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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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Dan, Columbia MD

    Brace yourself, Bill. Here come the "traitor" remarks.

    March 21, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Charlotte

    Was he offered VP?

    March 21, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Ric Bauer

    Now it's time for Pelosi, Kerry & Edwards to do the same and put an end to this campaign of slime that the Clintons are embarking on. They will stop at nothing to win this election and they will destroy anyone who gets in their way. My what short memories we have – I may be aging, but my mind is sharp enough to remember the deals the Clintons made that did more for them and their cronies than fro the country. Hillary has way too much baggage to ever win the General Election.

    March 21, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. V Wong

    This is great. Now the others need to follow suit. Hopefully the rest of the superdelegates will decide in Obama's favor soon so that this nomination can get wrapped up.

    March 21, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Amad

    Great news... Welcome to a real USA

    March 21, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Zia

    Barrak is a once in a life time opportunity for us to make things right. With either Clinton or McCain, we will just be extending the current rut that started back in 1988. I am not sure America can afford another 4 years of that.

    March 21, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. lenore

    I have mixed feelings about this. I have lost faith in Obama and do not feel that richardsons vote can change my mind.

    March 21, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. James

    i think MA and nevada have taught america that endorsements do not matter. even still, i must say i am surprised – i always thought richardson would endorse clinton or remain neutral.

    March 21, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. joy

    I thought superdelegates were being told to vote as their state votes.
    I think Bill Richardson is doing this so that he can be on the ticket.
    I will vote McCain.
    I hope Latinos show Richardson how spineless he is with this endorsement.

    March 21, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Fred

    Yeah Bill took the fences down and looked the other way. And Hillary will do the same.

    March 21, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. j gannon

    Yeah! Smart man.

    March 21, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. Sean

    Who is Bill Richardson again? It's been so long since he's been relevant to this nomination that I forgot.

    March 21, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Beth

    Richardson is looking for that VP slot, Obama needs that latino vote

    March 21, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. FELISA

    thank you, Richardson.

    March 21, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Priscilla

    Go Obama!

    March 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Irishspacemonk

    Thank you Richardson, for having courage to follow your convictions. Its great news for an Obama camp that's been fighting two fronts, both from the Republicans (Right wing talk and Hillary's new found Red State support).

    March 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Eric

    Another brainless politician. What's wrong with this guy? Has he been paying attention to the news? Doesn't he realize Obama is another crooked politician that will only do more harm to this country.

    March 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. shamous mc

    Calling Mr. Edwards....time to throw your hat in too and pick a side.

    March 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Casey, Atlanta

    Good endorsement for Obama. Doesn't mean anything. Richardson should have stayed neutral, but he is a politician, and he needs a job. He figures Obama will win and so he is positioning himself. Look for Edwards to do the same.

    March 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. La Raza

    The writing is on the wall.

    March 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  21. Robin

    Thank you Gov. Richardson. It's time for the DNC and other so called leaders in the Democratic party to step up and wrap up this primary so that we can unite our party and prepare Obama to be the next president of this great country.

    March 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  22. Le troubadour

    Richardson: "Obama a once in a lifetime leader."
    Si se puede.

    Obama 08

    March 21, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. Franky, New York, NY

    He can have him..

    My vote stays with the competent and capable, Hillary Clinton!

    March 21, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Becky in In.

    Whoever in the world didn't think he would jump aboard, he was a loser so he wanted to allign with what he thought was a winner "SO WHAT" The Clintons are his friends but with friends like this you don't need any enemies. The Clintons can take a lickin and keep on tickin!!!!!!!! Good job Billy you turncoat!

    March 21, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. maya

    I really don't get why everyone is so affected by a speech that seems to me was motivated by political expediency. Obama never tackled racism before....what a smooth politician..too bad everyone is blindly lapping it up...

    March 21, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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