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. Nancy `



    August 17, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Jon Ross

    RIchardson will eventually have to pay for his betrayal.

    August 17, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Jess

    Gov. Richardson knows the devious Clintons and their devious
    tactics. I think everyone but the Hillary supporters worried.
    I have a question- did she pay those average citizens who had businesses that she skipped town without paying?

    August 17, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. mocha

    thank you richard for your surpport of obama. without that support obama will not have made it now

    August 17, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Vonda

    Now can the democratic party finally get to the main task at hand which is to defeat John McCain!

    August 17, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Neutralizer

    The DNC or Obambi doesn't own the vote for Hillary, even Hillary doesn't own those vote. The people OWN THEIR VOTES. The DNC has broken their own rules to shore up Obambi, I think y'all gonna pay dearly in November.

    August 17, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. OldManOnFire

    Perhaps I am in the minority, but it seems really stupid for me to transfer my initial vote or support to another candidate...unless I fully believe in that candidate.

    If I don't believe in the other candidate, then there's no way I'm going to support them.

    I don't look at elections as which PARTY must win, and if I did, I would feel like nothing more than a sheep blindly following the flock! I know millions will disagree with me, but in doing so, I also believe those with the 'flock' mentality are one of the root causes why we place ineffective people into office.

    Just look at our current situation; We have chosen a 71 year old Republican and the least experienced and least known Democrat to be our next president...hecka of a job PEOPLE!!

    I look at them in terms of placing the best person in the office, and you know what, there is absolutely nothing wrong with voting for 'none of the above' when candidates are not qualified.

    This process of Clinton, or any politician, requesting their supporters to now support the previous nothing more than political posturing.

    August 17, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Charles Douglas Lemay

    Every single time I see or hear Hillary Clinton, I feel like a
    snake has just crawled across my foot.

    August 17, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Joe


    August 17, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. chris

    He's said it exactly, until she just gives in, he's all for a slanted process. Whether you like it or not Obama has not clinched the nomination. He did not clinch it and there were no more contests. If all of her delegates vote for her, and all of his vote for him, the Superdelegates are still deciding the race based on their numbers. Then if any of those feel that Obama's shift since the primary, and the fact that polls show him in great danger of losing, they could still vote for Clinton and she'd be the nominee, right and proper.

    But this campaign to arrange its outcome started months ago. It was always in the plans to have Barack Obama as the candidate. That plan at the DNC level started last year folks. And the rest was all a facade. He's a seriously flawed candidate and it is shameful the way they lie, like Richardson here, about Obama being the nominee. Clinton suspending her campaign after the contests are over is always referred to as she quit. Well, yeah, she didn't have to do anything more except get to Denver. If you aren't actually going to abide by the process anyway, then don't waste our votes on election day.

    And finally it is easy to tell how Obama got as many delegates as he did, they gamed the system. He lost the primary here in Texas to Clinton by a respectable number (as she beat in in Ohio too), but Obama didn't play that game, he decided to try and split the vote with the caucuses. His people apparently have the luxury to spend all day voting. We had to go out twice, and in Texas the next day our children had state tests. We got home at 11pm because we were absolutely going to be there. I have asked many who voted for Clinton if they went back to caucus, and they said they couldn't because of work, family, or other. They had already gone out to vote. Some didn't know at all.

    So let your precious Presumptive Nominee tell you lies, sweet little lies, about how he's about changing washington. He's a slick rick from Chicago who has dealt you the same cards he dealt Alice Palmer when he quietly got her off the ballot too.

    August 17, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. politico

    Who made this clown the chairman of the party. Who is he that whatever is done must be done so that he is not comfortable. Oh btw I don't hear your name bandied about as a VP candidate, so go back into your hole. It is the mentality of people like yourself that is putting a democratic victory at risk in november. But until bo realizes it and he will after its are best thing JM has.
    You Quit the race, nor did you get close to 18 million votes. Clinton had the guts to go all the way, when you stop being a may be able to speak with some authority, obtw you'll find your lips on bo's hind.

    August 17, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Ron Democrat turned independent

    obama goes down in the polls, the super delegates have buyers remorse. ummm i wonder

    August 17, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. Mc same Straight?

    Govenor Richardson should also receive Some Special Recognition as a Historic Hispanic Candidate .

    August 17, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. A CANUCK

    I feel uneasy about Hillary's name being put up for nomination.........because the Clintons cannot be trusted....itt's too bad Barack was " between a rock and a hard place".... I'll be glad when this convention is history.

    August 17, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. This is not the Party I signed up for?

    He mentions that Hillary and hime are long friends?
    friends don't stab you in the back, I know I don't want Richardson as my friend. He is just jealous he didn't get far on the primaries as she did!

    Thank youfor your hypocratical comment Juda's.

    What is it about the Obama Campaign and the DNC leaders that are so afraid of Senator Clinton? afraid that actualy she would become our nominee and we really would have a candidate worth voting for?

    August 17, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. dennis from chicago

    let the super delegates THE WISE ONES....have there final say it is never too late TO tell the american people THEY HAVE CHOSEN THE WRONG CANDIDATE.. LEADERSHIP WE CAN BELIEVE IN DESERVES DISCRETION////

    August 17, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Steven in Oregon

    Richardson is Judas

    August 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. former democrat

    What this means is that the people are still not being heard. It is all about the Democratic party and not what a majority of people want. THIS IS WRONG !!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. RESPECT!!!!!

    Well I am still uneasy!!!!

    August 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Vasilios Birlidis

    Does anyone really care what Richardson thinks? His creditability, along with Pelosi, Dean, and Reed is pretty much flushed down the toilet.

    August 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  21. Paulina

    Why would anybody care what Richardson has to say.
    He is nothing but a political opportunist.
    I hope Hillary Clinton will pick up more delegates at the convention and throw a spanner into the planned coronation of the chosen one.

    August 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  22. Richardson = Judas

    Richardson is an idiot.

    Bill Clinton appointed him to a powerful position in his cabinet. Bill Clinton even went to the Super Bowl with him prior to the New Mexico primary.

    In return, Bill Richardson decides to endorse Obama. That is definitely an act of betrayal. Sure, he has the right to endorse whoever he wants. However, Richardson needs to learn some morals; the decision he made was unethical.

    When someone does something nice to you, you return their kindness. That is what Bill Richardson should have done.

    And I'm glad Bill Richardson is going to help Clinton retire her debt. It's the least he could do for his actions. He owes a LOT to Clinton. I am not going to condone his actions until he atones for them.

    He even had the nerve to call Clinton a “long-time friend” who “ran a great race.” I find that incredibly patronizing. Also, he should issue an apology to the Clintons rather than just say "The Clintons should get over this."

    Urrghh... Bill Richardson. Why did Bill Clinton even appoint this traitor to his cabinet in the first place...

    It doesn't matter whether you're a Clinton or an Obama supporter, take Bill Richardson's actions into an impartial perspective and realize his decision was unethical.

    August 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. ch

    What this loser should be uneasy about is the fact that all the national polls show a dead heat between Obama and McCain and McCain is rising.

    Democrats will regret that Hillary was not the nominee. Even though she got more votes.....

    August 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. JHal

    Hillary's campaign demonstrated that she and her word need to be taken with a grain of salt. However, this may be a good time to keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

    August 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. jsg

    Glad to hear you speak out, as always, Gov. Richardson. You are absolutely right to have been concerned about the roll call, we are!

    The Clintons as a pair would not have served this contry well as the "two headed president". Certainly, Sen. Clinton deserves recognition, but she has demanded and had that all along. The need for catharsis is on she and Bill's part. It is over. It is a presidential race and she did not win. Sen. and former Pres. Clinton have turned the primaries into a never ending circus. It is Sen. Obama's nomination to secure the presidency now, with the unity of the Democratic party totally behind nim. Not Bill a weepin' and a wailin' and Hillary cracking the whip, giving subliminal mesages, and keeping old wounds open.

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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