Bill Richardson Endorses Obama – With Video – Updated

Sort of a slap in the face to the Clinton’s, long-time friend and supporter Bill Richardson has now endorsed Barack Obama for President.

Here’s the story on it from AOL News:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Bill Richardson, the nation’s only Hispanic governor, backed Barack Obama for president Friday, moved to deliver his much-coveted endorsement by the senator’s speech about race.

The New Mexico governor joined Obama at spirited rally Friday and said the Illinois senator demonstrated his leadership abilities this week with his speech on race. “You are a once-in-a-lifetime leader,” the governor said from the stage. “Above all, you will be a president who brings this nation together.”

Richardson dropped his own bid for the nomination in January. His support for Obama comes during a tough period for the senator. Although he still leads Hillary Rodham Clinton in delegates, Obama has seen his lead in national polls wither in the fallout from divisive remarks by his former pastor.

Richardson was relentlessly courted by both candidates and his support for Obama provides him a potential counterweight to Clinton’s strength among Hispanic voters.

Here’s video released by the Obama campaign of the endorsement:

Both the Obama and Clinton camps were hoping Richardson would lend some Hispanic cred to them. Again, that’s like believing one person leads an entire community of people. Could it make a slight difference? Perhaps. I don’t think it’s going to hurt Obama at all, he needs to some good press after the past 2 weeks.

Update

Video of Obama and Richardson making the media rounds:

  • Popya collar

    On till the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior,is finally, and permanently,discredited and abandoned,America will find no peace.On till they stop thinking of ‘I’,’you’,’they’ and believe in the ‘WE’,’US’,the deep ill rooted hate for generations will never be wiped away.America needs people like this.

  • Jeff Edwards

    Bill Richardson had no choice but to endorse Obama because of his insurmountable delegate lead.

    Hillary Clinton cannot overtake him in pledged delegates or the popular vote so for Richardson to endorse her would have continued to infighting in the party and basically would have been a wasted endorsement because the superdelegates are not going to be giving Clinton the nomination when Obama leads to pledged delegates and the popular vote.

  • Robert

    Bill is Obama’s likely choice for VP.

  • Dem ’08

    Do ya think Richardson has anything to gain here? He is just going after what he wants with no regard to the needs of the U.S.

  • Michael

    Dem ’08, I think Richardson is doing what he has been doing for the last year. Trying to do what he feels is best for the Democratic Party. He faulted Clinton and Obama during the debates for their arguments, saying this was only hurting the Party. He was right. At this point he sees the continued battle between Clinton and Obama a no-win situation for Democrats, since Obama has all but clenched the nomination. So he’s acting in what he views to be the best interest of the Party.

    Richardson stood a better chance at VP siding with Clinton.

  • Dem ’08

    Sure Michael sure….I’m not buying it.

  • Michelle

    Dem 08: I don’t quite grasp what you imply Richardson acutally “wants”, please clarify.

    Micheal: Why would he be a better VP for Clinton exactly?

    Personally, I think he’s a pretty good bet for VP, but it might be too easy for the Republicans to use him to play to America’s fears with the immigration and whatnot. Then again, it might deter Obama from any assasination attempts being made on him when he’s president because Ricardson will just erase the border (joke, people, not really meaning that in serious context. Dave Chappelle made a joke like this once. It’s kinda funny but I don’t validate it as true. Don’t let the media see this one, though; before you know it I’m considered a racist and unelectable.)