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. Asian4Hillary

    Richardson, friends like you, who needs an enemy?

    PUMA PAC!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Carl

    $20 MILLION?????

    I Thought the Clintons made $109 MILLION last year in speeches and book sales.

    Why is she asking for money???

    July 30, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Beverly, NYC

    James Carville better bring his own food if he's invited to this fundraiser. Hope he likes eating crow.

    July 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. anonymous

    Phil in KC,

    You are absolutelly right. This event organized by Gov. Richardson does not make me, a PUMA happy. WHY? Because YOU and other Obama's supporters are threatening our lives. YOU think that we will follow whatever you say. WE are humans with independent thinking, and will not follow you. YOU are saying that McCain is wrong, but you are blind. You are not understanding Obama's plans. You are proud of Obama meeting with other leaders because he is a presumptive Democratic Nominee. Then let me ask you how you would feel if somebody who works with you and is in the lower position will come up to you and give you orders as if he/she was the CEO? Will you be happy? NO!!! Then don't expect PUMAs to follow you just because you believe that Obama is the greatest thing that has ever happened to the world.

    July 30, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Willy

    I give them all a dollar if they leave the United States and thake "Mr. change" with them

    July 30, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. John

    Bill Richardson is a pre-madonna who has a zipper problem.
    Richardon recently demanded that the Obama campaign charter at a minimum, a G3 to fly him to Florida for an event. During a period when Obama's campaign is behind their fundraising goal by approximately 30 Million Dollars, Richardson demanded an overly expensive private jet. So much for being a team player! So much for caring about Global Warming! Is Richardson even a Democrat?

    July 30, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Maddie

    Good now maybe she will go away.

    July 30, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Ted, SC

    Hillary Clinton spent six months trying to convince the American voters that Obama is not competent to be president and now she's supporting him.

    July 30, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Pam

    Just goes to show you that not everyone is as petty and bitter as the Clintons.

    July 30, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. Jessie

    He's keeping his name in the news because he wants the VP spot. I don't think Barack should choose him, I really don't.

    Was for Clinton, now for Barack.

    July 30, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Lisa

    Obama supporters are so dumb!!!

    First of all most of the Americans that supported Hillary has a low income household and can't afford to help pay down Hillary debt. That's why she had to donate some of her own money to her campaign. Most of Obama supporters have money and health insurance and all of the above. Maybe that's why $30 was not a lot of money, and Maybe that's universal health care is not important to you.

    Just because you have money doesn't mean you are better than anyone else. Maybe you can help buy Obama this election but you purchase the hearts of the true Americans.

    July 30, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  12. Eileen from Maine

    You can always count on Hillary to be there WHEN SHE NEEDS YOU.

    July 30, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Do it yourself

    The real Judas is the guy who panders to forign governments when he's not the president.
    The guy who blocks poor votes in Chicago to get elected to the Senate.
    The guy who won't go see wounded troops if the cameras can't go.
    The guy who throws his typical white grandmother under a bus.
    The guy who hates NAFTA unless he's talking to a Canadian.
    The guy who campaigns in 57 states.
    The guy who won't go negative but continuously does.
    The guy backed by Humas, Wright, Ayers, Reznik, etc.
    The guy who named Louis Farakan the man of the year.

    What a joke...

    July 30, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. GET Over IT!!!!

    Gov Richardson he knew that Obama was going to win!! He will always be friends with the Clintons

    Joe Unger (San Francisco) July 30th, 2008 4:49 pm ET
    Seems to me this is Richardson trying to play both sides.****he is a friend to the Clintons ...they don't own him .....maybe he saw something.... They didn't see during the primary ****

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

    July 30, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Yvonne

    Gee CNN, that's the latest picture you could find the three of them together. Bring back the good old days when there was mud slinging from one party only.

    July 30, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. Joey Fritts

    It is the Democratic campaign between Hillary and Barack that brings out the best in the Democratic Party. I voted for Hillary and I like her very much but Obama is our candidate. Let's get behind him.
    Let's tell our neighbors that John McCain is correct when he says Washington is broken. McCain is correct when he says he is experienced. He's been in Washington since Reagan. McCain and others of his kind are the very reason Washington is so broken. Let's let him take his leave along with the Bushes so that when a new day dawns in Washington, there will be new, young, smart people to move our country in a new direction, a direction of change and betterment.

    July 30, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. Tanya

    I hope Sen. Clinton doesn't plan to eat or drink anything at these events. I would not.

    July 30, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Independent

    John McCain just had a town hall meeting yesterday in NV and today in CO.

    It was absolutely pathetic. All this guy says is "my friends I know how to fix that" but then he gives not even the slightiest solutions to the problem he was asked about.

    Wake up America! Not again, not again!

    YES WE CAN!

    July 30, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Bruce

    This woman is like a bad headache, she just won't go away. Barack is a little busy right now, so I think it's good that the governor is helping Hillary out, but shut up already. We're done.

    July 30, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. Pam

    PT July 30th, 2008 4:49 pm ET

    I think sometimes CNN can be a bit silly..–"JUDAS"????
    ________________________________________________

    Ummm, PT, that's what Bill Clinton called Richardson after he endorsed Obama. CNN did not come up with that name. Where have you been?

    July 30, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Jane ,Ga

    So much "unity" on this page! Don't you just love the way barrack has achieved party unity? Between all the money he spent and the threats he made and the votes-he-got-that-weren't-his-to-get...he STILL hasn't won. But if you listen to all his media -lovers , one would never know that. Shame onyou CNN! You are supposed to give the NEWS, not write a LOVE story.What dis-service you do the American people! Country before party! Proud Puma!

    July 30, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. Yellow Dog Democrat

    I supported Hillary Clinton and I WILL help her pay off her campaign debt. Maybe she COULD have dropped out of the race sooner to avoid running up so much debt, but then again...I wasn't supporting a quitter. While Obama was not my first choice for the Democratic candidate, he will be getting my vote now. Any Democrat willing to vote for Clinton and not vote for Obama or willing to vote for Obama and not Clinton (had she been the nominee) may consider taking a closer look at their racist and sexist attitudes.

    Democrats unite and stop the madness. If our country adding 4 trillion dollars to the national debt during the Bush administration doesn't get your attention...then what will? Oh...and by the way...we will ALL be paying that debt.

    July 30, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. Brian

    Hillary I'm for Barack, but show some backbone. Don't take handouts from the guys, do your own fundraising and stand on your own two feet.

    You made a mistake by continuing with a race you mathematically couldn't win, and now show the world what you're made of–pay your own debt.

    Seriously, the world is watching you.

    July 30, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  24. linda from South Dakota

    sorry i thought she borrowed from herself,,ummm was this a gift from her or a loan??? seems like shes askin alot here,,,, loaning the money to run her campagn ,, then wanting it paid off ummmm tells ya something huh?

    July 30, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. Julia

    Typical Obama supporters and their silliness. Which will be just enough to make sure he doesn't win. Keep this in mind: she has 18 million votes in the PRIMARIES. McCain has millions. Despite the push by the media and the fans of Brittany Obama Lohan Barak, the fact is, it doesn't make him presidential material.

    July 30, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
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