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New Mexico’s Governor for Obama

I know full well Sen. Obama’s unique moral ability to inspire the American people to confront our urgent challenges at home and abroad

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 could also 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.


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    Posted by New Mexico’s Governor for Obama | March 21, 2008, 9:31 pm
  2. What a glowing endorsement Obama has received today. This is a great way to end a negative spin week, and Richardson has really stepped up to the plate. This goes to show how highly Richardson respects Obama. I’ve had a feeling for a long time, that he was only holding back because of his ties to the Clintons. But this is the right time, and he’s wise enough to know it. John, thank you for all of your perspectives and updates, as well as your support.

    Posted by Ritz | March 22, 2008, 10:19 am
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    Posted by Gail | March 22, 2008, 11:38 am