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. Matt in CA

    Bill she says she is going to transfer her delegates to Obama but if it gets closer? PUMA

    August 17, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. The Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    There is a certain je ne sais quoi, that I don't like about Richardson. i hope that something historic happens an Hillary is elected the nominee. If that doesn't happen then I'll be for Mr. McCain

    August 17, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Beltway Greg

    Stop Hillary. She has lost and she's going to destroy Obama.

    Ego, ego, ego, ego.
    Get over it. I used to respect both of them (Bill & Hill) but now I see them as political trailer trash that steal votes from the electoral buffet. Do you think the Republicans would allow something this ridiculous to occur? No, and that's why McCain might win. Hillary is trying to steal the spotlight and turn the Democratic convention into an orgy of personal audulation all the while abusing the feminists in the same way that Bush exploits the evangelicals.

    Hillary, the conversation that you started, well even if it was at one time two-sided, is now officially over.

    Beltway Greg

    August 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Rocky

    This is a good analysis about Hill & Bill from Richardson

    His endorsement of Obama 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.”

    Power hungry
    Power hungry
    Power hungry

    Losing that potential power was a devastating nighmare to them
    that I doubt they are over it
    They had a taste of it, and they wanted MORE

    August 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Dem in FL for McCain

    I can't stand this man. Judas is just jealous that Hillary got further than he did.

    August 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Puppet of power

    Without Hillary, I would not even watch the convention- and I have not missed it in 35 years.


    OBAMA is just an arrogant, cocky, self-impressed puppet that the DNC is propping up. It took all of you to knock her down and hold him up. Even so... Obama is still not standing up on his own.

    Obama should never have divided the party to secure (steal) the nomination.

    It was NOT worth it. Mark my words. Haters for democracy is not the direction the party needs to take. The Obama supporters are all nasty, vicious and insulting.

    August 17, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Linda

    Iowa has just over 660 thousand registered Democrats. In the caucus Obama only got 89,818 votes. Less than 14% of ALL the registered Democrats.

    The State has 1,922,235 total registered voters. He only got 4.7% of total registered voters. The fall election will not be a caucus. The remaining the 95% in any of the caucus States haven't been heard from. Obama's poll numbers reflect the majority will not go with him.

    Then the 'Super Delegates' wrapped it up. Richardson and the other Supers will be proven wrong about their hype. They should leave it to the voters....One person...One Vote.

    August 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. Joyce in Florida

    Who cares what Richardson thinks? Who knows what Hillary is going to do with her delegates. We all have to wait and see what happens at the convention. Either way, I hope it will be positive and that the Democrats can take back the White House. Whatever the outcome, if Senator Obama or Hillary Clinton become the eventual nominee, either one should pledge their delegates to the other. That way would be a sure way to have a Democrat for our next President. Good luck to both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama. Still a Hillary Clinton supporter but will vote for Senator Obama; NEVER McCain!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. Mark

    What is wrong with the Democrats? They are acting like elitest Republicans... Clinton can do as she wants – she earned those delegates... it's the democratic process... if it's all fabricated before hand then you might as well just forego the convention and move on with the "back room" selected nominee... displaying the democratic process on the floor only confirms the honest and open process the Democrats claim they support. Leave Hillary alone – if it weren't for her and her husband, the Democrats would still be the minority since the party can't seem to get their act together. I'm a Democrat but not a completely happy one – I've thought of moving to be an Independent. I don't see the Democrats as moving a new agenda. For now, I'll stay in the Dems camp but the party is not really representing my values or philosophy of government any more.

    August 17, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Can't rest until the Clintons have spoken.

    August 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. Susan Medford Or

    Here is the best pick for VP. Lots of different kinds of experience and a great relationship with the Latino community. What a shock for white Republican conservatives.

    August 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. Xavierism

    Bill Richardson needs to go away...just go away...

    August 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Obama 08

    So it was Hillary's idea to have her name on the nominee roll call to count her votes, and she thinks it will appease her supportors. Then she will give those votes to Obama.

    Nice of Obama to go along with the idea..
    But, I WOULD'T TRUST HER!!!!!

    Could be yet another dirty trick by the Clintons!!!!

    August 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Selected by hate and division and race card

    I love the way the DNC and the Obama camp and the democrats all thought that the road to victory and unity was paved by ganging up on Hillary and piling on the Obama bandwagon.

    Nothing but hateful, scheming fools.

    Inspire hope and party unity by using the divisive tactics of race-baiting and name-calling and insults against greater than 50% of the party.

    Way to go....

    August 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Marie in California

    Who cares about comments from Judas Richardson? And who cares if Obama is all nice-nice and willing to make concessions to Clinton now that she is no longer a potential threat to his nomination? He's just trying to kiss up to Hillary supporters because....NOW...he needs their votes. In a pig's eye!

    Bottom line....Obama was selected, not elected.....he was pushed, dragged and shoved over the finish line by the DNC and superdelegates back on May 31st. And Harriet Christian had it absolutely right! They are not to be trusted. I am done with them.

    Former lifelong brand-new Republican.

    August 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Sheople yes, people not so much

    Many millions of democrats are uneasy over Obama, how he stole this nomination, the treatment of HRC, the vitriol from Obama's supporters, the ugly way Obama campaigned against Hillary.

    So your unease is self inflicted. She is the victim- not you and not the chosen one, Obama.

    August 17, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. Obama - Sebelius 08

    Don't worry Hillary, there will be a woman president soon!!!!
    Won't be YOU!!!!

    Kathleen Sebelius – VP 2008
    Kathleen Sebelius – VP 2012
    Kathleen Sebelius – President 2016
    Kathleen Sebilius – President 2020

    August 17, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Bella from Florida

    Sorry, but I do think he is an oportunist. He is probably seeking a cabinet position that's why he endorsed Obama early on.

    August 17, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. Indiana Bob

    As a Hillary supporter, I am not as upset about Hillary losing as I am about the way Obama won. Playing the race card that anyone who disagrees with a black person is automatically a racist. The verbal abuse and physical threats from Obama supporters used against Hillary supporters at many of the later caucuses forced Hillary supporters to leave out of fear of their personal safety. The pure hatred still being displayed by his supporters against Hillary and her supporters in these very postings. The way Obama supporters portray him as a Messiah. The last false Messiah with hate-filled followers that the world had goose-stepped their way to power in Germany. I will not be responsible for the same thing happening in this country.

    PUMA - Vote McCain

    August 17, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. PCL

    Has anyone asked Hillary if she intends to pledge her delegates to Obama? Have we heard it from her own mouth? The campaigns have agreed. But has Hillary agreed?

    I seem to remember talk that Hillary said she would NOT put her name into nomination. But we never heard it from her directly. And now the opposite is true.

    Would a little more encouragement from a few die-hard supporters, and I mean a VERY FEW die-hards, push Hillary to make one last grab at the ring? Vanity is susceptible to these sorts of things.

    August 17, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. Remy

    Unity is good but why do those 18 million voters refuse to bail out Hillary from her debt?

    August 17, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  22. Barbara

    This was posted in July about my previous statement – CNN – I have freedom of speech the same as everyone else !!!!! You haven't posted anything of mine, not matter how nice or how informative.

    President George W. Bush strikes again and he strikes big (and we’re not talking about oil, people). It’s becoming more and more apparent that he wants to go down as the most disliked president in history. Since the beginning of time, it has been clear that mixing religion with politics is not what this country was founded on, however, Bush tries to interweave his religious beliefs with governing the United States, very subtly following a third world country’s footsteps.As posted in, the Bush administration plan is set to define several widely used contraception methods as abortion. And according to Sen. Hillary Clinton, this is a “gratuitous, unnecessary insult” to women. Joining family planning groups to block this proposal, if they are unable to stop Bush’s team, “federal funds to hospitals and states where medical providers are obligated to offer legal abortion and contraception to women would be cut off.”

    “We will not put up with this radical, ideological agenda to turn the clock back on women’s rights,” the New York senator told a joint news conference with New York Rep. Nita Lowey, also a Democrat, at Bellevue Hospital.

    August 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Mike Hunt

    Still, what does this have to do with getting Karl Rove in prison?

    August 17, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  24. The worst campaign in history

    I don't think the Clintons should get over this – We saw the manipulation of the DNC, Dean, Pelosi, Reid, the MSM and the nastiness of the Obama supporters. Obama was and still is not vetted. Give me a break – a vote for Hillary was also a vote against Obama, so the Dems shouldn't expect a united front.

    August 17, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. Tess

    This is no gift to Clinton; it's a deal. She only gets the roll call if she releases her delegates.
    The Obama campaign has reason to run scared.

    August 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
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