March 31st, 2008
05:50 AM ET
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Richardson: 'I'm not going to stoop to Carville's level'


Richardson recently endorsed Obama despite his longstanding ties to the Clintons.
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(CNN) - Barack Obama supporter Gov. Bill Richardson, D-New Mexico, responded on Sunday to controversial comments by James Carville, saying that he would not "stoop to Carville's level."

Carville, a Hillary Clinton supporter and former strategist for her husband's 1992 presidential campaign, compared Richardson to the Biblical figure Judas in an interview with the New York Times last week. When later asked whether his comment was accurate, Carville made no attempt to apologize, saying that it had "the desired effect."

"I haven't gotten into the gutter on this. And you know, I'm not going to stoop to Carville's level. I barely know the guy in the first place," Richardson told Bob Scheiffer on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Carville had argued that Richardson's endorsement of the Illinois senator was an act of betrayal since the governor has a long history of political ties with her husband. Richardson disagreed.

"I think loyalty to the nation, loyalty to the party is a lot more important than personal loyalty," he said. "I owe the Clintons a lot. I served in the president's cabinet. That loyalty is to President Clinton. That doesn't mean that I'm going to for the rest of my life be in lockstep with whatever they do."

Though Richardson did not personally attack the Democratic strategist, he criticized the Clinton campaign's behavior.

"I ran against Senator Clinton. I was a presidential candidate. And what I ran against this personal venom that people like Carville and many others in the Clinton team that feel a sense of entitlement, that the presidency is theirs. "

On CNN's Late Edition, Carville acknowledged that his comment was harsh, but said that these kind of campaign spats are "powder puff stuff" compared to the general election.

"I don't think this campaign has been particularly negative. I've probably said the most negative thing in the whole campaign," he told Wolf Blitzer.

–CNN's Peter Lanier

soundoff (341 Responses)
  1. Resident Alien


    March 30, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. scott

    thank you bill for keeping your cool and not acting like a child like the clintons.

    March 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  3. Barack 08

    Loyalty to the nation and what is best for the country is much important than loyalty to Clintons

    March 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. Terry

    You go Bill; those of us in NM know there must have been something significant to back Obama after being a Bill Clinton friend and supporter for a long time. I suspect that there are some grave ghosts in the Hilliary closet or maybe you were just tired of the lies and crap.

    March 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Michael NC

    News Flash for Richardson.... He already did!

    March 30, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  6. Texan on a Mission of truth!

    You Richardson are right where you need to be. A loser always loves company. I never had any faith in you anyway. Guess what now you can say, I ,m partners with, Kennedy, Laehy, Kerry, Pelosi and soo to be, Obama. Nothing but a bunch of losers. HILLARY 08

    March 30, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. Maria - Texas

    Richardson is a backstabber to Latinos and the Clintons but that is the Obama way!

    March 30, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  8. Darin

    Welcome to the Clintonian politics of personal- and party-destruction for personal advancement, Mr. Richardson. Count yourself lucky that you got out.

    March 30, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  9. Johnny2Bad

    Just by saying that...,.he has.

    March 30, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |


    March 30, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  11. John, NC

    Carville is of the lowest form.

    March 30, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. Don

    He has simply defiled his own state's will.

    March 30, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. Will

    Old news...this Democratic primary has nothing more new to show.

    March 30, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  14. Trina

    Richardson has been mau maued. He's disgusting. He and his boy can go down together.

    March 30, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. Ann Aloha FariMedia, PA

    The endorsement was a stoop to a lower level that Carville remark

    March 30, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. Brian

    Hello??? She is Jesus! She walked on water here in Florida and healed the sick in Michigan. How dare people not vote for her!!!!!

    March 30, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  17. Joe G

    Nobody would care who Richardson endorsed if it wasn't for the opportunities that he received from President Bill Clinton.

    March 30, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. Amy

    I agree with Carville 100%.

    March 30, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. philix

    Have you seen voter turn out!!!!!

    Obama-Clinton 08 / Clinton-Obama 08

    Keep the dream alive!!!

    March 30, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  20. TC

    Every citizen should do what THEY think is best for themselves and this nation in selecting a nominee. Richardson should and did follow this exact model and its commendable.

    James Carville.... It looks like he just likes to hear himself talk. Blah, blah, blah... Put a sock in it.

    March 30, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  21. JustinA

    James Carville is a nobody who is using extreme language to attract attention. It must be contract renewal time.

    March 30, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  22. Abe

    Its amazing how the Clintons and some of their supporters get nasty whenever things don't go their way. If someone doesn't support them, they'll try to ridcule that person. If they loose a state primary as they did majority of the states so far, they insult and marginalize those states as not important because they are small states.

    March 30, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  23. Larry

    Imagine what they'll call Gore when he calls for Hillary to end this 'scorched earth' policy of trashing everyone who dares to be against them.

    March 30, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  24. JERRY


    March 30, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  25. Tanya K

    Richardson is a traitor that just wants the VP spot.

    March 30, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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