Democratic presidential hopeful, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, right, speaks during the Brown & Black Forum as fellow hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., looks on, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, in Des Moines, Iowa. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the nation’s only Hispanic governor, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president, calling him a ‘once-in-a- lifetime leader’ who can unite the nation and restore America’s international leadership. Richardson, who dropped out of the Democratic race in January, is to appear with Obama on Friday March 21, 2008 at a campaign event in Portland, Ore.
Interesting timing in this endorsement – being that Richardson NOW endorses Obama after primaries where Richardson ACTUALLY might have made a difference (such as California, New Mexico and Texas), where there are large Hispanic populations).
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, the nation’s only Hispanic governor, is endorsing Sen. Barack Obama for president, calling him a “once-in-a-lifetime leader” who can unite the nation and restore America’s international leadership.
The governor’s endorsement comes as Obama leads among delegates selected at primaries and caucuses but with national public opinion polling showing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton pulling ahead of him amid controversy over statements by his former pastor.
Richardson has been relentlessly wooed by Obama and Clinton for his endorsement. As a Democratic superdelegate, the governor plays a part in the tight race for nominating votes and could bring other superdelegates to Obama’s side. He also has been mentioned as a potential running mate for either candidate.
Flap knows that Richardson CAN count delegates and is playing one Clinton against the other Obama. Hillary has done well with Latino populations without Richardson’s endorsement so Hillary does not need him. And Bill sees her campaigning in Indiana with Senator Evan Bayh, who would probably be the Middle America ticket balancing Vice President Hillary needs.
So, why not endorse an “apparent” winner?
But, Flap does not think Bubba will be watching the Super Bowl with Richardson again anytime soon:
Bill Richardson and former President Bill Clinton watching the 2008 Super Bowl
Will Hillary continue to fight the inevitable?
In the meantime, John McCain continues his surge in national Presidential tracking polls.