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Bill Richardson Endorses Barack Obama

Governor Bill Richardson, former energy secretary in the Clinton administration, has given his coveted endorsement to Barack Obama. In his endorsement statement released this morning, Richardson said,

“I believe he is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime leader that can bring our nation together and restore America’s moral leadership in the world. As a presidential candidate, I know full well Sen. Obama’s unique moral ability to inspire the American people to confront our urgent challenges at home and abroad in a spirit of bipartisanship and reconciliation.”

The nation’s only Hispanic governor, Richardson could provide Obama with help among Hispanic voters, who have been steadily voting for Hillary Clinton in the primaries so far.

Shown here together at Sen. Harkin's annual steak fry in Iowa last summer, the pair will undoubtedly have lots of non-meat-based time to spend together. Richardson is said to be heading out to make a formal announcement an Obama fundraising event in Portland, OR, today.


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trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
She won it by a little less than one percent, zahara. It is still a win, but not a convincing one.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think it will have more of an effect on Superdelegates than voters. The majority of states have already voted, and Obama has won 30 contests. He has the majority of pledged delegates, popular vote, and contests won, so I think it is safe to say that Richardson is going with the will of the people.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
*race, am thinking about $
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
Richardson himself that his endorsement woulnd't m ean that much during the time when he drop out of the raise, come to think about it, he probably wants to be Secretary of State, with his background and experience...Like i said before the Kennedy didn't help Obama and neither will this endorsement, by the way shouldn't Richardson go by the will of people (since HRC won New Mexico ;)
Jillness Jillness 9 years
From CNN: Bill Richardson criticized a Clinton campaign adviser Friday for suggesting his endorsement of Barack Obama is insignificant. "I resent the fact that the Clinton people are now saying that my endorsement is too late because I only can help with Texans — with Texas and Hispanics, implying that that's my only value," the New Mexico governor told CNN's John King. "That's typical of some of his advisers that kind of turned me off." Earlier Friday, Clinton campaign senior strategist Mark Penn said he thought Richardson's endorsement came too late to make an impact. “The time that he could have been effective has long since passed," Penn told reporters on a conference call. "I don’t think it is a significant endorsement in this environment.” In the interview Friday, Richardson also said he called Hillary Clinton Thursday to inform her of his decision to back Obama, a conversation he described as "painful."
Jillness Jillness 9 years
FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty: It could be the beginning of the end for Hillary Clinton. Bill Richardson’s endorsement of Barack Obama today is huge. Richardson, after all, served under President Bill Clinton as ambassador to the U.N. and secretary of the Energy Department. He’s also a friend of the Clintons who watched the Super Bowl together with the former president last month. So it couldn’t be easy for Hillary Clinton when Richardson – whom both candidates had lobbied hard for an endorsement – came out today and called Obama a “once-in-a-lifetime-leader.” Richardson said the speech Obama gave on race “appealed to the best in us.” The New Mexico governor and former presidential candidate’s endorsement carries a lot of weight. He’s the only Hispanic governor in the country, which presumably will help Obama in the Hispanic community. He’s also a superdelegate, and this may be the key. Richardson could potentially have a lot of influence over the remaining undecided superdelegates, which is still roughly half of the almost 800 party insiders. Today he suggested that it’s time “for Democrats to stop fighting amongst ourselves and to prepare for the tough fight we will face against John McCain in the fall.” Clinton shrugged off the endorsement saying that both she and Obama have many great endorsers and it’s the voters who will ultimately decide this election. But when it comes right down to it, there are endorsements and then there are endorsements. Yesterday Dick Morris, former political adviser to President Clinton said the race is over and Obama has won. Today Bill Richardson, who likewise has ties to the Clintons, announces he’s endorsing Obama.
liliblu liliblu 9 years
I was glad to hear about the endorsement. I know this is off topic but I watched Reverend Wright's Sermon in context and I am saddened that his message was changed from one of self examination into one of hate. Watch the video (the relevant material starts around the 3:00 mark):
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
just like the Kennedy endorsement didn't help neither will this
LeChatonNoir LeChatonNoir 9 years
I'm excited about this endorsement because he really shows a similarity to Obama in his approach to America -- a positive and hopeful stance on our future. He isn't an angry person and took the questions concerning the disappointing phone call to Hillary extremely well. It's not about choosing sides, he seems to say. It's about seeing great power and potential in Barack, and that despite his feelings of loyalty to the Clintons, he has a strong belief that Obama is the best step for America. Also, I think it's cool that someone who is so experienced and a sustained positive force in our government has decided to become an official resource for Obama. I think it's too early to consider who Obama would choose for VP, but I don't think Richardson's endorsement is a strategical move, nor Obama's for accepting it.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think his endorsement could have a big effect on Superdelegates.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
From Yahoo: Richardson praised a speech Obama made earlier in the week on bridging divides between blacks and whites, and extended that speech's message to appeal to Hispanic immigrants. "As a Hispanic, I was particularly touched by his words. I have been troubled by the demonization of immigrants -- specifically Hispanics -- by too many in this country," Richardson said. Speaking in Spanish, he said, "This is a man who understands us and who will respect us." He said Obama's speech "asked us to rise above our racially divided past, and to seize the opportunity to carry forward the work of many patriots of all races, who struggled and died to bring us together."
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I think this is great! I like Richardson, he seems like a humble man with a sense of humor. I was totally convinced he was going to endorse Obama after his interview with hot Wolf, but he sure took his time. Now that it is clear that it will be down right nearly impossible for Senator Clinton will get enough delegates to catch Obama, he obviously feels like he isn't crashing the party by endorsing the new guy and not his long time friends, Bill and Hill. He's not going to get the VP slot, but he will get a nice position in the Administration, and will campaign in NM and TX and the surrounding states heavily. Yay for Obama!
juju4 juju4 9 years
Woo! And the Harkin steak fry used to take place in rather close proximity to my neighborhood growing up.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I'm pleased with the endorsment, now if we can just get Edwards to drop the other shoe I think Obama is going to have enough wind in his sail to reach the general election.
laceykk23 laceykk23 9 years
i thought his endorsement was one of the best i have heard this election process, well its right up there with the kennedy one as well. its nice to see a great end to a trying week for obama, hopefully this endorsement will open it up to others to endorse despite what happend the past week with rev. wright.
stephley stephley 9 years
I think he may have decided not to hold off because it's not going to help the Democratic party to be so divided that there's a fight at the convention. It could be interesting to watch, but could also break down into 1968 style chaos and give the election to the Republicans.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I really liked Richardson, and thought it was a shame when he dropped out of the race. He seemed very reasonable and intelligent, and experienced. I think he'd make a fantastic VP.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Excellent endorsement. And what's wrong with spending some meat-based time together? Meat-based time is quality time! :)
Agymgirl55 Agymgirl55 9 years
youre right, Zahara, he would be an amazing VP. He is one of those people that just say really reasonable things and ideas, and I think he is a great leader.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I just read he has been nominated for 5 Nobel Peace Prize awards. Wow.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
possible vp contender
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I am kind of surprised because it always seemed like he leaned toward Hillary, but obviously I was wrong! I think Richardson's quote makes very good points about why Obama is such a great leader.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Good point kia! I got so excited by the picture of the two of them at the steak fry--thanks for mentioning that Richardson is also a superdelegate!
kia kia 9 years
I heard this was going to happen on NPR this morning and am kind of surprised. I saw Richardson in an interview last month with Wolf Blitzer where he was pretty cool and said at the time he didn't think he would do an endorsement because his influence didn't count enough to have any impact on the campaigns. He said that if something changed with the race then he may step in but at the time he was even tight-lipped about who he was tossing his "superdelegate" vote towards.
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