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. mmm

    I am outraged that Hillary won't have a true roll-call.

    August 17, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. CC

    The clintons never get over anything. They PUT stuff over on people, but that's different.

    August 17, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. e.

    I also was concerned and I also agree with your conclusion. By the way, Governor, I was happy to see that you followed what you believed in and endorsed the candidate you concluded was best for us. It must have been hard to make the decision knowing very well that all kind of knives were going to be thrown at you; you are actually quite impressive.

    August 17, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Richardson why should one care about your concerns? You're a light weight when it cames to national politics.
    You could not even get the support of your fellow Hispanics, the same fate awaits Obama.
    Obama will lose, Hillary would have won, period.

    August 17, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  5. Scott Tucson

    So what happens if the delegates change their minds and vote for Hillary and she wins the overall count? After a few past weeks of seeing how his holy highness 'Hussein Obama' been acting like the chosen one, it's not too far fetch.

    August 17, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. GG

    I'm glad she is being placed into nomination. I am sorry to see her release her votes to someone I will never support. He is dishonest as has been his campaign.

    August 17, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Vedant

    Traitor. He looks like one as well.

    August 17, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  8. kay

    Who cares what Richaardson says or does.He is pandering for a new job.With friends like him who needs enemies.

    August 17, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. mimi362

    I find it amusing that Richardson has the nerve to question the motives of Hillary Clinton. I and many more Clinton supporters question his motives, and the reasons behind his betrayal. I hope it wasn't to simply get the VP spot because really now that's not happening.

    August 17, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. ED FL

    Many many Democrats are upset about your disloyalty and hope you never get a position of trust if the demos take over. A before win that gives you a high position will probably cost the election based on your integrity.

    August 17, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Chuck

    yeah, scared his fat butt won't be put in nomination for VP!!!

    what a back stabbing hypocrite.

    August 17, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. mk

    Judas, collect your coins and go off to never never land. No one cares what you think.

    August 17, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. Ambi O

    The life of American is not all about National security as portrayed John Macain,
    The time has come when the people should make the right and decision to re-build the
    Economy and job creation, and Barrack Obama is the right man, The Democrat has done
    It before and they should be give the support to do it again.
    Vote Obama is President.
    Ambi O.

    August 17, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  14. Charlottesville VA who was Jesus in that scenario, Bill or HIllary?

    August 17, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. manny

    Obama has lost my vote. I will vote for mccain. Nuff said!

    I will always be a Clinton supporter as president.

    August 17, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. anna

    I have been a fan of the Clintons since their arrival on the World Stage in the early 1990s.
    Even then, I was amazed at the cloud of suspicion that followed Hillary Clinton's Quest to take over the White House!

    How dare she be as engaged and interested in the issues as her husband is required to be!!
    How dare the former First Lady make an unprecedented run for the Senate. They all knew what would be next....a bid for the White House in her own name!!!
    It's Amazing what fear a STRONG INTELLIGENT woman can instill in people!!!!

    She is an INTELLIGENT woman who knows what's at stake and knows how much Obama needs these voters to support him. She knows she has nothing to gain by attempting to sway Superdelegates to back her nomination.

    The only WIN she is in for is a Democrat in the White House in January 2009.

    But for those aren't convinced, BEWARE the BOOGIE MAN!!!

    For me, Richardson is far scarier than either Hillary or the Boogie Man. With such a friend, enemies are a cakewalk!
    The rest of you folks can make up your own mind.

    August 17, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. bob

    Warren told CNN Sunday evening, “we flat out asked him” if he heard any of the questions. The McCain campaign “confirmed that McCain did not hear or see any of the broadcast” in the motorcade or after he arrived, Ross said.

    instead of yes or no:

    When asked if McCain overheard anything, Charlie Black, a McCain adviser who was with him at the time, told CNN: "We were in motorcade until 5:30 p.m. ET; then a holding room in another building with no TV."

    Warren said, “I trust the integrity of both” candidates.

    Are you kidding me? I wouldn' t trust McCain as far as I could push as trolley. He is all about dirty tactics and if he can't find any thing notible to harp about on Obama, he makes up lies. If he wins as a result of his senseless supporters, they deserve everything he gives them, continued war which equals lost lives, continued bad economy and extremely high gas prices, and if you think that he will not raise taxes, you are mistaken. The only thing different between him and Bush is their age.

    August 17, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. Hillary2008


    August 17, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. aware

    Forget it Richardson! Obama is going to lose! 🙂

    August 17, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. Alan Boyer

    a lot of us were uneasy. I hope it works out.

    August 17, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  21. orangeblossom

    Judas. Judas. Judas.
    We do not like Obama and we will remember in November.

    August 17, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |

    Who could possibly care what Judas feels a little 'uneasy' about or what "gives [him] comfort"?

    Hillary Clinton might try to pledge her delegates to Sen. Obama, but it's not going to be "a unanimous — a unanimous election."

    Democratic Party officials like the ones in Colorado might have tried to intimidate Clinton delegates like Sacha Millstone into keeping quiet and falling in line behind Obama, BUT IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

    Barack Obama will not have a unanimous election at the faux-Convention.


    August 17, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  23. CNN Basis Analysis...

    CNN: Why not open the topic "McCain did not violate the cone of silence" for comments. You don't have to, we know the turth; because of the way he anwsered some of the questions. McCain does'nt have any honor when it comes to this campaign Mr. Warren.

    August 17, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. David in Long Beach

    Richardson's loyalty went to who he thought was going to win the nomination, to secure a VP or cabinet position for himself, and that's it.

    He's a hypocrite if he doesn't think he's clinging on to his own "dynasty" (i.e. his political career).

    As far as I'm concerned, him being a pathetic loser is more prevalent to me than his betrayal of the Clintons.

    August 17, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  25. Joseph from Davis CA

    Based on who would be the best President there should only be one candidate going up against "The One" at the convention. Forget about Hillary, it should be Richardson as the Presidential nominee. Obama should run in '16 after he's gotten some experience...

    Richardson/Biden or Clinton/Richardson in 2008!

    August 17, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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