August 17th, 2008
05:42 PM ET
12 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. Peter

    I am uneasy too Bill

    August 17, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Bob (NC)

    Of course if during the roll call she has more delegates... will she pledge them to Obama who has less than her?

    Could be a tricky situation if Obama doesn't hold his pledged count after allowing Florida and Michigan to count.

    August 17, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Angelina Jolie and Colin Powell will endorse Obama soon1

    August 17, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Joe the Communist

    So is it an actual roll call, state by state, and all the delegates get to cast their votes (which is why they were elected, after all), and then a motion to make it unanimous, or are they going to try to short-circuit all this to fit it into an hour of prime time network television, giving us another of those old Soviet-style ballots. C'mon, everyone, we used to do this every four years, both parties, and no one got hurt. It was fun. All the fun has been carefully leached out of these overproduced TV shows that purport to govern their parties.


    August 17, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Tracie

    I really pray to God Almighty to unite the Democrate in Denver, so they could win in November for the sake of the world; Sen Hohn Mccain is to forward to my liking, we raelly don't want another war in American hand; ( the innocent blood) Go Obama 2008

    August 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. David

    Hillary must go for the presidency.

    August 17, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Tracie

    I really pray to God Almighty to unite the Democrate in Denver, so they could win in November for the sake of the world; Sen John Mccain is too forward to my liking, we really don't want another war in American hand; ( the innocent blood) Go Obama 2008

    August 17, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. Mark

    Having a token roll call will not satisfy Hillary's supporters. We will vote McCain. McCain08; Hillary 2012!!

    August 17, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  9. Griff

    Richardson! Your'e a Jerk Mr... You dump Hillary, for the Idiot.. Now you pay the Price,,, In November you will be the "Double Jerk"....

    August 17, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. rainbowgirl

    Do not like or trust Bill Richardson. And now he even looks sketchy with that goatee or whatever it is.

    August 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. leo

    I think he now knows that he doesnt have any job with Obama.

    August 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  12. leslie

    PUMA. Never gonna happen. The dems can give him omination, but this 25 year democrat isn't going to vote for Obama.

    August 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Charlie Potatoes

    Obama is back pedeling on all of his primary promises. This looks like he is backpedeling on his win. A pure politition.

    August 17, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. midge from ohio

    Who cares what he thinks??

    August 17, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Magdalene Ruzza, Melbourne, Australia/NYC

    I still remain uneasy about all the recognition the Clintons are getting. It seems insane to me that the Clintons should be relevant. I don't trust the Clintons......if they had any true sense of wanting to get a Democrat in the White House in November, they'd stop demanding attention for themselves and get behind Obama 100%. Hillary lost the primary - why is she draining the Democratic Party and voters of energy with continued demands to be in the limelight.

    As for her "historic"" race, I think that it is was a shameful one. She should have dropped out after her string of losses and allowed Democrats to get solidly behind Barack Obama. She hung in though, playing so many dirty cards, including the gender card, knowing that she'd be able to play on racial prejudice in a few conservative states at the end of the primary season. Let's not kid ourselves that Indiana, Pennsylvania etc loved Hillary that much - what she proved is that there are Americans who are more racist than sexist. Some legacy, Hillary!

    August 17, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. Brian

    United we stand, divided we fall..... standing for division is a path to failure.

    August 17, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. Unity!!

    Happy to see you guys talking again ...I hope this will inspired supporters from both sides to unite ......DEMS 08

    August 17, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Suzanne

    The Clinton prominence at the Democratic Convention has nothing to do with "catharsis". It has everything to do with her (their) political posturing. She is wired to do that. I do not believe for a minute that screaming Hillary fans, who are unhappy now, will turn around in the subsequent minutes, hours, or days to cheer Barack on. I can confidently say that, had the tables been turned, Hillary's team would not have given Barack a nod, much less 2 days worth of hype at "her" convention. This is the very thing that I love about Barack's leadership style. When leaders listen and are conciiatory there is more room at the table for discourse that leads to solutions. A few other leaders with these qualities are Sarkosy and Colin Powell.

    August 17, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. Carl Justus

    Senator Clinton has every right in the world to have her name put up for a roll call vote. She has done something no other woman has ever done, not even close.
    She has broke ground for many women in the future and I would think they would take the roll call vote to the time that Obama has the required number of delegates for the democratic presidential candidate and if some would change their minds and Clinton were to some how get the required number so be it.
    It would not be the first time someone thought they had the win in the bag and when votes were counted they found out otherwise.

    August 17, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. Joan

    The DNC recognizes that Obama's numbers just are NOT moving. He cannot close the deal.....not after the primary....not after his trip to the Middle East....not after hobnobbing with European leaders....not after rejuvenating vacations.

    We're less than 2 weeks from the Dem Convention, and Obama hasn't named his VP yet. Could it be because the DNC is taking it's first hard look at what Obama is going to face in November? Are the Dem leaders trying to figure out what they are doing wrong? After all, this should NOT have happened! Right?

    Who could have figured that the polls taken during the primary would actually come true?!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Obama For President

    I like Richardson and hope Obama picks him for VP. They strike me as a good fit. Carville's criticisms are stupid. I find it interesting James Carville and Bill Bennet would appear on CNN to comment on issues, it is obvious both support McCain. I say that b/c Mary Matlin (McCain supporter) is the editor of Corsi's book and is married to Carville. He is a die hard HRC fan and was feeling "Blue" when the Clintons were not successful. Now, he comes to half-heartedly support Obama but secretly hoping he lose. His presence at CNN is fake and anyone with half a brain could see this. Thank You Gov. Richardson for being a true supporter of senator Obama.

    August 17, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Ron

    Who cares what Richardson has to say,the man has the loyalty of a rooster to his hens. This guy is a sell out who should never be offered another political hand by anyone,let alone be asked his opinion on the Clintons ,who he clearly betrayed at every opportunity!!

    August 17, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  23. rachel

    What do you want richardson?

    August 17, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. julio

    Is anybody else concerned about a back-room double cross here? How many superdelegates have been bought to switch from Obama to the Clintons? It would be there style to suddenly have more votes and rub Obama's face in it.

    August 17, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. TerryDo--Puma +40


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


    August 17, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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