Richardson Offers Olive Branch to Clintons

Commerce gig seats him next to rival Clinton
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 3, 2008 4:01 PM CST
Richardson extended an olive branch to the Clintons during today's nomination announcement.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Bill Richardson appeared to make a peace offering to the Clintons today in his speech accepting Barack Obama's nomination to be Commerce secretary, writes Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post. Richardson, whose relations with the power couple turned icy after he endorsed Obama in the primaries, objected to the term "team of rivals" in his speech because "rivals implies something harder edged and less forgiving."

Notes Cillizza: "The Clintons—particularly Bill Clinton—are well-known for their long political memories, and Richardson knows that fact better than most. His 'water under the bridge' pronouncement today is rightly seen as an olive branch offered to the Clintons as he prepares to serve alongside Hillary Clinton in Obama's Cabinet."