Video: Bill Richardson Explains His Obama Support

Bill Richardson, for Democratic presidential candidate, was on Face the Nation this morning to discuss his support for Obama and what it means between himself and the Clinton’s.

Here’s about 8 minutes of the interview:

Here’s the news report on it from CBS News:

(CBS) To the suggestion that his recent endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination showed personal disloyalty to Sen. Hillary Clinton, Gov. Bill Richardson said that in deciding between love for country and love for the Clintons, he chose his country.

He also criticized the “personal venom” of some Hillary supporters, like James Carville, who criticized Richardson for his announcement of backing Obama, saying they feel a sense of entitlement, “that the presidency is theirs.

“I think loyalty to the nation, loyalty to the party is a lot more important than personal loyalty,” Richardson, D-N.M., told Face The Nation host Bob Schieffer. “I owe the Clintons a lot. I served in the president’s cabinet. That loyalty is to President Clinton. That doesn’t mean that I’m going to for the rest of my life be in lockstep with whatever they do.”

To underscore his point, Richardson pointed out, “I ran against Senator Clinton. I was a presidential candidate.”

While Richardson did run against Clinton in the campaign, he still was seen as being a Clinton loyalist. This all changed last week when he endorsed Obama and began campaigning for him. It’s a boon for Obama who has lagged with the Hispanic communicate.