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Richardson Endorses Obama; Announces It In Low-Key Fashion; Sent Out Early Morning E-Mail ...
New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan ^ | March 21, 2008 | Joe Monahan

Posted on 03/21/2008 7:14:23 AM PDT by CedarDave

Here is the complete text of the Governor's e-mail endorsing Obama:

Dear Friend:

During the last year, I have shared with you my vision and hopes for this nation as we look to repair the damage of the last seven years. And you have shared your support, your ideas and your encouragement to my campaign. We have been through a lot together and that is why I wanted to tell you that, after careful and thoughtful deliberation, I have made a decision to endorse Barack Obama for President.

We are blessed to have two great American leaders and great Democrats running for President. My affection and admiration for Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton will never waver. It is time, however, for Democrats to stop fighting amongst ourselves and to prepare for the tough fight we will face against John McCain in the fall. The 1990's were a decade of peace and prosperity because of the competent and enlightened leadership of the Clinton administration, but it is now time for a new generation of leadership to lead America forward. Barack Obama will be a historic and a 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.

Earlier this week, Senator Barack Obama gave an historic speech. that addressed the issue of race with the eloquence, sincerity, and optimism we have come to expect of him. He inspired us by reminding us of the awesome potential residing in our own responsibility. He asked us to rise above our racially divided past, and to seize the opportunity to carry forward the work of many patriots of all races, who struggled and died to bring us together.

As a Hispanic, I was particularly touched by his words. I have been troubled by the demonization of immigrants--specifically Hispanics-- by too many in this country. Hate crimes against Hispanics are rising as a direct result and now, in tough economic times, people look for scapegoats and I fear that people will continue to exploit our racial differences--and place blame on others not like them . We all know the real culprit -- the disastrous economic policies of the Bush Administration!

Senator Obama has started a discussion in this country long overdue and rejects the politics of pitting race against race. He understands clearly that only by bringing people together, only by bridging our differences can we all succeed together as Americans.

His words are those of a courageous, thoughtful and inspiring leader, who understands that a house divided against itself cannot stand. And, after nearly eight years of George W. Bush, we desperately need such a leader.

To reverse the disastrous policies of the last seven years, rebuild our economy, address the housing and mortgage crisis, bring our troops home from Iraq and restore America's international standing, we need a President who can bring us together as a nation so we can confront our urgent challenges at home and abroad.

During the past year, I got to know Senator Obama as we campaigned against each other for the Presidency, and I felt a kinship with him because we both grew up between words, in a sense, living both abroad and here in America. In part because of these experiences, Barack and I share a deep sense of our nation's special responsibilities in the world.

So, once again, thank you for all you have done for me and my campaign. I wanted to make sure you understood my reasons for my endorsement of Senator Obama. I know that you, no matter what your choice, will do so with the best interests of this nation, in your heart.

Sincerely,

Bill Richardson


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: billrichardson; newmexico; obama; richardson
As a Hispanic, I was particularly touched by his words. I have been troubled by the demonization of immigrants--specifically Hispanics-- by too many in this country. Hate crimes against Hispanics are rising as a direct result and now, in tough economic times, people look for scapegoats and I fear that people will continue to exploit our racial differences--and place blame on others not like them . We all know the real culprit -- the disastrous economic policies of the Bush Administration!

What BS!! Victimization as usual. When illegal aliens are responsible for a great many violent crimes here in NM what do you expect, King Bill? Love and flowers?

Forget about so-called "hate crimes." What about crimes against all citizens by illegal aliens, especially related to drug activities and gangs. Just this week NM was named third most dangerous state. Clean up your own house first before trying to impose your non-working solutions on the rest of the country.

1 posted on 03/21/2008 7:14:25 AM PDT by CedarDave
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To: greyfoxx39; Rogle

For the NM PING list. This was bumped out of the News forum to Bloggers and Personal


2 posted on 03/21/2008 7:16:22 AM PDT by CedarDave (John, When will you treat conservatives the way you do fellow senators John, Hillary and Barack?)
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To: CedarDave
Thrown under the bus...

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former President Bill Clinton watch the Super Bowl at the Governor's Mansion in Santa Fe, N.M., on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Rebecca Craig) 12:28 a.m. ET, 2/23/08

3 posted on 03/21/2008 7:17:29 AM PDT by CedarDave (John, When will you treat conservatives the way you do fellow senators John, Hillary and Barack?)
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To: CedarDave; LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; ...
NM Ping

If you want on or off the NM Ping list, please FReepmail me.

Access to the ping list is available to anyone by going to my FR home page.

4 posted on 03/21/2008 7:18:27 AM PDT by greyfoxx39 (An "Inconvenient Truth".....Save the Earth... it's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: CedarDave

Clinton looks like he’s having a great time, huh?


5 posted on 03/21/2008 7:19:20 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: CedarDave
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6 posted on 03/21/2008 7:28:01 AM PDT by Pistolshot (Remember, no matter how bad your life is, someone is watching and enjoying your suffering.)
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To: CedarDave
If Richardson, the cretin who harbored the runaway Texas chicken RATs, endorses Obama, that only straightens my resolve not to give him my vote.
7 posted on 03/21/2008 7:33:07 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (The fence is "absolutely not the answer" - Gov. Rick Perry (R, TX))
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“As a Hispanic.......” These people do NOTHING but try to balkanize the country by tribe. They won't be happy until America is pre civil war Yugoslavia, a seething cauldron of racial and ethnic animosity.
8 posted on 03/21/2008 7:46:29 AM PDT by Godwin1
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To: CedarDave

Just the other day, my father, a newspapre publisher out east who had me read his editorial about how the divided-Dem race was a good thing for the GOP pointed out that Richardson had not endorsed anyone yet and that he had become a nobody because even if he endorsed one people wouldn’t care/wouldn’t remember who he was. Hehe!

I guess our nobody’s just endorsed another nobody.


9 posted on 03/21/2008 8:51:00 AM PDT by Santa Fe_Conservative (The RINOs think that they have won but we shall see who has the last laugh in '08...)
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To: CedarDave

Thanks CederDave.


10 posted on 03/21/2008 9:02:40 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/______________________Profile updated Saturday, March 1, 2008)
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To: CedarDave

Caption Bubba:

“Damn, Two High-Level Appointments for this Guy and I Still Can’t Get Him to Endorse Shrillary!”


11 posted on 03/21/2008 9:16:03 AM PDT by Enchante (Obama: You think Hillary's Ruthless? Hell, I'd Run Over My Own Grandmother to Get Elected!!)
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To: CedarDave

This is a little surprising. Maybe Bill found out he is not on Hillary’s VP list.


12 posted on 03/21/2008 9:17:00 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: CedarDave

I was up at 2 am our time and saw the story ....I guess it was political move to get it out in that way and avoid the NY Times?


13 posted on 03/21/2008 10:05:30 AM PDT by woofie
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To: SunkenCiv
"I want to be VP. I have a constituency."

Pancho Ricardoson

14 posted on 03/21/2008 11:31:06 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." - Ayn Rand)
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To: bruinbirdman

This is the last presidential campaign where no candidates stump rhyming in doggerel with a thudding rap soundtrack.


15 posted on 03/21/2008 11:35:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/______________________Profile updated Saturday, March 1, 2008)
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To: bruinbirdman

Got enough white space in the pic? ;’)


16 posted on 03/21/2008 11:35:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/______________________Profile updated Saturday, March 1, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv
"This is the last presidential campaign where no candidates stump rhyming in doggerel with a thudding rap soundtrack."

Soundtrack is bad enough. Its the subliminal, strobe, 1/2 second video flashes that top my turn-off.

minimal white yitbos

17 posted on 03/21/2008 11:46:29 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." - Ayn Rand)
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To: greyfoxx39; All

No doubt that Obama offered him something exciting. Not sure about VP; Maybe.
More likely Secretary of State or some sort of major “ambassador at large” type thing.

There IS a bright side: It would at least get him out of our state.

That new black dyed beard of his is even more embarassing now than it was when it was just gray scraggle.


18 posted on 03/21/2008 2:21:38 PM PDT by LegendHasIt (Noone/Nohow '08)
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To: LegendHasIt
That new black dyed beard of his is even more embarassing now than it was when it was just gray scraggle.

Oh, I don't know...I prefer that beard, whatever the color, to the ugly old fatty jowls.

Obama will probably offer him "Liason at Large to World Terrorists".

19 posted on 03/21/2008 2:52:34 PM PDT by greyfoxx39 (An "Inconvenient Truth".....Save the Earth... it's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: CedarDave

They were onstage today together at some event where Richardson made the announcement. I saw a part of it on CSPAN. I think it was in Oregon at a rally. Richardson stayed onstage through the entire speech/q&a by Obama..


20 posted on 03/21/2008 3:00:30 PM PDT by deport ( -- Cue Spooky Music --)
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To: deport; CedarDave

I just saw the clip on Fox News. Did anyone else notice how orange King Bill looked? That’s certainly an interesting twist on ‘people of color’.


21 posted on 03/21/2008 3:10:52 PM PDT by DesertDreamer ("I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves." - Ronald Reagan)
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To: greyfoxx39

Maybe I’m just too influenced by a South Park re-run from yesterday or the day before. It absolutely reminds me of the beard on the duplicate Cartman from the alternate universe that came through the rift at the pet shop built on the ‘desecrated Indian graveyard’.


22 posted on 03/21/2008 3:14:14 PM PDT by LegendHasIt (Noone/Nohow '08)
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To: DesertDreamer

I just saw the clip on Fox News. Did anyone else notice how orange King Bill looked? That’s certainly an interesting twist on ‘people of color’.


I really notice or pay that much attention to his color. Only noticed the beard being black.


23 posted on 03/21/2008 3:14:59 PM PDT by deport ( -- Cue Spooky Music --)
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To: LegendHasIt

I disagree, I don’t think he was offered anything. Both Obama and Clinton have been seeking his endorsement for sometime. With all the controversy this last week with the Reverend Wright, and Obama tanking in the polls, you would think he would have waited a bit longer to endorse someone.

This tells me Dem leaders have made the decision to go with Obama come hell or high water. Yes, it will be a mess when he loses in the general but much easier to recover short term than giving the nomination to Hillary, and tearing the party apart for decades.

If Edwards or Gore endorses Obama soon it will support what I’m saying.

John McCain, IMHO, won the election a few days ago.

Just my two cents…..


24 posted on 03/21/2008 3:35:44 PM PDT by RichBruer
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To: RichBruer

Welcome to FR.

I’m honored that your first post here in in response to something I typed... Even if you disagree with it! ;-)


25 posted on 03/21/2008 4:04:12 PM PDT by LegendHasIt (Noone/Nohow '08)
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To: CedarDave

Richardson is truly a moron.


26 posted on 03/21/2008 4:11:06 PM PDT by Jane Austen
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To: RichBruer
Thanks, it's good to be back.. Have not posted for many years, since the Clintoon adminstration. I'm guessing they pulled my screen name for inactivity.

Nobody knows what the Dem leadership is up too. He could, very well, have been offered a spot in the new Obama administration which is a bit of wishful thinking.

As others here often say — pass the popcorn!

27 posted on 03/21/2008 4:29:53 PM PDT by RichBruer
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To: greyfoxx39

28 posted on 03/21/2008 8:59:56 PM PDT by LegendHasIt (Noone/Nohow '08)
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To: bruinbirdman

[here’s a followup]

Clinton Aide Says Richardson’s Endorsement Is Insignificant
wsj | March 21, 2008, | Susan Davis
Posted on 03/22/2008 12:24:04 AM EDT by george76
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1989733/posts

[the next followup *may* be, “Clinton Aide Says Obama’s Nomination Is Insignificant”]


29 posted on 03/22/2008 9:09:55 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/______________________Profile updated Saturday, March 1, 2008)
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To: freedomlover

Yeah, waiting for the suppository to “work”!


30 posted on 03/23/2008 11:34:47 PM PDT by Atchafalaya
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