March 21st, 2008
01:15 PM ET
15 years ago

Richardson endorses Obama


Watch Bill Richardson endorse Obama. (AP Photo)

(CNN) - Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico endorsed Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic race for president Friday.

"Barack Obama will make a great and historic president," Richardson told a rally in Portland, Oregon, with Obama standing at his side.

Richardson said 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."

"He appealed to the best in us ... as a Hispanic American I was particularly touched by his words," Richardson added.

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  1. Monica, Texas

    They certainly look good together....They make a powerful team!!!

    March 21, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. errrr

    The fact of the matter is that Richardson like other elite party Dems are looking out for themselves and yet they don't know that they're shooting themselves in the foot.

    They want the next generation of voters to be Dems, and think that Obama can deliver this-but have not considered the consequences-becasue of Obama's supporters now.They hope that Dems will hold power for a long time to come if they start them young.

    However they have not thought it thru and neglect that the college kids are still in their formative years, and in fact most with more world experience will become independent-like me- or even republican-especially if they go into business. They will lose the base of reliable core Dem voters now, the kind who vote in every local, state and federal contests.

    Because of their greed for future power, they forget that they won't even be able to win this time as reflected by the Dem defection rate if Obama is nominated.Sorry, but half of the country-republicans&independents-are for McCain and any defection will ensure McCain wins and that's math like Obama supporters like to point harp on. After Wright, my company employees and those I've spoken to at church will no longer vote Obama no matter who comes out of the woods to endorse him, unless it was Jesus. McCain if necessary.

    March 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. An Agnostic Democrat

    Just goes to show what a weak and unelecatble candidate Hillary is. Pretty pathetic that she can't even get the endorsement of a long time friend and former colleague. Oops! That's two former Dem candidates now backing Mr. Obama.

    Her campaign knew going into this she was going to be hard to sell no matter how they packaged her (>50% negative rating even including her own party). This is common knowledge in the Clinotn circle of deception and corruption. Why do you think they're all so negative and divisive in that camp and try projecting that outward to others? The truth is, she's packaged herself, and it ain't too pretty either no matter how you spin it!

    March 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Ehis Olu

    What a pity.
    Now he has lost every ounce of respect I have for him.
    He is probably eyeing the VP spot.......
    I'd like to see his face come June , when he discovers he has joined the loosing camp.

    March 21, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Don, San Francisco

    Is it possible Gov. Richardson sees what many of us see; that the direction of this primary campaign is doing great harm to the Democrat's chances in November? His suggestion that the Party gets behind Obama and gets its eyes on the real prize, the White House, is sound advice in my opinion.

    March 21, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Kelly From Oklahoma

    Obviously CNN is or Obama. He's even on the Live Section right now... I never see Hillary on. Richardson could not even get out of the single digits in his campaign. And his endorsement is front page news??

    March 21, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. dana

    What difference does it make? His endorsement has come late and Richardson does not speak for the Hispanic community. Hillary already won New Mexico, California and Texas so Richardson looks like a fool endorsing Obama and his intentions are so obvious. Bill Richardon is vying for VP with Obama and Obama offered him the spot. Everyone knows that Clinton did not offer him the spot and does not want him as her VP. This is why Richardson is endorsing Obama. This is a poiltical move. Strategy. Or Stratigeri as President Bush calls it.

    March 21, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Reggie

    Obama will win despite the the Clinton neg. problems

    March 21, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Durpe

    Barabara in NC, you say that people in NC will never vote for Obama, but I wonder if that's because you are a Clinton supporter. If that's the case it makes me wonder if this fight has gotten so ugly for the democratic party that we can't unite this party come General Election time.

    That would be truly sad.

    March 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Observer

    Thank you Gov. Richardson for exercsing good jugdement. You do bring alot of good practical Foreign policy sense to the presidential campaign.
    From a very happy democrat

    March 21, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. nancy canada

    this probably won't get posted...>CNN=pro OBAMA

    it's really sad how see through obama is yet americans still vote for him?? after the whole BUSH fiasco wouldn't you want someone who has actually done something and not someone who gives speeches? when something negative about him comes out he says he has no knowledge of it and then a couple days later, changes it and says he does??? too fake for a me VOTE FOR HILARY!!!

    March 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. Lily

    I don't trust Obama anymore..who cares about Richardson.

    March 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. piecrust

    Someone made a comment that Bill Clinton met with Jeremiah Wright once or twice. So what, did Bill jump up and down like what they do in their church? Petty!

    March 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Rice

    We want to know more information about Obama's pastor and his 20 relationship with Wright's church. We need an answer! Who changed the topics. CNN should air more important news as breaking news. Obama and CNN owe American an anwer.

    March 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. Thomas

    Which words touched him? The ones about "typical white people"?
    Obama is a RACIST who isn't even doing a good job of pretending otherwise.

    March 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Dev

    This is the best thing that has happened in this election. MOst Americans believe in racial reconciliation and honest dialogue. I am so glad this has happened. This is awesome!!!

    March 21, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. jms

    It looks like Edwards and Gore are the only Dems smart enough to not endorse anyone.

    March 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Slott

    With all the hating that's going on today.....People, if you can't write anything nice, Don't write anything at all.

    March 21, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Brandon

    Yes we will vote Obama in NC.

    March 21, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  20. Chelsea

    For those who don't like Obama, nothing will satisfy them. But Obama is America's best hope for the future. Tear him apart on racial lines, and we risk a once-in-a-lifetime president. God is on his side!

    Thank you Bill Richardson. You could have done this earlier though.

    March 21, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. Chuck O

    Richardson is a loser, that couldn't even make it past January. Obama needs all the help now that the national polls are changing and the American people are really seeing what type of person he is.

    March 21, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Jared

    Most impressive.

    Obama will have to lose badly in the remaining states to not get the nomination now.

    He will win: North Carolina, Oregon, South Dakota, Puerto Rico, and Montana.

    Hillary will win: PA, Kentucky, Indiana, and maybe West Virginia.

    The math goes his way I believe.

    March 21, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. Lisa

    Go Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes We Can.

    March 21, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  24. What Now

    Now there is a first and a ticket I can vote for: Obama 08 and Richardson in 2016. Lets get this thing going and make it happen.

    March 21, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. jellymom

    this is so sad...they are both out for themselves and neither isinterested in bringing meveryone together. How are so many people so taken in by smooth talk. There really dosn't seem to be anything behind it. So sad that people need heroes so badly. Real change begins with on it!

    March 21, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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