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. prakash chand

    Too little too late.

    March 21, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  2. Ernie

    Let's not be so naive to believe that Senator Obama will not be a once in a lifetime person of change that is more than capable and willing to navigate America better than any one person in the public eye today. Senator Clinton has proven time and again that she will stoop to new lows and do ANYTHING to get back into the White House, to include ostracizing the Democratic Party and Americans. I'm sick and tired of her and her camps tactics. She avoids the real issues that we care about and isn't letting up on her unmerited attacks on Senator Obama. Look at the issues and you will be enlightened.

    March 21, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  3. Laura

    I think this is really excellent news. I wonder if there is any chance we'll see an Obama/Richardson ticket?

    March 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Stacy Clarks, Texas

    GO RICHARDSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Ben, College Park, MD

    It's great that the party leaders seem to come together to end the fight inside our party. I appreciate Gov. Richardson's brave act in the time of difficulty for Sen. Obama's camp.

    But I wish he'd done it before Texas, because it could have ended all this considering the narrow margin of Sen. Clinton's victory.

    To be honest I also love to see Gov. Richardson as Sen. Obama's running-mate. His experience in every stage is just invaluable for the country.

    March 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. rose

    this is it! GO OBAMA.

    March 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Kris from AZ

    A former Clinton aid endorsing Obama. Now that speaks volumes! Hillary is not to be trusted.

    March 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Caly

    Obama/Richardson 08 ?

    March 21, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. MJA

    Without the Clinton's Bill would be nothing. What did Obama promise you? V.P. or cabinet position? What a joke

    March 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. Jonathan

    He'll definitely be historic...but the question is what kind of history will it be?

    March 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. froggy

    Clinton can not win. It is mathematically imposssible. If the super delegates give it to her, it will be seen as the same old sleazy do anything to win Clintonista tricks. The nation is TIRED of the Clintons and their baggage.

    Hillary and Bill, do us all a favor anfd just go away!!!

    March 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Eric

    He sure would be an historic president, however, not for the better. I'm very surprised in Richardson. I thought he would do the right think and chose the right person for the job, Hillary Clinton. Richardson displayed a lack of judgement today and wants to ruin it for the Democrats. After hering about Obama and Wright I don't see how anyone in the right mind could vote for Obama. I will vote for McCain if Obama gets the nomination. PA voter.

    March 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. michael, ny

    Richardson knows better.

    Clinton contiues to exagerate her fund raising. Her $34.7 Million February was really only $19.6 after you subtract her own loan of $5 million, plus $10 million she moved from a Senate campaign fund.

    March 21, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Zina

    The endorsement was amazing to watch. You can tell they are men of great character and want the best for this nation. Democrats, lets unite no matter who the candidate is.

    Obama '08

    March 21, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. ron

    very disapointed in him, but with no more hispanic states, it will do no good. besides, obama tried using the kennedys to endorse hispanic, and lost big time. Hispanic will nevert vote for obama. purely for the fact that he is inexpirence and racist. The only historic candidate is Hiliary

    March 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. charlie in Philly

    Unless I am wrong, that makes three Presidential candidates who have endorsed Obama – Richardson, Dodd & Kucinich – it is time to unify!

    March 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Steve Stevens

    It is unfair that the media is portraying this as a devastating blow to Senator Clinton. Why not spend more time showing all of the black superdelegates voting for Clinton? Or better yet, why not address the issue that black superdelegates have felt "pressured" to vote for Senator Obama? It is true that Richardson is friends with the Clinton's. And as friends, I believe the Clinton's respect him enough to make his own choices. Everyone would be a little sad if a friend of theirs sided with the competition; however, people can make their own choices without hurting friendships. This is America!

    March 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. Debby

    Obama/Richardson ticket = Dumb and Dumber. An early congrats to our new President John Sydney McCain.

    March 21, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. lee

    Richardson was not known till Bill Clinton gave him two good postions in his administration. What a slap he gave the Clintons by endorcing Obama. Richardson is not a very loyal person. What did Obama promise him the VP job so he could get the Hispanic vote???
    If Obama get the nomination me and my family will vote MaCain.

    March 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Isabella , Canada

    Yet another previous Presidential candidate endorsing Obama.
    These men just can't bear to think that a woman might succeed where they so miserably failed.

    March 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Miles

    Ladies and gentlemen, the President and Vice President of the United States!

    March 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. ah! heck?

    another knife in the back for Clinton.

    now that's the America i see and know, dump them when they are of know more use for you.

    a friend only as long as you need them.

    i cant wait for the republican trouncing that obama will receive.

    but i for one will get my feb.5th vote back from obama and it wont be wasted on nader.


    March 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Jay

    I hope Richardson's beard doesn't turn off potential Obama voters.

    March 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. amy o

    I am so proud of Bill Richardson. It took great courage to do this. Now if President Carter, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid do the same maybe Clinton will step down and let the Democratic party start healing.

    March 21, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. shane

    NOT this time! We wont be distracted by the superficial. NOt this time! Gas prices are too high, the economy is too weak, the war in iraq is too costly, the budget deficit is too large, and too many jobs are being lost for the AMerican people to focus on some boneheaded comments made by a pastor or supporter. thnak you gov richardson.

    obama 08!

    March 21, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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