March 21st, 2008
08:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Bill Richardson to endorse Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama will receive the endorsement of former presidential rival Richardson on Friday."] (CNN) - Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico plans to endorse Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic race for president Friday, an Obama campaign spokesperson told CNN.

Richardson plans to join Obama at a rally in Portland, Oregon, at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

In an e-mail to supporters, Richardson said Obama will be a "historic and a great president, who can bring us the change we so desperately need by bringing us together as a nation here at home and with our allies abroad."

Richardson also said in the e-mail that he was touched by Obama's recent speech on race in America, saying he "understands clearly that only by bringing people together, only by bridging our differences can we all succeed together as Americans."

Richardson is the nation's only Hispanic governor. Hispanics have tended to support Obama's rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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  1. show me

    i think it s an obama and richardson ticket coming to presidental race real soon

    March 21, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. Lola

    It is means nothing...

    March 21, 2008 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  3. Luke

    Now here is a dream ticket Obama – Richardson!!!

    March 21, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  4. Jim Kansas

    Richardson's touched alright, vote Obama, hand the White House to McCain.

    March 21, 2008 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  5. Lisa

    Even long term loyal friends of the Clintons cannot deny that Obama is the better Presidential Candidate than Hillary. Thanks for using your head and not loyalty to make your choice.

    March 21, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. Manny

    Well, well well look who it is........Let's see what kind of spin you people put on this one

    March 21, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  7. Belle, Springfield, VA

    Terrific news!
    Even better if Obama picks Richardson as a VP !

    March 21, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. Tim, Atlanta GA


    March 21, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  9. Jay MN

    Good news. Probably the third most important Democrat endorsement still left out there, after Al Gore and John Edwards.

    March 21, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  10. John in Virginia

    Go Bill. That is bold move, but a good one!

    March 21, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  11. Shalonda Griffith

    I truly agree with Richardson's belief in Obama's ability to bring our country together. There is so much divisiveness, not just politically, but in all aspects of our lives. However, I do wish both candidates will stop saying they are going to withdraw all troops. There may be a significant draw down, but our presence will be there for 100 years thanks to the Bush Administration.

    March 21, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  12. BVS Maine

    Thank you Bill Richardson. I hope that other leaders will follow suit and make their endorsements known so that we can unite the party before the general election. Richardson made the right choice.

    Obama '08

    March 21, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  13. Still Hopeful

    Thank you Gov. Bill Richardson!!

    Obama '08

    March 21, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  14. Texas Terry

    Another endorsement that does not mean much. Not even as meaninful as Kennedy and Kerry who endorsed Senator Obama and their State was won by Senator Clinton nonetheless.

    March 21, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  15. Billie

    Bill Richardson is a traitor. Bill Clinton made him what he is and he can't even support Hillary. What favor is he expecting from Obama? These politicians are worms and you can't depend on supposed friends. It may come back to bite a lot of these people in the butt if Hillary somehow wins. I have more respect for Edwards for keeping his mouth shut so far and waiting to endorse, the way all these other people have done.

    March 21, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  16. Obama all the way...

    That right...jump on board. The more the merrier!!! What a smart move Senator Richardson.


    March 21, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  17. hello

    Mr. Richardson speech was good but it was late exactly 20 years and if Senator Obama was too young at that time then it should have been given when he announce his candidacy.
    Did you cut the deal w/Obama to become VP as Obama does not want Hillary to be his VP.
    though Hillary was candid about selecting Obama as her VP.
    Don't forget whatever the position you have and People know you because of Bill Clinton.
    you are nothing but opportunist.

    March 21, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  18. Liz in Texas

    This is what I've been hoping would happen. Thanks, Gov. Richardson.

    March 21, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  19. Jamaal Kansas City Kansas

    Thank you Richardson that was the right choice to make now maybe all of the Superdelgates can stop watching the brawl and support our Nominee Barack Obama!

    March 21, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. Michael

    Wow! Obama needed this. More like drinking red bull after running a thousand miles...I wonder how Bill feels, after he smoked cigars and watched the super bowl with him.

    March 21, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  21. Carlos, NY

    This news is HUGE!!!! Richardson has major support in the Hispanic and Latin communities. Richardson had close ties to the Clintons. Next is John Edwards. Once he endorses Obama Clinton should just drop out. There is no way she can win!

    March 21, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  22. PLJ

    Thank You Mr. Richardson, for being a true Obama Supporter through thick & thin.....

    March 21, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  23. Paul

    This is huge!!!! Richardson would be the perfect person for the VP role. He has great credentials and experience. I cannot think of anyone more suited for the role. An Obama/Richardson ticket would be a true dream ticket.

    March 21, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  24. Mark K

    It's easy to endorse someone when they are on the rise or about to win. It takes a lot more courage to endorse someone who has gone through what Obama has had to deal with in the last week. Go Richardson.

    March 21, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  25. Why?

    Good for Obama. Still don't want him to be President though.

    March 21, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
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