Bill Surprises Delegates With Rant About Richardson

Bubba also furious over media treatment of Hillary
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2008 4:42 PM CDT
In this still image made from video, shows former President Bill Clinton talking with supporters.   (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Bill Clinton surprised a group of 15 California superdelegates with an angry rant about Bill Richardson’s endorsement of Obama, media bias, and the calls for Hillary to drop out, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A finger-pointing Bill vented about his old friend: “Five times to my face he said that he would never do that.” Said one delegate who was present last weekend, “It was one of the worst political meetings I have ever attended.”

Many who heard the tirade were surprised to hear him tell Democrats to “chill out” later that evening in a speech, the Chronicle notes. The delegate who sparked Clinton's ire—by criticizing James Carville—later received an indirect apology via voicemail. A report made its way back to New Mexico, where a rep for the governor said Hillary had never been “promised or guaranteed” Richardson's nod.