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. Don of Fairfax

    WHAT NERVE . . . I am sure the Clinton's are holding off announcing Hillary's latest book deal so they can effectively fleece the flock. It was just disclosed Bill earned approximately $20M over the last 2-years making speeches . . . charging $150K to the Boys and Girls Club of LA . . . not to forget the around the clock security the American tax payer provides . . . SHAME ON YOU ! ! !

    July 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. karen-phoenix

    PUMAS-- They are all coming together to save the United States of America from another Bush administration!!! It is American's only hope for a future. If Obama doesn't win I'm moving to Canada along with my friends and family. Canadians seem to be doing quite well.

    July 30, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Ese

    The story would have been better served without the "Judas" caption.

    July 30, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Hillary Debt 2012

    In 2012, Hillary will still be in Debt!!!

    Her supportors want her to run in 2012, but they aren't willing to pay off 2008??????

    That's how hypocritical Hillary and her supportors are lol.

    July 30, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. BarackDVote

    Wow that is very nice of him..I guess we will find out soon how money hungry Billary really are if they take money from the man their supporter called Judas

    July 30, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Richard Conn Henry

    Good for Bill Richardson!

    July 30, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. April Garlow

    Richardson is the lowest of the low–he could hand Hillary the money out of his own pocket and I would still be repulsed by him.

    July 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. John

    Hillary is like a Republican. Run her mouth. Spend, Spend, Spend. Go in Debt!!!! Ha ha ha

    July 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  9. California Gold

    Richardson was taken to task for his decision to support Obama, especially by James Carville calling Richardson's decision Judas betraying Christ (I won't even get started on that parallel). That was a very nasty time in the primary and Richardson managed to stay above the fray. So thumbs up to Gov. Richardson on his vow to host a couple fund raisers for Mrs. Clinton. To me his actions speak well, despite the loooong weeks he was in the Clinton cross hairs.

    July 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Will, NJ

    Almost 2 months since the last contest and she still has a debt?

    July 30, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. MMN-Milwaukee WI

    Simply put, these are the distraction that the DEM Party doesn’t need and I could care less for Hillary and her campaign debts, I have debts of my own and exercise fiscal discipline at best, America is bigger than the Clintons. Besides Billy boy racked in 10M+ in 2007 just making speeches. Nuff said.

    July 30, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Nova from NV

    Bill Richarson is a backstabber. This is just another slap in the face of Hillary's supporters. I urge all to vote for McCain in November. The democratic party does not value our votes so let's show them.

    July 30, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  13. sherry for Obama

    Beggars shoudnt be choosey

    I'm sure she will accept the money

    Obama 08

    July 30, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. An Inconvenient Truth

    Unity in action. Under Barack Obama, the Democratic Party says what it means and means what it says.

    July 30, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Sharon

    This has not change my opinion of him. Lets kiss and makeup. Yuk!!!

    July 30, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Young African American Male for Hillary

    Too little too late Bill Richardson. Trying to buy favors now aren't you? I guess you want to jump ship before this Obama ship finally sinks. We won't forget what you did Bill Richardson. You didn't have too. Al Gore didn't do what you did.

    July 30, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. ShirleyY - Seattle


    July 30, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Biffington, Biff

    It's good for the Democratic party. I commend the New Mexico Governor for being 'bigger' than those surrogates who castigated him during the primary season.

    July 30, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. ArtNYC

    Why do people raise money for the Clinton debt which is mostly so she can take her personal loan out. Basically the people are giving money to Hillary cuz she really needs it. The $10mm Bill alone made last year is not enough.

    Democrat leaders should be ashamed of themselves for asking people to do that.

    July 30, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  20. dan

    why not give money to your constituants?
    how and who did you get this money from. fat cats that overcharge for all we buy.
    how naive we are to think all of this give away money is not part of what regular americans are paying for every day.
    here in nevada sierra pacific power just bought and donated light bulbs the new kind, to stores so we could go buy them. would i not stand a better chance of buying these things if i were not overcharged for their services to begin with? let me save my money. operate your own business. dont give me handouts that i have already paid for!!!!

    July 30, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. CM

    When all the Dems unite and make a push for the WH after summer then all the petty remarks will be forgotten.

    I for one can't wait for the Convention so the handful or so of PUMAS can pipe down and vote for whoever else they want and stop hoping for Hillary to stage a floor fight. That kind of stuff is for soap operas, not for presidential candidates.

    July 30, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  22. Freida, NYC

    Hummm... I guess Richarson is now feeling guilty after his Judas act.

    July 30, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  23. Me Too!

    How about a party for me to retire some debt I incurred trying to set up a business.

    Get to work on it Richardson.

    July 30, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. EDW

    THEY didn't call Richardson a Judas that James Carville from Courage the Cowardly Dog called him a Judas. This shows that the Democrats are trying to do what is absolutely necessary to take over the White House.

    July 30, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. James

    Whyare they having fundraisers to retire her debt? It was her choice to spend the money in the first place. If politicians care so much about the American people they should have a fundraiser for a valid cause that is much more far reaching than one person's bank account. I'm sure the Clinton's will be fine with a bit of effort and honest work. It seems they aren't used to being in debt, like 80% of the rest of us are.

    July 30, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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