October 9, 2008
Anna Christopher, NPR
ON NPR NEWS MORNING EDITION TODAY
RICHARDSON TO NPR: “I’VE RECONCILED WITH HER,
BUT WITH HIM, HE WANTS TO KEEP A GRUDGE,
THAT’S FINE WITH ME.”
EXCERPTS BELOW; AUDIO AT NPR.org
RENEE MONTAGNE: “What about you? Have you reconciled with the Clintons? Have you recently talked to Bill and Hillary Clinton?”
GOVERNOR BILL RICHARDSON: “Well, I had a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton about two months ago. And I’m very comfortable with what I did in endorsing Senator Obama. And we raised close to $250,000 for her debt. She appreciated it. We talked. Have I heard from President Clinton? No. It could be a pretty much a permanent fissure. But that’s politics, that’s OK. I did what I thought was best for the country. I’m still very fond of the Clintons. I’ve reconciled with her, but with him, he wants to keep a grudge, that’s fine with me. I move on. I’m Governor of New Mexico. I’m happy where I am.”
In the interview, Richardson also addresses whether Hispanic supporters of Senator Hillary Clinton will shift their support to Obama, and whether they have a level of discomfort with Obama’s race: "I think that's a myth that just gets perpetuated without any foundation. There's always voters that are going to have that problem. It's not just Hispanics, it's others. But a significant number of Hispanics, they like Obama because he's had to struggle. They like him because he's had an international background, because he started out as a community organizer and worked in neighborhoods and barrios. Sure, there's always with some voters some prejudices, but I see that movement from Clinton to Obama almost total in northern New Mexico. I almost see it happening. It's taken some time though. You know, there were some scars, some healing to do. But I'm seeing it happening."
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