October 11th, 2007
02:22 PM ET
15 years ago

Richardson on Clinton: 'She wants to have it both ways'

Watch Richardson criticize Clinton Thursday.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Moments after delivering a speech outlining his education reform plan, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson criticized New York Sen. Hillary Clinton for her decision to leave her name on Michigan's January 15 Democratic primary ballot.

"I signed a pledge not to campaign in Michigan because I respect the sanctity of Iowa and New Hampshire. I noticed that Senator Clinton didn't do that. She wants to have it both ways. She thinks she's the nominee, so she doesn't want to alienate Michigan voters."

Earlier this week, Richardson, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, and Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich all officially withdrew their names from Michigan's ballot in order to comply with the DNC's rules.

"She's not the nominee," Richardson repeated. "You've got three months to go, and.... I'm moving up. This is going to be a contest. The voters of New Hampshire and Iowa have not made up their mind."

–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: Bill Richardson • New Hampshire
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Haven't all you candidates figured it out, yet?? Hillary: Does as I say not as I do.

    Iraq War = bad (she votes for it, funds it before being against it)

    President Bush = irresponsible (thus she votes to give Bush latitude to take action against Iran)

    Timetable = Good (but she refuses to say when troops would be home)

    Hillary = change (unless special interests are writing our fundraising checks)

    WHY oh WHY would anyone be shocked Hillary "says" Michigan shouldn't be allowed to change their primary and then back-stabs the other candidates by leaving her name on the ballot.

    Welcome to Hillaryland!

    October 11, 2007 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. deroy w. palm, FL

    "wants to have it both ways"

    interesting comment, bill.

    is it true?

    October 11, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Providence, RI

    She made the right choice by staying on the ballot-the people of Michigan have right to vote. However, she will not campaign in MI as she pleadged to comply with the DNC rules. Richardson has a ZERO chance in winning the nomination-he looks more Vice Presidential than the Presidential. His debate performances were very poor, weak, and dull.

    October 11, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. Sonja San Francisco CA

    Well, of course! You didn't really believe that Hillary & Bill Clinton are playing by the same rules you commoners are playing by did you? Hillary is convinced that she is the most important person running for president. She'd say she is "God's gift to the American people." But, she doesn't believe in God.

    October 11, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. laurinda,ny

    Bill Richardson shouldn't worry about Hillary wanting her cake and eating it too. He should just get over it and go on with his campaigning because he isn't going to win anyway.

    October 11, 2007 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |

    Stick a fork in it–YOU'RE DONE. Although Governor Richardson has a very impressive resume, he is having an extremely hard time getting that across to the voters.

    I think Richardson has a better chance at winning the Senate seat that has become available in his state than the Presidency.

    October 11, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  7. Melinda, Cleveland, Ohio

    WOW. I'm really disappointed/confused/upset. I've been following this entire matter closely. Earlier (before I knew that Clinton and Dodd were definitely not going to withdraw their names) I wrote:

    "I have complete confidence that Hillary (and Dodd, for that matter) will withdraw from the Michigan contest. If she didn't, I would never consider voting for her in my own state (Ohio) and I would discourage others from doing so too. But I think she will and so now I still have a tough decision to make."

    And then:
    "John, it's not about party loyalty, it's about ethics. They all agreed not to campaign there and they shouldn't.

    The entire DNC needs to rethink the way they hold primaries to give every state a voice in this process, but having states just keep moving their primaries forward is not the way to go about it."

    Like I said, I've been following this issue and have thought about it a lot. I'm really disappointed that Hillary decided to stay on the ballot.

    October 11, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. Jonathan Hattiesburg, MS

    Kerry was number 4 in the polls before his Iowa surprise. Bill Clinton was an underdog, as well.

    Seriously, anybody writing off Richardson at this juncture of the primary will do so at their own peril: His bipartisan appeal, together with his vast multifaceted experience and aggressive Iraq war plan make him more than a match.

    October 11, 2007 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. Heather, Nashville, TN

    I know I want to have it both ways, I want a President who will take care of us in both wartime and peace. One who will look not only to the actions of other countries while still maintaining this one, and making it better. I want someone whose judgment I respect and whose Christianity is not shoved down my throat as a reason to vote for them. Hmm That's why I'm casting my vote for Senator Clinton. Go Madam President. I just love saying that!

    October 11, 2007 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. anon, new york, NY

    While there nothing for sure in politics, Hillary will be nominee unless a stage light accidentally falls down and hits her head. lol

    psss, Billy, pls be nice to Hillary as you may be her VP running mate, while edwards and obama are picking fights with her these days.

    October 11, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. JD in St. Louis, MO

    Headline: she wants to have it both ways.

    What a coincidence... so does her husband.

    October 11, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. Steve

    Another idiot.

    Richardson, attack the Republicans, please, and their vision for a fascist America the last six years. I want to hear YOUR VIEWS,not what you think of Hilary's.

    If you can't focus on your own vision for America, if you can't focus on the Republican enemies of freedom in this country, then get the hell out the race.

    October 12, 2007 02:54 am at 2:54 am |
  13. Jen, Gaiesville, FL

    There is a difference between attacking a presidential candidate and pointing out important differences between himself or herself and the candidate. The former is unhealthy; the latter is healthy.

    Example of the former: Hillary's comments "Naive and irresponsible" on Obama - the most nasty attack one can do to another candidate.

    Example of the latter: Richardson's comment in the current article.

    Obama-Richardson is a good ticket.

    October 12, 2007 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  14. laurinda,ny

    Bill Richardson is a very frightening man. He is turning against his own party. If this feuding doesn't stop the Republicans will sneak in under the radar and our lives will be doomed.

    October 12, 2007 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  15. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    That's right Bill, don't speak ill of the "queen", it is un-american to speak the truth.

    This guy has more class, intellect and experience than the Shrill one has, but he doesn't get the free press.

    Watch your back Bill, you might get "Fostered".

    October 12, 2007 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. therealist

    Yes she can Bill. Because the liberal media is corrupt and on her side. She can do no wrong. Hang it up Bill, come back in 8 more years..

    October 12, 2007 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  17. Chris, Dallas

    The guy above got it absolutely right. No hispanic or black guy can beat a white girl. Hillary will win and you won't even have a vice presidential shoot or Obama. So you supports of these boys need to give up because Hillary Clinton is the winner.

    HILLARY 08!

    October 12, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |