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)

    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.

    Richardson needs to stop talking. Besides, who could possibly care about what makes Judas feel a little 'uneasy' or about what "gives [him] comfort"?

    August 17, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Ilona Hussein Proud Canadian




    August 17, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. CNN Basis Analysis...

    Mr. Warren, If McCain arrived late to the forum, how did Obama and McCheat flip a coin to see who went first. Did you lie sir?

    August 17, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  4. NVH

    I'm still uneasy :+/ and I don't trust the Clintons.

    August 17, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  5. Democrat for McCain

    He should feel uneasy-he betrayed his "longtime friends" the Clintons....God forbid Hillary actually pulled out a convention win...where would Richardson –the traitor– be then?
    John Framingham MA

    August 17, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. Nemesis

    Clinton's are self centered, delusional, and inappropriate.

    August 17, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  7. Jim from Smithtown

    Hillary in 2012; even if she has to primary against a President Obama.

    Write in Hillary on November 4, 2008.

    August 17, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  8. shaiiwn hoover

    thanx CNN For having me in
    i deeply and trully Admire Gov Bill Richardson Stand, its Universelle
    and goes beyong American Values,i think he is more Courageous and real more than the Man he endorse(sen Barrack O)
    the Convention turn to be the Clinton Convention, Only barrack O can let that happen, the Clintons Claims (UNITY)
    if they were Unity, why she didn't drop out
    why she Praise mcain
    remember 60mns interview??
    why publish barrack fotoz dress as Muslim??
    we off that Barrack Story..

    August 17, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. jmm

    PUMA ALL THE WAY............

    THIS GUY IS A LOSER.........................

    August 17, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  10. Karen in Cape Cod

    You are a TRAITOR! You took Clinton's support when it was acceptable for you and when it did not look so good, Retreated!

    August 17, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. Joe Texas

    Ya now he is flip flopping like Obama, Bill Richardson is a two face, There is no way we will trust them, Clinton is too good of a leader to be helping them, anyways we will make sure they lose, I will not vote Obama no matter what, and if they do not give it to Hillary , we will vote for McCain, McCain is a lucky man, He has nothing to be nervous about we will vote Clinton in 2012...

    August 17, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. Eddy

    On the evidence of the leaderless, or misled, anarchy in the Clinton campaign organisation revealed by the recent leak of emails, it may be that there will be not one but several conflicting roll-calls for Hillary. The words 'paper-bag', 'way out', 'fight' and 'couldn't' spring to mind.

    August 17, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. J.P.

    So this is all about uniting the party... well that's just great... I say to heck with the parties ... we need a strong president who can lead this country, it is not about historical this and that.. yeah, sure.. it makes news.. but the greatest issue of all is voting for a strong experienced leader who can lead this country... bottom line... and I think McCain has proven that over and over again.

    August 17, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. PUMA 4 HILL

    You are the biggest moran to walk this planet. Of course you were uneasy... because you knew two things (1) she could prove to be the winner (2) you knew payback's are a b#$%!

    Go crawl under a rock and you know what.

    August 17, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  15. jeremy

    Richardson betrayed the people that brought him into power. Clinton should have one the nomination and his endorsement wouldn't have helped regardless. Latinos went for Clinton 4 to 1 even after the Richardson endorsement of Obama: Point, I don't care how Bill Richardson feels & Obama will not win this election..... People should talk less of impeaching Bush and worry about a true threat to democracy, Howard Dean.

    August 17, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  16. gary

    I used to have much respect for the Clintons,but seeing them prostitute themselves the way they are,that respect is gone.
    Don't abandon 18 million Americans who voted for you under the umbrella of party unity.
    Maybe it is time for a real third party candidate.
    I guess everyone has forgotten the term "REGAN DEMOCRATS"
    Just change REGAN to MCCAIN and you have the future.

    August 17, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  17. David

    I like the idea of her name being on there. It shows that Obama does consider Clinton a legitimate contender. I respect Obama for showing his support.

    Plus, what was he gunna say? "No."??? Puh-lease. He's already struggling to get her supporters. 😉

    August 17, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  18. Don in Seattle

    He's got it right. Clinton and her supporters were clinging to "the throne." Fortunately, America does not have a King or Queen and Hillary wouldn't fit the bill anyway. I'm not a big fan of RIchardson but I have to agree that having Hillary put her name in nomination IS the right thing to do. How very considerate and presidential of Obama to support and even encourage that. Now, let's get this Democrat (Obama) elected and toss McCain aside. Enough is enough.

    August 17, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. Mike

    Looks like Obama has backed Clinton into a corner where she'll need to play the dutiful housewife to an idiotic man. What a sham this convention will be, where the least qualified candidate out of the pack that began the process (excluding Kucinich and Edwards) will get the nomination.

    Thanks again Screaming Dean.

    August 17, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. Jay

    Who cares about Richardson or his thoughts. Turncoat.

    August 17, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. ME IN FL

    The Benedict Arnold of the 21st century has spoken................Judas, you have bitten the hand that fed you!!! Hope Obama feeds you well!!!

    August 17, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  22. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Pretty scary but should work out okay since anything different would be the end of the Clintons and their legacy.

    August 17, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  23. Taka

    Talk about loving to hear your own voice. Is this guy so hung up on himself that he's thrown out all worries of what he's doing to his friendship with Hillary and Bill? Or is his friendship with them just a facade to get a political booster? This is some kinda ridiculous politician, this Bill Richardson. Cares about no one but himself.

    August 17, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  24. Paul

    GO AWAY Bill Richardson!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  25. rachel

    Oh cnn where is the ticker about Hill stumping for Obama today? guess you want to cast a negative light on her.

    August 17, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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