March 31st, 2008
05:50 AM ET
15 years ago

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. Loyalty is earned

    I have no respect for Richardson. I think he earned his nickname.

    March 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. NJ

    Carville ? – Clinton ? They are worth each either . Disgusting !

    March 30, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. wilfred

    I am a REPUBLICAN.
    Very refreshing to see that the democratic party still has members that
    put the nation and their integrity first.
    hooray for Bill Richardson.

    March 30, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. Tae

    I applaud Richardson for standing up. We can be loyal friends but have different thoughts and views. He followed his heart and soul.

    Good for him.

    March 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  5. Mitch

    No Amber, don't get it twisted – it's Billary that have already made promises she probably won't be able to keep...And do you actually believe in liars??? Well I guess it takes one to know one...

    March 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  6. Integrity First

    I think Richardson is like Gore - his best years ahead of him. He's grown in stature a lot for supporting Obama. Carville is sad; sick.

    March 30, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  7. cherish

    If you can't spell "loser," you're the loser.

    The Clintons think they're entitled to everything and it's enough to make me barf. Who cares what Skeletor has to say anyway?

    March 30, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  8. Joe

    Well... are you stumping for VP Richardson? haha... looks like you want something from Obama. All we need is another bad politician in office. Yikes!! Wake up America! Let's see if CNN will publish this comment!

    March 30, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. Sebastian

    Hillary –

    Duck and run for cover.

    The swallows are returning to Capistrono.

    March 30, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. Jeff

    This is why Obama does not want Florida to VOTE
    If Florida decides to have a second Presidential Primary this year, Hillary Clinton will begin the race with a sixteen-percentage point lead over Barack Obama. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey shows that Clinton attracts 55% of the Sunshine State Primary Vote while Obama earns 39%.

    March 30, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I criticize Richardson for being a political opportunist, for jumping on the small but growing bandwagon for Obama. I criticize Carvill for his caustic comments.
    But since I'm for Obama I still appreciate what Richardson did.

    March 30, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  12. Michelle

    Some of the endorsements that Sen Obama has gotten from loosing lot seemed to have hidden motive, could it be a little hope of future positon in Obama's cabinet ? Otherwise, why would a smart person like Gov Richardson go against his "soul" and endorse Obama.

    March 30, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Maria Loi

    Traitor, in exchange for ?
    Obama is a cunning fox, where is his God and Allah?
    If he is nominated i wish everyone to him John to win even if he does
    not have the intelligence like Obama who is a political fox and wolf.
    May God bless America
    May Buddha enlightens America

    March 30, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  14. nht

    Richardson is an opportunist. CNN, why are you ceing so biased again. Please OBama just go away. You are making yourself into a puppet for all these old democrats.


    March 30, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  15. Maria Loi

    should be help not him John

    March 30, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  16. Mobee

    Like I said earlier in the day.

    Mobee March 30th, 2008 5:07 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Carville was brought up in the LOUISIANA political arena. Nuff said.

    March 30, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  17. Judas Priest

    "I think loyalty to the nation, loyalty to the party is a lot more important than personal loyalty," he said.

    How about loyalty to the voters of your state, Governor?? They have spoken and it's clear you are out of step with the will of New Mexico's voters.

    March 30, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  18. Christine D

    Where would you be without the Clinton's?

    March 30, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  19. Porter

    Carville called out a disloyal opportunist... where's the problem?

    March 30, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  20. Luke

    small point that someone else has probably already addressed...Joe it was the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery, not the 14th...

    March 30, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  21. Charlotte

    Carville did not compare Hillary to Jesus. Anyone who betrays a friend is called a Judas. Richardson did it to get his campaign bill paid by Obamas campaign, Sounds like a Judas to me.

    March 30, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  22. Frank, Dayton, Ohio

    I agree with Gov. Richardson. I thought Carville's comments were particularly offensive in that his comments seemed to equate Hillary with Jesus!

    March 30, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  23. Dems2008

    Loser is spelled with one 'o'. So is Obama!!

    March 30, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  24. Another Typical White Woman

    Boy, CNN really must dislike Carville.

    Anyone who signed a contract and now is forced into foreclosure has nobody to blame but themselves. Quit trying to make the rest of us pay for your stupidity.

    Get educated.

    March 30, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  25. Prez or Bust

    Sticks and stones, Carville...... ask Hillary about those unpaid bills she left behind in Ohio. Oh, I'm sorry! It's Pastor Wright's fault she didn't pay in full on those media buys! Ha!

    March 30, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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