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. katg

    Can't imagine that anything this "JUDAS" says is worth worrying about. All he really cares about is himself and what he can get.

    August 17, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Elaine wilson

    I will always believe Richardson is a "JUdist". There is no loyalty from him. His timing proved that he was in this for himself–not America. He is finished politically. I am glad Obama is smart enough not to choose him as any major part of his administration.

    August 17, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Soldier for OBAMA

    As a Soldier in the Army, I agree with Richardson, Clinton campaign was negative, yet "Historic" at the same time and of course the Obama campaign has done the right thing. The PUMA GOP/RNC plot did not materialized. The suppose conflict between OBAMA-CLINTON is a fabricated attempt by "Fox" and all those 1960's bigots who are still living in the matrix. Tiger Woods end the Ole Boy club on Golf, and OBAMA will end it on the Presidency. With America becoming "very" ethnic in 2042 it is time the nation begin unplugging from the matrix and get ready for the transition to a more unipolar America with a Black, Hispanic, Asian and Female President, which will take place in 2008, 2012, 2016 and onward. America will not elect another Republican President for 20 years. Until the GOP become an ethnic party or morf into something else, it's "Federalism" push on the states is now its downfall. McCain in his own words said he is a Federalist, and that is why he won't become President among other things. We need a President who is thoughtful, don't wear religion on his sleeve and who understands the constitution. McCain is an accident waiting to happen!
    I agree with Richardson, I am going to be so elated when Bill Clinton nominate General Wesley Clark for the Vice Presidency, OBAMA-CLARK is an appropriate ticket for this 21st Century!

    AMERICAN DREAM is about to be realized for ALL AMERICANS. We in the military cannot await the truest hero soon enough! McCain is not a military Hero! Clark is, and any attempt on General Clarke will alienate the GOP!

    August 17, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    Richardson is a good man, certainly much better leader than any one the party of Rove and Chaney has produced. Just if he were not such a suck up to the criminal immigrant lobby. McBush had been a good man in 2000 before he got swift boated by the guys he is currently being bank rolled by. He is to old and too sold out.

    August 17, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Donna from Ohio

    The party is not united!!!!!!! That is wishful thinking.

    August 17, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. NGANGA,Austin TX

    We all know the Clintons never thoght they would be losers in the political game.Now they want to use the convention to cleanse themselves by suger-coating Obama and putting themselves in the public eye one more time as having suported Obama.
    Not this time! Not this election!

    August 17, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Joey G

    Including Hillary's name on the roll call on the DNC is partly a fantasy recognition of her 18M voter strong. Question is:
    1. What if the delegates, or superdelegates, will nominate Clinton for the US Presidency? What will Howard Dean do?
    2. What if the Clinton supporters will just "do not vote staunch" and will leave Obama at his own?
    I am totally negative in voting for Obama, not because I am 100% a Clintonian, but the way the DNC went flip flopping during the early days of primaries/caucuses did not do anything to resolve the situation.
    If McCain will win, SO BE IT.
    Shame on Kennedy, Richardson, Edwards, et al... in physically vetting Obama in endorsing them as if Hillary is just not worthy candidate.

    August 17, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Jim

    What's the point of putting her name in for the nomination?

    August 17, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Once respected you

    I am uneasy about the vitriolic anti-Hillary attitude you continue to sport in the name of unity and positive campaigning.

    I am of NM and you used to shine in my eyes, until you decided to be positive about Obama by going negative and disrespecting Hillary.

    August 17, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Lee Bartholomew

    the 18 million is still wrong thats an exaggeration. perpetuated by the media. 🙁

    August 17, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Jerry, Orlando

    Richardson–now there's a guy you can trust and rely on--so happy he's in the Obama camp now where he can stab everyone in the back.
    Obama better sleep with one eye open with this guy around.

    August 17, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Dems are stuck in the fix they rigged

    Bill... the next time you endorse a candidate, please be positive about that candidate and give reasons for why you support THAT candidate.

    But... please... do not do it by attacking, denigrating and insulting the OTHER candidate of your party.

    Your hatred and negativity towards Hillary- along with that of Obama and all his other supporters- caused me to vow to NEVER vote for Obama.

    I have never seen democrats gut and carve one of their own the way the party has done and continues to do to HRC.

    You all destroyed the democratic party and the chances for a Nov win.

    August 17, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Phantom of the Oprah

    How could you TRASH the Clintons like you did.

    How can democrats do that to fellow party members and leaders of the party.

    It was disturbing to watch.

    Why not simply gloat gleefully about the Messiah and leave it at that? Why not extoll Obama's virtues and be content with staying positive?

    Why do the angry, hateful... "she feels entitled to the throne" scene?

    How does that encourage hope and unity?

    How is that positive?

    Why complaing about a divided party when the DNC and superdelegates helped Obama to divide it?

    August 17, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Barbara

    OK PUMAs – Bush wants to get rid of birth control by making it a form of abortion – no congressional vote on it, just RULE, McCain wants to remove all choices for you regarding how many babies you or your daughters no matter by whom or what the circumstances.

    Your choice PUMA people – This may be the last choice you ever have – you may be too busy in 3 or 4 years tending to a "baby a year". Financially and physically, it will keep you from having a real life of your own, or it may prevent your daughter from education – unless you're married to one of those people making the big bucks.

    August 17, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Sally

    Who says she is going to hand over her delegates??? She shouldn't, she should be entitled to run and see how the American people vote.

    August 17, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. S Callahan

    I think after last night's (Warren discussion) there is no doubt that the humbleness that Sem/ Obama showed proved he is ready for the Presidency. He reasons and rationalizes and utilizes the Lord and his family for direction, along with the power wigs in this country. I have no doubt that Sen. Clinton will do what is just and right and give her full support to him.
    Both Senators, Obama and Clinton, have a history that began with a cause that was not self seriving, addressing issues that are still ongoing today and will be until the day our Lord returns. Their efforts have not been in vain. I had left the Democratic party a few years back because at all three levels it had lost way but I think it is finding it's way back to it's purpose of helping their fellow man.

    August 17, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. A house divided

    You already lost all you clout and credibility when you demeaned and degraded HRC and trashed Bill with your ugly, bitter, divisive criticisms.

    No Obama supporter can seem to praise Obama based on his merits. All they ever do is ridicule and insult and debase Hillary.

    You caused a defection from the party with all of your ugly, biased, anti-Hillary propaganda attack machine.

    It has backfired on you.

    August 17, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Messiah Complex

    I am uneasy about voting for Obama.

    I do not like men who boast and brag and pretend to be the savior of the world.

    August 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Hawkeye

    Do not bet on it, NOT TRUSTWORTHY>

    August 17, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. Docb

    I hope that agreement is signed in blood and noterized...I do not trust this and will hold my breath til it is over!

    August 17, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Pat

    I was never fond of Bill Richardson not even before the Campaign began. He might be the Best of the Best in men and politicians, there is just something that makes me feel very uncomfortable about this man. I can't put my finger on it but I've made many decisions based on my intuition and it has served me well. I truly hope Barack isn't thinking about Richardson for VP.

    August 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. I still love Hillary most

    I am uneasy with how the Obama supporters do not seem to like to play by the democratic party rules. Remember the caucus vote irregularities and violations? Remember blocking a revote in Fl and Mi?

    They want to install the nominee... at any cost.

    Reflects badly on Obama- makes him look weak to need to cheat and steal a nomination. To need to minimize Hillary in order to make himself look good.

    HRC has the same rights at the convention as all the male candidates before her had.

    TRUTH is... everyone now knows she is the better choice. We may be good democrats and still vote for Obama- but we know what he did to get there... and we are not fooled by efforts to magnify his appeal.

    August 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. SUSANM


    August 17, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. C.Powell

    I'm just sitting buy, watching Hillary Haters , learn that she will soon be our President. Remember- She's no dummy.

    August 17, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. gdouglas

    I guess he now wants to get back in favor with the Clintons. It does not make any difference anymore because Mc Cain will win. The Clinton supporters might say they will support obama but wait til election day when they remember the way Clinton was treated by the Democratic party bosses and they will vote for Mcain.Amercia lost the chance to elect a great leader in Mrs Clinton.

    August 17, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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