, "Senator Clinton is grateful for Governor Richardson's and Senator Obama's efforts to assist with retiring her campaign debt and she is looking forward to continuing to campaign for Senator Obama and help ensure victory for Democrats throughout the country this fall."

Senator Clinton will attend both invitation-only events in New Mexico in mid-August.

soundoff (339 Responses)
  1. michelle

    IT'S THE LEAST HE CAN DO AFTER BETRAYING THE CLINTONS AND HISPANICS.

    BO SHOULDN'T HAVE RUN FOR PREZ IN THE FIRST. THE REAL PARTY DIVIDERS ARE THOSE HILLARY HATERS AND NON-BELIEVERS WHO PUSHED OR ENCOURAGED A MINORITY, SMOOTH TALKING, EGOTISTICAL, LACKING SUBSTANCE, PHONEY TO RUN AGAINST HILLARY.

    EVEN NOW THE ELITIST MEDIA/POLITICIANS/LIBERABLS ARE DOING BO'S DIRTY WORK, DID YOU RUN THE CLIP OF MCCAIN'S AD??? PUMAS ARE SITTING BACK AND ENJOYING THE BACK AND FORTH FIGHTING BETWEEN BO AND MCCAIN.

    WHY IS SEXISM AND AGE OKAY TO MAKE FUN OF AND RACISM NOT???? IF I SAY BO HAS BIG EARS, DOES THAT MAKE ME A RACIST????

    IS BO READY TO LEAD (OR JUST SPEAK KUMBAYA) ????

    PUMA

    July 30, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Gary from Madison, WI

    Bill Richardson is still my favorite pick for the VP slot. He just proved that he is a worthy politician by doing this.

    As for the PUMA morons: why are you not helping YOUR candidate?

    July 30, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. Seattle Sue

    Pretty nice for a backstaber/

    July 30, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  4. Matt, Canoga Park

    I don't get this Hillary goes into debt at 25 million, says she has 110 million dollars in the bank. Bill just got 10 million to run his mouth.

    And they want US to pay for them all while we have to pay a lot more for gas and food. When was the last time the Clintons had to pay for gas in their car? Or buy food at a store?

    Why are we paying the debts of people who's whole life is that of privilege, perks and a free ride?

    Can anyone explain to me why this is? And how they have everyone else going along with this?

    Because if you can I have student loans and credit card bills I'd rather not pay either.

    July 30, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. darren

    I actually saw Bill Richardson. He seemed a very honorable and truthful person. I did not like when he supported Obama, after what Bill did for him. However, he is a very intellegent and sincer guy. Maybe this is his way to mitagate what he did to the Clintons. He could take his state to the democratic vote for the presidential level if he appeases all the democrates.

    July 30, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. Alice in Florida

    Go away, you traitor low-life freak Richardson

    You will forever be Judas!

    Maybe Bam Bam promised you the VP slot to get your endorsement so early, and I hope to GOD he picks you as #2

    He'll lose for sure if he's dumb enough to do that, and I hope Hillary spits in your face when she becomes President in 2012

    July 30, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. jimbo

    Hillary tell this traitor to take his money and shove it and his bad hairpiece you know where. He is a clown – looks like one , acts like one and talks like one. He betrayed the Clintons and i hope they shun him and many others who jumped on the Pied Piper bandwagon. They r in for a big shockc cuz many Americans are NOT connecting with Bambi and we r sick of him !!!

    July 30, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  8. Rove/PUMA 08'

    Steve Green said
    "Are you kidding me? Why would Hillary allow this traitor to "help" her out?
    --
    Um Steve, hate to break the news to ya' but Hillary has no control over who gives her the money or raises it. People who are on the receiving end of charity are usually not in control of such matters.

    If you ran out of gas on the road and you wre broke, should you care who is generous enough to give you $5?

    By the way, have you made a contribution? I am an Obama supporter and I donated $25 to her debt when Obama urged me to a few weeks ago. Its easy and it will give you some of your cred back.

    Obama/KAine or Obama/Biden

    July 30, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  9. texas girl

    Judas, Judas. We all knew you'd come running back with your sad tail tucked between your legs. Too little, too late! All you bots, including you Judas, think you can buy whatever or whomever you want. The time is fast approaching when you'll find that is not the case. PUMA!!!

    July 30, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. Saundra

    The Clintons have made more than enough money to retire her campaign debt on their own. Bill just made $10 million for speeches...how much did their income tax filing say they have made since leaving the whitehouse?
    Can you imagine how much she will make for speeches and the new book deal she is sure to get.
    The Clintons could pay off the $10 million they owe to vendors and just write off the $10 million they loaned the campaign..and I'm sure if they want to have a fundraiser they could give another $10 million to help the poor and hungry here in America.. . and they would still have money left over.

    July 30, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Angle

    some of you poeple are brain dead. If he wants to help her out and those complaining don't put into the fund then you were against her from the start and you were born STUPID

    July 30, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. not quite

    He's no Judas, any more than Hillary is Jesus.

    Where's the 18 million cracks? Pay up.

    July 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. EVEREST K OFFODILE

    HILLARY DON'T DO IT. FORGET JUDAS RICHARDSON HE WILL STAB YOU AGAIN DON'T TRUST HIM.HE WILL SELL HIS WIFE FOR A PENNY. HE IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED.

    July 30, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  14. Tim C

    Terms like "Judas" float around because networks like CNN insist on getting political hacks to masquerade as people with journalistic integrity. Bill Richardson is no more of a Judas than Hillary is Blue Coller, or than Barack is a savior.

    CNN: If you'd like to get back to talking about the issues, like healthcare, Iraq, the economy, education, human rights, and the gammet of other issues that actually matter to Americans, and stop focusing on getting your political hacks to create the news, along with horse-race politics, maybe we'll actually get an informed electorate to make the right decision, come November.

    July 30, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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