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Monday, March 24, 2008

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) said that the people around Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) practice "gutter" politics and that they feel entitled to the presidency, a day after an informal adviser to her campaign compared Richardson to Judas for endorsing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

James Carville told the New York Times that Richardson, who was in Bill Clinton's Cabinet, had committed "an act of betrayal," adding that it "came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out [Jesus] for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate, if ironic."

Richardson responded on "Fox News Sunday."

"I'm not going to get in the gutter like that," he said. "And you know, that's typical of many of the people around Senator Clinton. They think they have a sense of entitlement to the presidency."

"I am very loyal to the Clintons," said Richardson, but he wanted something beyond "Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton." "You know, what about the rest of us?" he asked.

He called for "a new generation of leadership" and added: "I think Obama represents this new change of not just bipartisanship, but bringing people together, bringing races together, bringing America's role in the world to be respected again."

"I just feel the time has come to come together behind a candidate," Richardson added.

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell (D), a Clinton supporter, said that "it's very difficult" for Clinton to overcome Obama in the popular vote or pledged delegates, even if she wins his state's primary by a commanding margin April 22.

But he said the Obama campaign is inconsistent with how it wants superdelegates, the party officials who have a vote at the Democratic convention, to line up. The Obama campaign says superdelegates' votes should reflect the will of the people, Rendell said, but only when it's convenient.

"We have Senator Kennedy and Senator Kerry saying they're going to vote for Obama even though Senator Clinton won by 13 points in Massachusetts," Rendell said. "If we follow the Obama line, Bill Richardson should be for Senator Clinton."

The fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, which passed last week, was also discussed.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said, in addition to the success of the U.S. military strategy, "there's been major political breakthroughs."

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