David Kirkpatrick

February 1, 2008

Bill Richardson to endorse Obama?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 9:54 pm

In an update to an earlier post, the current rumor is Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico will endorse Obama for the Democratic nomination.

(Update 2/2/08 early afternoon: word is, if Richardson makes an endorsement, it’ll come after Tsunami Tuesday. For what it’s worth he’s planning on watching the Super Bowl with Bill Clinton. Might mean something, might just be two old friends watching football together as Richardson described the plan.)

(Update 2/2/08 evening : According to this AP story Bill Clinton has gone full-court press for the Richardson endorsement. My take is Richardson will continue to play his cards close to the vest to not alienate either candidate. Knowing the Clinton’s campaign style, the ex-president might give the governor an, “endorse us or you’ll be alienated when we win.” ultimatum)

(Update 2/27/08: It looks like at least Marc Ambinder at theAtlantic.com thinks Obama will soon get Richardson’s nod:

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is being coy with his inner circle and hasn’t told them who he’ll endorse for president. But he’s sure said a lot of nice things about Barack Obama.

And Richardson was irate, according to several sources (including the New York Times) when a “senior Clinton official” — I’m told this was former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright — called him to pressure him into endorsing Hillary Clinton.)

(Update 3/2/08: This is from a NYT article on the upcoming voting on why Clinton should concede without “clear victories” on Tuesday:

“I just think that D-Day is Tuesday,” said Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, a former Democratic presidential candidate who has yet to throw his support behind either candidate.)

(Update 3/22/08: It’s a done deal.

PORTLAND, Ore., March 21 — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson offered a strong endorsement of Barack Obama for president Friday, appealing for peace in the Democratic Party and hailing the Illinois senator as a unifying force for the country.

“Your candidacy is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our country, and you are a once-in-a-lifetime leader,” said Richardson, the nation’s only Hispanic governor, before a cheering crowd of about 12,000 in Portland‘s Memorial Coliseum. “You will make every American proud to be an American.”)

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