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. Gregor

    I knew Bill Richardson is not like John Edwards. He has the wisdom and the courage to stand up against the Clinton-Machine and to choose the right side. Thank you, Bill! Hope you´ll be Obama´s running-mate. This would be the real "dream-ticket": OBAMA/RICHARDSON 08´!

    Go Barry!

    OBAMA/RICHARDSON 08´!

    March 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  2. Brad Johnson

    I'm glad to see someone knows the future would be good in Sen. Obama's hand!

    March 21, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. Daniel T., Notre Dame, IN

    This endorsement would helped earlier in the race, when things were more fluid. Now, I'm sorry to say it's all stagnant and this endorsement won't do much but add a name to the list of Obama's supporters.

    Go Obama!!

    March 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Peg

    Oh, yeah...another one under his belt!! Obama 2008! Yes, we can!!!

    March 21, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. AC

    Bill Who????

    March 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Rose - Baltimore, MD

    Congrats again Sen Obama! You are indeed a great leader. You have not been negatively influenced by some of Rev. Wright's messages neither have you been influenced by Washington. You are above negative influence and we can count on you to do great things for this nation.

    March 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  7. Susan, PA Voter

    I am thrilled, and have always respected Mr. Richardson.

    What happens to the delegates he won while he was still running?

    March 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Raven

    this is welcome news!

    March 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. docrock,tx

    Obama-Retzco-Wright-John McCain.

    March 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. S Williams

    I must say I am shocked. I thought the Clintons had him locked-up for sure.

    Richardson would also be a great VP or Sec of State with all of his experience and his fabulous resumé.

    His diplomatic skills will be needed to help rebuild our nation's standing in the world.

    March 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. susie

    Who is he?? someone that would not be in his position if it wasn’t for Bill Clinton. He just threw is friend under the train like Barack did his grandma.

    March 21, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. Brad, Obamaha NE

    this is big.

    March 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. CHERYL

    HILLARY LEADS IN THE POLLS!!!!!!!

    YAY!!!

    March 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Jay

    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."

    March 21, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. Rob

    Please observe how many people who were in the Clinton administration or who worked with Hillary in the Senate are now endorsing Obama. Clearly, to know her is NOT to love her or to feel that she is qualified to be president. There needs to be some ability to get along with people in the government. Senator Clinton does not play well with others.

    March 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. king from toronto

    proves that everyone's paying attention to that negative tatics,that the clinton's bin using.doing whatever it takes to win.even if it means destroying someone who is in the same party with them.and the same time damaging the party itself."enough is enough".

    March 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. Sherry in Kentucky

    Thank you, Bill!!!!! Please talk some sense into John Edwards!!!

    March 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. think people

    Way to go, Bill!

    March 21, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Freedom Lawrence

    Here is another sign.... all u americans should wake up and follow obama's lead....I used to think the americans know what time is it but i am so suprise that most dont know the sign of the time.....Obama being the president will heal not just americans but the whole world because i am a nigerian and i am already getting the positive things to come... God bless obama

    March 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. Davis

    Wonderful! Thanks Gov. Richardson. The Obama campaign could use some positive coverage about right now.

    Obama '08

    March 21, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. Pier Giacalone

    Wasn't this a Dave Chapelle joke?

    March 21, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  22. Jdk

    When did the Democratic party stop fighting for the civl liberties of all Americans and start promoting socialism? Change is right, Hope...I'm not so sure. Wake up Democrats. One politician controlling the government can't fix all of your problems. Why not endorse the idea of civic duty and self responsibility in place of a welfare state? I guess everyone wants Santa Claus for president because he will give you whatever you ask. Well, here he is.

    March 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  23. sw

    it is all about political positioning.

    March 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. sam taylor

    I am truly disappointed in Richardson, –after listening to Mr Obama, I can not support him. If he wins the dem primary, I will have to vote republican.

    March 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  25. from Boston

    Good. If you really want to know the truth, people do not care about the endorsements because they look at it as an opportunistic motive. I don't care who supports the candidates, it matters who I support.

    March 21, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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