Bill Richardson on the Clintons

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This is a rush transcript from "Your World With Neil Cavuto," August 27, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: OK, now convention delegates better snap all of the pictures, in the meantime, they can of Bill Clinton tonight, because he won't be around tomorrow. Word is, the former president is skipping town before Barack Obama's big speech. Now, is that a dis?

Who better to ask than former presidential candidate and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, who knows a thing or two about that Clinton wrath.

Governor, what do you make of that?

GOV. BILL RICHARDSON (D), NEW MEXICO: Well, I don't know what his plans are, but I do know that his speech will be positive, reinforcing, like Senator Clinton's. It will be Clinton's script. I — I understand he — he isn't writing it. He's just going to give it.

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CAVUTO: Yes, but he was told we want it on national security issues, because that's our theme tonight. And the word is, he said: "I don't think so. I'm going to write one on the economy and how I turned everything around, and that's what I'm going to do."

RICHARDSON: Well, he's a former president. He's a star in the party. Obviously, he has to be given that proper respect.

But I think what is most important is, he's going to reinforce Senator Clinton's message that we have to get behind Barack Obama.

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CAVUTO: How do you know that, because he's not given an inkling of being even remotely supportive, including the crazy stuff yesterday? What's going on?

RICHARDSON: He's a team player. He's a loyal Democrat. Watch. I know you guys want him to do a little skirmish, but he's not going to do it, because he is loyal.

CAVUTO: We're not imagining these skirmishes, Governor.


CAVUTO: I mean, you're saying that he's going to have sort of like a kumbaya moment and do what his wife did last night.

RICHARDSON: Yes. He is going to be strong for Senator Obama. He's going to be positive.

Yes, I think it's important that Democrats remember, when he was president, we had a balanced budget; we had millions of new jobs; we had a surplus. And look where we are now.

CAVUTO: So, you don't think he's ticked off, although you do know something about the Clinton wrath, right?

RICHARDSON: Well, I know he's ticked off at me. Now...


CAVUTO: For supporting Barack Obama?


Now, Senator Clinton is — we're — we're OK, because we did a fund- raiser, two for her, in New Mexico about 10 days ago.

CAVUTO: But that phone call didn't go down well.

RICHARDSON: No, it didn't go down well.


RICHARDSON: She wasn't happy. But, you know, in politics...

CAVUTO: How did she express her displeasure?

RICHARDSON: Well, she said she was disappointed, that I was wrong. But, look...

CAVUTO: And those were the strongest words she used?

RICHARDSON: Yes. But you could sense...

CAVUTO: Now, how do you know Bill wasn't happy?

RICHARDSON: Well, I know he's not happy, because I haven't heard from him. And I usually hear from him.

But, you know, apart from that, in politics, you have to move on. You have to make up. You know, when there's a bitter primary, you have to come together.

CAVUTO: Well, he's not moving on with you, so who's to say he's going to move on with Barack Obama?

RICHARDSON: Well, it's not that he hasn't moved on with me. He hasn't talked to me. Maybe if he talks to me, it will be all right.

CAVUTO: Well, ignoring someone, Governor, is a way of communicating a message.

RICHARDSON: Well, no. You know, I'm maybe being unfair.

Senator Clinton and I have made up. With President Clinton, he's a big part of my life, and maybe he will get over it, maybe not. But, apart from that, what is important is that the Clinton forces, the Obama forces, that we merge, reconciliation. That's a theme tonight. That was a theme last night.


CAVUTO: All right, so if it's a theme, Governor, and you're the former president, and you're saying it's time to have our s'mores moment around the campfire, then stay for the campfire tomorrow night, when Barack Obama speaks.

RICHARDSON: Well, we don't know what he's doing.

CAVUTO: He's not going to be there. He's not going to be there.

RICHARDSON: You know — did he tell you, or what?

CAVUTO: I know this on the highest authority.


CAVUTO: If I told you how I knew it, I would have to kill you. He is not going to be there.



CAVUTO: So, how do you feel about that?

RICHARDSON: Look, Senator Clinton will be there. Look, we shouldn't make too much out of this.

CAVUTO: You don't interpret that as a dis, that he's not there?

RICHARDSON: No, I don't think so. I don't think so.

I mean, Jimmy Carter is — loves Obama. He's left. I mean, you know, come on. I think we're going to have a great moment tomorrow night. Tonight, President Clinton, Joe Biden, they're going to steal the show.

I'm speaking, but, you know, who is going to remember me?


CAVUTO: You'll steal it. You'll steal it. I have seen you when you're walking around the hall here. They're mobbing you.

All right, Governor, always a pleasure.

RICHARDSON: Thank you. Thanks, Neil.

CAVUTO: Thank you very, very much.

RICHARDSON: Thanks for having me.

CAVUTO: All right. We will see tonight, won't we? All right.


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