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. C.Shannon

    . . .OBAMA / RICHARDSON 08.

    March 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. white old lady for OBAMA


    March 21, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Jim

    It is hilariously ironic to see these Hillary supporters try to attack Obama's character.

    From her misrepresentations about her vote on Iraq, to her "kitchen sink" strategy, to denigrating a fellow Democrat in comparison with McCain, and on to the ridiculous over-inflating of her duties as First Lady, Hillary has exhibited anything but character.

    She WOULD be a deeply flawed nominee, just as she has already shown herself to be a deeply flawed candidate.

    March 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Antoinette

    Go Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Love America

    If they are in White house including Obama's pastor , this is really a big change,

    March 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. ross, jersey shore

    the comments on here are so much more polarized than a few weeks ago, it's amazing. i hope this nomination process ends soon.

    March 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Andrew

    What if Bill and Hillary Clinton had the endorsement? What would Bill and Hillary Clinton say? How would Barak Obama respond? Barack Obama would congratulate Hillary and Bill Clinton. Watch how Bill and Hillary spin the fact that, Bill Richardson, the Govenor of New Mexico endorsement of Barack Obama for President of the United States.

    March 21, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. No Body is Perfect

    Neither Hillary or Obama is perfect. What everyone need to do is google and watch "The Shocking Video Hillary Don't Want You To See" and boy is it shocking!!!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  9. Marc

    None of my comments are bad, so why is CNN not posting them.

    March 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. Rene', NC

    As a voter in NC I can promise you that I WILL BE voting for Obama.

    March 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Jesusita Martinez

    How much longer before you post my comment?

    CNN, we know you love Obama and I'm sure you won't post my comment yet again.

    March 21, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. Tommy

    Obama could never say anything against his friend Wright but he can condemn all white women like Ferraro and Hillary and his own Grandmother. Why is Obama so hateful to white women?

    March 21, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Mark - Gilbert, AZ

    I feel sorry for you Hillary supporters for being mislead by Hillary.

    I read your comments and even a close supporter isn't dumb enough to support her after watching her campaign. Just goes to show that political double speak, a disenguine message and complete and total hypocrisy only leads to smarter choices: that choice is Obama.

    Well done Gov! Cry more HRC supporters!

    March 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. r.mary

    As a hispanic and from Chicago, I am very disappointed in Richardson endorsing Obama.

    March 21, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. alg

    To those who are sick of the Clintons, I ask...What were you sick of back in the 90's? The peace or the prosperity?

    March 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Rene D

    Two eloquent Americans speaking this morning. What a refreshing situation. If we could get beyond the various "camps" and get down to real people, we'd really have something going for a change. I would be all for an Obama-Richardson, even a Richardson-Obama (my earliest hope) ticket!

    March 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Cheryl

    Maybe now we can finally stop the fighting within our party and get ready for the general election. I think I speak for a lot of Americans when I say that we are tired of all the fighting, we have enough fighting in Iraq. Sen. Clinton is taking the day off, and we all can say together HALLELUJAH!!! If we can get her to just be silent for the rest of the month, or until April 22. That might be the last state she'll win, one can only pray!!!!!! Obama/Richardson 08!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. Hill Girl

    Governor Richardson is playing political roulette. He obviously wants our of New Mexico. His ticket out is Senator Obama. If things go that way, he'll likely get a ticket to DC. If things don't go that way, his choices are gonna pretty limited. The Clintons do value loyalty and Senator Richardson apparently has none.

    March 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Bill Richardson's Reason

    It was the "speech" that led to this endorsement. Now you tell me how important this endorsement is.

    Oh the Republicans are so going to take this election!

    March 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Armand1980

    Well, this is is my Second post that most likely will be deleted by CNN comentator because is not PRO-OBAMA>

    Hillary Clinton supporters, Barack Obama will not win the nomination without our support. There are hundreds of thousands of us who will not vote for OBAMA if he is the nominee, I dont care about he democratic party, i care about my choice for the nominee and for the person that i believe will be best for this country. I urge you not to vote for OBAMA is he is the nominee, lets vote independent or Mccain, that will be better than to have an anti-american govern america.

    March 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. HM

    I think Obama will make a wonderful president. His America is the America I want to live in. I have never doubted his patriotism or his love for this country or his ability to understand Americans. This is a great endorsement, I have great respect for Richardson as well. Being close to the Clintons, I'm sure this was a difficult decision to make and shows the real strength of Obama.

    Obama '08!!

    March 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Johnnybravo

    I guess the Gov didn't buy Clinton's 35 years of foreign relations "experience"; which probably consisted of tea parties and cruise ship christenings

    March 21, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. Gil Saenz

    Go Obama! Thank you Mr. Richardson! Let's all come together as one America! Let's send a unified voice to the world that America can change for the best and remedy our past wrongs.

    March 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Sylvia

    I was an initial Richardson supporter. I believe Mr. Richardson made a wise decision to endorse Mr. Barrack Obama. Mr. Richardson has the most foriegn experience than any candidate currently running and Mr. Obama is very fortunate to get Mr. Richardson's support.
    Thank you, Mr. Richardson.

    March 21, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Ray

    I still have a bad feeling about Obama. He is a smooth talker but I think he will never speak his mind. He has hired many flacks to secure a universal appeal and he talks their talk. I am not impressed that he can walk the talk however. Wait until after his presidential bid fails...he and Michelle will slip and truly speak their mind. Action speaks louder than words to this voter

    March 21, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
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