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. A&A

    how about the New Black Panthers endorsement? and my God that live footage of the endoresement today was way too come Hillary keeps of getting cut off, and his just go on forever...if i hear one more time about the urgency of now i might barf...clearly Bill has high personal political agenda with this endorsement...such a back stabber

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

    Gov. Richardson: In response to the Clinton campaign slandering of his endorcement for Senator Obama, Gov Richardson wants to get away from stereotyping and he wants to go where Senator Obama is at, away from stereotyping.

    Excellent. I couldn't ask for a better response from an experience and a proven leader in him.

    March 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. a m


    March 21, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. obamamama

    Is this going to change the 2 to 1 margin that Clinton has over Reverend Obama? I think not !! For us is Clinton or McCain.not Obama.

    March 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. Pierre Martin

    Richardson is a proof of disloyal opportunism, after brought by in cabinet by Bill Clinton, he had an opportunity to give back the favor at Senator Clinton. What kind of change would Richardson propose us, other than change his shirt!

    March 21, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. John in MN

    If no one really cared about Bill Richardson when he was a candidate, what makes people think his endorsment will have any effect or do anything to help Obama?

    Hillary all the way, Obama go away!!!

    March 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. CT

    this is so true. He is not able to talk about anything else, but this old broken record stuck mode.

    March 21, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Excellent

    Richardson has made an excellent choice. He is seeing through the overblown attempt at damaging Obama and is right that men like Barack only come around once in a generation or less.
    Obama 08 + Richardson as Secretary of State!

    March 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Armand1980


    Im 100% behind you, and trust me, there are millions who will follow us. Is Hillary or no one, and like hillary said, its personal. Hilllary supporter for Mccain, a least he is a patriot.

    March 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Jesusita Martinez

    Are you kidding me, Richardson? Your endorsement has no meaning, except that you betrayed the Clinton's and us Latinos. How do you explain the fact that the majority of Latinos voted for Senator Clinton? And now you endorsed Obama?

    “He appealed to the best in us…?” The question here is that Obama's speech did not address the real issue of his pastor. Understand that the issue here is not race but rather Obama’s credibility and judgment character.

    Shame on you Bill Richardson.

    March 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Glenn

    Bill Richardson is a great Democrat and American. Too bad some of the other Democratic leaders don't have the same courage and cahracter and endorse Obama now as well.

    You have to ask the question why are Edwards, Biden, Gore, Pelosi and others sitting on the sidelines and watching what is ploitically expedient for themselves and continuing to allow Hillary to polarize both the party and country with her campaign of hate and division? Why can't they, for one brief moment, be real leaders and do what is right and not follow the politics of old?

    They need to endorse Obama and help start the healing that the Democratic Party needs so badly, right now!

    March 21, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Rosa of Azores

    Richardson made a mistake if he thinks that Obama could give him the VP position, that has already been promised to CNN.

    March 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Obama '08


    I was so worried that Richardson would have endoresed Clinton.

    Now we just need Edwards and Gore, then the other Super Delegates will fall into place.


    March 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Tejano

    Say Goodbye to Bill Richardson's career. Some do it by soliciting prostitutes, others prostitute themselves. Hispanics listen up you are being railroaded into Obama's campaign.

    March 21, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. La Raza

    Now maybe we can bring this to a close. Edwards will endorse Obama next week.

    March 21, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. Abomination

    Richardson just does whatever DNC leader Howard Dean tells him to do. This is pathetic. It just shows Richardson's disloyalty to the Clintons. How can he sit there and watch sports on TV will Bill Clinton while secretly horsetrading behind his back? Totally disengenious.

    Voters should be VERY SUSPICIOUS of this move and the timing. Just when Obama gets caught attending a racist, anti-American church that gives "lifetime achievement awards" to radical bigots... then they roll out that Richardson barrel.

    People should be asking themselves why is Howard Dean so intent on taking down Hillary Clinton. He's going to take down the whole party with him in one big raging scream.

    I don't wager most Americans would vote for a candidate that is as inexperienced and who uses such poor, boneheaded judgment as Obama anyway.

    March 21, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Rechi

    Voting Obama is like voting Jeremiah Wright. How can we say for sure that Obama does not believe what Wright does?

    Obama, you are a liar and does not deserve to be the president of this country.

    March 21, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Yall betta wake up

    I think this is a mistake. The Dems are so bent on Obama being the nominee that they are willing to hand over the WH to the republicans cause that is exactly what is going to happen. I don't know why they are so blinded by Obie. I'm not. He's not electable. He said he is about change, but all I have seen is more of the same. He's just like all of the other politicians. He's a TYPICAL POLITICIAN.

    March 21, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. California Independent

    Not going to help. I can't imagine what position Richardson could get with his 'issues' reported in the last couple of years. In this day of media, it would not remain quiet and I can't imagine he would sell.

    March 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. HRC in 08

    What happened to all of the hoop la of the superdelegates following the will of voters in their jurisdiction? Clinton won the majority of delegated for New Mexico. Does this set a president that the rest of the superdelegates are free to vote their professional judgment? This could open the field for Clinton to win more superdelegates. I sure hope so.

    March 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. Linn

    Never fully appreciated Richardson, insofar he was overshadowed by the bravura of the other Democratic candidates. But his recent endorsement of Obama, eloquent in its simplicity, required courage and candor, and a true understanding of what American leadership should be at this critical juncture in our troubled history.

    Wouldn't Richardson be the ideal running mate, should the greatest of luck ( and despite the lock-hold of the Clintons on the Democratic establishment) actually make it to the White House.???

    March 21, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. SarahJ

    For Clinton supporters saying you will vote for McCain if she doesn't win SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON YOU! He does not stand for health care for children, for protecting retirement, for fixing and broken war, and yet you are so selfish that you will not vote for a man that stands for 95% of what Clinton stands for, and instead vote for McCain, who is vastly different? SHAME ON YOU. you should be ashamed of yourself. Take a look in the mirror, ask yourself 'why will I not vote for Obama, why will I vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't win? Why will I not protect my children, or my children's children?' Voting out of spite is SELFISH.

    Its a sad a selfish world we live in.

    I'm an Obama supporter but would never vote for someone who is hell bent on destroying the economy, who won't protect my children's education, who will keep us in Iraq for "100 more years." I would vote for hillary in a heart beat over McCain.

    Richardson is doing what is best for the party. The republicans have already rallied behind McCain, we need to do the same.

    March 21, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. laurie

    Great speech by Richardson. Apparently the Clinton supporters do not watch any of Barack Obama's speeches or interviews. He definitely answered hard questions regarding his ideas on improving the direction of this country. I was not listening to Hillary as I personally dislike her and have ever since she walked down Pennsylvania Ave next to Bill. I have now taken the time to listen to her and unfortunately, as I already knew, she is determined to win the nomination whatever the cost. I sincerely hope other super delegates take a lead from Richardson and get this over with.

    March 21, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. My .02

    Ray – For you to say that Obama is just a smooth talker and doesn't speak his mind, just goes to show how out of touch you are with reality. What's so wrong with giving a good speech? Would you prefer McCain's speech over Obama's? God, I hope not. Mister can't even read from cue cards himself. God, ignorance is bliss.

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

    His endorsement is so bad. Bill Richardson will lose his hispanic foundation in the future. Bill Richardson supported a falling angel. Obama is over.

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