March 21st, 2008
08:00 AM ET
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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. FL Dem

    Gov. Bill Richardson is a smart man!!!

    Obama 08

    March 21, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. jj

    I used to think Richardson might make a good VP, not any more if that is his choice. We all make choices. Obama to listen to his preacher preach anger and resentment and racism, his choice. Richardsons choice to follow someone who believes the blacks are treated unfairly. I've seen too many blacks who are lawyers, doctors, judges teachers and politicians to believe that the WHITES are keeping them slaves. Get real. What do all of these people have black paint on their faces?? People make choices and the blacks have as many as and sometimes more choices than the whites as far as grants and jobs go. Slavery was way too long ago for anyone living now to have been one. If you take your mind out of the slavery attitude, you might actually get ahead. Just think of yourself as a person, not a black person, but a person who has a dream to be a doctor, lawyer, or someone like Oprah.

    March 21, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. debragw

    The time has come to unify the party and I think that Bill Richardson has made an important step today. It is time to stop the entertainment, the lies, the rumors, sound bites and inaccurate and false information by the media inluding CNN and focus on the race for the White House. We need to win in November and defeat the Bush/ Mc Cain leadership.

    March 21, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. son of liberty

    A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW – Ms. Ferraro is not a stupid woman...just as hillary clinton is not a stupid woman...the reason these women...rather these politicians say the things that they do is very simple...ITS TO CAUSE DISTRACTION AND TO CREATE ANGER among their opponents in a blatent attempt at getting a negative reaction from this case with Mr. Obama. Unfortunately for them, Mr. Obama is far above these pathetic little child-like old school politicians who are so far removed from their own humanity that they expose themselves by nature for what they really other words, let them spew their tired old rehtoric, becase the more they try to play the only game they know, the more pathetic and scared they truly appear...Mr. Obama scares them because he is willing and capable of doing something that these other men and women cannot or will not do....that is simply ANSWERING A QUESTION WITH A YES OR NO!

    March 21, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. timmy

    so if he wanted Obama to win, why didn't he indorse before super tuesday II, in which case Obama would have won Texas and this race would be over.

    March 21, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. Anna, OR

    As a Hillary supporter, I really wanted Richardson to endorse Hillary and don't know why he endorsed Obama.

    March 21, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Marilyn from Ohio

    Who cares? I won't vote for Obama no matter who endorses him. He is a phony! Guess I'm just another "typical white person" like his grandmother.

    March 21, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. albino

    considering the timing of this, when his endorsement might have given Mr.Obama a victory in Texas???
    It's about as meaningful as Mr.Richardson's bid for the democratic nomination.......and i think it shows poor judgment. he's joined the right guy for that!!

    March 21, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Scott C

    Any help is appreciated.

    It isn't even about winning Pennsylvania now, it is about keeping every delegate possible away from Clinton.

    She can't win anyway now, but if she doesn't win by landslides maybe she will finally drop out instead of trying to convince Superdelegates to appoint the candidate in second place the nomination.

    March 21, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Ben

    Obama, on philly radio yesterday morning, referred to "typical white people" during a botched anecdote. Where's that story, CNN? This guy, when not reading something prepared for him, casually drops racially insensitive remarks.

    March 21, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Vera White

    I wish the Clinton's would stop trying to ruin this party and bow out graciosly. They have lost somuch respect at this point I don't know if Hilliary will recover this politically!

    March 21, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. American expat

    Congratulations to Senator Obama! Bill Richardson made a great decision by supporting Senator Obama! I'm in complete agreement with the characterization that Governor Richardson made of Sen. Obama. There isn't a doubt in my mind that Senator Obama is a truly gifted orator and he can lead America and unite Americans to build change in the US and around the world. Senator Obama's speech was brilliant and when I have read or heard his previous speeches I have been truly inspired. Stand up America and vote for Senator Obama- please don't miss this chance!

    March 21, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. bob

    this is great..but there are few hispanics in the remaining contests. This might not be too helpful

    March 21, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Anna, OR

    I think Richardson is an opportunist and I really don't appreciate his endorsement at the last minute. Obama is winning inspite of Richardson, and doesn't need his endorsement. I would hate for Barack to off the VP to a man, whom I consider milktoast. He should have supported Obama during the Texas election and New Mexico.

    This is not a good endorsement as far as I'm concerned.

    March 21, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. ALBO

    This is Important, because it shows that Richardson, who before endorsing clearly was waiting to see who will be the potential winner. It shows that he is not concerned regarding OBAMAS perspectives because of the Preacher's scandal.


    March 21, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Josh

    Welcome aboard Gov. Richardson!
    Obama/Richardson '08

    March 21, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. Darryl, Arlington TX

    God Bless America,

    Let us all work together,

    Bill and Hillary, are two great american. However, they are not entiltled to a third terrm. When they have legal trouble still following them.

    Not Again

    March 21, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. Tosha-Atlanta, GA

    Gotta love Governer Richardson for seeing that Obama is about change and sticking to the issues.

    March 21, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. Jones in Sacramento

    This has to be somewhat of a blow to the Clinton Campaign as I thought they had Richardson in their back pockets. I'm happy for the Obama Campaign.

    Get on board people, the time is now!!! If not now when? When we we ever get past all the things that divide us? Forget about the Jeremiah Wright thing-that's just something to distract us from the real issues........the economy, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, our security, education, health care. We need someone who is going to help us pull out of this rut that we're in and I truly believe that Obama is the one to help us get back on track.

    March 21, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. Independant

    Now I know why Hillary did not go negative with this as she did with everything else.

    Maybe it's time for a third party under Obama and let the Clintons continue to destroy the Democratic party by them selves.

    March 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  21. Brandon

    Good for him.

    March 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  22. Tom in S.A.

    To late, Obama's done in for. Superdelegates will now give this to Hillary no matter what and it will be the end of the Dem party as we know it. GOODBYE

    March 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  23. LIZ KEESEE/oklahoma

    Obama's speech was well written and extremely well delivered, HOWEVER, when interviewed about his speech and without his teleprompters-His point was, his grandmother was a "typical white woman" . Wright's speeches from the pulprit were not just racist, they were anti-American. Obama's speech should have included something about patriotism and pride to be living in free America.

    March 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  24. enoughalready

    i feel obama will futher divide this country. his race speech did not clear up anything for me. he was just a man trying to save face and win an election. he would not have spoken on the issue if he was not backed up against the wall. he had to say something, and it was not impressive to me. i have had enough with obama. let's please move on to better issue.

    March 21, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Mark Diplomat

    Thank you Governor Richardson - you have now led the country to search its heart, mind and soul for what is best to unify and heal our United States.

    This, sir, differentiates you as a statesman, and now a calculating politican seeking to garner advantage or position – as under the "old political thinking" of yesteryear.

    Let's call for the media as well to focus only on the real issues confronting this nation – economy, the war in Iraq, rebuilding U.S. infrastructure and education - and truly make this great country respected once again around the world, and at home.

    Governor Richardson – give Mr. Edwards and Mr. Gore a call as well. Have them stand and be counted now, not after the Pennsylvania primaries or during the pre-convention period. Have them join the ranks of "statesmen" – such as yourself.

    March 21, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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