August 17th, 2008
05:42 PM ET
6 years ago

Richardson: I was a little 'uneasy' about a Clinton roll call

CNN

Watch Richardson share his thoughts on the convention and other topics.

(CNN) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he’s now comfortable with Sen. Hillary Clinton placing her name in nomination at the Democratic convention, but he admitted he was uneasy about the move at first.

“It's going to be placed in nomination in recognition of the 18 million votes that she got - her historic candidacy. But then she is going to pledge her delegates to Sen. Obama so that it's a unanimous - a unanimous election. That - that gives me comfort,” he said Sunday on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

“Until that had been worked out, I was a little uneasy about there being just a roll call without any transference of that support to Sen. Obama. But the point is the party is united.”

Last week, Barack Obama’s campaign said it encouraged Clinton to put her name in roll call "as a show of unity and in recognition of the historic race she ran and the fact that she was the first woman to compete in all of our nation's primary contests."

Clinton last month suggested that doing so could provide a "catharsis" for her supporters.

Richardson on Sunday called Clinton a “long-time friend” who “ran a great race.”

He and the New York senator were scheduled to hold two private fundraisers Sunday to help retire her campaign debt.

Things got ugly between Richardson and the Clintons after he endorsed Obama in March.

Richardson, who served as secretary of energy in Bill Clinton’s administration, said in April that he was "very close to endorsing" Clinton, but decided not to after the campaign became negative.

"The Clintons should get over this," he said in April.

His endorsement 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.

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.”

soundoff (346 Responses)
  1. Michele

    The Clinton's better get their act together or the Republicans will have us all back in the Dark Ages.

    August 17, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  2. michelle

    RICHARDSON..... WHO CARES HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT THE ROLL CALL. YOU HAVE A LOT OF NERVE SAYING YOU VOTED FOR BO BECAUSE HILLARY WENT NEGATIVE... WHAT HYPOCRISY. YOU AND YOUR POLITICAL CRONIES (HILLARY HATERS OR NON BELIEVERS) SWIFTBOATED HILLARY. WHEN AT EVERY TURN HER WORDS WERE TWISTER AND TURNED AND SHE WAS MALIGINED AND DISSED BY FELLOW DEM...(AND DON'T SAY YOU DIDN'T NOTICE), I CAN ONLY CONCLUDE YOU WERE LOOKING FOR AN EXECUSE TO KEEP THE MOST QUALIFIED OF THESE TWO CANDIATES FROM BECOMING PREZ.

    I AM GRATEFUL THAT HILLARY CLINTON IS MY SENATOR AND THAT YOU ARE NOT.

    MAKE NOISE, HILLARY SUPPORTERS...THEN VOTE FOR ANYONE BUT BO OR WRITE IN HER NAME.

    FOREVER OUR HERO AND INSPIRATION...VIVA HILLARY. I'LL BE WATCHING ONLY HILLARY AND BILL. EVERYONE ELSE CAN GO JUMP IN THE LAKE.

    August 17, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. lambert strether

    I'm so pleased Bill Richardson has a measure of comfort. Believe me, I couldn't sleep nights if I didn't feel that Bill was totally in his comfort zone.

    August 17, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. Scott L

    Who cares, this guy stabbed Clinton in the back. Obama is going to get crushed in November. Not sure why you all selected him as your nominee...quite sad actually. If he wins, I'll move to a tax free state to offset the increases that he is going to impose. Suckers...

    August 17, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  5. Joan B.

    You idiot, you don't get it do you. The Dem party is not united.
    P. arty U. nited M. y A. ss. Not Hillary – then – John.

    August 17, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Orlando

    I can't believe it – your a traitor and will always be known as a "Judas."

    August 17, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  7. NSmith, New York, NY

    I'm with the Governor. I wish he could be Vice President. Too bad racial politics prevents Obama from picking him. He's perfect for the job.

    August 17, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  8. otbdoug

    The efforts of the establishment elitist defeatists to hook the Clinton
    clan to our next administration continues as a royalist fantasy as
    oil enslaved colonists rise in progressive revolution. The failure
    of the Clinton administration to respond after the first WTC attack
    and their oblivious response to alert CIA recommendations establishes a timeless defense concept of not re-posting guards who fell asleep on duty. Democrats who voted for the war, continued to fund corrupt war contractors with overpayments and blocked the American people's option to consider impeachment of the multiple felon Dick Cheney are a tremendous liability to our future success. We can fully support womens' Pro Choice effort without Hillary as
    pretender to the throne or Nancy the mouse minister. America
    moves forward, sideswiping the don't ask don't tell hipocrisy and dark, adulterous Clinton path. The belief that marriage is intended
    to be only between a man and a hundred women does not fit in this year's debate. Fortunately our internet educated young people are not as gullible as media manipulated dads and moms and will
    ultimately seek politicians who are good role models as well as
    ingenious policy makers.

    August 17, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  9. jim t

    Just stating the facts here. Rick Warren is such a bias journalist and is definitely in the tank. Since the other ticker doesn't have comments I am commenting here. He keeps on pushing the rev that moderated the debate yesteraday that Mccain was not in the cone of silence but when the rev said obama had 1 question ahead of time.... he just flats out ignores that. And all day the ticker on the front CNN page was highlightint the morality question with Mccain but failing to put on the front page that Obama got owned on the debate and that Mccain was straightforward, answered the questions instead of dancing around it, and really connected with the audience.

    Can we get some fairness in here CNN?

    The is such a farce.

    August 17, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Buck Eldorado

    Obama's a fool to trust Clinton. Either of them. The Clinton's have only one credo: by any means necessary. Hillary's going to Peal Harbor Barack at the Convention. She's not going to endorse him. She's going to try and supplant him in a coup. It's going to wreck the Democratic Party and put John McCain in the White House, but it's going to be great television. Primary Colors 2 might be just as good as the original. Stay tuned America!

    August 17, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    I love Bill Richardson; he tells it like he sees it!

    August 17, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. Ray

    Well... I can sleep at night now knowing that Mr. Bill 'Judas' Richardson feels at ease with Obama's decision to throw bread crumbs to Hillary and her supporters by 'allowing' her to have a roll call. What a load of you know what.

    August 17, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. Cheryl

    We should all be cautious and apprehensive when it comes to the Clintons. After all, this is the dual that can't seem to digest the word "loss." Bill is still pouting, and Hiliary until recently seemed to be permanently in seclusion. We can only hope.

    August 17, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Rick Warren is a hypocrite! He stated that McCain was in a cone of
    silence and McCain was in a hotel room watching the event. This
    forum was a farce. Give me a break! How did McCain know about
    the question on the Supreme Court Judges before Warren asked
    about them." A Purpose Driven Lie."

    August 17, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. Joy from TN

    Sure hope they have a written agreement that she will turn over her pledged delegates. Like Richardson, I'm uneasy as the Clinton's have shown anything to win.

    August 17, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Eliz-NY

    No Way! – Hillary has to pledge her delegates to BO.....This is the first I've heard of this. I hope she didn't put that in writing. Lets see what the roll call brings....I'm praying for a Hillary upset at the convention...in overwhelming numbers... then maybe BO will just FINALLY go away!

    August 17, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. Jon151

    well, Hopefully this will all be over with after that, thank god. Clinton was HORRIBLE.

    August 17, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. Lynn

    Richardson needs to shut up!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  19. TA White

    Bill R. Needs to go back into his cave and stay there....

    August 17, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. Brian

    'Dynasty'? and 'Clinging to the throne'? Doesn't this idiot know that in America you get VOTED IN? And its a FREE VOTE? Just like he made his choice,everyone else can do the same.So stop lying about how the Clintons became so successful in politics.They got VOTED IN by the same voters who VOTED YOU OUT!

    August 17, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  21. Alejandro

    I can;t believe that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be fundraising with
    Bill Richardson (JUDAS)...after all the things that he said about her...
    and rushing her to leave the campaign.....
    All the latinos who supported Hillary are against him...and I don't know how he is going to help Barack Hussein Obama.
    SHAME ON ALL OF YOU!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  22. Dell

    John McLame definitly heard the questions in advance. There is no way he didn't listen to the question on the radio. His answers were too prepared. Also Rick Warren did not ask the questions the same way, and he asked John more questions. It was a farce, and Rick Warren is a fool if he think he's going to use these Rovian tactics to tell me who to vote for.

    Obama 08

    August 17, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  23. No Way

    The Sickleback Church will not tell me who to vote for. These people are in a bubble and are clueless as to what the rest of America is going through.

    No to Warren, McLame–Warren's puppet, and George Bush.

    Obama 08

    August 17, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  24. No Socialist, NY

    "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."

    WQW ! To make a comparison like that borders blasphemy.

    August 17, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  25. Nevel

    If John win we deserve to pay 12.00 a gallon for gas. We will be such idiots. If you think GW was bad, wait until John gets in the WH.

    August 17, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
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