Friday, March 21, 2008

Bill Richardson Endorses Barack Obama

Gov. Bill Richardson will join Sen. Obama at a campaign event in Oregon today to make it official.

In a statement explaining his endorsement, which was provided by the Obama campaign early Friday morning, Mr. Richardson hailed Mr. Obama’s judgment and ability to be commander-in-chief — qualities that Mrs. Clinton has called into question in recent weeks on the campaign trail.

“I believe he is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime leader that can bring our nation together and restore America’s moral leadership in the world,” Mr. Richardson said in the statement. “As a presidential candidate, I know full well Sen. Obama’s unique moral ability to inspire the American people to confront our urgent challenges at home and abroad in a spirit of bipartisanship and reconciliation.”

My sense is that Gov. Richardson knows momentum when he sees it…as well as an opportunity to position himself for a Cabinet post — Secretary of State, perhaps — in an Obama administration.