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. Bubba

    Good for Richardson for not stooping to that little mutant monkey faced troll.

    March 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. Richard Marlia

    Bill Richardson is a traitor. Only a friend can betray a friend. By supporting a liar like Obama he has now showed his true colors. Obama's religious affiliation and the lies he made about them should be enough to convince any rational person.

    March 30, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. BL / NYC

    Richardson was not loyal to the people of his his state.
    He has given his support to Obama simply to further his own political career.
    Typical politician... Flat out selfish...

    March 30, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. David

    I think what mr Carville need to know is this, Richardson presents in Clinton admistration was not to serve him but America and the party. Governor Richardson knows what it mean to serve the nation then going to the Government with the interest of serving one man. Carville is wrong in many ways because endorsing another Democrats doesn't mean betrayal at all.
    Both people are American and democrats, where does this word come from.


    March 30, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. JZ

    Of course... another Clinton surrogate think he hit the top of the ceiling of their "negativity", what's more to come? Just how far they'd go?

    March 30, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Mark

    Carville mans the cannons; takes a chunk of out his own boat.

    March 30, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. Former Clinton Fan

    The Clintons have disappointed me so much during this process. I can't vote for Hillary...they have really shown their true colors.

    March 30, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Nathan Hussein

    carville wants to create a victim in HRC,
    so we can all feel sorry for her. Won't work.
    Or to deflect from Bosnia misspeak. Won't work.

    March 30, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Marlo J

    BS "Judas" Richardson - not buying it!

    March 30, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. please

    If you don't count the votes in Fl and Mi- then Obama wins by cheating.

    Who will vote for someine who cheats another democrat out of her victory?

    March 30, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. DecaturChik

    What James Carville said was really out of line. However, I understand his sentiment. I liked Richardson until he went back on his word about the role of SuperDelegates. The interview with him on CNN showed that he knew he was wrong...

    March 30, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. jd

    Good for you Bill Richrdson. No low level politics for you! I commend your Dignity. Obama/08

    March 30, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. Cathy

    Isn't this story really old? Or did I miss something new?

    March 30, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. Lillie Shelton

    You go Bill Richardson. Well said

    March 30, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  15. Justin from West Haven, CT

    cnn doesn't fail to stoop to carville's level everyday with it's pro-clinton coverage

    March 30, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  16. Cheryl

    Well said Bill

    March 30, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  17. Plato Phatalic

    This is just another example of the Clinton machine using slimeball politics as usual to win votes and not earn votes. Wake up America!

    March 30, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. Mahmood

    Bill Richardson is an honourable person. He doesn't need to respond to such negative tactics,

    OBAMA 08

    March 30, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  19. Ralph

    Ricardson has aready stooped as low as he can go. He said the super delegates should go the way the voters did. Is defecting to Obama doing what the voters want?

    March 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  20. Lillie Shelton

    You go Bill. Great job!

    March 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  21. Rob

    The Clinton surogates specialize in the politics of personal destruction. Despite Mr. Carville's opinion, the Republicans can't hold a candle to this stuff.

    March 30, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  22. Hoosier

    Opportunistic politicians like Bill "Judas" Richardson are a dime a dozen.

    March 30, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. annette

    I can't even understand you did not call Carville on his lying body language when you asked him about his extremely rude comment!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 30, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. Abraham Medina, Hurst, Texas

    Shame on you Carville. You just made yourself the laughing stock of Hillary's campaign that you will be branded with for the rest of your life. The least you can do is apologize- it might help restore the respect of Americans you once had.

    March 30, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  25. Bill Young

    He has already "stooped" way below the level of James Carville.

    He is a backstabber. You can't get any lower than turning your back on your friends in order to further your career.

    Richardson is a sleaze bucket.

    March 30, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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