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. Katz

    Well, thanks, Bill R – you helped to make the candidate –
    Clinton – with the most knowledge and experience lose the democratic primary. The Clintons were your claim to fame. I view you as a Judas....What did you sell your soul for??

    August 17, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. t daniel

    I was driving into downtown Los Angeles. I watched the first 15' with Mr. Obama, then drove for the remainder. I didn't miss anything except the picture. The forum with Rick Warren was broadcast on KNX 1070 am radio live. It is disingenuous for Mr. McCain's spokesperson simply to say that there was no TV, as radio was certainly available to Mr. McCain. Ask him about that please.

    August 17, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. anne

    Will Richarson cast his vote for Hilary as he said he would when she won New Mexico, He would be forced to vote the way the state vote was, or would be labeled as a trader to his own state.

    August 17, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. CNN Basis Analysis...

    You know CNN The Huffington Post is addressing this violation of the cone of silence and not only that, but their also addressing McCain's plagarism.

    August 17, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. Brian

    And we were a bit uneasy about your backstabbing ways and womanizing... why you never get any traction anytime you run. Richardson is an egomaniac who needs to stop detracting from Obama.

    August 17, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  6. George

    I'm also waiting to see if this move unifies the Democratic party. They'd better get it right. Fanatic Clinton supporters need to understand that if the Republicans win this race she will not be favored in 2012. Just as her "18 million" voters need to be heard, if the Republicans win Obama's "18.5 million voters" will blame her and she will forever be seen as a divisive force. I would have voted for her had she won the primary, but now I feel as though some of her voters are more about her than about America.

    August 17, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  7. Suz

    Traitor you should be concerned! This whole thing is a joke on the electorate....Obama has been crowned with the nomination and you think we are stupid enough to not see that this whole thing is rigged! Obama never allowed Hillary's name to be placed in nomination until he had "guaranteed" his unanimous vote. November will show how your attempt at dictatorship works. Vote ANYBODY else but Obama!!!

    August 17, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. 08vote

    We are all worried by The Clintons; first bully into the Convention, then demand primary speaking time, then insist on husband Bill with his own timeline the following night, then amend the Convention platform to include language to "recognize" and give "respect" to Hillary and her voters and then, the final insult – a roll call vote with the 'backdoor' attempt to nominate Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Nominee....

    How does Obambi expect to take on the pressing problems of the nation should he become POTUS which will required a lot of backbone and spine, if Obambi is more like a jellyfish now, bowing to the wished of the King & Queen of Clintonland....

    August 17, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. CNN Basis Analysis...

    CNN, if Rick sanchez knew last night that McCain had arrived 30 minutes late for the forum, you all had to know also, but you may want to "dodge" this statement.

    August 17, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  10. The Lady

    I understand what you are saying.

    August 17, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. marianna

    Richardson: the party is united.

    Forcibly united, one could say.

    August 17, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  12. J.C.

    Governor Richardson must have been treated like a subject in the Clinton dynasty.

    August 17, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. Fayetteville

    John McCain..specifically ask last night what about the Supreme Court Justices question...if he was in a cone of did he know about the supreme court justices???????

    August 17, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. Clinton's motives

    I pray that Richardson is correct on his theory that Hillary will hand over her delegates..I still will not believe that until the convention is over!!! I do not have the faith in the Clinton's that Richardson does..I pray he is on the mark with this one.

    August 17, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  15. Thomas Kelley

    This guys is unbelievable. Not only does he back stab, he comes out right in the front to check if the dagger has pierced all the way through.

    What a vermin.

    August 17, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  16. Texas Trail Kitty

    YOU were a littlle uneasy? It will probably take a stake to the heart or silver bullet to get rid of this woman. I think she is hoping that somehow she will become the nominee. If she steals this from Mr. Obama, I will just simply stay home. I will not be an enabler. I was on her side until she started that 'hardworking, white nonsense' as though the rest of us don't work hard to make it. And she managed to 'tear up' which won her a primary. Sweetie, if you are going to join the boys club, you need to grow a pair.

    August 17, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  17. No throne

    I question his initial thinking about Hillary 's name being placed in nomination at the convention. Not sure what he was afraid of there, at first. Glad he came around.

    Also glad he came around when he saw the campaign becoming negative. Smart move. Especially the historic, widely booed "xerox" comment by HRC at a live debate.

    I agree with his response to Carville. "Clinging to the throne" may have been a little harsh, but not as harsh as him being called Judas. That alone may justify his response, as the "Judas" accusation carries the implication that Hillary is "Jesus".

    Well, who cares. Water under the bridge now. The issue now is for Dems to take this general election, being handed to them on a platter. Don't screw it up over juvenile bitterness, dems. This election is about health care, energy independence, the environment, and resolving the Iraq situation, to name a few. So much at stake this election.

    August 17, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  18. 17 year old future politician

    Sounds like a pretty good plan...she won't get that many delegates...but it will look great when she gives them to Obama, and declares official unity.

    August 17, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  19. Jasmine in Germany

    George Washington established the two term limit as a bulwark against a monarchy. I've been uneasy about Senator Clinton's ( and Bill's) behavior, as well. It's particularly troubling because of all the Clintons' baggage. I agree with Governor Richardson that the Clintons should get over this. Let's hope the Clintons won't be "party" poopers. Senator Obama will be a great President, and he will enter office to deal with some of the worst problems concerning our country in history.

    August 17, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  20. NoMcSame

    I read that Malcolm X once said that "the white man is the master of tricknology". After what I saw last week what Hillary said and what she is trying to pull on Obama at the convention and after seeing McSame's performance at the so called Faith Forum then finding out that Rick Warren LIED about where McSame was during the time that Obama was being questioned, I think that Malcolm told the truth.
    The Faith Forum was a SHAM and just like the rest of the MEGA MILLION church leaders Rick is a trick. He will fall just like the rest of them because he is using God to play games with Gods people and line his pockets with MONEY.
    The truth is in OBAMA. ONLY

    August 17, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  21. What?

    CNN why did you End the comments concerning Rick Warren/Evangelist group with John McCain. The media again during another election makes them appear to be GOD, the One that has the right to Judges anyone of flesh, the One who has the key to God's Golden Gate. I don't see why people who closet that probably have stones as big as mountains can judge which political candidate is better for God instead of God sheeps, looking at the people in the crowd, they to are of flesh. How did the Evangelist group skip over the verse in the Bible that states…..THY SHOULD NOT KILL)……Sin is Sin – not because people of flesh say it is…………Didn't McCain vote YES for the WAR?…

    Last election it was us the religions groups that supported our present President, whom by the way left religion at the White House front door. I see were doing it again, FORGETTING about the SEVERE MAIN ISSUES that 98% of us suffer day after day (with our prayers). This election is ABOUT showing GOD that he is the power to judge, not man. We should focus more on our day to day lives with GOD when he blesses everyone (sinners and non sinners) with jobs, affordable healthcare and unconditional love for human lives. I pray that all religious people remember it’s bigger then acting as if religion is important until after the election This was the subject until the election was over and we had a President that put us into a war.

    As far as McCain comment about his first wife, he had to say that, it was a Evangelist forum and it’s stated on ever blog…..

    August 17, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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