September 27th, 2007
03:59 PM ET
5 years ago

Edwards to accept public financing

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Watch CNN's Candy Crowley interview John Edwards on CNN's Election Express.

ONBOARD THE CNN ELECTION EXPRESS, New Hampshire (CNN) – Former Sen. John Edwards will accept public financing for his presidential campaign, and he challenged New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama to follow his lead.

“This is not about a money calculation,” Edwards told CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley Thursday on his way to an event in Durham. “This is about taking a stand, a principled stand, and I believe in public financing.”

Edwards is battling Clinton, Obama and a handful of other Democrats contending for their party’s presidential nomination.

With the third quarter fundraising deadline just days away, Edwards emphasized he did not arrive at this decision because his Federal Election Commission report will show a drop-off in contributions from donors. (Check out the CNN Election Center to see where the candidates stand in the money race)

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  1. Paul, Tulsa OK

    We need to do away with any & all dynasties in politics ...no matter which party.

    For whoever Ed Kennedy puts his support behind will be the one candidate I will not support.

    Hopefully he will endorse Hillary since she is the only current demo I wont for too.

    October 1, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Edwards getting public funding means he has problem raising money. With the polls going mostly 3rd for him after Obama in all state primaries, he will be history soon.

    He cannot even win his own state, North Carolina. And, he spent a lot of time and money in Iowa, his standing there is declining after Hillary, and will soon after Obama.

    October 2, 2007 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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