(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.
Richardson, friends like you, who needs an enemy?
I Thought the Clintons made $109 MILLION last year in speeches and book sales.
Why is she asking for money???
James Carville better bring his own food if he's invited to this fundraiser. Hope he likes eating crow.
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.
I give them all a dollar if they leave the United States and thake "Mr. change" with them
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?
Good now maybe she will go away.
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.
Just goes to show you that not everyone is as petty and bitter as the Clintons.
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.
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.
You can always count on Hillary to be there WHEN SHE NEEDS YOU.
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...
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
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.
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.
I hope Sen. Clinton doesn't plan to eat or drink anything at these events. I would not.
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!
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.