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Richardson: Rift Has Healed With Hillary, Not Bill

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Richardson: Rift Has Healed With Hillary, Not Bill

Election 2008

Richardson: Rift Has Healed With Hillary, Not Bill

Richardson: Rift Has Healed With Hillary, Not Bill

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New Mexico is a battleground state in next month's presidential election. Its governor, Bill Richardson, gave a valued endorsement to Barack Obama after he ended his own campaign — a move that earned the ire of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Now Richardson is doing all he can to ensure that New Mexico goes for Obama. And Hispanic voters are warming up to the Democrat, Richardson said.

As for his relationship with the Clintons, Richardson said he has made his peace with Hillary Clinton — he even held a fundraiser to help ease her campaign debt two months ago.

"I'm very comfortable with what I did, endorsing Senator Obama," Richardson said.

"Have I heard from President Clinton? No. It could be pretty much a permanent fissure. But, that's politics. That's okay," Richardson said.

"I'm still very fond of the Clintons," he said.

"I've reconciled with her, but with him — he wants to keep a grudge, that's fine with me," Richardson said, "I move on."

"I'm governor of New Mexico. I'm happy where I am."

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