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. AnnaMarie

    Fantastic... I love IT...

    I have always been a Richardson FAN... I am very happy to see these two work towards a future goal of ALL AMERICANS...

    Vote OBAMA 2008

    March 21, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Velle THERE'S a ticket to draw to!
    I just watched the endorsement coverage on CNN and was truly encouraged. NOW we're back to politics and campaigns and hopefully, away from muckraking. Hillary apparently missed Gov Richardson's tactful appeal for her to quit her campaign and pitch in and help the Party she claims to so support!

    March 21, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. carol

    That is the truth. We all need to put our colors aside and come together as one people and there is no problem we can not solve as Obama puts it.

    March 21, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Jay

    Who cares..Has not helped in the past. Obama knows he is DONE!

    March 21, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Einstein

    Bull. The reason Richardson endorsed Obama is because Obama had no choice but to offer him the VP nod. He cannot win the GE as it is and with the hispanic vote, maybe it won't be a landslide.

    Obama wasn't chosen by the people to be the Presidential Nominee but by the media who keeps him front and center regardless of what comes out of his closet. He (Obama) has been shoved down our throats. And being that the media is owned by the GOP, don't you think there is a reason for it?

    March 21, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. NOBama

    One hyprocrite joins another!!

    Too little too late – Hillary has the momentum!!


    March 21, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Mark

    Time for unity, time for change!


    March 21, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Barbara Tucker

    Senator Obama has shown us a better way, he takes the higher road, while Clinton, takes the lower path every time. She is the 'old' America.

    The new awakened Global America can only happen with a radical change, and Obama is that change.

    Which demonstrates how he will put our country back on the 'right road' when he is elected President. As the President of our country, he will enable us to have a renewed pride and spirit in our Nation, and it's leader.
    Really listen and look at him and you won't be able to deny he is the type of man the American people desperately needs to renew their faith in their country..

    March 21, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. mary

    How com CNN doesn't do an article about how the New Black Panther group supports Obama?

    March 21, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. bigben

    No more superbowl parties with Big Bill. What a tool

    March 21, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. Jim

    What a sorry back stabber he is. Bill Richardson, you should be ashamed of yourself for endorsing Obama now. Did he promise you something. You will not be his running mate to get the Hispanic votes. You are just as opportunistic politician as any other. You are selling your people for you political gain. What a shame.

    March 21, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  12. kp

    It doesn't matter who endorces Obama. If Obama wins the nomination McCain is going to win.

    March 21, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  13. White, Female Boomer for Obama

    What a picture...amazing!!

    March 21, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  14. yoni

    Thanx richi. Your rock.

    March 21, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. DeB

    Who cares what Richardson believes? He just wants a job if Obama is elected.

    Non news.

    March 21, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Karen G

    Shamefull just shamefull after all of the lies he has told,that has come out in the last couple of weeks about obama, his speach meant nothing but more cover up and lies.

    March 21, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. jer

    The race speech was a plus to get Richardson's endorsement. It might not help Obama in the primaries left but it should hold or move more super delegates. It's all about the delegates in the end.
    Obama never heard the bad sermons by Wright. Plus he is only his minister. His minister was retired when he started running for President. I was mad at my priest last election when we he said we should support Bush to go to war. Look at all the people who have died now and others injured and they and us will be dealing with their problems for the rest of their lives when the facts for going to war had not been proven. Also my church has had problems with their own morality of dealing with abuse. I

    March 21, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Alex

    Sane, moderate, informed, real people support Obama.

    March 21, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. William

    Between Clinton and Obama, I will vote Obama. I had thought about voting McCain instead, but with his support of the Iraq war, I just can't...

    Unless the choice is between Clinton and McCain. Then, I will hop the fence and vote republican instead of contributing to another Clinton in the White House.

    March 21, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. atimebandit

    Way to go Bill...finally, a Bill I can trust and respect!

    March 21, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Paul

    This is huge even though the Clinton campaign is trying to downplay it as not a big deal. That's funny, though, because the Clinton campaign has been hounding Richardson for his endorsment. But it's not that big of a deal.

    Obama/Richard Dream Ticket

    March 21, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. john

    Et tu Richardson ??? Oh well b.o.Can't claim super dels should go with the will of their state anymore....

    March 21, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  23. R.S.

    Why didn't I see an extensive coverage of Rep. Murtha endorcing senator Clinton or many other very important endorcements that Hillary Clinton has received by now.
    But all airwaves on cable, including CNN, spent the entire morning talking about Gov.Richardson's endorcement of Senator Obama and the entire rally was filling the cable for almost an hour.

    CNN and MSNBC continue their efforts to promote Obama over all other candidates.

    Hillary Clinton is one candidate that CAN and WILL deliver CHANGE that we so desperately need in our country.

    March 21, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. Frantz

    I only wished Richardson would have endorsed 1 week before the Texas primary. Well, better late than never. At least he showed some courage, unlike Edwards, to break away from the Clinton corruption/intimidation machine.

    March 21, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. linda hemmingsen

    why are none of my articles being put on? this is censorship to promte obama shame!!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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