April 3rd, 2008
10:38 AM ET
15 years ago

Richardson: I never promised Clintons


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(CNN) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Wednesday sharply disputed Bill Clinton's reported claim that Richardson promised not to endorse Barack Obama's bid for the White House.

"I never did," Richardson told CNN. "I never saw [President Clinton] five times. I saw him when he watched the Super Bowl with me. We made it very clear to him that he shouldn't expect an endorsement after that meeting."

Bill Clinton's comments reportedly came during a recent meeting with some California superdelegates. The San Francisco Chronicle reported the former president got "red faced" when the subject of Richardson came up and said, "Five times to my face (Richardson) said that he would never do that."

In the interview Wednesday, Richardson acknowledged he was "very close to endorsing" Clinton, but decided not to after the campaign got "nasty."

"I held back. I waited. I felt the campaign got nasty. I heard Senator Obama; he would talk to me continuously," Richardson said.

"The Clintons should get over this," he added.

Richardson, a former U.N. Ambassador and Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration, endorsed Obama late last month.

Read more: Richardson denies promise to Clintons

Related: Watch Bill Richardson's interview on The Situation Room.

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soundoff (433 Responses)
  1. Julie

    Yes, Mr. Richardson, we'll ALL get over it, or should some of us say, we'll all get over YOU, come next election that you run for anything. I'm a New Mexico citizen, have always voted for you, but regardless of what your personal feelings were, you had an obligation to endorse what the majority of your state's citizens voted for. Instead you dismissed each and every one of us, all for the possibility of furthering your political career. Well, good luck – hope Obama gives you a good political position, maybe one like what Clinton gave you in the past.

    April 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Clinton vs. every Democrat except Bill

    Saturday Night, Stamford, CT

    WWE Money in the Bank Ladder Match

    April 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Yen

    Richardson is a hypocrite. A few months ago he said superdelegates should represent their constituencies. He is endorsing Obama even though Hillary won New Mexico. When John Roberts asked him about this, Richardson said we shouldn't be too technical. So, let me get this straight. Superdelegates should only represent their constituencies if it benefits Obama. Otherwise, superdelegates should vote for whoever they want.

    April 3, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. chris

    Hillary still gets my vote !

    Go Hillary !

    April 3, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Tubby The Tuba

    Good for Bill Richardson, tell it like it is!

    April 3, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Sergio

    Branded Judas and his trademark is traitor.

    April 3, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Jim

    Isn't Richardson the one who said Super Delegates should vote for their constituency (Clinton won New Mexico), then 2 weeks later backs Obama? So, now we're to believe what he says. I don't think so.

    April 3, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Living in the USA

    Hillary and Bill are equally yoked in marriage. He lied to the country about not having an affair with Monica. She lied to the country about going into enemy fire.

    April 3, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Darrell

    Bill and Hillary Clinton are liars. Let's face it, his law license revoked for lying under oath, Hillary lying about running from Sniper Fire in Bosnia..... Bill taught Hillary how to lie and probably after the Monica Mess promised Hillary the Presidency with his contacts. Now that is backfiring and a new leader in Mr. Obama has erupted, leading in all accounts when the Clinton Campaign hadn't planned for Mr. Obama to be in the Primaries after Feb. 5, 2008, they were saddendly mistaken. Mr. Obama is healing for our Nation of all accounts, Economics, Race, Education, Foreign Affairs, Domestic, etc... Hey when you have YOUNG PEOPLE-the future of our government involved because of a canidate, America need to listen carefully to their actions, their financial contributions and to their willingness to improve government old policies. It's a NEW DAY, and OBMAMA is the PERSON for USA..... CLINTON they even have the word "LI" in there names............

    April 3, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Brian BC Mich.

    Does it really matter!!! I love these blogs and polls, a bunch of volunteers sit around writing comments on the blogs and you poll 700 people and that counts for the whole country.
    Let people vote!!! Who cares what the Superdelagates think, Last time I checked Americans were free and could form their own opinions.

    April 3, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. JMarie

    Thank you Bill Richardson for the strength to say the truth. Bill C: "he promised five times..."; Hillary C: "we were under sniper fire...". Scary manipulative liars.

    April 3, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Gabriel


    You'll vote GOP if Obama get the nom?

    Ok, take a deep breath

    We've been eating the same food for the past 8 years that has made you very very sick to your stomach. Now, because it's not the person you want your going back to order the Same food that has made you sick?

    Come on folks, when this thing all over with, whether Hillary or Obama, we Dem's must collect our thoughts with regards to voting another Republican into that office. We still may increase our majority in both Houses but with a sitting GOP Pres we're NOT going to get anything done.....like the past 8 years!!

    Think, unite, WIN!!!!

    April 3, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Reidh

    McCain is going to win, ultimately. Obama can't win, realistically. Clinton isn't even going to win it democratically. But from the looks of the News etc. it seems that clinton has a chance, Obama is going to be the victor, and mcCain is a non-entity. That is the Bias in the Media. It actually reflects the hopes and dreams of the naive.

    April 3, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Rufus King

    Mr.Richardson make a great statement as to why he was supporting Mr. Obama. He is a very special person with a healing charisma that it what the country need.He can unite the Country without the me concept and mean spirited personality of the Clinton Clan. Get over it "Tricky" Willie Clinton. You planned to have another Clinton in the White house years ago. Being an old country boy, Iam sure you have heard that sometimes a blind squirrel will get an acorn "Tricky" Willie. Smoke filled rooms failed this time Bubba . The best plans of mouse and men ?

    April 3, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Linda

    Money and promises of power swayed his vote. He is not loyal, and he does not stand on his own. The Clintons made this man and this is how they repay them? Good Riddance. We will have him and a list of many to thank... when the Iraq war lasts unit 2012.
    Thank you Oprah for giving this man and his "loving" Christ like church so much $$ to destroy american and buy votes

    April 3, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Cathy

    I think it's important the the public understands that Richardson is all about himself. What's amusing is that he seems insulted to be called on it.

    April 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. Kareem from Hampton VA

    Once again the endorsement doesnt mean anything BUT YET he's a judas! Do any of you clinton supporters have your own thoughts? You all just regurgitate everything they say! I havent seen the word disenfranchise used this much until AFTER hillary said it now its the judas word! Stop being dumb...be a free thinker! come on you guys you can do it!

    April 3, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. MP

    To Amy Jo

    Did you really ask why the obsession with MLK lately? You are kidding right?

    April 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Kishon

    I fill that Hillary Clinton should bow out gracefully, due to the fact that she is not ahead in delagates and the numbers are a proven factor in this race, i" mean it is what it is Obama is ahead. Clinton also needs to let the "pastor Wright story go, this is old news and Obama has his own mind and his own ethics on how he would run this country. Clinton is only trying to distract everyone from: her not turning in her tax documents and,why she lied about the snypers, and why she has to wait 2 weeks to tell how much campayne money she has raised in march!

    April 3, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Rich

    Doesn't Gov. Richardson have anything else to do?

    April 3, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Shane

    What kills me is the rationale in these comments that demonizes Bill Richardson for going against the will of his state. I'm sure that Clinton supporters will be singing a different tune when Hillary must rely upon superdelegates voting AGAINST the wishes of their states (because that's what HAS to happen for Clinton to win) in order to steal the nomination from the popular vote and delegate winner, President Barack Obama.

    April 3, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. On Borrowed Time, Atlanta, GA

    I just find it very telling that they have singled out Richardson as a Hispanic for their vitriol. It seems like they treated African Americans, they are only ok with you as long as you don't exercise independent thought. Nobody from the Clinton campaign publicly villified Sen. Kennedy for his decision. Kind of gives you an insight to how they really feel about minorities.

    April 3, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Dem of NJ

    What can we say about Richardson? He reminds me an old survey
    in which people were saying politicans were the one of the worst people in the world.

    April 3, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. michael

    Why on EARTH do the Clintons feel betrayed. This is America and democracy is at play. Hillary said delegates can switch sides (only those that endorsed Obama) otherwise if you dare go against their will then dont cry wolf if Billary attack machine come your way. I think every american citizens owes the Clintons and you definately should vote for them by default

    April 3, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  25. Mike M. Majmundar

    Another lie from the Clintons. When does this stop. Can we elect a Clinton?

    April 3, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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