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Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico, endorses Obama for president

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Associated Press - March 21, 2008 1:43 PM ET

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - He had warm words for Hillary Rodham Clinton, but Bill Richardson has enthusiastically thrown his support behind Barack Obama.

At a campaign event in Portland, Oregon, the nation's only Hispanic governor endorsed Obama for president, calling it a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" for the nation to elect a "once-in-a-lifetime leader."

A presidential candidate himself just a few months ago, Richards also served as U.N. Ambassador and energy secretary under President Bill Clinton. But he said while his affection for the Clintons would never waver, it's time for a "new generation of leadership."

Delivering some of his words in Spanish, Richardson said the party has a choice between two great leaders, but that it's time for Democrats to stop fighting among themselves.

He urged the crowd to get behind Obama's candidacy and prepare for what he called "a tough fight" against John McCain.

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