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. Lynette

    CNN should have entitled this article. " A Friend Comes to the Rescue" . Govenor Richardson is no Judas. James Carville went over the top by calling Govenor Richardson "Judas". I have relatives that I would not endorse for any office. That does not mean that I do not love them.

    Senator Clinton would make a much better President than Senator McCain with one of her eyes closed and one of her hands tied behind her back. If you really love Senator Clinton, please honor her wishes by supporting and voting for Senator Barack Obama. Also, please send her at least a $25 donation.

    July 30, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. jimtranr in Oregon

    Backstabbing a friend is something Bill Richardson apparently learned from Barack Obama, who did more or less the same thing to Alice Palmer when he ran for the Illinois state senate.

    Hypocrites, both of these guys.

    July 30, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. therealist

    the culture of corruption, the culture of old..

    July 30, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Elisabeth

    No thanks Richardson – go away – you are so slick and powerhungry it's incredible.

    July 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. Jessica in IL

    P.S. I wish these PUMA idiots would stick to their own hate-filled blogs and stop showing their ignorance on CNN. There's nothing worse than a sore loser. Thanks.

    July 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. i used to love bill

    so what is Carville doing to help out her gal???

    The Clintons are scum.

    July 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. duh

    I read today that Bill Clinton bagged $10 million for speeches. Where's that money going? Hookers?

    If Hilary owes $20 million or so, then that $10M is a nice start, rather than asking the public to bail out a rich lady during an economic downturn.

    This is why I don't vote. Common sense cannot prevail in a nation where things like this happen.

    July 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Don't Mess With Bulls

    Hillary's chant:

    I'm one of you
    I'm one of them
    They're not one of you
    I'm just getting started
    I'm not technically out of the race in case something happens
    I'm out for now
    I have debt to pay
    I need your help
    I'm one of you... again

    July 30, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. Susan, PA

    Why are we afraid of Clintons?

    July 30, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. Hail Mary Hillary

    It is my guess that a large part of Clintons debt was paid off in July already. Why not some reporting on this?

    July 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. Yay for Socialism!

    I'm not a Hillary fan, but I have to admit, she's light years better than the clown the Dem establishment selected. As a former Dem, I sincerely feel for the millions of good and honest Democrats whose party has been hijacked by radical socialists. There is a way out... I believe in the 1980s, you folks were called Reagan Democrats.

    July 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. Claudia, MN

    Yes, the tire marks have healed from Bill and Hill's camp throwing Richardson under the bus. So now he wants to help her out, big deal. Somebody should because Barack is busy.

    Get over yourselves Hillary people. What does she care where the money is coming from, she doesn't give a rat, as long as it's not her money. She is....let me stop, the primary is over.

    July 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  13. MZ

    After you do that Gov. Richardson, tell Obama to put her on the ticket and millions more of us will vote for him.

    July 30, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  14. Turnabout is Fair Play

    The small minded in this blog like Nightingale, Beca, and Ron democrat are truly the real Judas in that all they do is spew hatred against Obama but won't go pay their Queen's debt so she can have her full $109 million bux back. What a pathetic joke you idiots are..she's richer than everyone in this blog put together that hates Obama yet all you bitter Clinton idiots can do is come on here and start up about Obama and Richardson, GO PAY YOUR QUEEN'S DEBT RETARDS and leave those with intelligence in here (Obama supporters) alone!

    July 30, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  15. RufusVonDufus

    This is Obama's attempt at placating the feelings of the Clinton's over his huge trouncing of the witch. He is doing this so that Billary will campaign for him as they have not done so yet. Washington is the capital of the world when it comes to glad handing and backstabbing. It is worse than Hollywood. What a joke Obama, Richardson and the Clintons are! Obama will be second in November by a few miles. Whites are not going to vote for him. His wife alone lost him tons and tons of votes.

    July 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  16. BH

    Bill Richardson did a lot of good things. A few days ago I saw a Nat Geo documentary which show him rescuing an american girl from Bangladesh prison. I respect him for that, and I used to like him a lot.

    But I was furious and angry at him when he betrayed the Clinton's. Loyalty is a very important quality. My hero Harry Truman attended the funeral of the disgraced Pendergest, risking his own political career. Those qualities made Harry Truman the great honorable man he was.

    May be governor Richardson realized, I hope he does, that he made a mistake. Or may be he finally saw what some of knew for a while that Obama is going to lose. Or may be he did not get offered the VP slot and want get back to the Clinotns. I hope that is not the case.

    Some guy Cohen wrote a very interesting column few days ago. He asked a lot of democrats a name a few things done by Obama that they appreciate. They pointed to the great speech of 2004. They could not think of anything else. On the other hand, they named a few things Mccain did that they admire such as Mccain did not accept freedom in return for being used for communist propaganda, or his stand on finance reform etc.

    What will happen? Will Obama win as Reagan did in 1980?
    Or will he be Governor Dewy who lost to Harry Truman, an old man beaten by life but was hell of a guy.

    July 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Laura, CA

    That witch, why doesn't she ask John McCain and her GOP buddies for the money? They love giving to the rich. Leave Barack's supporters alone, we're a little busy trying to get him elected right now.

    Hill is a pill.

    July 30, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  18. vb

    Clinton got 18 million votes...If each of those voters paid 2 dollers, her debt would be paid off. Where are the Clinton voters?

    July 30, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. Jim

    The Clintons' continue to rake-in on their level of success in cashing in on the Presidency. Bill taught Hillary well..........at the expense of the
    American public. Enjoy............it's your tax dollars at work. The Clintons' have given a new status to what once was a highest honor in America.

    July 30, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  20. Denise P Quinton

    The entire DNC including Governor Richardson, owe a lot more to the only Democratic hopeful for ruining her campaign and not letting the true vote of the American people count. Instead they chose to listen to our famed Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and force a delegate vote.
    Now our country is faced with 2 potential Presidential candidates which most informed voters do not want to lead our country. Regardless of what all the OBAMA believers feel, there is an intelligent, and informed over 60 voter crowd who know a good candidate when they see one, and our country lost the only potential for leadership because of the DNC!

    July 30, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    I wish someone would help her...enough of this begging from Obama supporters. How 'bout just taking some of the rest of the $100+ millions of dollars you've made in the past few years and helping yourself, Ms. "Ready on Day One, but can't even manage her own campaign or campaign debt properly". Someone please help her and put her out of OUR misery.
    OBAMA / ANYONE BUT HRC '08 & '12

    July 30, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Joel, Honolulu

    Hey Nightengale,

    Get over it! Obama won enough states to get more votes than HRC!
    I'm guessing you're either a female or gay, based on the alias you chose, so you have a lot more to lose – namely, rights – than I do if John McCain is elected.

    July 30, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  23. Larry

    Oh how the worm has turned.........

    July 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. Olivia

    The democratic party and the obama campaign should help Hillary to pay off her campaign debt because it was the party leaders who shut her run for the nomination down in favor of Obama.
    Bill Richardson I'm sure has his personal reasons for trying to help Hillary out......and remorse may be part of that.
    Personally, I'm disappointed that Hillary, and possibly Bill, will be campaigning for Obama after his campaign tarnished their images by calling them racists. So absurd! Hillary proved herself, she was at times overshadowing Obama with her knowledge and presentations.
    If she isn't offered the vp slot that I feel she has earned that will be another dissing of her by him. How much does the dem party expect of her?
    Maybe she will run again in 2012. We will be there for her and the next campaign will be well organized.

    July 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. The Other Jon

    RICHARDSON FOR VP. EXCELLENT, EXPERIENCED CANDIDATE WHO APPEALS TO HISPANIC VOTERS AND BRINGS THE FIGHT HOME TO MCCAIN IN THE SOUTHWEST.

    OBAMA/RICHARDSON '08!!

    July 30, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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