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

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

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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. Franky

    I can't believe it, a betrayal to Jesus, LOL!!! So what, my boy and his "Glory Roman Empire" conspired with Gov. Richardson to overthrow Hillary??? LOL!!!!!!!!

    LOL!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Harry Martin

    Why do you keep reminding us of this failed politician?

    August 17, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. concerned fl, voter

    At what point does it stop being about the clintons and the focus returns to our great country, I voted for her in the primaries, but isn't that history already? It's starting to look narcisisstic...and it worries me

    August 17, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. JUDITH MARTIN

    LET RICHARDSON GET OVER IT. ITS ALL OVER FOR OBAMA UNLESS HE PICKS HILLARY CLINTON FOR HIS RUNNING MATE. HOW ELSE WOULD HE BE ABLE TO UNITE THE 2 FACTIONS IN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY AND HOW GREAT A GESTURE AFTER THEY BOTH RAN A HARD AND VETTED RACE. THE REAL DREAM TEAM. COME ON OBAMA DO THE RIGH THING AND UNITE EVERYONE. WHAT AN EXCITING MOMENT AND THEN HE CAN SHOW THAT NO MATTER HE CAN UNITE AND GO FORWARD TO VICTORY. WAITING IN OHIO FOR HIS DECISION.

    August 17, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Tyler in Raleigh

    The Clintons do think they have a dynasty and deserve the crown. The sense of entitlement, much like McCain feels now (after two losses to Bushy) are disgusting.

    August 17, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. BROOKLYN

    Thats what he was uneasy about???

    I think he should actually be uneasy about the fact that Obama has NO experience to be Governing our Nation... That seems like a valid concern...

    August 17, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. patricia

    Bill Richardson is a turncoat!!!!!!! He thought maybe he would
    be Vice president. I do not think any of Hillary Clinton supporters
    would ever vote for him on the ticket.

    As a former Democrat, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY ADULT
    LIFE, I WILL VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN.

    JOHN MC CAIN

    August 17, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Tainopower

    Richardson believes by forcing the delegates on obama is going to fix the problem. that is very democratic. still 18 million votes don’t count.

    August 17, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Matt Hardeman

    Why is the Judas out of his cage? WHY is he speaking at the convention?!?!?! When i heard that, i really started to believe John Mccain could seriously win this election. the dems are throwing it away for this bumbling, overrated, treacherous fool. tragic.

    August 17, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Matt

    See, I told you it's a fixed deal.

    They just think that America is dumb enough that they can throw her name on the ballot and the whole world will come together.

    It's simply more pandering and pointless rhetoric.

    August 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Matt

    I hope she tries to steal the super delegates and win the nomination. Otherwise McCain will win in a landslide.

    August 17, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. D Gilmour

    Looks like there may be a 'larger picture' plan in the works. We'll just have to stay tuned.

    August 17, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Wolf

    That is because you are a traitor Richardson and you know what it is like to turn your back on people. How can you even face Clinton after your slime attacks. I hope you are done in New Mexico – they deserve so much better!!!

    August 17, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Sean from Orlando

    Who cares what Richardson is comfortable with? Point black Richardson is the most current example of an ineffective Super Delegate system by his choice of going against the popular vote in his state. Madame Speaker has been talking about how the Super Delegates job is the represent the voice of the popular vote of the people in their states, but Richardson is walking talking proof this system is flawed. I would never vote for him as a VP, and point blank, Richardson and Obama supporters need to get over the fact that Clinton is not responsible for what her Democrat supporters do, if she were then we would all be for Obama and that is far from the case as websites like Clintons 4 McCain and Dems 4 McCain just to name a few prove. Point blank the vote did not reflect the full voice of the people and if Clinton is not on that ticket then me, many people I know here in FL, and many other Dems will not vote for Obama. We will just not vote or vote for McCain.

    August 17, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. debkansas

    Richardson you are a two face hipocrit. You turn your back to a friend 'you did betray the Clintons' and to me that shows us that you are the one not to be trusted. Go home and shut up. Who cares what a trader has to say about anything. I hope Hillary gets the nominee and then you two faced punks can go home. Who needs you. Go Hillary. She has every right to keep her delegates and expect the rest to follow and get the nomination. Who does Obama think he is anyway, I think of him as a loser.

    August 17, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Willy

    This guys a lap dog nobody wants.

    August 17, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Bernie Moore-Knowles

    I love this guy! Too bad he is not the VP pick for Obama. What a team they would make!

    Bernie Moore-Knowles
    Kea'au, Hawai'i

    August 17, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Vig

    We are asking that Hillary Clinton NOT pledge her delegates to Obama. If she does, this would be captulating to the oppressively sexist media conglomerates that undermined and hijacked her chances & to the Democratic party honchos that colluded in the rock star projection of Obama while betraying Clinton as Mr. Richardson and so many others did. Hillary Clinton needs to stand her ground, keep her delegates and honor her 18 million supporters. It would be her "moral failing" if she caved.

    August 17, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Steph

    Juda, we all know you very well! Let´s go and you and the Obama people are going to lose without Senator Clinton!

    August 17, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  20. John

    Why is CNN giving Richardson some attention? Hes pathetic

    August 17, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. dancindukes

    Richardson for VP !

    August 17, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. debkansas

    You should feel uneasy, you stabbed Hillary in the back. You should worry for if she does get the nomination where does that leave all you two faced punks. Go back where you came from Richardson, and all you other two faced-so call friends, she don't need you around.

    Go Hillary for President
    Never vote for Obama, and all you Obama supporters can call it want you want. Obama is not for me and not even forcing Hillary to support him will that change anything.

    August 17, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Connie

    I think that having Mrs.Clinton's name placed in nomination shows what wisdom and care Senator Obama has. I also believe that Senator Clinton will have a high ranking place in Obama's administration. OBAMA 08
    Connie from Indiana

    August 17, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Charlotte

    Richardson will always be a Judas in my eyes..I'll bet he was uneasy, as the race was close enough to be a toss up. With Obama still in a close race with McCain in what should have been a landslide, Clinton support is astronomical. I wish the superdelegates would have second thoughts, but alas it appears they would rather lose the election. I will still write Hillary on my ballot in November, it is my vote and I will cast it with a clear conscience.

    August 17, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. bakersfield

    bill please go home and care for your state

    August 17, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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