May 14th, 2009
09:10 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama, Richardson to meet up in New Mexico

 Obama will appear with Richardson Thursday.

Obama will appear with Richardson Thursday.

(CNN) - President Obama is set to meet up with Gov. Bill Richardson at a New Mexico town-hall Thursday, the first time the two will have appeared together since Richardson abruptly withdrew his nomination to commerce secretary in early January.

Richardson - who sought the Democratic presidential nomination himself last year - withdrew his nomination to Obama's Cabinet in early January, citing the distraction of a federal investigation into ties to a company that has done business with his state.

Two Democratic strategists outside Obama's transition team told CNN that Obama aides pushed the withdrawal because they did not want an ethical distraction amid the controversy then surrounding ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Richardson maintains he has not violated any laws.

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Ia Guy

    Still laughing this traitor didn't get what he was after. Old Hillary still took him down for the SOS position and the world is better for it.

    May 14, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. gary

    you guys at cnn are nothing but liberal democrat hawks i would like to see more stories on the liar pelosi about not knowing about waterboarding but of course you at cnn will bury this the only reason obama does not want the pictures released is because me like most americanscould not give a dam about them they have no rights

    May 14, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Skip, a black man

    CNN, why dont you learn from Fox news, maybe the ratings will go up?

    May 14, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. david

    richardson needs jenny craig (sp?) diet food. the poor guy looks like a bull frog.

    May 14, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. pt

    This is comical but practical adivce for all those emotionally challenged "still hate and blame Bush for everything" people. Calm down. Think. Rationalize. Now treat ex-president Bush like an ex-spouse – forget 'em and look to the present and future. All that emotional negativity has a cost. If you only look to the past, you cannot concentrate on the future. Now, what do you see?

    May 14, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Don

    Richardson belongs on the Obama team!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. S Callahan

    I like Richardson...just curious..when his 'legal' matters are cleared does that mean he comes 'on board'?

    May 14, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  8. Lynn

    Republicans like to overlook that Richardson has not been convicted while they support Norm Coleman in his charge of illegally using campaign donations??

    I also have to laugh at the people who daily insult the people who voted for the President claiming they were deceived.

    May 14, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Skip, a black man May 14th, 2009 11:39 am ET

    CNN, why dont you learn from Fox news, maybe the ratings will go up?

    Skip, dude...tell me you did NOT just reference Faux Noise in this!!! Maybe with a REAL news channel like CNN, it's about getting the truth out to the public, NOT about getting should rethink your ideology.

    May 14, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Proud Member..Party of No

    The dumbest man in politics(Richardson) meeting up with the most incompetent man in politics(Obama). This should be a real think-tank in the works.

    May 14, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Qui-Tam Relator

    "The Madoff Affair". PBS. ORG Front Line, A cronology of Bernie Madoff's scam on America. This is something that our main stream media and our government doesn't want you to see. This is a story of The Fleecing Of America and how the top 1% controls Wall Street, The Banking Industry and our Government. A Must See for all American's !

    May 14, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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