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. mike ikem umealo

    Another presidential material with vast experience in foreign policy advising America on the need for senator Obama to lead the US.Wise choice.

    March 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. NickNasc

    Your a good man Richardson!

    March 21, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. gasdocpol

    Obama/Richardson would be a great ticket.

    I the truth be known , I think that Obama would prefer a Richardson / Obama ticket to a Clinton / Obama ticket.

    Richardson and Obama are that compatible.

    March 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. Anonymous

    You can take me literally, but Bill RIchardson endorsing Obama shows how everyone (United States of America) can relate to the ups and downs Obama has been through lately. Tell me if this is not the turning point of the situation.

    March 21, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  5. fanObama,ok

    after a long week of dirty politic this endorsement should lift Obama spirit. governor Richardson is a very smart man. the rest of these superdelegates needs to do the same before the Clintons destroy the democratic party.

    March 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. First time voter

    Great news! Hopefully the other "Supers" will follow his lead.

    Go Obama 2008!

    March 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Alice


    March 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Mary

    What a great endorsement...Hang in there Obama...You will beat her yet.

    March 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. from Boston

    By the way, CNN. How come you didn't report what Obama said yesterday when he was trying to explain the race issue. When he was trying to explain his grandmother's feelings, he say that it was typical of white people. Now seriously, CNN – don't you think that's racist because I do. I wonder what he thinks of Hispanics behind closed doors.

    March 21, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Eli, Milwaukee

    Once again Hillary has last another longtime friend as a delegate for her side.

    This speaks huge volumes about Hillary in her inability to keep long time friends from moving over to the Obama side with their delegate votes. They choose a TRUE leader for our country over a friend any day.

    March 21, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. me

    Too little too late!

    March 21, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. deb in az

    this endorsement is about political gain.......or perhaps this will be sen obamas running mate....

    March 21, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. SLO Bear

    This is a beautiful and meaningful thing in the midst of so much political ugliness.

    March 21, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  14. Ronald

    Thank you Governor Richardson for leading at this time when the Democratic party is in desperate need of true leaders. I do caution you to watch out for all the hate which will come your way from supporters of your friends the Clintons.

    March 21, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  15. Sarah

    Thank you, Bill Richardson, for resisting political pressure from the Clinton machine in making your decision.

    March 21, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  16. Walt, Belton,TX

    Bill Richardson is or was a personal friend, confidant and member of Bill Clinton's administration. For him to endorse Obama over Hillary is a monumental event! He's as afraid of what might happen giving power to the wrong person as anyone. Say goodbye Hillary!!!

    March 21, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Dan, PA

    Positioning yourself as a VP nominee, Richard?

    Too bad, you didn't do it early enough when Hispanic votes were critical in Texas.

    March 21, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. alexis compton

    Gov. Bill Richardson is a man of reason, of wisdom and really cares. He is a decent man and patriotic. He put above the nations interest than his mine, worth of praise. I salute and admire you sir.

    March 21, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Chido Williams

    Way to go-After all the chaos linked to Obama over his pastor, I am excited to know that there some people who think for themselves and do not get misled by "solutions" with no proof. You do not get experience on foreign policy by just getting in the plane and visiting other countries. It takes more than that. Obama 08.

    March 21, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. Fatima

    Great news...Bill Richardson was one of the few that had REAL experience: executive, domestic politics, and foreign policy!

    March 21, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  21. Greg in Memphis, TN

    Go Obama!!!! I knew Bill would eventually endorse him!!! John Edwards is next !!!! John Edwards is going to be his VP!!!!!

    March 21, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. Yinka lawal

    This mean United we Stand and Divided we fall. Thank you for seeing the future of America Gov Bill Richardson, I can understand that it’s though decision but I know that it’s not about Clinton; I believe your decision is base on the future of this country for new direction.

    March 21, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  23. Edgar

    Talk about going against the will of the people. Way to go Richardson! There will be a super delegate fight at the convention because as we see now HRC won Nevada and MA. Does this mean that Kerry & Kennedy will do what Richardson has done – support a liar and racist candidate.

    "Typical white woman." America how can we have a President like that!!!!

    Please! God save America, & God help Hillary.

    March 21, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  24. annie

    Thank you Bill at least you are smart enough to understand support the good as America you rise above all this as one people.God Bless America.

    March 21, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  25. Huge

    Huge endorsement! Richarsdson is the highest ranking hispanic democratic political figure in this country. I guess the recent hate on Obama has not derailed his campaign. Nice try folks.

    March 21, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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