July 30th, 2008
04:40 PM ET
15 years ago

Richardson to help Clinton retire campaign debt

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/30/art.richardson0730.gi.jpg caption="Sens. Obama and Clinton appeared with Gov. Richardson at a New Hampshire debate in January."]
(CNN) – Is Bill Richardson about to kiss and make up with the Clintons? It certainly looks that way.

The New Mexico governor announced Wednesday that he will host two fundraisers to help Sen. Hillary Clinton retire more than $20 million in outstanding campaign debt accumulated during her failed White House bid.

"Governor Richardson's efforts reinforce Senator Obama's commitment to unifying the Democratic Party and assisting Senator Clinton's effort to retire her campaign debt," Bill Burton, a spokesman for Barack Obama’s campaign, said in a statement released by Richardson.

Richardson, who served as secretary of energy in Bill Clinton’s administration, decided to endorse the Illinois senator, now the presumptive Democratic nominee. The move was viewed as an act of betrayal by some longtime supporters of the Clintons. CNN Political Analyst James Carville, who has long and deep ties to both Clintons, even likened Richardson’s endorsement to Judas’s betrayal of Christ.

In late April, Richardson responded to Carville’s criticisms by saying that Carville and other Clinton supporters believe they are a “dynasty” and that they were “clinging to the throne.”

WATCH: Carville, Richardson on Larry King Live

Since announcing his support for Obama, Richardson has made numerous television and campaign appearances on Obama’s behalf. He is also mentioned as a potential pick for vice president.

In the statement from Richardson, Clinton spokeswoman Kathleen Strand said, "Senator Clinton is grateful for Governor Richardson's and Senator Obama's efforts to assist with retiring her campaign debt and she is looking forward to continuing to campaign for Senator Obama and help ensure victory for Democrats throughout the country this fall."

Senator Clinton will attend both invitation-only events in New Mexico in mid-August.

soundoff (339 Responses)
  1. not important

    Wow after they called him a Judas? He doesn"t need to help her.

    July 30, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |

    That is good. This way they can become friends again and she will know it was not personal.

    July 30, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Jaime in Texas

    Thanks, but No Thanks, Judas Richardson.

    July 30, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. 68 year old

    Its all one big con game at the expense of Americans !

    July 30, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Phil in KC

    That should make the PUMAs and other HRC supporters happy. But it won't.

    July 30, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Allison

    Awww former rivals pulling together...how sweet.

    Clearly she shouldn't have run in the first place! Then that money could be donated to Obama so he can use it for his private gas-eating plane, while he travels Europe pretending to know something about foreign policy.

    July 30, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. James

    If I go and order a bunch of stuff from vendors and I know I can't pay for, will I get a fundraiser party also?

    July 30, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Dominic

    She spends this much money on a campaign...and then people are going to bail her out? I say...use that money to help needy people!!! How about a fundraiser for that?

    July 30, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Hillary - Loser In Debt!!!

    If Hillary's Supportors support her so much, then why don't they pay off her debt?????

    All across the internet her supportors are talking about how she should be president, how she should have won, how much they support her, and they will only support her and no one else....

    Hillary and her Supportors should all put their Money behind their Big Mouths!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  10. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    I am glad that Judas is helping the Clintons out I certainly did and will continue to help the Clintons.

    She is my kind of candidate. A close second is Mr. McCain. obama doesn't even make the "B" list. Don't know why Mr. Dean and company selected a candidate that can't win. I am shocked.

    Obama and Larry Craig. now that is a pair. Both won the state of Idaho and both are in the state of denial.

    Hillary won the coasts from CA to Texas to Florida to MA, And she won the Mid West. Now tell me again what states Obama won to get the Nomination for POTUS? I am aghast.

    Vote for McCain, a candidate we can trust with our values. A candidate that all Americans can rely on to safeguard our values and our American way of life. i just don't trust Obama to do the right thing.
    Do you?

    July 30, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Bill Richardson has nothing to "make up." He endorsed Obama, as was his right. It was the Clinton camp, through James Carville, that got all bent out of shape about it. Carville, in churlish and childish fashion, cried that Richardson had "betrayed" Clinton. Richardson, by any objective standards was acting in a wholly proper manner.

    If anyone needs to "kiss and make up," it's the Clinton people who need to apologize to Richardson.

    July 30, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Steve Green

    Are you kidding me? Why would Hillary allow this traitor to "help" her out?

    July 30, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. R

    he just want her gone out of the picture so he can get a chance for the VP slot

    July 30, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Joe Unger (San Francisco)

    Seems to me this is Richardson trying to play both sides. He pissed off the Clintons so now he is trying to make amends. He also thought Obama would get the nomination so that's why he bailed on the Clintons. Typical politics.
    And what is this "clinging to the throne" crack? Bush has been president for the last 8 years. His comment doesn't make sense except as a snide retort to criticism.

    July 30, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Mike, TX

    Guess who didn't get the VP spot....

    July 30, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. Texas trail puppy!

    CNN!!! The Primaries are over enough with all this Drama. Report on what the presidential candidates are doing BTW whatever happened to Sen. McCain what Gaffe/ Flip flop has he made today?

    July 30, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. PT

    I think sometimes CNN can be a bit silly..–"JUDAS"????

    July 30, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Let Her Supportors Pay It!!!

    Obama shouldn't pay off her debt!!!!
    Democrat party shouldn't pay off her debt!!!

    Hillary opened her mouth and said she was a great leader. Alot of her supportors have big mouths too, and think they are the majority. Let them pay it!!!!!!!!

    If she was such a great leader, then she would of never been in debt!!!!! If her supportors really supported her, then they would pay it!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Ron democrat turned independent

    hillary and bill please start your own party. to debase yourself by accepting tokens from the obama campaign is just not acceptable especially richardson . as far as i'm concerned if obama ever stops short he will have to go for a nose job

    July 30, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Beca

    Even Judas regret it at the end for what he did to Jesus, I guess he wants to kiss and make up now!! Still, I don't like him for what he did to her!

    July 30, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Abby

    Everyone’s energy and resources should be spent to elect a president, senators, congress people and other offices in November -not worrying about the debt of a dead campaign. Don’t get me wrong…I admire and respect Sen. Clinton but we are in the midst of a fierce fight here! Why do we have to bail out a multi millionaire??? We have to get the majority in both houses and elect a president and we need every single dime.

    July 30, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  22. ClintonDems4Cynthia08

    Its a shame Richardson is backing a loser. We're going to get our 5% popular vote this election cycle thanks to Cynthia McKinney. Soon enough there will be 3 major politcal parties. PUMAS uniting behind Cynthia McKinney in 2008 !!

    July 30, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. a southern bell for OBAMA





    July 30, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. Independent Voter in Florida

    Disgusting… Hillary got herself in this bind and it is irresponsible for anyone to help her get out. Billary backers: Are you serious? Would you really stand for this if Obama lost and ask you for relief? Of course not, it's ridiculous…

    Obama/AnyoneButClinton 08′

    July 30, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  25. Hillary Bankrupt!!!

    That's Clinton leadership!!!!!

    Open Your Mouth!
    Lose The Race!
    Go In Debt!
    Expect Someone Else To Clean It Up!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
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