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Former NM Gov. Bill Richardson says rift with Clintons has been mended, endorses Hillary

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Sunday that he would be endorsing Hillary Clinton during her bid for the White House.

Speaking to ABC News, Richardson said that he had patched up his 2008 disagreement with former President Bill Clinton and his wife and would be adding his name to the former Secretary of State’s supporters.

“I have spoken to the president and Secretary Clinton and we have patched up our disagreement from the 2008 election,” Richardson, 67, said in a statement. “I am pleased to announce I wholeheartedly support Secretary Clinton’s candidacy for the Presidency. Her leadership on issues like foreign policy, immigration, climate change and economic populism are important to the future of the country.”

Richardson, who is of Mexican descent, served as energy secretary during the Clinton administration and as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations before becoming governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011.

After mounting his own unsuccessful presidential bid in 2008, Richardson supported then-Sen. Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary.

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