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Bill Richardson on Pressure from Clinton: “That Really Ticked Me Off”

April 13, 2008

Yesterday, Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM-Obama) discussed his endorsement for Barack Obama with reporters:

He told reporters that he almost endorsed Clinton, but waited a little longer to see how things played out, and as the infighting increased, Richardson became displeased with the party and the candidates.  He told reporters “That upset me” when talking about Clinton’s 3 A.M. ad.

Richardson said that he began getting calls from the Clinton camp, saying that Richardson owed Clinton the endorsement since resident Clinton had Richardson on his cabinet, saying “That really ticked me off.”

But Richardson, a former candidate himself, would be a powerful endorsement to whoever he gave his support, so “the pursuit was pretty relentless on both sides.”

He finally decided that he didn’t owe the Clintons anymore: “I was loyal.  But I don’t think that loyalty is transferable to his wife. … You don’t transfer loyalty to a dynasty.”

Art Torres, the California Democratic Party chairman and a friend of President Clinton and Bill Richardson said, “They’re very similar in personality.  There was a bond established, and I think [President Clinton] feels a little hurt.”

An anonymous associate of President Clinton earlier told reporters that “I think [Bill Richardson] really owes a big chunk of his success and his career to the Clintons.”  Richardson responded, “Look, I was a successful congressman rescuing hostages before I was appointed.  I was a governor afterward, elected on my own.”

Richardson had previously watch the Super Bowl with President Clinton.  He discussed talking with the former President, saying, “I remember talking to the president and saying, ‘I’m leaning.  But I’m not there yet.’  Sometimes people hear what they want to hear.”

Bill Richardson described how the 2 different sides approached Richardson for an endorsement from 2 different approaches.  He  said that Obama called Richardson about once every 3 days, “dialing the phone himself, no operator,” while the Clinton campaigned called him at least 8 times a day, “Bill calling, Hillary calling, friends of mine that were in the Clinton administration, Clinton operatives, Clinton Hispanic operatives, New Mexico Clinton Hispanic operatives.”  Richardson said that the callers who made Richardson feel like he owed it to the Clintons did more harm than good, “I think the Clintons have a feeling of entitlement … that the presidency was theirs.”

Richardson said that he actually began to really like Obama while Richardson was still running himself.  “I saw real growth in the guy.  A tremendous growth in policy and expression and experience.”

Richardson told reporters that he was not trying to gain a position in an Obama administration, “I never say never in politics, but I’m not pining for it [the VP nomination].”

So Richardson had made his mind up.  It was time to call Hillary and tell her.  He said that their conversation was “was proper but heated,” and that he has not talked with the Clintons since then.  He said that “the ferocity [and] the intensity” from the Clinton campaign since then has surprised him.  With pictures of Richardson and the President still hanging in the Governor’s mansion, Richardson said that “He’s very much a part of my life.”

So, that’s Richardson’s perspective of what all happened.  Meanwhile, the infighting continues, and the Job for John McCain and his staff gets easier.

Done Reporting,

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Clinton “Sleep Deprived” When She Misspoke; What About the 3:00 A.M. Phone Call?

March 26, 2008

Alright, so last week Hillary Clinton was in Washington, D.C. and was discussing her trip to Bosnia in 1996.  She said the following concerning her landing at Tuzla airport: “I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

CBS later released footage that showed that there was no sniper fire and that the plane landed routinely.

Clinton then said at a press conference in Greensburg, PA, “So I made a mistake.  That happens. It shows I’m human, which for some people is a revelation.”

 OK, that’s fine – plenty of people misspeak (including myself), but then she said this: “I was sleep-deprived, and I misspoke.”

And then the trouble started.  Do you remember that ad about the red phone ringing at 3:00 A.M.?  If not, see the video below:

HEHE – I just found this regarding that ad – I find this one quite amusing:

OK – back on track.  Now, personally, I could care less if she was sleep deprived – I get 5 hours of sleep a night – I understand not sleeping.  I don’t think the misspeaking was a big deal, but a lot of people are making fun of her about the 3:00 A.M. phone call ad and the fact that she misspeaks when sleep deprived.

On MSNBC’s website, Brian Hussein makes a comment saying, “She was ‘sleep-deprived’ and ‘misspoke’?  Would she be sleep-deprived and “misspeak” when the phone rings at 3 AM?  Perhaps she’d confuse the housing crisis with sniper fire and order a carpet bombing of Wall Street? <– insert sarcasm here,” and Sue from Bloomington, IN says, “She was sleep-deprived?  I hope she’ll be wide awake enough to answer that 3 a.m. phone call without misspeaking.  ‘you know, they told me there were snipers, you know and I just, you know, told them to take military action, you know….or was that Iraq?’”

So, this could become quite an embarrasment to her campaign, along with the revelation that the girl in the ad, Casey Knowles, is actually an Obama supporter.

All this infighting and McCain might not even have to campaign!

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