August 17th, 2008
05:42 PM ET
13 years ago

Richardson: I was a little 'uneasy' about a Clinton roll call


Watch Richardson share his thoughts on the convention and other topics.

(CNN) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he’s now comfortable with Sen. Hillary Clinton placing her name in nomination at the Democratic convention, but he admitted he was uneasy about the move at first.

“It's going to be placed in nomination in recognition of the 18 million votes that she got - her historic candidacy. But then she is going to pledge her delegates to Sen. Obama so that it's a unanimous - a unanimous election. That - that gives me comfort,” he said Sunday on CNN’s “Late Edition.”

“Until that had been worked out, I was a little uneasy about there being just a roll call without any transference of that support to Sen. Obama. But the point is the party is united.”

Last week, Barack Obama’s campaign said it encouraged Clinton to put her name in roll call "as a show of unity and in recognition of the historic race she ran and the fact that she was the first woman to compete in all of our nation's primary contests."

Clinton last month suggested that doing so could provide a "catharsis" for her supporters.

Richardson on Sunday called Clinton a “long-time friend” who “ran a great race.”

He and the New York senator were scheduled to hold two private fundraisers Sunday to help retire her campaign debt.

Things got ugly between Richardson and the Clintons after he endorsed Obama in March.

Richardson, who served as secretary of energy in Bill Clinton’s administration, said in April that he was "very close to endorsing" Clinton, but decided not to after the campaign became negative.

"The Clintons should get over this," he said in April.

His endorsement 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.

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.”

soundoff (346 Responses)
  1. Denise

    Well, he is right. They do think they are a dynasty. Dynasties, tough, are replaced. Think Tudor, Stuart, Bourbon, etc. All were replaced or fell in disgrace

    August 17, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. last Honest Man

    Gee...I feel so much better knowing Richardson is okay with it.
    What a piece of work.

    August 17, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    I won't believe the transfer, until I see it.

    August 17, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Jeffrey G. Brown

    Let's PLEASE end this nightmare!

    August 17, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. MikeH

    Le't see if she pledges her delegates to Obama.

    Her vindictivenss, Richardson knows about that, may yet have one more bite left in it.

    August 17, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Obama & Richardson - 08 & 12

    You know her as well as anyone. So you should still be nervous because you know you can't trust the Clinton's. We'll see. Personally, I think she's deranged so I'm not optimistic.

    Obama & Richardson 08 and 12

    August 17, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Ozzie

    I hope Richardson is right.

    August 17, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Xango

    the whole nation should be at uneasy when the clintons are around and want to take center stage after Obama won fair and square,

    remember these are the clintons, they FEEL ENTITLED, they believe they are to rule this nation.

    I am tired of them and yes Richardson is right, the supporters are clinging to their queen and king like billy boo and hillary cling to their throne and dynasty..

    Shame on the clintons

    August 17, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Ed

    Totally agree with Richardson. Anyone with a clear mind saw what the Clintons were doing. After everything Bill Clinton put Hillary through during all those years of running around on her, to top it off, he ruined her campaign for her. He went dirty and the American public was smart enough to figure it out. And the way the Clinton camp treated Richardson after his endorsement of Obama just helped prove he was right about them all along.

    August 17, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  10. Proud American

    I have much respect for you Gov. Richardson.

    August 17, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Abe Froman - Chicago

    Why does Senator Obama have to appease Senator Clinton? She lost, she did not win, she lost. The media coverage did not lose the election for her, the African-American vote, did not cause her to lose. It was Senator Clinton herself.

    She thought she was entitled to the nomination. She lost to someone who was better organized and had a better message.

    Time for her and her supporters to MOVE ON. Al Gore has, Jerry Ford did, and so did other who have tried and lost.

    August 17, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Sherry, Atlanta

    Richardson has reason to be uneasy bout the roll call. He knows the Clinton's, too well!

    August 17, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. Gail AL.

    If I were Rishardson [ ALIAS JUDAS] I would be afraid to be in the same room with the Clintons. I figured he was offered the V.P. slot.

    August 17, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Independant Thinker

    Richardson has every reason to be uneasy about adding Hillary to the roll call. Remeber the the vote was close BEFORE Florida and Michigan were allowed to count ALL of their votes. When the voting rollcall takes place, it will be by alphabetical order. And when you go in that order Hillary will mount a large lead against Obama which may make the super delegates question their support for Obama.

    In the end Hillary may walk away with the nomination.

    August 17, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Lyle

    Mr. Richardson was “uneasy” because he thought that his betrayal of Mrs. Clinton would not have the intended effect. But there is no need to worry because the O-DNC has already crowned Mr. Obama king. Sadly for Mr. Richardson, he will soon find himself out in the cold no matter how this election plays out.

    August 17, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Derek Reid

    Obama/ Richardson 08'!!!

    August 17, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Nick

    Clinton created a monster and now everyone has to deal with it.

    August 17, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. Emma, San Jose, CA

    It seems dubious that Hillary supporters will feel relief even though Hillary views this as a catharsis. I think she is oversimplifying the issue.

    August 17, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Lisa

    He was a little uneasy because this was the first time in his adult life he realized Hillary was the better candidate.

    August 17, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. MartiM in Plan

    I will be utterly disappointed and dismayed if this results in the Democrats snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in November.

    August 17, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Jamie of CT

    Hillary Clinton should be grateful for having both Obama and Richardson helping her with her campaign debt. Just remember that they don't have to. I know I wouldn't. If she and her sore loser supporters couldn't understand that, then Hillary should pay off her own debt out of her own pocket like everyone else in this failed economy.

    August 17, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Bill, Hanover

    Look at this picture of Richardson. Would you buy a used car from that face???

    August 17, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. Miranda

    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.”

    Whew! Exactly – he called it correct with that one. thank you Bill! Glad they got over it.

    August 17, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. Obama supporter:White, 60 year old woman

    They are also doing a joint rally for Obama today! Looks like healing has taken place here!!

    August 17, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Jim

    I bet Richardson and Obama and ever one else is still "UNEASY" about this. The Clintons own this convention. I hope the superdelgates switch before it is to late. Bill Clinton greatest president ever. Hillary 08, if not McCain 08, Hillary '12

    August 17, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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