Bill Richardson Endorses Barack Obama
Barack Obama has been going through a rough patch of late. How fast and how well he can recover may well determine the 2008 presidential election.
So the endorsement by Bill Richardson comes at a critical time. Governor Richardson is a important leader in the West and in the Democratic Party, and he has been one of our favorites here at Western Democrat. His resume is very impressive. His appeal in the Southwest is obvious.
Governor Richardson joins Senator Dodd among 2008 candidates in endorsing Senator Obama. His speech suggests four reasons. First, the delegate math is such that it is now time for the party to come together around the clear leader. Second, Senator Obamaâs speech on race touched a chord with Governor Richardson and with Hispanic voters generally. Senator Obamaâs poll numbers have been going up (!) in California. Third Governor Richardson's biography has paralleled Senator Obama's. Fourth, and very interestingly, we learned that Senator Obama quietly tossed a lifeline to Governor Richardson during a presidential debate.
In a tough campaign, such endorsements arenât easy, but they may break the logjam before the convention.
Governor Richardson is clearly on the short list to be Vice President or Secretary of State. Regardless of what the future holds, Senator Obama knows that a friend in need is a friend indeed.
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