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. Misty

    I used to be a Hillary Supportor, but her behavior made me ashamed of her and of myself for ever supporting her. In reality she was the least experienced candidate. Her husband being a former president doesn't count.

    Once I learned more and more about Obama, the more I liked him! Years as a Senator, and years in his home state as a politician too. Plus President of the Harvard Law Club. He has better answers to all the issues, and he is more honest.

    Obama 08!!!!

    Please pick Richardson or Sebelius for VP!!!!!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. La Jolla, California

    Nervous about a roll call? What Richardson aka Judas should be nervous about is the election. Clinton supporters like myself wont be voting for Obama. Clinton was the best choice.

    August 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Sarah in Ohio

    FIrst Hillary, then McCain!!!!

    Obama for President!!!!!

    August 17, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. McSame

    They're back.... be afraid, be very afraid!

    August 17, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  5. Reg-1

    The Clinton concren that Richardson had was very valid. The clinton's is still bitter and looking for more concession since the Clinton's lost the bid for the White House

    August 17, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Arye Michael Bender

    Hopefully, Mrs. Clinton's hunger for power will not attempt to change the agreement just after her moment. The Clintons have created similar stunts before.

    If they keep to their word, then it will be a fitting tribute as an official end to the exclusive old boy game.

    Fingers are here crossed. No power grab, please!

    August 17, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. When will the insanity end?

    I think this is great. Sen Clinton will have her roll call as it should be and her and Bill will get their speaking time. I just hope that there will be civility from some of her overzealous supporters (PUMA's) during the convention. Their behavior will determine where Sen Clinton's political career goes from here on out. The entire world will be watching so please play nice.

    August 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. clarity

    I too am a bit troubled about Clinton being included in a Roll Call based upon her past behavior of total disrepect toward Obama during the primary season. She can be pretty vicious. Her campaign was the campaign of distortions and out and out lies. Based upon this characterization of her campaign, which is accurate, I would say she is not to be trusted with the interest of the Democratic party.

    Obama showed he is a gentleman once again. He is giving her a long rope...I hope she doesn't hang herself–again.

    August 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. Chickens coming home to roost

    I'm so glad that Hillary being a bigger and better person to Obama and the party than any of you were to HER, gives you great comfort.

    I do not care for how you treated HRC. Build up Obama? Fine.

    Do it by trashing another democratic candidate? Not so fine.

    My vote is not won by HRC capitulating.

    The party is in peril by its own deeds.

    August 17, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. AdamW

    The whole Judas comment bothers me. Are people saying that Hilkary is Christ-like? The man can vote for who he wants. We are supposed to live in a free country but apparently the Clintons think they are above all that and that it is their right to lead.

    Sorry, no more Bushes or Clintons, please. Time for some change.

    August 17, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  11. Joseph Drury

    The Clinton's have done a fine job of destroying the Democratic Party. There should be dancing in the streets after they are out of politics for good.

    August 17, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. OH YOU DIDN"T KNOW?!?!?!


    He will become one of the greatest presidents in our countries history, I'm still uneasy about the decision, I still believe she's got something up her sleeve, Hopefully she proves me wrong

    August 17, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. Rise Hillary, Rise

    Apparantly it takes much bigger men then Obama and his thugs and the entire DNC and the army of superdelegates to tear this great lady down.

    The party is at her mercy and at the mercy of all her supporters.

    Pray that we can forgive your hatred and vitriol.

    The democrats deserve to go down in the flames of the racial tensions and hatred that they agitated and stirred up.

    August 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. OH YOU DIDN"T KNOW?!?!?!

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!!

    He will be known as one of the greatest presidents in our countries history! I was uneasy about the decision too, I'm still uneasy about, I believe she's got something up her sleeve, Hopefully she proves me wrong...

    August 17, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. furstated Mr Richardson

    Mr Richardson is upset seeing his name gone down the drain and nowhere in top 5 VP list.

    But, he can still hope to get a "good position" in Obama's cabinet, IF Obama wins.

    August 17, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. treason for the good of the puppetbama

    Fundraising with Hill in MY beautiful NM will not REDEEM you, Bill.

    You did a terrible thing going negative on Hill.

    Positive on Obama- okay. But how is it good to HATE on Hillary- the OTHER candidate of your own party.

    I will never forgive or forget that.

    August 17, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. JFK

    You will still betray your friends Mr. Richardson. You align yourself with whom ever you see as a benefit to your future. Your a trader to your friends and hopefully they do not call you a friend anymore! This just reflects your character and a good indicator how you will probably act in the future. You could not even represent your states choice in the primary (who was Clinton) when you made your endorsement. Pathetic!

    August 17, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  18. BJ

    He better be uneasy... Hillary IS going to be the nominee, and he, Richardson, will have to answer for his betrayal.

    August 17, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  19. Scott, West Chester, OH

    Some of us worked hard for Hillary and we deserve to see her name placed in nomination and votes cast for her during the roll call. If Richardson had run a more successful campaign, he would have done better in the primaries and he would understand.

    August 17, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  20. sege

    You felt a little uneasy? I had a panic attack.

    August 17, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  21. Ben-Lagos

    Bill Richardson, keep up with the good work. you're a good man.

    August 17, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  22. Michelle

    Who cares what Bill Richardson thinks he keeps looking for some opening to mke himself relevant to this election. He needs to remember he lost and that it isn't about him. He is also not the authority on Hillary Clinton. Obama has established communication with Hillary nd we don't need Richardson to play interpretor

    August 17, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  23. Blue Tiger

    When did Sen Clinton say that she is going to pledge her delegates to Sen Obama? This would defeat the idea of a nomination process.

    August 17, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  24. Chris Mannoia

    How much does future President Obama have to accomodate the Clinton's? He beat her fair and square, and now has to

    1. Allow her (and her husband) prime time speaking forums at the convention.

    2. Place her name in nomination to appease all the radical feminists that feel like30-years of mind-numbing affirmative action isn't enough!

    Barack Obama will be a wonderful President; he has shown unbelieveable strength, endurance, grace, and patience throughout this whole electoral process, and we should all congratulate him.

    I just hope that the Clinton camp isn't preparing an ambush that will wreck havoc with his nomination, or force him to take Hillary as his Vice Presidential pick.

    Obama '08

    Chris Mannoia

    August 17, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. wilfred

    It ain't over till its over.
    The Clintons may be in play at the convention for 1 last shot , don't
    put anything past them. Party unity is second behind their drive for
    the presidency and legacy.
    This republican will be avidly watching.

    August 17, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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