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. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    It's big of Richardson to step up like this, especially after all the flak he got from the Clintons after he came out in support of Obama. I still think Richardson should be seriously considered for the VP spot.

    July 30, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Kevin, NC

    I beg your pardon? The real Judas is George Bush, who has betrayed the American People repeatedly in his last 8yrs. The real Judas is the media CNN included who betray who they want to when the want to and why they want to. even if its just to keep a story. The real Judas is any Democrat who votes for McCain because they cant accept the Hillary's loss in the Primaries, I mean come on a vote for McCain is against all that you hope for in America. Wake up my American People, wake up. The real Judas is not voting for Obama because he's half black, remember he is Half white so you are probably doing yourself a dis-service too. The real Judas is the American people who sat by while we sent over 4,000 GI's to their death for a lie, and over 25,000 permantely wounded. Wake up my American People Wake Up.

    July 30, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Annette

    Smart move.

    July 30, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Dave

    No self-respecting Democrat will show up and tell him to go back to his cave in New Mexico!

    July 30, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. PA from NH

    Go Richie!

    July 30, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. The Canadian

    You know if Richardson goes on the ticket as VP to Obama, he could win some major point with growing Latino population in the states, enough to really put a big boost into Obama's lead.

    Add in his knowledge of the energy crisis and the undecided nature of New Mexico and he might be a great pick!

    July 30, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. EBC

    THANK you Gov. Richardson. Let's wrap Sen. Clinton's debt up and get on with this election so we can move this country forward.

    July 30, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Suzanne

    And what a joke that one can run their campain with no funds and then after they lose ask people to help them retire the debt. Come on, the rest of us can't run our lives that way what makes it ok for someone running for office to do that?

    And when we have a country that is struggling with huge debts and our citizens are going through a resession, how do any of the candidates warrant spending these huge amounts of money?

    What happened to voting for the person who was best qualified, not the person who could raise the most money. One would get plenty of free press if they were doing good things so it necessary to pay for ads when one can just do instead.

    Come on America, wake up and demand more.

    July 30, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Tony

    Bill Richardson will do anything to stay in the spotlight. Why don't you just run your state....Gov. Turncoat.

    July 30, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Brandon Hillary PUMA 4Mc

    Well I will give credit where credit is do and Thank Mr Richardson.
    It however does not change my view of how unfair this primary process is or how the democratic party snub Hillary for a inexperienced sweet talker with no record of accomplishments and virtually no time in elected office. I stil question Bill Richardsons intregrity for endorsing this man particuliarly as hard as Richardson has worked and his resume of accomplishments. You would think that he would value action and results over talk.

    Not Falling in Line
    Mc 08'/ Hillary 2012 Maybe then he will endorse her properly

    July 30, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Hillary Never!!!

    Hillary NEVER thought she would lose!
    Hillary NEVER thought anyone could beat her!
    Hillary NEVER thought her supportors would stop giving her money!
    Hillary NEVER thought she would lose her own money!
    Hillary NEVER thought her type of politics could lose!

    Hillary just NEVER THOUGHT!!!!!

    Hillary will NEVER be President!!!!
    Hillary will NEVER be VIce President!!!!

    She still crys about it, and so do her supportors. But none of them are willing to PAY off their Debt!!!!

    Instead they expect everyone else to pay for their MISTAKES!

    NEVER HILLARY 08
    NEVER HILLARY 12
    NEVERY HILLARY!!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. Independent Voter

    Who does Obama think he is, taking credit for Bill Richardson's willingness to help Hillary Clinton with her campaign debt??

    Does this man have any limits whatever? Is there anything for which he will NOT take credit??

    Richardson obviously realizes how very badly he behaved, since he owes his entire career to the Clintons, both of them. Nobody ever heard of Bill Richardson until Clinton appointed him to his cabinet. No one knows that better than Bill Richardson.

    Of course he should help her. Obama should, too, but he's too busy being the Darling of the Media to take time for that. Obama lives in $1+ million dollar house himself. Over half of his campaign funds come from huge contributors – check the list, boys and girls – you little guys are buying his coffee – oh, I mean his Perrier.

    Two over-rated books later, Barack and Michelle have really struck it rich! "Movin' on up to the East Side. Finally gettin' a piece of the pie," as the song goes...

    July 30, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Suzanne

    And what a joke that one can run their campain with no funds and then after they lose ask people to help them retire the debt. Come on, the rest of us can't run our lives that way what makes it ok for someone running for office to do that?

    And when we have a country that is struggling with huge debts and our citizens are going through a resession, how do any of the candidates warrant spending these huge amounts of money?

    What happened to voting for the person who was best qualified, not the person who could raise the most money. One would get plenty of free press if they were doing good things so it's not necessary to pay for ads when one can just do instead.

    Come on America, wake up and demand more.

    July 30, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  14. chris

    Once a Judas is always a Judas.

    July 30, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. SANTE

    ABOUT OBAMA:

    1. Everybody who is NOT a snob senses that something is not exactly O.K. with that so called "New Politician".
    I see him like my doughier: tells me exactly what I would like to hear.

    I think that Guy and his gang had studied the social behaviour in USA long before had started the elections and they simply manipulate us very effectively!
    Simply: DO NOT TRUST HIM!!!!

    2. No offence, but am I correct that OBAMA is very much supported and loved by HOMOSEXUALS?

    / Not because I do not respect them as human beings/

    3. His color is NOT my concern but his attitude : HE IS ARROGANT!
    e.g. Is it appropriate a future President to chew a gum walking as a peacock at front of the cameras?

    4. If he is "sooo gifted" and almost genius, what he had done for 45 years before the beginning of that election?

    July 30, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. Paul - Seattle

    I think the more we understand just how dangerous McCain would be as President, the more the Democrats will really come together as we all understand it's more important to work toward the future than concentrate on frustrations of the past. I am happy to see Richardson, someone whom I have great respect for, attempt to help Senator Clinton...a woman whom I also have an immense amount of respect for.

    Democrats unite! Obama '08!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. John in Iowa

    Here you see it people; these politicians are all alike. They will succumb to anything for money!

    July 30, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. Another Clinton Failure!!!

    Another Clinton Failure!

    Couldn't keep her mouth shut!
    Couldn't manage her campaign!
    Couldn't manager her finances!

    She disappears attack everyone who beat them, just like Hillary did in the race. But none of them are willing to put their MONEY where there Mouths are!!!!

    Richardson shouldn't have to help her! Not after the way her and her supportors treated him

    July 30, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Clintons are snots and don't deserve to a party to recoup for her reckless spending.

    July 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Steve from CT

    Glad to see the unity. I like both Clinton and Obama. They only had a difference in 3 Senate votes, out of voting on over 1000 items.
    Hopefully the PUMAs will vote on the issues, and not on the person because I am one of many that like both OBAMA and CLINTON.
    At least one of them will win in 2008

    July 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. sarah

    i guess billy knows he aint gettin the vp slot from obama and figures he better suck up to the next democrat that will be elected president. hint it aint gonna be oblahblah

    July 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. Psbro

    Nothing will change what Richardson has done. Hope he raises a lot of money for Hillary & slithers back into the hole that Obama drug him of.
    He still is a Judas & will forever be known as such. His 30 pieces of silver will not be what he expects. He will join the others Obama has thrown under the bus. As soon as he is no longer needed, he will join Rev. Wright, Obama's grandmother, Jesse & the rest of fawners.

    July 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. tlatexaspuma

    Governor Richardson's isn't allowed to speak for himself. Bill Burton, a spokesman for Barack Obama’s campaign release Richardson statement. Of course these people have a honest reputation. Talk about control. Wonder if Richardson has to ask to go to the bathroom?

    July 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Charles

    Richardson must have gotten word that he will not have any part of Obama's cabinet.

    July 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    this more like gossip than real news... I'm Glad Gov. Richardson is providing the help for Sen. Clinton, I'm sure she is grateful but I don't see the value of pounding the guy over the comments made in the past.
    let's move on shall we... too bad I don't live in New Mexico... I would of attented...

    July 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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