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. chris in va.

    Why not let the 18 million morons who supposedly supported her pay off the debt? Oh, I guess they'll fight to the end, until $$$ becomes involved. Pathetic! Why aren't YOU lined up to kiss her arse now!!!???

    July 30, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. lois

    First he stabs her in the back, and now he's helping...hum...could this politics as usual?

    July 30, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Ralph V - AZ

    Don't be fooled everyone! The only reason the Obama campaign is helping Hillary pay off her debt is because she is going to be the VP pick for Obama.

    I believe they are shooting out all this press with other contenders to throw off McCain's strategy on how to attack Obama. I believe Obama is going to let McCain spend most of his money attacking Obama and by the time he chooses his running mate Hillary, the Obama/Hillary campaign will have so much money, they will be able to drown the Crip Keeper McCain's campaign with negative adds and party unity adds that CK-McCain won't know how to respond.

    July 30, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. GarandFan

    "The real Judas is not voting for Obama because he's half black.."

    Oh? And what if I won't vote for him because I believe he's an empty suit with no track record....other than spending the last 2 years running for president?

    BTW, I don't think you Obamites are supposed to play that race card until the last couple of days of the presidental race. "White Guilt" does have a shelf life.

    July 30, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. Sasha

    Politicians NEVER do anything for free!!! What do you get in return Richardson????

    He was sent by OBAMA...

    RICHARDSON, you will NEVER be VP!!

    HILLARY 12'

    July 30, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. EDW

    I'm not trying to bash Clinton, but I find it odd that America would trust her with the national budget when she can't budget a campaign.

    July 30, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. joe kiloz

    Guillermo Richardson = Pinnochio !

    July 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. Isidoro from Germany

    nice move Bill! Only idiots can not understand that you were free to do what your heart told you to do! You had a good judgment! The so call Hillaryfans have only big stinky mouths but can not help!

    July 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Paula Diane

    Geeze..Bill has a real case of the guilts , he did nothing wrong in supporting Obama..but paying off a debt her supporters should have is nuts!

    July 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. vic nashville,Tn

    To late Gov. Richardson
    We want Hillary to be a president
    I will never vote for democratic party If Hillary is not in ticket
    Hillary 08 or Mc Cain 08

    July 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. Jason

    Absolutely unbelievable. . .that she needs help paying off debt points to her own irresponsibility. And people still promote her as being a responsible, well-informed politician???

    Question: If the roles were reversed, would she come rushing to the aid of those who went bankrupt trying to defeat her?

    Answer: Highly unlikely. . .

    July 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. DonnieJ

    If the PUMA pac won't do it . . .

    July 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  13. ShirleyY - Seattle


    July 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |

    How come the PUMA nuts aren't posting here?

    Oh wait, they're the ones calling Richardson "Judas"

    Gee. . . ..bitter much?

    Get therapy. Do something. Blast it, just come out of the closets already. WE ALREADY KNOW YOU'RE REPUBLICANS.

    July 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. Montana is Obama Country

    Cnn why did you veto my posts.. they were decent..
    Your moderator system is bunk..!

    I'm sure this will put on the short list for sure..! So thanks..!

    July 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  16. paul oregon

    i guess both parties take the american people for fools. how very sad we let our selves be screwed over by the polticians.

    July 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Sweetie

    Obama’s brush off the shoulders,condescending “sweetie”, silent approval of Senator Hillary Clinton being bashed by sexist media, on and on….As a Hillary Supporter,I’m OVER the Democratic Party. McCain gets my vote. I refuse to allow the sneaky low life Dean, DNC and the filthy no good talk show hosts media to choose my president.

    No Bama. Never. Just Say No Deal. PUMA John McCain 08

    July 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  18. ndildcnc

    Good for Richardson. This is what the democratic party needs to do if they want to represent a truer kind of politics. I think Obama made a big mistake by not making nice in the first place. Its the least he could have done after it became clear that he's snubbing her from a VP selection as well.

    July 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  19. Sweetie

    Obama don't wanna do anything about the PRICE OF GAS .John McCain want's to drill,I'll vote for John.See that was easy.

    July 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. Diamond from Florida

    Where is Puma and her "supporters"???????

    July 30, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  21. changetowhat?

    "Wake up my American People Wake Up." –Kevin, NC

    DON'T call me "your" American people... and don't use our good judgment and discernment as an excuse to accuse us of racism. BO's skin color has nothing at all to do with it. You wake up and understand the American election system has been hijacked and it is time for the citizens to take it back and hold those manipulators accountable. Much of Hillary's debt has been, and continues to be, retired by individuals who are PUMAs, without the likes of Richardson.

    July 30, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  22. deroy

    why does hillary need this help? she's very rich and bill has over $100MM, i don't hear romney asking for this.

    July 30, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  23. AGO

    Big Bill. We don't need your help. You spend half your week flying around the country for Obama on taxpayers dollars instead of being our governor. Quit wasting our time and resign so you can help Obama full time and let someone else govern this state which obviously is not your priority

    July 30, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  24. GERRY


    July 30, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  25. FRED, Atlanta, GA

    Where are Hillary's 18million supporters??????? All this hoopla about hillary during the primaries and now her supporters are no where to be found in helping her settle her debt!

    OBAMA 08/12 YES WE CAN & YES WE WILL!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
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