Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson, who could have become the first Hispanic President in the history of the United States, presented himself as a high level experienced politician, as member of the Congress, President Clinton’s Cabinet and of the New Mexico Statehouse, capable of taking the difficult role as president of the United States. But his plans seemed to have changed after the first two rounds of voting as he convinced only 2 % of the Iowa and 5 % of the New Hampshire electorate to vote for him, despite his reputation as a pragmatist, who expanded the healthcare system for children, legalized medical marijuana and cut taxes.
The 60-year-old New Mexico Governor announced his withdrawal in January from the race for the White House, after he finished fourth in Iowa and New Hampshire. After he dropped, Obama and Clinton both courted Richardson heavily for his endorsement as Richardson is a superdelegate.
The New Mexico governor was mentioned as a potential running mate for either candidate. Bill Richardson was expected to announce his decision in endorsing Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.
On Friday, in one of the most coveted and tightly held endorsements in the race for the Democratic nomination, Bill Richardson, the nation’s only Hispanic
governor, threw his support behind Barack Obama for president. The New Mexico governor said “You are a once-in-a-lifetime leader,” “Above all, you will be a president who brings this nation together.”
Richardson served as an ambassador to the U.N. and as Secretary of the Energy Department during the Clinton administration. Last month, Richardson and former President watched the Super Bowl together at the governor’s residence in Santa Fe. Despite his ties to Clinton and her husband, Richardson backed Obama.
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.”
He said that he was very impressed by Obama’s speech on the racial issues in America. Richardson said that Obama would be a great American leader because he “understands clearly that only by bringing people together, only by bridging our differences can we all succeed together as Americans.”
Obama said, “I am extraordinarily grateful to have the support of one of the great public servants of these United States.”
So far, most Hispanics voted for Clinton which was obvious by her victory in New Mexico in February, but with Richardson endorsing Obama, the trend could
change in Obama’s favor. This could be a major turn in the race for the Democratic presidency nomination.
Sen. Clinton shrugs off Richardson’s endorsement saying “both of us have many great endorsers, and the voters, not endorsers, will decide this election.”
“There are still millions of voters in upcoming contests who want to have their voices heard,” she said.
Richardson’s endorsement may help Obama draw superdelegate support as his endorsement carries a lot of weight. He’s the only Hispanic governor in the
country, and with his support backed to Obama, may help Obama in the Hispanic community. Richardson could potentially have a lot of influence over the remaining undecided superdelegates.
what I feel is that Endorsements don’t tend to influence the voters that much, but the big question is how it will influence other Superdelegates. It depends. It has to do with timing.