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. Dylan Kay

    And there is a true American hero – endorsing Obama in this political climate.

    Way to go, Bill.

    March 21, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. johnson

    Thanks Gov. Richardson!!!!!!

    Obama 08

    March 21, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Ken Out West

    Amen.

    Hopefully this will give Obama the Hispanic vote in Pennsylvania, which will offset some of the 48 to 65 year old clueless white women that Hillary is feeding lies to out of her back pocket.

    March 21, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Lisa Gross

    Thank you Mr. Richardson for your very important endorsement. I too agree with all that you stated about Mr. Obama! I trust his judgement, honesty, integrity! These are qualities that we are not familiar with when it comes to our current and former presidents. What a well-welcomed change that is long over-do!

    March 21, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  5. Kathy, Andover

    I've always liked Bill Richardson - This is Great News!

    March 21, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Liz

    SI SE PUEDE!!! The fight for change continues. Its not always easy to get there but we will push through.

    OBAMA 2008

    March 21, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Andrea

    Thank you Gov. Richardson for having courage. I hope more follow your lead and put this "anything to win" attitude to bed. So that we can get on with the issues and HOPEfully put our country back together.

    Obama 08'

    March 21, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Chicagoan

    Way to go Bill!This is huge.Hillary is DONE!
    Where is Edwards????
    If he endorses Obama – race would be officially over.

    March 21, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. Ludovic

    I was wondering what was the remaining money in the bank account of the two campaign after the Texas and Ohio very expensive primaries. here is the answer from AP:

    Both Democrats ended up with more than $30 million in the bank, but Clinton can't use two-thirds of her cash on hand because it's only for the general election. That and her debt left her with less than $3 million in the black. The debt doesn't include the $5 million she lent her campaign in January.

    Very bad for Hillary !!!

    March 21, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. roger

    I don't think Richardson has enough hispanic support other than NM to effect Hillary.....

    March 21, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. clarity

    Mr. Richardson
    I also 'understand clearly that only by bringing people together, only by bridging our differences can we all succeed together as Americans.'
    Barak has shown very little of these qualities over the last couple of weeks.

    How can Obama claim to be the voice of change and reconciliation, when he supports such a bigot (Wright), whom spouts such incite-full rubbish, that is unhelpful and counterproductive in helping the young African-American Community gain empowerment to help them reach there full potential in America. Granted things are by no means equal for a lot of communities, but to spread this anti America resentment, does a lot to encourage the diminishment of personal responsibility for an individuals advancement. America does have a long way to go before women gays and racial minorities are afforded an equal footing with the white heterosexual male... but this kind of talk is not going to get you there.

    There are still some very important questions to be answered by Barak.
    1) Why did he invest twenty years of sundays listening to this pastor if he doesn't agree with him?
    2) Why did he make the pastor a central influential figure of his campaign if he doesn't agree with him?
    3) Why did he lie about it when pressed by the press on the issue?
    4) Why did he chose to do a speech and turn this (yet again) into a racial issue, when it's purely a judgement issue?
    5)Why did he negate to address any of the first three questions in his speech?

    I think a lot of folks feel a bit let down by Obama.
    ...and now with Richardson too.

    March 21, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Lynne

    The Black Panthers endorsed Obama too this week on his web site but I did not see that reported on CNN, Fox did report it and Obama's campaign took it down
    The endorsement of the Tainted womanizer Richardson won't matter but the endorsement of John Murtha of Hillary will matter and I did not hear much about that either.
    Richardson threw Hillary under the bus in Iowa too by funneling his votes of 9% to Obama, so why is this a surprise. Bill Clinton really jump started Richardson into prominent government positions and yes this is real Character and appreciation from Richardson. Texas and NM have already voted so I don't see this hurting Hillary or helping
    Obama. Although John Edwards did not endorse last night on Leno he made the statement that Hillary was tough and experienced so that leads me to believe he is for her.

    March 21, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Julie

    Bill Richardson waited until now to endorse Obama because he was waiting to analyse which of the two candidates (Clinton or Obama) appear to be edging closer to being selected as the Democratic nominee for President. DONE LIKE A TRUE POLITICIAN, BILL! You wouldn't want to endorse someone who might not be nominated because then you might not have a chance to further your own political career. As a New Mexican voter who has supported and voted for you throughout your career, I am truely disappointed in you and will make my voice heard the next time you run for anything.

    March 21, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Richardson would make an excellent VP. He has foreign policy experience, he used to be a governor, he'll help with the Hispanic vote, and he doesn't have the overblown ego or baggage as Hillary.

    Too bad for the Clintons that their BFF Richardson jumped ship...

    March 21, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. D.

    There is no loyalty in politicians. I look down him.

    March 21, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Sad

    I used to respect Bill Richardson. Now he aligns himself with a man who aligns himself with a racist, anti – american pastor. Does Mr. Richardson really want the world to see the spectacle of a President who dismisses his own grandmother as a "typical white person" in that she is afraid of black people and has as his "spiritual advisor" a man who screams "G.D. the U.S." ? Thank God the majority of voters in this country seem to have more sense.

    March 21, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. cfombrun

    I am neither for Clinton nor Obama, however Bill Richardson has proved to be a real hypocrite! A few months ago, he was on CNN convincingly arguing that superdelegates should support the choice of their constituencies!! Last time I checked, HILLARY CLINTON won the New Mexico Democratic primary, and yet he has chosen to go against the choice of the people of New Mexico. Very disappointing, sir.

    March 21, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Matt

    Now there is a dream ticket to consider.

    Imagine if this country had true leadership; strength, character, unity, diplomacy and vision.

    Obama-Richardson 08!

    March 21, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Martin

    A good political calculated move to win at any cost.

    March 21, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Julie

    Richardson is blinded by the Obama 'light.' Nowhere in his speech did Obama even acknowledge any race other than black or white. He doesn't preach change for all, he's only watching out for his own. Other minorities aren't even worthy of a mention – forget him. I will no longer support a man who is showing his true colors. Shame on you Richardson for not being able to hear what was said.

    March 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. dmw

    So what??? We knew this all along based on what Bill Richardson has been saying lately. He wants to bring the party together.

    I think it is unfair for a bunch of guys to tell Hillary that she should stop running in the primary. This is a 50 State contest (52 if you include Guam and Puerto Rico).

    We do not tell other countries to stop their elections in mid-stream when one person appears to be in the lead. You never know what might happen. I know several people who wish they could take their votes back from Obama after hearing that he is a racist. My parents always told me that we are known by the company we keep.

    If all of those white people in previous states had known what we know about Obama today, I doubt he would have won some of those states.

    Hillary keep going until the end.

    March 21, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. KMAN

    Thank you Bill ... you are a distinguished American and a valued ally!

    March 21, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. Jon, Los Angeles

    Obama is the President-in-Waiting! He has the best qualities to bring people together. Being a former Clinton supporter, I have eventually found the right person in Obama. Thank you, Bill Richardson, for the endorsement.

    March 21, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  24. Brandon

    Wonderful news. It shows that Gov Richardson truly has integrity to support the candidate that will be best for this country instead of being a crony for the Clintons due to Bill's appointments of Richardson in the past.

    I hope other superdels follow and force the bleeding of the party to stop and get on with the business of returning a democrat and a large congressional majority to Washington DC in 2009

    March 21, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  25. JENNY OHARA

    Bill Richardson just lost all credibility.

    March 21, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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