July 23rd, 2007
10:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Elizabeth Edwards versus Hillary Clinton

(CNN) – Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic candidate John Edwards, has made news in her own right this year - from her public battle with cancer, to taking on conservative commentator Ann Coulter, and most recently, because of a comment she made to Salon.com's Joan Walsh about Sen. Hillary Clinton that "sometimes you feel you have to behave as a man and not talk about women's issues."

Clinton praised Elizabeth Edwards during Monday's debate, saying she has "a great deal of admiration" for her.

When asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer after the debate who she thought would be a better president - her husband or Sen. Clinton - with respect to women's issues, Mrs. Edwards said, "With respect to women's issues, she's in the right place on most everything that I know her positions about. But the truth of the matter is, at this time, American women need a leader, somebody who is not just going to be in the right place, but is going to lead us to the right place."

Mrs. Edwards also said she never accused Clinton of behaving like a man.

– CNN Associate Producer Natalie Apsell


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Brenna Bella Vista, AR

    I feel like there was a ninth debater tonight-Elizabeth Edwards. I admire a woman who has strong convictions and is an independent thinker-but her husband is the candidate-not her. Her interjections on issues are muddling the campaign and confusing people on where Edwards stands on issues.

    July 23, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. Jaime, Orlando, FL

    100% agreed, Brenna.

    July 23, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  3. Mark Lodes, St. Louis, MO

    Attacking Clinton's strong point! A very wise approach from the clearly pro-Edwards YouTuber! I haven't seen a tough question handled so well in a long time! Great job both Edwards and Clinton! You were both winners tonight! Again though, the American People were the first place winner's of this debate. You'll have to both do battle for the role of VP to the next President of the United States of America, and winner the first ever YouTube/CNN debate, the citizen!

    July 24, 2007 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  4. chickie, LeClaire, Iowa

    I was In Davenport and the press is making a bigger deal out of what Mrs Edwards said, that what she was speaking about. She was passionate about womens issues and speaking about how her husband has worked so hard on them.
    I admire both women. Mrs. Edwards is to be listened too. She's a straight shooter. And Sen. Clinton is very intelligent and very well versed on all the issues.
    We are lucky to have such women in our society.

    July 24, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  5. ROSSYPI.MTN. VIEW,CA.

    HILLARY IS THE BEST CANDIDATE OF ALL TIME(PRES.08)SHES RIGHT SHES PROGRESSIVE SHES WAS UNDER THE PROGRESSIVE YEAR AND DO GOOD THING LIKE IN THE 9OS MORE JOB CREATES AND ETC.WERE VERY PROUD AMEROICA AGAIN WHEN WE HAVE A GOOD PRES. BILL CLINTON WORLD AMBASSADOR.THE WORLD WILL RESPECT US AGAIN.

    July 24, 2007 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  6. Joe Shepard, Spring Lake North Carolina

    Elizabeth Edwards is, without question, a strong woman worthy of admiration. She has not allowed her cancer to overly interfer in her daily life. Because of her condition, the news media and the candidates have pretty much left her alone. However, should Mrs. Edwards continue to interject herself into the campaign as she recently did in her comments about Hillary Clinton, that layer of protection could very well be stripped away, and she be open to the same level of public questioning, attacks, investigations into her private life,and in general, be treated just like the candidates. Not a pleasant prospect for someone not even running for office.

    July 24, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. K. Mullin, Houston, Texas

    Elizabeth Edwards is so outspoken and right on all the issues. I'd vote for her in a second if she were running. She does have a voice for the people and she is concerned with the same issues we are. I think having her as First Lady will be a tremendous benefit to our country.

    Hillary Clinton needs to wear a dress or skirt now and then. Her always making public appearances in pants gives a sense that she is trying to "fit in" with the boys, which is never going to be the case.

    It would be awesome if Hillary was more like Elizabeth. But Hillary lacks the compassion and realness Elizabeth possesses.

    July 24, 2007 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Elizabeth is confusing by herself. She assault Hillary because she is mad at her(front runner) and jealous of Hillary. Elizabeth's chattering is illogical and not true. She couldn't answer the questions just persists stubbornly at Larry King Live and after Monday Debate. She subtracts John's voters, not a smart movement.

    July 24, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |