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

Bill Richardson to endorse Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/03/21/obama.richardson/art.obamafay.gi.jpg 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. david

    I am extremely disappointed with Richardson's choice because I really admire the man. It is clear that Obama is not uniting the country. What I think R meant to say is "Obama told me would pick me as a running mate and Hillary didn't". It takes some people longer to spot a liar.

    March 21, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Orlando

    We have our own $Rich Bill$ now. Way to go Bill Richardson we look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail with Obama.

    March 21, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Dan

    sen. Clinton 49% Obama 42%

    The will of the people versus big media

    March 21, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. Dick / NH

    Thank you, Governor Richardson!!

    It's nice to see someone with the guts to be RIGHT!!!

    March 21, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. mjc

    WHO CARES? too little, too late. the shine has come off mr. obama, your silly endorsements won't make a dent at this point guys!

    I bet the Obama people begged for this and whatever other ones are to come.. and perhaps promised a white house position.

    I like Richardson, but i think he should have kept his mouth shut and stick to what needs to be done in NM.

    March 21, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. TR

    Does this mean Richardson that you too support the teachings of Mr Wright and crew? How do you think Obama will bring this country together? With the Black Panthers leading the way? You only hope to be his VP. You made that clear a few weeks back. You knew that Clinton is way to smart to everypick you for hers!

    March 21, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. PhillyGirl

    GREAT!!

    I wonder what the Clinton's friends know about them that they are supporting Obama?

    March 21, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. Alonzo Demetrius, FL, USA

    Obama CANNOT 'bring us together as a nation', as suggested by Gov Richardson. Obama has sharply divided us again on a racial basis, as per his speech with all the prettified words this week. Do all democrats believe everyone in USA is stupid?

    March 21, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  9. Mike

    Obama will "unite" the country except for Michigan and Florida.
    Let's get "united" and get rid of the votes in those two states. Yes we can!
    UNITY?

    March 21, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. Beka

    Hooray Bill!! I think this is sending a strong message to the Clintons that their years of destroying our party are OVER!

    March 21, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Margi

    This is great! Now maybe the rest of the superdelegates will get on board and allow Hillary to bow out gracefully.

    March 21, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. From PA

    How much did Obama promise you?

    March 21, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. Rusty Rose

    Bill Richardson is as about as important now as Ted Kennedy's. The Blue collar workers in PA could care less about the Governor or New Mexico.

    March 21, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  14. NOBama

    VP wannabe

    He's gonna look silly when Hillary gets the nomination and leaves him out in the cold.

    CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!

    March 21, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  15. Mary

    I sincerely believe that it's too late. The Democrats are so split down the middle that it will be impossible to defeat McCain.
    I just don't see the majority of the voters forgetting all the hate spewed forth by both candidates. It doesn't matter which one you support.
    The candidates, their supporters, and the media have taken what appeared to be an amazing opportunity for this country and destroyed it.

    March 21, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  16. JESS

    Even with the endorsment of Richardson he will not win the Hispanic vote.

    March 21, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. Sarah

    Thank you Governor Richardson.

    March 21, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  18. Thank you Gov Richardson!!!

    Thank you, Govenor Richardson!!! I think it would be great to see an Obama / Richardson Ticket or a Obama / Pelosi Ticket.

    The negativity has to stop. We have had enough of this in past elections. It isn't attractive or inspiring.

    March 21, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  19. Laura, MS

    I would love to see Richardson or Biden as Obama's or Hillary's VP. They have the kind foreign policy experience thats needed.

    March 21, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  20. Peace

    Thats a huge boost coming at the right time.

    March 21, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  21. John

    Obama Richardson what a great ticket, I think we have a winner America. I can't wait for the next 16 years of Peace and Prosperity, Mccain and the GOP, boy you guys can't be happy about this. Finally a ticket we can belive in for the first time in American history. Yes

    March 21, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  22. marty from Indiana

    Good decision. Even though he was a friend of Clintons, was in the Clinton Cabinet, and watched the Super Bowl with Bill, he was a man of conscience and conviction and did what is best for America. He recognized we need a man who can unite not a woman who will divide. He has put his own career on the line. If Hilary wins, his career is finished. But he is taking that risk for America.

    March 21, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  23. Modrun

    Finally! I have been waiting for this for some time now. Now, its just a matter of time before John Edwards ( hopefully) comes into the fold and endorses Obama. What a boost that would be.

    March 21, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  24. yahooo

    YES WE CAN and now we need more people from the DNC and leaders to stand up to the Clinton Machine for once and speak up!!!!

    March 21, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  25. marty from Indiana

    Good decision. Even though he was a friend of the Clintons, was in the Clinton Cabinet, and watched the Super Bowl with Bill, he was a man of conscience and conviction and did what is best for America. He recognized we need a man who can unite not a woman who will divide. He has put his own career on the line. If Hilary wins, his career is finished. But he is taking that risk for America.

    March 21, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
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