October 29th, 2007
05:20 PM ET
12 years ago

Richardson gets key endorsement in New Hampshire

Richardson announced a key endorsement in New Hampshire Monday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - One of New Hampshire’s rising political stars announced Monday he’s backing Bill Richardson for president, an endorsement that will likely aid the New Mexico governor’s grassroots efforts in the crucial primary state.

Steve Marchand, the 33 year-old mayor of Portsmouth, stressed in a conference call with reporters on Monday afternoon that Richardson has the right approach when it comes to the war in Iraq.

“More than any other candidate running for president this year on either side of the aisle, I think Gov. Richardson appreciates the role diplomacy has to play in resolving this situation we’re now in in Iraq, in a way that’s going to minimize the damage for the day when America is gone, and maximize the chance there’ll be some kind of long-term stability in the region,” he said.

In the same conference call, Richardson hailed the endorsement as a “clear sign of momentum for my campaign…mainly because Steve is a grassroots campaigner and he is someone who gets votes.”

But the timing of Richardson’s endorsement could be overshawdowed by news that New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg was backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential bid.

"I would say that given the fact that this announcement happened on the very same day as Judd Gregg announced that he was endorsing for Mitt Romney, unfortunately Bill Richardson lost the endorsement race on this day,” Scott Spradling, the political director of New Hampshire’s WMUR-TV, told CNN.

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Sareena Dalla

Filed under: Bill Richardson • New Hampshire
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Might be the beginning of the end for Marchand's career as well.

    October 29, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    They cut off the first part..that said "right after the Clinton campaign called him...." – they are planting stories in CNN...this guy will be running with Hillary to try and pander to the Latino vote....I don't think he's hated as much as Hillary...but left wing politics aren't really appealing to anyone now....(nor is the right) – fortunately we have Giuliani....(who will win in 08)

    October 29, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. David, Deming, NM

    This article sites Gov. Richardson as the, "former New Mexico Gov", just for the record, he IS the Gov. of this Great State of New Mexico and the BEST candidate for President of the United States.

    October 29, 2007 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Keith Newman Pennsylvania

    How many Democrats are really paying attention to Romney's campaign in New Hampshire? Bill Richardson is rising. Voting Democrats in New Hampshire and across the country know it.

    October 29, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  5. Daniel, NY

    Richardson is not as strong as he appeared he would be a few weeks ago. The latest Iowa poll has him at 7% - his rapid climb to double-digits has been stopped. And Biden is the one with some momentum.

    October 29, 2007 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  6. Randy, Alamogordo, NM

    Just to set the record straight, Alexander and Sareena, Bill Richardson in NOT the "former" governor of New Mexico ... he is our CURRENT governor. He's doing a great job as governor, too, I might add, and would make an awesome President !!!

    October 29, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. Expat Teacher

    Richardson picked up this endorsement because the mayor took time to meet him and look at his plan. When voters go to caucus and vote, this will shine through. Richardson will be the Democratic nominee in 2008.

    October 29, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  8. Michael, Jacksonville, Fl

    I don't see Richardson getting the nomination, but I think he'd make a great Secretary of State.

    October 30, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  9. Jonathan, Austin, TX

    Hes not the former governor of New Mexico. He just won reelection not that long ago. Over a year ago to the best of recollection with a 60% victory.

    October 30, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. summus

    His support of illegal immigration destroyed his chances before he even got out of the gate.

    October 30, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |