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March 21st, 2008
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How significant is Bill Richardson's endorsement of Obama?

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Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Barack Obama January 10, 2008 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Click on the Play Button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It could be the beginning of the end for Hillary Clinton.

Bill Richardson's endorsement of Barack Obama today is huge. Richardson, after all, served under President Bill Clinton as ambassador to the U.N. and secretary of the Energy Department. He's also a friend of the Clintons who watched the Super Bowl together with the former president last month.

So it couldn't be easy for Hillary Clinton when Richardson – whom both candidates had lobbied hard for an endorsement – came out today and called Obama a "once-in-a-lifetime-leader." Richardson said the speech Obama gave on race "appealed to the best in us."

The New Mexico governor and former presidential candidate's endorsement carries a lot of weight. He's the only Hispanic governor in the country, which presumably will help Obama in the Hispanic community.

He's also a superdelegate, and this may be the key. Richardson could potentially have a lot of influence over the remaining undecided superdelegates, which is still roughly half of the almost 800 party insiders. Today he suggested that it's time "for Democrats to stop fighting amongst ourselves and to prepare for the tough fight we will face against John McCain in the fall."

Clinton shrugged off the endorsement saying that both she and Obama have many great endorsers and it's the voters who will ultimately decide this election.

But when it comes right down to it, there are endorsements and then there are endorsements. Yesterday Dick Morris, former political adviser to President Clinton said the race is over and Obama has won. Today Bill Richardson, who likewise has ties to the Clintons, announces he's endorsing Obama.

Here’s my question to you: How significant is Bill Richardson's endorsement of Barack Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Alexandra from Toronto writes:
Very significant for 2 reasons: 1) If a personal friend and former staffer in the Clinton administration is not backing Hillary, it shows that there are character flaw issues with the Clintons. 2) It will encourage other superdelegates to rally around their obvious front-runner so that they can start fighting the Republicans.

Jed from Chico, California writes:
While it's easy to overplay the importance of some of these endorsements, this is likely to be the most important endorsement for either side to date. While I am confident Obama can lead, Bill Richardson was by far the most qualified out of all the candidates on either side. He was the only Democrat with extensive foreign policy, legislative and executive experience desired in a commander-in-chief. If anyone was ready to lead on day one with the judgment and experience necessary it was him. Forget Obama/Clinton. This year's Democratic 'Dream Ticket' is Obama/Richardson.

Allison writes:
Unbelievable! Clinton wins New Mexico, Richardson gets "1%" of the vote, and yet he endorses Obama? Not only can he not carry his own state, he goes against the will of the people in New Mexico. As far as I'm concerned, Richardson just sold his soul for special favors that will never come to fruition.

Velle from Halifax writes:
I thought it was very significant that Gov Richardson tactfully and subtly challenged Hillary to quit her campaign and pitch in and help the party to defeat McSame and Company. I see by Hillary's reply that she still considers herself more important than the party, the country and the people.

Kevin from Sacramento writes:
Jack, The endorsement was big, but what I found compelling was Gov. Richardson's well delivered speech - which dealt with issues ranging from race, to readiness, to personal anecdotes. In fact, the speech was so good, only Senator Obama could have hoped to follow it. And, of course, this could not have come at a more important moment for Senator Obama. My hat is off to the amigo from New Mexico.

John writes:
Jack, Richardson has to lose the beard. No one will take you seriously if you look like Wolfman Jack.


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soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. Jed from Chico, CA

    In the words of Meg Ryan: Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

    March 21, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  2. Lola

    Lola from Arizona

    Capital Very Significant, Hillary Supporter that said Latino will never vote for black, where is she, is she still alive or dead

    March 21, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  3. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Jack; Richardson's endorsement is similar to the captain of the Titanic hiring a new first mate, AFTER the ship has struck the iceberg. Reasons could be to stim the flow of passengers to the lifeboats, or to try and change the subject altogether: "Um, yes, but aside from THAT, we hope you will enjoy your voyage." This metaphor is my answer to your question.

    Of greater interest is WHY Richardson is signing onto a campaign with numbers in free fall; was he promised VP or some cabinet position? We shall see. This is the guy, by the way, who said in a debate that sexual orientation is a matter of choice. Gag.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  4. Ben Nusbaum

    Governor Richardson's endorsement of Senator Obama is significant because it indicates that even those politicians and superdelegates whom have had a long and friendly relationship with the Clinton's are beginning to realize the profound need to write a new chapter in the American story.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  5. robert from nc

    Jack, I see it as just one more nail in the Billary coffin. It's about time for the rest of the super D's to get on the train...it's leaving the station. Now how's Bill going to watch the games with?.....Yahoooooo!

    March 21, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  6. Tony,.......Lou, Ky.

    Jack........It has no significance what-so-ever. They're both alike. They both put illegals above the American people. So whats the big deal?

    March 21, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  7. Grant from Reno, NV

    Jack,

    Don't you think Richardson looks cooler with his facial hair? I think that might have altered the course of the primaries, had he chosen to grow it out earlier. Same with his endorsement for Obama; it might be helpful at swinging more superdelegates now, but Obama needed help in New Mexico and Texas with Latino voters. I think the only major endorsement that either candidate could get right now would be from Al Gore. He is like a "green" god among the Democrats.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Tsquares, from Chicago, IL

    Jack, I believe this will persuade many superdelegates who owed allegiance to the Clintons to make the same move. Bill Richardson clearly stated it's time for us to move forward not backwards. He loves the Clintons and has great admiraion for them, but he has come to the conclusion that this country needs to move forward.

    Clinton, known for flipflopping to suit her purpose, is now saying the endorsement does not matter. That it's the people's votes that matter, not the superdelegates. Wow she sure is a cameleon, Jack!

    March 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  9. Babyboomer from Michigan

    I think the Super Delegates will start to sway the Obama way...

    March 21, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  10. George, Charlotte, NC

    It's a huge signal to the other super delegates that enough of the kitchen sink. It also speaks volumes on what he thinks of Hillary's experience, electability, foreign policy experience and being ready on day one.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  11. luis santiago

    this is great news for obama! i wish him best.. because i want him to win the nomination. he needs positive energy for the election to continue in a civilized way.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  12. Terry from Calif

    Jack,

    I honestly don't believe Bill Richardson's endorsement is significant, but I believe Senator Edward's endorsement would be.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  13. Ayana H Corpuz

    Hi Jack,

    THIS is the dream ticket! While this endorsement may or may not garner new votes among the general population, I believe it will have a significant ripple effect among the super delegates who are privately in favor of Sen. Obama, but may have been weary of speaking out publicly, simply because of the vast network of political power that the Clintons represent. Gov. Richardson has always been on my very short list of VP options for Sen. Obama and I can't say how strongly a vast number of us from CA to NY welcome this news. To quote every single person I've heard from on the subject of this endorsement today, "Finally!"

    Cheers,
    Ayana
    Nyack, NY

    March 21, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  14. Tom Roberts

    The Richardson endorsement of Obama will have little or no influence on the voters. He couldn't even carry 2% of the vote when he was running himself.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  15. Art from Texas

    I dodn't think Richardson is like by the hispanic . They didn't even vote for him. He just did it so he could be vice- pres.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  16. John from Chicago

    Bill Richardson's endorsement is important for the general election when governors help their candidate win. I will be voting for whomever the dems nominate.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  17. Tim

    It is not significant. He is probably seeking for Obama to offer him the VP spot that will not be. Obama is TOAST. He lied that he did not hear rev Wright sermon and later agreed that he heard it ( thats flip flop)

    He also said that he does not have enough judgement to know for 20yrs that he should stop feeding his saul with wright's dirty/racial preaching about American government and white people

    March 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  18. Tom Roberts

    I'm from Lubbock, Texas

    March 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  19. Mario Juan Valdez

    . . . Jack, most significant. After all of the race baiting done by the Clinton
    capaign, Bill Richardson stepped up to the plate in the nick of time.
    Bill Richardson realizes that "OUT OF MANY", WE ARE ONE". AMERICANS . We better start realizing it. Senator Obama is just the
    leader to convey that message. Let's not let us cheat ourselves out of
    this leader.

    YES WE CAN!!!!!!

    March 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  20. Jennifer Rustburg Virginia

    Hi Jack,

    Bill Richardson's endorsement today is very significant. With this endorsement Barack Obama will be able to do 2 things. 1st it will help with the all important Super Delegates. 2nd it will help with the hispanic vote. I think that team Clinton should consider what Bill said in his endorsement, democrats should stop fighting each other and get behind Barack. So that we as Democrats can focus on John McCain. I pray that she listen to that. We need to win this November so that we can get this country back on track. I am hurting financially and medically. We can't afford 4 more years of Republican rule.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  21. Mark, comfy in AZ

    I am a white male 32 years of age and an Obama supporter from the beginning. I think that the endorsement of govenor Bill Richardson has a major role in the race for delegates. There are quite a few states in play that Hillary is counting on to vote for her and with the media drama over Rev. Wright recently, surely things have swayed heavily in favor of Hillary.

    Since the Wright clips have surfaced, let's say Obama suffered a -2 score on the political ticker. His speech since then, as well as several media appearances, and now this endorsement from Gov Richardson is +2 to +3 in his favor; or so the campaign would like to believe. It's a mathematical way to balance the negatives with some serious positives.

    At this point in the campaign, Obama's not attempting to sway HRC voters to his side but rather last minute, undecided voters, and possibly some republican moderates. It was a very strategic move from the political standpoint and I think it was necessary. Although I don't faulty Obama for Rev. Wright's scandals, there's no doubt it has large political ramifications on his campaign because of the way the electorate reacts to such things: emotionally.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  22. Doug from Toronto

    Bill Richardson's endorsement will do little to rescue Barack Obama. The damage has already been done with Obama subjecting his wife and especially his children to the venom that is Jeremiah Wright. He lost the nomination when he refused to leave the church with his children and by failing to subsequently condemn his pastor in totality.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  23. mary

    Is very welcome. And hope will make this election more representative on a positive look... It' time to look out side that stupid video run and run and run again. Need to focus on the real issue..

    March 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  24. Velle In Halifax

    Significant in the context of a super-delegate...yes. Significant that Gov Richardson is a respected and seasoned vet of high-level politics, certainly. I thought it VERY significant that Gov Richardson tactfully and subtly challenged Hillary to quit her campaign and pitch-in and help the party to defeat McSame and Company. I see by Hillary's reply that she still considers herself more important than the party, the Country and THE PEOPLE.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  25. martin

    I think it is about time to see if the American people are ready for someone like Barack Obama. Will the US be able to pivot from someone like George Bush to Barack Obama? Is white America ready?

    March 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  26. Ronald

    Jack,
    It has very little significance if any at all. Bill Richardson is a Political Leach, he will attach himself to anyone for his own political gain. He could not get votes when he was running so we all know his motive. Maybe VP or at least a top cabinet position. But that is not going to happen either. All of us TYPICAL WHITE PEOPLE will send Obama back to Chicago, and the Rev. Wright. and not to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. if he should win the nomination. JUST WAIT AND SEE

    March 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  27. Howard

    It is important due to the fact that Governor Richardson is a governor Super delegate and Hispanic. He has made himself into a leader of his community through the work he had done for the Nation, his state, and Paul Salopek. Bring Senator Obama an endorsement from an international figure that may be a hint to a possible Vic Presidency or Cabinet position

    Howard
    Joshua Tree

    March 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  28. Connor Lee

    Hi Jack,

    I am from Charlotte, NC. I am a 36 year old white guy and I think that this is significant in that, despite the controversy over Jeremiah Wright, the support for Barack Obama keeps on growing. I think that anyone with any sense at all knows that Barack Obama can't be held responsible for what his pastor says. Barack Obama is his own man with his own ideas that differ from that of his pastor and everyone including Bill Richardson knows that. Even Bill Clinton was seen shaking hands with Jeremiah Wright. That doesn't mean that the Clintons believe what Wright believes. I know what Wright said and I disagree with him, but I also know what Barack Obama has said and I believe Barack Obama when he says that he wants to unite us and take us away from the politics of old and into a bright new future. Barack Obama has managed to turn every negative campaign tactic used against him into something postive. He has risen above the political machine and I am glad to now have Bill Richardson in Barack Obama's corner. It's time for all of Barack's detractors to get over it and accept that Barack Obama is going to be the nominee and the best choice for president.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  29. Jose

    Not that big of an endorsement. Hispanics don't all flock to RIchardson or else he would still be in the race. People are noticing Obama's campaign unraveling by one scandal or another...

    March 21, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  30. Richard Sternagel

    It is very significant! Bill Richardson is a Superdelegate who brings Washington experience with him! He is a former Presidential candidate who tried to have the other candidates focus on the issues in stead of hammering negative differences! Gov. Richardson is calm voice of reason which is what the Democratic Party needs right now! He may be able to offer a solution to the Clinton-Obama division!

    March 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  31. Patricia

    It's should help Hispanics to decide whether they ought to take a chance & vote for Sen. Obama in the rest of the primaries & to vote for him in the general election in November. As far as I'm concerned, if Sen. Obama makes it & is the nominee, I will indeed vote for him. Anybody but John McCain or Ralph Nader or Bob Barr should he decide to run a independent bid.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  32. Deanna, Katy Texas

    The endorsement is great at any time since he is one of the most respected people in politics but it is more the timing. During the last week of sound bites and politics he has made the choice that it does not affect who Obama is and what he can do for this country.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  33. Sylvia Schafer

    Richardson? Nope. Rap is cool, hip-hop is cool, Obama is cool. If
    50 cent decided to run for president, he would probably get elected. But not Condolezza Rice. She couldn't get elected, she's a woman. That's how crazy this election has become.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  34. Al Pechulis

    Bill Richardson is highly respected, as an ambassador, as a former Energy Secretary, Govenor, and Presidential Candidate...a man who truly does have experience. He is clearly stating that Senator Clinton does not have the experience or leadership to take us into the future.. I am guessing that John Edwards will follow suit soon as well.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  35. Mike

    Jack, I think the OFFICIAL Democratic ticket, and most likely the next President and Vice-President, has just been announced. Obama has the black vote in hand and Richardson brings the Hispanic vote. Case closed!

    March 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  36. Jed from Chico, CA

    While it's easy to overplay the importance of some of these endorsements this is likely to be the most important endorsement for either side to date. While I am confident Obama can lead Bill Richardson was by far the most qualified out of all the candidates on either side. He was the only Democrat with extensive foreign policy, legislative and executive experience desired in a commander in chief. If anyone was ready on to lead on day one with the judgment and experience necessary it was him.

    Forget Obama/Clinton.

    This year's Democratic 'Dream Ticket' is Obama/Richardson. He is easily the BEST person to balance Obama's percieved inexperience and inability to connect with Hispanics in the general election. He gets the African American vote, the Hispanic vote, the Anti-War vote, the judgment vote, the experience vote, the change vote and the hope vote.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  37. Kevin from Sacramento

    Jack,

    The endorsement was big, but what I found compelling was Gov. Richardson's well delivered speech - which dealt with issues ranging from race, to readiness, to personal anecdotes. In fact, the speech was so good, only Senator Obama could have hoped to follow it. And, of course, this could not have come at a more important moment for Senator Obama. My hat is off to the amigo from New Mexico.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  38. ellen smith

    This endorsement is very important since most all polls
    indicate that older Latinos do not endorse Obama. Since
    Richardson is.no kid. perhaps a few minds might be reached.
    How can anyone not admit the true statesmanship that
    Obama has shown under the many and continued attacks
    against him . I for one fine him very presidental and ready on
    day one to do a magnificent job GO BARACK!.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  39. Richard, Washington State

    How significant is Bill Richardson’s endorsement of Barack Obama?

    It's significant in that Governor Richardson was in the Clinton's administration.

    It shows that he has perspective enough to see Senator Obama for his worth, not his worth as seen through the eyes of the media, the opposing campaigns or any surrogates.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  40. Phil, Georgia

    Its soo dis-heartning that the media, Clinton's campaighn, exc., had been doing a great job of not making race the elephant in the room. But its sad to see that the closer Barach reaches to being the nominee that a "high-tech" lynching, by making him a candidate of race like Al and Jesse, is being produced exactly by those who claim race should not be the issue.
    There is clearly not a link between the extremist views of barach's pastor and himself. He has denounced, repudiated and anything else you can do to distance self from hateful speech. If Wright is investigated thru the media for weeks then clearly Pastors Pat Buchanan, Farwell, Parsley, exc., should be investigated,linked with Mcain and trialed thru the media. And by the way, who is Clinton's pastor and what does he believe??

    March 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  41. concerned american

    Whoopie Goldberg just endorsed Hillary. I guess it's more important than that.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  42. bsmart

    . . .VERY SIGNIFICANT.

    YES WE CAN.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  43. Chuck Christian

    Jack, Bill Richardson's endorsemt of Obama is a huge setback to Hillary's arguement that she is more electable thatn Obama in the general election. The endorsement further confirms lack of confidence in Hillary by friends of her husband. Most powerful democrates that worked with Bill Clinton despise Hillary because they think she is destroying the party with negative campaign and giving the republicans the blueprint to attack Obama who is going to inevitably win the normination. It is time for her to conceed.
    Chuck Christian,
    Buford, GA

    March 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  44. Joe in DE

    After the recent negatives, any posituiv must be good news for Obama. The endorsement probably guarantees him one vote although Bill has ben known to change his mind.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  45. Vicky

    Jack, not at all. Richardson can not keep his hair piece straight on his head. I will not be voting for Obama

    March 21, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  46. Marcelle

    I think Gov. Bill Richardson's endorsement of Obama is fantastic. Wouldn't it be interesting if Obama chose him as his VP running mate?

    March 21, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  47. Larry - Fulton, Ill.

    Wow, I don't think the words have been invented yet to describe it, Jack. The best I can say is, what a blow to Clinton and supercalifrgilisticexpealigosios (forgive the spelling) to Barack. Wouldn't it be great if we could have an Obama/Richardson ticket in November.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  48. gasdocpol

    Bill Richardson's endorsement brings together two compatable and complementary leaders. The whole will be greater than the sum of the parts. Obama brings eloquence, charisma and judgement. Richardson brings rich, meaningful experience and charm.

    They will be on the same page in foreign diplomacy and neither will need to put lipstick on that pig otherwise known as the Iraq invasion that Hillary and McCain voted for and McCain wants to continue indefinately.

    Don (from) Normal, IL

    March 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  49. uncle Jimbo - Chicago

    Its a big step forward to a new beginning for America. Bill Richardson credentials are on target. Former Energy sec. , former Ambassador to the United Nations, a State rep. and Governor. It'd be a good ticket.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  50. R.S.

    Not significant.
    But the media is trying to tell us, people, that it is important for one simple reason – to move away from Obama's conrovercial pastor and his own "typical while person" comments.
    Is that how he really feel? Is he saying it is bad to be "typical white person" or "typical asian person" or "typical latino person".
    I can't imagine potential president of the USA would have such mentality.

    Hillary Clinton has many impressive endorcements as well. Such as Rep. Murtha. And she will be true

    March 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  51. jeff - california

    Jack

    If that is a USA Flag Pin that Obama has on in the Richardson video, then I'd say it's more significant that Obama has finaly decided to endorse America.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  52. Howard

    Not much. The timing looks like dammage control for the Rev. Wright mess. Even if Bill Clinton came out and endorsed Barack – it would still be a BIG problem.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  53. JIM LAGO

    JACK
    IT CAN ONLY HELP–many small grains of sand make a mountain.
    another small grain would be JOHN EDWARDS. Time will tell on this
    one where he lands..
    I am hoping the media gets off the race issue. time to move on

    March 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  54. Kari Augusta Wisconsin

    Bill Richardson was/is a.) on the Clinton cabinet b.) a presidential contender c.) well versed in government management & diplomacy...so, his endorsement is HUGE!
    I also appreciate the fact that he has stepped forward and told the democratic party to stop this civil war and get on with it.
    Based upon delegates, states won...AND historical significance, Barack Obama is our nominee! Time for the Clintons to roll up their tent & head on home...and don't forget to put water on the fire you started.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  55. carolyn

    I feel that Mr. Richardson backing Senator Obama is very important. Richardson, who is a close friend of the Clintons and knows them personally, is not letting his personal feelings interfering with what this nation need! It also shows that people realize in spite of what the media is trying to do with the sound bites of Rev. Wright that Senator Obama should not be held responsible for what another man said. People still supporting the candidate of HOPE.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  56. Harry

    Bill who??

    Seriously, outside of the political wonks/wags and some superdelegates, about 2% of the general population.

    As for the upcoming primaries, the percentage will be much lower than that.

    The primaries are not going to resolve this. the "super?" delegates will.

    Memorable political disasters... Water"gate", Iran"gate", a dozen other "gates" and now superdele"gates".

    Harry
    Carlisle, Ky

    March 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  57. Dale McKenna

    This has been a really bad week for Obama With white grandmothers ganging up on him The Richardson endorsement couldn't come at a better time. It should bring in Hispanics too.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  58. Bobby

    After all that the Clintons have done for the career of Bill Richardson, I find Richardson's actions completely shocking. Obviously, he thinks he has a chance to appear on the Obama ticket in November. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  59. Beverly Tom Bean Tx

    How significant is Richardson's endorsement for Obama. Not significant at all. Clinton is happy that all the losers are endorsing OObama Just another politician wanting some more media time. Isn't this the same person who Bill Clinton took under his wing in Bill's campaign. With friends like that who needs this enemy.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  60. Don Blue Springs, Missouri

    Doesn't matter to me at all. Bill doen't even support his own voters in New Mexico. You might refer to him as a loose cannon, somewhat like you, Jack.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  61. LTB

    Poor Hillary–she would have you believe that endorsements don't count. Everything counts in a political race, even her dirty tricks.

    Keep speaking out Cafferty, someone on CNN should be honest.

    I just heard a Mexican commentator on CNN talk about the fact that the media should really make a different in the race. Whatever happened to impartiality among journalists? Even Bozo (the white guy who has apoplexy everyday on his show) claims to be an independent but supports Republicans.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  62. Glenn Fischer

    There was a time when I was ambivalent about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The more Hillary talks and distorts facts and history, the more I see why her health care initiatives died an early death. There is no way this woman will ever gain the consensus needed to make anything happen. I guess I'm going to buy a "Anybody but HIllary" bumper sticker and line up with Bill Richardson behind Obama. I've had enough, she can bow out anytime.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  63. Jim

    Jack: Obama is the most pro-illegal immigrant of the three pro-illegal immigrant candidates. Richardson is pro-illegal and Hispanic so it could be significant in terms of bring the Hispanic vote to Obama.

    Jim
    Hoffman Estates, IL

    March 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  64. Liz de Monterey, California

    Bill Richardson's endorsement of Obama is of great importance. Not only does he possess the super-mutant power that only "super delegates" have, but he is very experienced with US Foreign Relations. His giving the OK to Obama shows that he believes, contrary to what the Clintonoids want us to believe, that Obama really is ready to be commander in chief. Plus, as a long time friend of the Clintons, and someone who was quite high up in the chain of commands of the last Clinton Administration, he knows Hillary Clinton very well. The endorsement from Richardson isn't only giving Barrack the thumbs up, it's giving Hillary Clinton the two handed thumbs down.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  65. Brian

    Jack,

    Richardson's endorsement is very significant, but not for conventional reasons. Most of the states that have heavy Hispanic populations have already competed. But the endorsement is part of a series of events that have taken the eye off of Rev. Wright, which is hugely significant to Obama's moving on in the campaign season. Richardson is also tremendously popular with Clinton-era Democrats, and with his strong history of endorsing true-blue Democratic causes like education and equal rights, this should provide a very nice boost for Obama as he comes out of troubled waters.

    Brian Rich
    Moscow, Idaho

    March 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  66. Marcelle

    Unfortunately Pres. Bush will be honored in history as the all time best FOOt IN-MOUTH Pres. America has ever chosen. We allowed too many excuses after 911 and this is what we got!

    We need an amendment allowing one term per President.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  67. jean lindboe

    Bill Richardson's endorsement is meaningless. Votes count – endorsements do not. I have seen 5 top stories on my computer favoring Obama. That is 5 for Obama and 0 for Clinton. Obama doesn't need money for political ads, he has CNN.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  68. Gretchen, Bucks County, PA

    Jack,

    In a word, HUGE! Here is a guy who has a close working and personal relationship with the Clintons, and yet even he sees that America's future would be best lead by Barack Obama. Make no mistake, this is no small endorsement by any means. Governor Richardson has borad experience and he recognizes Obama's talents, wisdom, judgement, leadership qualities and the ability to inspire across race, religion, gendor, political afiliations and ansestry.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  69. Corinne, Stockton, CA

    This endorsement is wonderful on so many levels. It shows that this preacher stuff is done, thank God, now we can concentrate on the issues. The Clintons wanted Richardson's endorsement, had strong ties to him, but he chose to do what is best for this country, not past loyaltys. I hope now more Super Del. come out for Obama and take that lead away for Clinton, her only one and finish this and start getting ready for the fight against the Repub.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  70. Jeanette Lewis

    I don't think Richardson's endorsement will do anything for Obama. Senator Obama is going to need more than endorsements to win the nominatioin. And if he gets the nomination, he will not get the Presidency. I am a register democrat but I don't think Senator Obama is really to take on such a phenomenal responsibility as President. He is too thin skin and naive and has no soutions to the huge problems facing our country. If he gets the nominee, I will either vote as an independent or not vote at all. If I decide not to vote, it will be the first time since I was 21 (the voting age then) not to vote. I am 63 years old. I am frankly FEED up with all the political pundents and news about this election. I would like to hear more from the Cafferty file on what Americans want from their candidate and not more questions about Obama. Give it a rest Jack....Please

    March 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  71. Jerry

    Jack

    If the big "O" get the nomination do I hear V P in the background??

    Jerry

    Roselle, Illinois

    March 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  72. Howard

    Not much. The timing looks like dammage control for the Rev. Wright mess. Even if Bill Clinton came out and endorsed Barack – he would still have a BIG problem.

    Sequim, WA

    March 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  73. Tracy

    Hillary won New Mexico. According to Obama and his surrogates, Richardson as a superdelegate should pledge his support to Hillary. No doubt, another back door and very untransparent deal was cut between Obama and Richardson just like all the good old boys like Kerry, Daschle and Teddy. Change? Sounds like more of the same to me. Obama lacks experience, demonstrated bad judgement as far as Wright, lied and now he can add hypocrite to his list...oh, and did I mention political opportunist?

    March 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  74. Keith Irving, Texas

    No one can say for certain how it will translate into votes yet, Jack, but I personally believe it is significant.

    Bill Richardson is very well respected by many Americans. His long history and friendship with the Clintons is well known. Yet, when it came time for him to endorse a candidate for President, he put friendship and a positive past working relationship with the Clintons aside, and voted for (as he said) a "once-in-a-lifetime" leader.

    That speaks volumes for those who respect Mr. Richardson.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  75. Gaz Jones

    As we say DownUnder, it's a pound to a penny that Richardson is now going to be Obama's running mate. This will snooker Clinton in the primary knife fight, and ultimately McCain in the general election brawl, because Richardson helps deliver the Hispanic vote while also providing the Obama ticket with Richardson's impressive foreign policy creds.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  76. Elease

    Hi Jack,
    It is so important for Bill Richards to endorse Barack for many reasons one of which it helps get the campaign back on track. Now we will get a chance to continue to discuss the issues and not the distractions.
    We can again have a conversation about ways we can come together as a nation and solve our staggering problems like, immigration, health care and education.

    I also think he would be on my dream ticket for Vice President. I think the combination would be very hard to beat and the most progressive ticket we have seen in my lifetime. By the way I'm in your seniority group, Jack. You know the 60 somethings.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  77. Dominic, Wilson, NC

    It's amazing how Hillary downplays endorsements at this late stage. She's losing! Bill Richardson's foreign policy experience is a boost for Obama. This endorsement doesn't have the impact of maybe an Edwards endorsement but now is the time for the country to move ahead. The Clinton era was prosperous but, can we now experience new blood? Sixteen years of Clinton and Bush politics,
    enough!!!

    March 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  78. Michael NY, NY

    According to Mark Penn, the endorsement, "is not a significant endorsement in this environment." Since I would believe our current president before I listen to anything that comes out of this guy's mouth, I assume it's a meaningful endorsement!

    March 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  79. Jim, Kansas

    You can bet Hillary and Bill are livid. Bill Clinton made Bill Richardson what he is today, and today he endorses Barack. You know he's going to try to be on Spanish TV every chance he gets just like Dick Morris gets on another cable news network nightly.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  80. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Most endorsements don't seem to make much of a difference but this one is in my humble opinion is gigantic. It slams the Clinton's and gives Obama a much needed lift hopefully away from the black and brown stigma that we need abandon and soon.

    March 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  81. tonyh

    While McSame continues to discredit himself "around the world" by showing the American people he is not capable of knowing who's who in this far-from-our-border war, and while Billary continues to count the nails she is going to hammer on her political coffin, Senator Obama, as Phoenix erasing from the ashes, gets the endorsement of one of the most influential politicians in this campaign.
    I predicted that if Obama was the nominee, Bill Richardson would be selected for VP. This would encourage the Latino voters to jump into the Obama unstoppable train! The first stage has been completed. Wait and see!!!!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  82. John from Tennessee

    Not very. Seeing as how Bill has given his support to a racist, that will help drag Obma down evern farther. I tjhough Bill had more sense than that. If Bill had stayed, I was going to vote for him. I'm glad he dropped out. I didn't know he was that bad off.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  83. Terry in Hanover, VA

    Huge, as in how high is up! Richardson's endorsement of Obama not only overcomes a lot of negativity from the Wright matter but also shoots a big hole in Clinton's balloon. Perfect timing for Obama. I hope Richardson becomes his VP.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  84. Tucker, Toronto Canada

    If other Democrats, who are tired of the fighting within their party, follow his lead it will be very significant. I predict Bill Richardson will be the next Vice President of the U.S.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  85. Don Johnston

    Bill Richardson, the nation's only Hispanic governor? Isn't he supposed to be a leader in the Hispanic community? What primary did a majority of the Latin community vote for Obama in?

    This smell like, walks like, and sure sounds like a political move on Obama part and could the promise of being vice president be a part of Richardson's and Obama's agenda? At the present it is nearly a for a FOR SURE that Obama will not carry the Hispanic vote without some kind of help in the general election.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  86. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    This only proves the old adage "If you want a friend in Washington D.C.,get a dog".

    March 21, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  87. Shari in Houston, Texas

    Not sure how it will playout but it is nice to see someone in a leadership position in the Democratic party take a stand. Give you any ideas Howard, Al, and John?

    March 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  88. ward

    It a look at things to come, I mean look at the way hillary has been acting lately nobody wants to endorse a sore loser (HIllary) in the end it just a show of the crumbling support hillary has with the super delegates and I believe tha if Obama wraps up NC, and IN he will win it all.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  89. Mike from Illinois

    Not at all. Where are the Michigan and Florida re-vote mess questions???

    March 21, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  90. Ron

    leech

    March 21, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  91. David in Raleigh, NC

    Instead of accepting the endorsment from a loser in the Democrat Primary Process, Barack Hussein Obama should be out in front of the cameras answering the media's questions concerning his twenty year relationship with Reverend Wright. Instead of hiding behind speeches at events that have carefully selected audiences with only Obama supporters.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  92. Ryan, Champaign IL

    Hi Jack,

    It's a huge endorsement as a backstop against the flood of kitchen sinks coming from Camp Clinton, and the tourettes of Rev. Wright clips we've had to endure this week.

    Good riddance; I hope Senator Edwards will follow suite and end this insanity.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  93. Monte Brown

    Oh, please Jack. You're a Hillary hater. If Richardson had endorsed Hillary, you would say the endorsement would mean nothing. CNN is whack.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  94. Jorge, California

    Jack, I think it is the beggining of the super delegates march towards Sen. Obama, I think that this has a lot of weight in the Democratic party. And take a look at the Clinton campaign responce: "it's to late it didn't work for Texas". Do they care about the Democratic party? or the American people? I think they only care about their greed for power!
    why no one is talking about how would you be covering the story if Sen. Obama was the one trailing Sen. Clinton, and he would be doing all the things she is doing?

    March 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  95. Kim, Canada

    I think it is very important. I think the part wants the race over and have Hillary step down. But as usually she will go on party be damded.
    After all the so called negativity that has been thrown at Obama lately it truely shows that sometimes mud does not stick.
    Why Richardson endorsed him is more important, then just the endorsement itself. Bye Bye H.C.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  96. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    This is an excellent endorsement from Richardson and I am sure John Edwards will give Obama his endorsement. Lets see what Hillary has to say after this, Richardson was close to the Clintons this doesnt look good for the Clinton campaign.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  97. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    I used to respect Bill Richardson. I guess that flew out the window today. I hope people of Hispanic origin do not become hypnotized by Obama's empty rhetoric like Richardson has.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  98. Jed in Texas

    Jack,its about as important as a bucket of warm spit.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  99. Ralph Taliercio - Long Island, NY

    It could be huge if it paves the way for many of the undeclared super delegates who so far seem somewhere between timid and spineless about doing what they want to do, and what they know is the right thing to do. If Obama gets the nomination Richardson's endorsement and campaigning will be a huge help.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  100. Robert

    this out cry from people concerning Pastors Wrights message, just goes to show how little some people know about the church as a whole. No one knows what a pastor or preacher will preach about until the message is delivered. it is unethical to try to hold senator OBAMA accountable for what some one else says, OBAMA has no control over what Pastor Wright said and he should not have had to defend his self. every man is accountable for his or her own actions. this scandle respresents the same old dirty tricks that has been played in politics for yeary and is used to turn those who has lack of knowledge agents the rightous . Thanks Jack for you honesty and straight fowardness
    Las Vegas N.V.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  101. Jackie Reed

    It is significant because Richardson knows the Clintons so well, respects their skills, yet has chosen Obama. He could swing some of the Hispanic vote Obama's way, and this could help with momentum which will convince the DMC to try and put an end to the bloodletting.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  102. Alice

    I am thrilled that Gov. Richardson has broken the impasse. Obama IS a once-in-a-lifetime President! Maybe now we can work towards electing him.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  103. Will from Tennessee

    Jack,
    This endorsement is significant in that it shows how the Obama camp is not above the world of typical politics as they continually claim. Until now, the Obama perspective has been that superdelegates should go with their consituents. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, how can they argue against the inherent right of superdelegates to vote for whomever they like? Despite his lofty language, this proves that even the mighty Obama is just like all the other politicians that have come before him.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  104. Vanessa

    Rev. Wright??? WHO???

    March 21, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  105. ron

    very significant jack, because he is a well respected Super delegate, and prominant voice for the latino community. Let the flood gates open!!!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  106. J. Onofre - CA

    His endorsement is tremondously big as November approaches. He could help sway the rest of the Latino vote for Obama. His role will impact voters in huge states showing a large Latino demographic. But the New Mexico Governor will have to be a foot soldier and reach out to the Latino communities.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  107. Jo Emmons

    It is insignificant and for Bill Richardson, to endorse Obama after what has been brought forward regarding Obama issues is a great disappointment. Obama, may obtain many endorsements bottom line he will not get the White House. As a Dem if Obama gets nomination I will vote for McCain along with many Dems I have spoken with, we are gaining strength in crossing the line.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  108. john R

    Jack,
    Richardson has to lose the beard.
    No one will take you seriously if you look like Wolman Jack.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  109. Mischelle from Illinois

    Jack, It's only significant if every Latino voter in America switches allegence as quickly as Richardson. Not Likely though, too much bad blood. Also, the voters aren't at the front of the line now for the VP position. Richardson could have done more good for Obama in Texas than he can now. Case in point, does anyone remember who endoresed who yesterday or three days ago....No! But the average voter will NEVER forget the image of the hate filled words of Obama's pastor and longtime confidant. Richardson just attached himself to a sinking ship.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  110. Don

    Jack:
    Richardson received so little votes, who cares if he endorse's Obama
    Obama is going to win the democratic nod, mainly because of cnn
    reporting....If Hillery says enything about obama, she is attacking.,
    if obama says something about Hillery, he is questioning her.
    The media has put obama in a position to win, but in doing so the
    media has handed McCain the keys to the White house.
    I said at the start that i wanted Hillery to win, but if she failed, I would
    vote for obama, but after his preacher and his wife and obama saying
    the things they have I will vote for McCain, the worst person to be president but at least his heart is with America. God save this country.
    Don Surprise Az

    March 21, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  111. John

    Richardson is sending a message to voters- even though Obama has had a tough week, he is still worthy of our support.

    The fact that he is so close to the Clintons means he is not a "Clinton-hater" and he is simply choosing who he thinks is best.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  112. Sarah, Central, VA.

    There is no question that Obama has picked up a valuable ally, especially if he chooses Richardson as his vice president, Richardson has the foreign policy experience that Obama lacks. The question is, would that team have enough strength not to be "swift boated"? A Republican supporter is likely to have a political ad showing Obama in church along side Rev. Wright holding forth with his racist rants. It would be one thing if Obama had just been a parishioner of Rev. Wright 's but ,by his own admission, he (Wright) was a mentor and friend .The definition of mentor is a trusted counselor or guide which means he did listen to what Rev. Wright had to say about a lot of subjects. I am afraid that Obama has given the republican camp a lot of ammunition that even a very good pick for a VP will be hard to overcome.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  113. Joseph L Sanchez

    Obama & Richardson!?! Obama &Colin Powell!?!
    Obama &Chuck Hagel!?!!!

    What a mix

    March 21, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  114. Ferdi

    As significant as those of J. Kerry and T. Kennedy.... Clinton still went on to win Massachussets... Are the American people going to be fooled again by Obama after having been fooled twice by Bush? His speech on race seemed to have fooled many, when it was not about race, but about patriotism, of which Obama doesnt seem to have much.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  115. Sylvia Jennette, Austin, Texas

    I agree with your comments. I think the most important aspect of this endorsement is the past political and social relationships that Richardson has with the Clintons. It takes a lot of courage and intellect to see beyond these ties.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  116. Diing, Washinton, DC

    Jack,
    It is absolutely awesome!.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  117. Alfie --- Palmdale, Cal.

    It shows that Obama knew he needed as impressive an endorsement as he could muster up on short notice. But since hispanics tend to vote republican, Richardsons endorsement was just a weak shot in the arm. I doubt Obama can find a cure for the damage done by his mentor, and stealing an endorsment or two from Hillary is just not that impressive these days. Even an endorsement from YOU couldn't dig him out of this one Jack.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  118. Margurette Carter

    Jack. I think his endorsement is significant because he can see that Senator Obama's message of change is already happening. We are talking openingly about race and while it is still a subject that is difficult to talk about., he has opened the door for every American to share their opinions honestly. I am a former teacher and have often had these types of discussion with some of my peers who truly wanted to have a better understanding of the culture of the students they were teaching. I also believe that the media needs to stop cherrypicking only the statements from any of the candidates speeches that will keep this nation divided.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  119. GoBama!

    When some who is so close to you and knows where you're coming from for the past 15 years decides that you are not the best candidate for president. To support another candidate can only say two thinkgs.

    1. One you are not qualified or not the best person to do the job.

    or

    2. The other guy is just that much better..

    Come on everyone. I think its time to put the party first and think towards November.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  120. Roslynd

    It is a plus in that it may allow others to get off the fence and throw their support behind the presumptive nominee (Barack Obama).

    March 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  121. Shyla from South Lake Tahoe, CA

    Richardson is a very friendly and well-experienced Democrat; I see a very probable vice presidential pick there. But the biggest endorsement is still up in the air for the Democrats: the Jolly "Green" Giant himself, Al Gore.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  122. Tonia Rowe

    Obama spoke the truth during his speech on race, something that Hilary Clinton knows little about. Americans value the truth now more than ever in political candidates after the last 8 years of lies from the White House. Bill Richardson's endorsement further shows that Obama is the candidate of truth and change.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  123. Nobama

    Richardson is an ignorant fool, probably wants to team with Obama in his war against white people!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  124. dana

    This is an amazing endorsement that hopefully will help Obama with the Hispanic vote. Obama is someone who is "once in a lifetime" and I really hope America doesn't mess this up. We have a chance to FINALLY make some changes and do so with someone who the world will respect, sorry- but a Clinton is not going to get us there and John McCain is just all the same. If Obama is not the candidate- I will have to vote Hillary, but please don't make me do it!

    ~an American living in Toronto

    March 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  125. Asim Siddiqui

    i agree with what Jack says about How significant is Bill Richardson’s endorsement of Barack Obama?Actually i will say your observation and analysis is on the top of the line on CNN.You know i think it is time for the clintons to take it easy and take a NAP and welcome OBAMA as he is the change our country needs

    March 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  126. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    Jack,

    Richardson's endorsement is very significant. Early in the campaign season I supported Bill Richardson. He is an exceptional public servant, a man of unquestionable integrity and a voice for Americans that have been disenfranchised and belittled. If Bill Richardson choose Obama over his long time friends and political allies, the Clintons, it speaks in volume to the Obama candidacy. Endorsements may not sway individual voters but they do have significance...and this was a BIGGIE!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  127. T from MO

    I also do not think this is significant. I think Richardson is just looking to further his own political career with a VP nod.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  128. Pete, Fla.

    It's not that significant. Richardson didn't make it very far, and got very few votes. And considering he announced this after the highly hispanic population of Texas voted, it shows he either still fears the Clintons, or he may still have hope in Hillary's campaign.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  129. Juice-Canyon Lake

    Somewhat significant in that he could have use this indorsement during the Texas primary but it will certainly help him in the Portorico primaries. Having said that, Obama needed this because this has been a bad week for him but the bottom line is the really big thing that helped him was that speech he gave; that started his comeback.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  130. Andre Stewart

    The endorsement of Barack Obama from Bill Richardson is very significant in that it not only threatens a huge part of Clinton's base (the Latino vote) but it may very well wake up the "Superdelegates" and remind them of the urgency of moving on to ultimately defeat McCain and the Americans that were also inspired by Obama's courage and willingness to address the tough issue of race.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  131. george reid

    Nice to receive the endorsement, but would have been nice prior to Texas and Ohio. (Where's John Edwards?)

    Grove City, Ohio

    March 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  132. lola wood

    mr. cafferty,

    the glee in which you deliver negatives about Hillary Clinton is astounding. my god, man, what on earth did she do to you? I must say, your hatred of her is intriguing. re your zeal around her being over, I wouldn't count your chickens re Bill Richardson's endorsement. the Rev. Wright debacle has just begun. one wonders (or doesn't when it comes to you) the kind of hullabaloo you'd be making if HIllary's pastor had said even one of these damning remarks.

    lola wood
    toronto, canada

    March 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  133. Sandra

    Not significant at all. Richardson is just endorsing the person that he thinks will make him the VP because he couldn't get to be president any other way. In my opinion he has stabbed his long time friends in the back and when people do that, it only comes back to bite them where the sun doesn't shine. This ticket won't work and its the voters in the end that decide. Sorry Bill, your unethical tactic isn't going to work. Keep your governor's job.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  134. David

    Bill Richarson's endorsement of Obama is a crushing blow to the Clinton campaign. To have a close Clinton insider, who is a well respected superdelegate and Latino Governor of a State that Hillary Clinton won, to come out and publicly endorse Obama over Clinton has to be a nightmare for Hillary and her campaign. I wonder what the conversation will be like between Bill & Bill next Superbowl? Probably the same, I don't think ex-President Bill will lose much sleep over it and will still enjoy watching the game with his friend.

    Dave
    Paducah, KY

    March 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  135. Kathy/ GA

    It is as big as the suprise super bowl ending that Old Bill watched with Richardson. The Clintons should move from New York to New England. They have a lot in common with the patriots.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  136. Christina Mercelle Carlson

    1 more super for Obama, one less Clinton.

    Hillary Clinton must stand down from her fight. It is no longer going to help anyone, most of all her. I know her staff and advisers are making millions off her fight but its making them rich and her loss. Let Bill Richardson tell you the truth for free.

    That how significant this could and should be.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  137. Teresa, Newport Beach, Ca

    This is great. Both individuals have experience with people of diverse cultures. Obama, you are on your way. Caution: Since the breach in security, Richardson might have the same problem as well.

    The Obama Campaign is showing strength once more.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  138. Ann

    It means nothing. There are real issues to deal with- its not important to most of us who gets which endorsement- it just gives you in the media something to talk about in this extended election cycle.

    Jack , All the voters, including us here in PA, have not even voted yet. Seems everyday you keep trying to "pack it in" for HIllary. Not surprising that CNN is biased towards Obama but it is surprising that you are as well. We expected more from you Jack.

    Try a new twist- reporting the facts- the nominee has to get 2024 pleded delegates- Obama is not going to get 2024 pledged delegates- so someone- super delegates or DNC or someone unfortunately other than the voters will have to decide. Jack- Be fair and just to all 3 candidates-not your preferred candidate!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  139. Elizabeth

    I don't think an endorsement of any candidate is particulary of any great importance. However, I am concerned about each candidate's use of the word change as a noun rather than a verb or an adverb. Change is the only status quo we have in life. We are always in a state of change. So, if a candidate constantly talks about change as the end all be all, it produces a red flag. I am far more concerned about what change, specifically, each candidate wants to achieve and how that candidate proposes to achieve each change he or she specifies.
    I worked for a large aerospace company in Washington. Executives were always talking change as being critical to the success of the company. However, few changes were actually made. The term "change" was simply used as an appeasement tactic for employees whose jobs were in jeopardy. I truly hope the American public is not snowed by the useage of the term "change" as the solution to all that ails America.
    What the American people really want to know from all of the candidates running for President is 1) what exactly do you propose to change and 2) how exactly do you propose to implement each change item that you mention?

    March 21, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  140. Glenn

    Jack, Richardson's endorsement is big!

    He is a great American and a great Democrat. His courage is an example for all of the other Democrtic Party leaders to follow. His endorsement is the best example for Edwards, Biden, Pelosi, Gore and others to follow and to stop the polarization and divisiveness both within the Democratic party and the nation caused by Hillary's campaign and her kitchen sink tactics.

    The Democratic leaders have the opportunity to do what is right for the country and the party for once in their long political careers and not follow what is simply best politically for themselves. Everyone knows it is not easy for the politicans to do such a noble act....putting country above self....doing what is right and allowingObama and the party to remain on course on the high road.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  141. Gerse Johnson

    This is the real dream team ticket. Gov Richardson will bring to the Obama camp his foreign policy experience and his ability to gain the trust of the latino community.

    Gerse
    Maplewood, NJ

    March 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  142. John

    As far as the nomination goes, Richardson is tremendously important. Along with Pelosi, Dean, Gore, and Edwards, Richardson was one of the "5 Super Superdelegates" who had to endorse a candidate. As an Obama supporter, I was jumping up and down with joy when I turned on my television this morning. It's news coverage, it's momentum, it's Hispanic votes, and its big!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  143. Jack Mpls

    Isn't this late in the game for Richardson to support Obama or even Hillary. The point being most of the latin community has back Clinton and most of the latino populated states have voted in the primaries. He may be the only latino governor of any of the 50 states but I think the majority of latinos will still back Hillary.

    And his Endorsement does not let the Wright controversy go. Actually makes things look worse for Mr Richardson.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  144. martha marton

    Let's hope that more endorsements like these will be forthcoming and help to put an end to the charade that this is still a contest. We need to put our energy into winning the November election. Allowing it to continue just gives the other team more ammunition and does nothing for the Democratic Party or the individuals involved.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  145. Yvonne, Charlotte, NC

    Richardson's endorsement is huge because it shows that, in his worst week of the campaign, Obama is not being deserted by the Superdelegates and that many party insiders think it's time for Hillary to end her campaign. It also shows that there is no love for the Clintons among the party elites. Many of them have known the Clintons for years but choose to support a newcomer.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  146. Robert

    with the support of govorner bill richardson this just goes to show that the race card is not going to work , what is going to work is CHANGE
    Las Vegas N>V>

    March 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  147. Chris, Nova Scotia

    Anyone who thinks that this is endorsement is 'political strategy' on Richardson's part obviously didn't see the historic speech on race in America that Senator Obama gave the other day...

    March 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  148. Merry

    This endorsement is the trickle that will start the flood...
    Hopefull we can get this settled before the Clinton campaign does any more damage to the democratic party

    March 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  149. Martin (Bolivia)

    An endorsement from a principled man for another. Would make a greater Sec. of State than VP. Great and courageous timing, given the last week.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  150. brenda v. long beach calif

    I feel Richardson's endorsement may help a little but Obama needs the hand of God with a big miracle. He had a bad week besides Ricardson had to drop out himself because of lack of votes so i dont think he has enough influence on voters and for people who were already skeptical they just see this as more of the same simply because both men are ethnic.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  151. Georgia

    I don't know how tangibly Richardson's endorsement will sway the Hispanic/Latino vote toward Obama, but I find it compelling that more and more of Sen. Clinton's supposed "friends", Governor Richardson included, keep endorsing her rival. With friends like these...

    Georgia J.
    Austin, TX

    March 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  152. Steve

    Jack,

    I think Bill Richardson's endorsement for Obama is extremely significant. It will begin the slide of other super delegates towards Obama.
    It also gives us a closer look at Hillary in her response to the endorsement. She wanted his endorsement dearly. Everytime Hillary loses she says it is insignificant. This is true in the state primaries she has lost, or any other endorsements for that matter. When they win they proclaim it as the great beginning of their turnaround. Yet it never turns around. She is a political loser, a distorionist of the truth to make it suit her. She is to a majority of the American people, untrustworthy and she has earned that untrust.

    This democratic primary is for all intents over. Let's get to campaigning Obama against (where am I ) John McCain. To keep going on with this is a media ploy to create the illusion that this is a close race.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  153. Armand GA

    This is Endorsement if Huge for you guys at CNN, since you are so pro-NOBAMA. Richardson' endorsement is not important since we latinos already gave our vote 3 to 1 to Hillary. Edwards endorsement will be more significant at this time. Hillary is going to Win by double digits in PA and Richardson will have no effect there. OBAMA may eventually win the Democrati nomination but will never win the White House without us, the Clinton Supporters, who will most likely vote for McCain than a anti-america Obama..

    March 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  154. Anthony N.C.

    i belive this is the best endorsement he has gotten so far in the race, I am a HRC supporter but i must say this endorsement has some reality to it that we as a party needs to unify and we can't pass up this moment to take back the white house at the expense of the clintons. I support HRC but i blame her for this mess she misused her funds and did not consider the little states where OBAMA took his campaign to all DEMS and it has paid off for him that why i like the way the DNC distributes delegates it a prime example of old politics VS. New

    March 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  155. Adrian from Ontario, Canada

    Bill Richardson's endorsement of Barack Obama will prove very beneficial to his campaign. The fact that he chose Senator Obama in spite of his close relationship with the Clintons demonstrates his confidence in Obama's readiness to be commander-in-chief. Over the course of this election Obama has had difficulty attracting Hispanic voters. He will be sure to gain some ground in the remaining primaries. But should he become the Democratic nominee Richardson's endorsement will inspire the Hispanic community to rally behind Obama come the general election. Also, in the months ahead other superdelegates may answer Richardson's call to unify the Democratic party and give their support to Senator Obama.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  156. Jackie

    ANY endorsement this week is significant for Barack. I just can't believe anyone would jump on a sinking ship. Talk about burning your bridges....

    Bad move Bill – you shouldn't have turned your back on the Clintons!

    The super Delegates aren't going to elect Barack "Bad Judgement" Obama – especially since he played the RACE CARD instead of taking responsibility for taking his children to hear a racist, anti-American, ranting lunatic each Sunday while feeding us a lie about wanting to "unite and trancend race". What a joke!

    Just Watch – the Super Delegates will do what's right !!!!!!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  157. Danielle, PA

    Jack,

    His endorsement would have been significant months ago but now his only significance is that he is another superdelegate. The timing does help Obama change the story from his church. John Edwards endorsement will be EXTREMELY significant.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  158. Rebecca, San Diego

    Take Richardson's endorsement, take Edwards' endorsement, but stay clear of Hillary's endorsement. You'll never know what she'll do.

    I still say she'll try to sabotage Obama when she goes back to the Senate. This will be the first real experience of a woman going back to the Senate after she loses the WH, and it won't be pretty. She'll be sharpening her claws for 2012.

    Obama 08

    March 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  159. Dena, SF California

    Significant and a refereshing breath of fresh air in the midst of some of the stench swirling around this entire nomination process.

    NOW this is a Democratic ticket I would be honored to vote for in November 2008!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  160. CB

    Gov. Richardson was not alone in his words. I believe that most of our citizen’s want to be one people, One Nation. We desire a leader that appeals to the best in us. I pray each day that, more Americans will see beyond the veil of dividedness placed between us and allow them to see the true leader standing before us. In the end there can be only one nominee, may it be Barack Obama!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  161. Myles

    Jack,
    This endorsement isn't that significant. The skeptics said the same thing about the Kennedy endorsement, and the many other officials close to Clinton, who endorsed Obama. An endorsement from Edwards would be highly significant, however. New Mexico could be carried by Obama on his own. The other highly populated Latino states like California would be carried by the Democrats. A Democratic pick up of Texas, would be highly unlikely.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  162. Carolyn in Houston

    Hi Jack,
    I think Governor Richardson's endorsement is significant for several reasons but most importantly the Governor is a long time friend of the Clinton's. The fact that he endorsed Obama should signal a message to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

    According to The Politico today, Clinton's campaign is largely a myth now. The math cannot work in her favor, according to the reporters there.

    Thanks,
    Carolyn

    March 21, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  163. james

    Jack, it is significant in that it underlines Barack ' s claim to reach across ethnic lines and unite people. This is a tremendous endorsement. Jack can bet a dime to a dollar that Richardson will be the vice-president. We democrats need to come together and unite around a candidate.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  164. Mary Joe

    Obama/Richardson

    Hmmmm - what a great ticket - a RACIST LIAR AND A SELL OUT! Yeah, that's what America needs.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  165. Xavier, Washington, DC

    Bill Richardson's endorsement will do little to help Obama with the voters, but it will be huge with the super delegates. Bill Richardson is heavily indebted to the Clintons. If in spite of this he was still able to break ranks and endorse Obama, other super delegates who may fear retribution from the Clintons will feel more emboldened to endorse Obama as well.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  166. Renee

    I was deeply moved that a superdelegate had the courage to endore Obama in this trying time. Not only does it signify that all of us Obama supporters were not fooled by the Obama hate media but also that our trust for Obama is worthy. All of us who support Obama could not be wrong when we decided to back him and Richardson apparently feels the same. I hope the other delegates find the courage to move towards this historical candidate and start their endorcements so that Hillary can finally understand that America has chosen their candidate. We can then start to repair our party and prepare for a win in November.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  167. Rich from Flushing, Queens

    Obama has received some pretty heavy endorsements -- Carolyne Kennedy. Others may not be as significant. However, at this point in the campaign when the Rev. Wright's crazy speeches have kind of distracted the American public from the issues at hand, Richardson's endorsement serves to focus in the campaign. Richardson said the that "Hope is not folly." It's time to get back on a winning message. As a Hispanic, I find his endorsement of Obama instead of Clinton quite significant.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  168. Tavis

    It's not significant to the voters, but it is a significant sign that even the Clinton's good friend is calling it over.

    I think this endorsment happened at this time for a couple reasons, but mainly because both Michigan and Florida's votes aren't going to count now. The end is here, there is no way for Hillary to win, Richardson's endorsment is the sign.

    Beyond that, it won't affect voters but it's getting to the point where it doesn't matter, it's too late to win the pledged delegate count and likely too late for the popular vote to swing Hillary's way.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  169. H Eugene Morgan

    Both Hillary and Obama courted Richardson for his endorcement.As many did, Richardsonwas taken in by Obama's stirring speech on racism. In doing so, Richardson and others gave Obama another free pass, when Obama "type cast white people". They are forgetting The Jewish, Latinos, and many others, yes even "whites" have suffered and still many do, not just Afro Americans. I am disappointed that Richardson bought into the Obama rhetoril. When are people going to look past the Obama flowery speeches and see the real Obama who mimmicks the Pastor Wright policies?

    March 21, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  170. Sonal, Chicago

    In Mass. John Kerry endorsed Obama. And Hillary still won the state by a HUGE margin. I don't think this endorsement means anything.

    Sonal, Chicago

    March 21, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  171. visitor1

    I love the way that whenever Obama receives an endorsement from someone who by and large would be considered significant if the endoresement went to the Hillary camp, the media begins to ask the question whether the endorsement is significant. Of course the endorsement is significant. I suspect if John Edwards endorsed Obama, the question of significance would raise again. We all know its significant. This is silly.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  172. BCC

    I cannot understand how or why people who appear intelligent are supporting the presidential campaign of a smooth talking freshman Senator who has little or no experience. If people such as Ted Kennedy and Bill Richardson do not like Hillary Clinton, then theu should say so, but they do not need to support Borack Obama, a man lacking the experience to be President and Commander-in-Chief.

    Borack Obama appears to be a nice man, but then President Jimmy Carter is a nice man. The message is that we need experienced leaders and being a nice man does not equate to being an experienced leader.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  173. Eric in Denver

    Excellent.

    How about Richardson for VP? Would be powerful "minority" ticket, but both men transcend their heritages and are a fantastic face for the great American Melting Pot.

    Of course this is a symbolic endorsement at best. Not sure it will sway many voters.

    If Obama picks up the endorsement of John Edwards, that may mean something in a tight race.

    But the best endorsement Obama could pick up right now would be Bill Clinton.....

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  174. Trevor - Chicago

    What a ticket this will be!!! Yes Obama – Richardson in 08

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  175. Andy

    People who don't think is significant obviously know nothing of politics. This a super delegate, a major one in that, that has been fought for by Hillary and Obama.

    I wish the conservatives would stay out of these discussion on the forums as it has nothing to do with their candidate.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  176. Carol Owen

    Ding dong. The witch is dead! The only person who doesn't know that the Democratic nominee is Senator Obama is HRC. On second thought, she does know it's over, but Senator Clinton will fight until pigs fly because she feels that the presidency is her God-given right because she has planned for it her whole life.

    If Senator Clinton were president, the United States would endure 4 years of esoteric, closed-door policies the likes of which this country has never seen. Also, if you think our foreign policy is in the tank now....

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  177. Jerry Wilson

    Hillary must have turned Richardson down for VP, and Barack probably left the door open.

    Now that Obama has thrown his poor old white grandmother under the bus, and backed over her a couple times. Spun his twenty year close relations with a racial bigot into a systemic racial problem, rather than a "birds of a feather problem." All is well in media-wonderland.

    The media will investigate the reason for the Richardson endorsement with the same vigor they investigated Barack's character. That means light will be shed on this issue in the year two thousnd and twenty eight.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  178. Lovell of Oella

    Jack,

    As you phrased it, "there are endorsements and then there are endorsements"! I believe this was a signal to select superdelegates (Jimmy Carter, Al Gore, Nancy Pelosi) to signal to the rest that its time to speed to the finish line. At one point the democratic party context was like a sunami sucking up new voters in its wake. Now the protracted fight is causing a level of bitterness that might linger into the general election. The race is becoming gangrenous to the point where Democrats are going to have to decide at what point they want to amputate!!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  179. Anthony

    JACK
    It's nothing more than an eye opener for Hillary. At this point she should consider stepping down. Obama has too much momentum.

    Anthony, Compton

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  180. Kathy

    Hi Jack,

    I love your segments & candidness Jack!! You make me laugh all the time...now the Richardson endorsement is significant because he is one of Clinton's close friends and worked in the Clinton administration back in the '90s....so for him to turn his back on them now, it speaks volumes to his level of confidence in Hilary Clinton to bringing the nation together in these very difficult times...we need a leader like Obama...let's hope the Americans don't make another grave mistake of picking the wrong candidate AGAIN...!!!!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  181. LeAnn

    I think it sent a STRONG signal that the super delegates need to end this thing, and go with the canidate that has the most delegates, the most states won, and the most (legitimate)popular vote.

    And for a side note to those that keep bringing up the Rev. Wright issue... Get over it! For so long you guys wanted to find something to not like about Obama, and the best you can do is get mad at him over something HE DIDN'T SAY! MOVE ON!

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  182. dsw

    Between the comments made my Nancy Pelosi and this endorsement by Richardson, the signal being sent to the Superdelegates is clear- the pressure is on for them to put an end to this charade.

    They can't overturn the pledged Delgate lead without losing all the young voters that Obama has fired up, to pour cold water on that passion would be suicide for the party.

    Dolly
    California

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  183. al

    I think its time for Hillary to concede and see if America is really ready for a black president.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  184. debessai assenni

    YES IT IS!
    A friend of the Clintons endorsing Obama. Significant.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  185. Chris Swansea, MA

    ...The only significance is for Gov. Richardson. He now sees the only real option for the democrats and working famillies in America is to have Sen. Obama be the nominee. TOO MANY PEOPLE HATE HILLARY...

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  186. Shelley Parson

    How big? Si se puede!

    Waterloo, Indiana

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  187. jeff wood

    Forget the Latino vote arguement, this endorsement has a much deeper meaning. It shows that high-profile and high-ranking Democrats whether you like them or not, are moving further and further away from her campaign. She will either start throwing the ENTIRE KITCHEN, or she will express whatever dignity for herself and respect for her party she has left and begin to concede. Let us pray.
    Jeff Wood Los Angeles, CA

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  188. Manny, Jacksonville

    Jack,

    Richardson's endorsement may well trigger a waterfall of holdout endorsements since the liklihood of Hillary getting more popular votes or total elected delegates is vaporizing with increasing fumes.

    We need to practice saying the words "President Barack Obama" . I am sure he has and practice will make perfect.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  189. CONCIE ARMSTRONG, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

    Mr. Cafferty:

    I watch you everyday. When your book came out, I bought it and it is a truthful fascinting book.

    Great news for us, Barack Obama backers. Governor Richardson is a very sensible, honest, and a brilliant man, and I know all the Hispanics will follow him and vote for Barack.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  190. S. Bergman (Philadelphia PA)

    Somebody should remind Hillary that she said that it is the voters who should decide the outcome in about 2 months when she will be waving the flag for superdelegates over the voters themselves.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  191. John in Arizona

    It is good that Bill Richardson has endorsed Barak Obama. Bill has real class, is smart, and has a significant amount of experience. He would serve well as V.P., or as Secretary of State.

    I was originally for Hillary Clinton, but I am more and more impressed with Barak Obama, and now believe he has a better chance of winning in November. If he IS the candidate, he WILL win!

    I have lived in AZ for over 30 years and can say that we absolutely do NOT want McCain for President. That would be a continuation of the disaster of Bush/Cheney.

    March 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm |