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Richardson to endorse Obama

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by deskslave, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    According to AP via CNN.

    Would have been more relevant, oh, a month ago, but it probably can't hurt.
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Still good news.
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    CNN doesn't have a link, so:

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    APNewsBreak: NM's Bill Richardson, only Hispanic governor, endorsing Obama for president

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) _ New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the nation's only Hispanic governor, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president, calling him a "once-in-a- lifetime leader" who can unite the nation and restore America's international leadership.

    Richardson, who dropped out of the Democratic race in January, is to appear with Obama on Friday at a campaign event in Portland, Ore., The Associated Press has learned.

    The governor's endorsement comes as Obama leads among delegates selected at primaries and caucuses but with national public opinion polling showing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton pulling ahead of him amid controversy over statements by his former pastor.

    Richardson has been relentlessly wooed by Obama and Clinton for his endorsement. As a Democratic superdelegate, the governor plays a part in the tight race for nominating votes and could bring other superdelegates to Obama's side. He also has been mentioned as a potential running mate for either candidate.

    No primaries are scheduled until Pennsylvania's on April 22, a gap in time Obama hopes to use for such announcements to assert that he is the front-runner for the nomination.

    "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," Richardson said in a statement obtained by the AP. "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."

    Richardson's endorsement also could help Obama pick up support among Hispanics, who are the nation's largest and fastest-growing minority.

    Clinton has been the favorite of Hispanics in primaries and caucuses, according to exit polls. She won the New Mexico caucus in early February with a nearly 2-to-1 advantage among Hispanics.

    Richardson backed Obama despite his ties to Clinton and her husband, the former president. He served as ambassador to the U.N. and as secretary of the Energy Department during the Clinton administration. Last month, Richardson and former President Clinton watched the Super Bowl together at the governor's residence in Santa Fe.

    Richardson praised Hillary Clinton as a "distinguished leader with vast experience." But the governor said Obama "will be a historic and great president, who can bring us the change we so desperately need by bringing us together as a nation here at home and with our allies abroad."

    Richardson was a roving diplomatic troubleshooter when he was a congressman from New Mexico, negotiating the release of U.S. hostages in several countries and meeting with a rogue's gallery of U.S. adversaries, including Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro.

    "There is no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama has the judgment and courage we need in a commander in chief when our nation's security is on the line. He showed this judgment by opposing the Iraq war from the start, and he has show it during this campaign by standing up for a new era in American leadership internationally," Richardson said.

    Obama said he was "deeply honored" to have Richardson's support.

    "Whether it's fighting to end the Iraq war or stop the genocide in Darfur or prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists, Gov. Richardson has been a powerful voice on issues of global security, peace and justice, earning five Nobel Peace Prize nominations," Obama said in a statement.
  4. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Somehow I don't see McCain picking him.
  5. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    Somehow I don't see McCain winning. ;)
  6. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Richardson would be ideal VP choice for Obama to bring in Latino vote.
  7. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    Will never happen, Boom.
  8. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Our ranking Hispanic pol thumbs his nose at HRC.

  9. STLIrish

    STLIrish Active Member

    Good news. I only wish he would have done it before Texas. Just might have made the difference and ended all this.
  10. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Surprised he waited this long, as well. It long looked as if he was leaning this way.

    We will find out in due time what BO promised him in the bargain, of course.
  11. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    I'm speaking in "what ifs" here, so keep that in mind, but what if he didn't promise him anything?

    What if Obama really is who we think he is? What if that's why it took so long? I mean, if he wasn't going to offer Richardson anything and Richardson just kept pushing to get something, maybe that's why it took so long. Maybe Richardson finally came to terms with the idea that he's not going to get anything just for the endorsement and couldn't pull the trigger for Hillary.

    All maybes and what ifs, I know, but what if that's the reason we're sitting without an Edwards endorsement this far into the campaign?
  12. Grimace

    Grimace Guest

    This is so weird. I was thinking last night while watching the news that Obama needs some endorsements to break this cycle of negative news. I was thinking Edwards. And then, BAM! here comes a Richardson endorsement. How much will it help? Who knows. But at least it's a little good news kind of item.

    I'm waiting for an Edwards, Gore or Pelosi endorsement.
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