October 19th, 2007
05:00 PM ET
7 years ago

Edwards: I can win across the country

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards said Friday he’s the Democratic presidential candidate who has the best chance of wining closely-divided states in a general election.

“The press and the pundits think the most electable candidate is the one with the most money and the most ties to Washington,” Edwards said Friday at an event in Los Angeles. “The problem is the press and the pundits have confused the candidate who would win an election inside the Beltway with the candidate who can win an election in the rest of America.”

Supporters of Edwards also held a conference call Friday, arguing Edwards offers the best chance of winning swing states.

“Here's the deal - If we don't have a good person at the top of the ticket – someone who can help stop the hemorrhaging in Missouri, then we'll go red,” Missouri state Minority Whip Connie Johnson said. “It's as simple as that. And it will affect state reps, state senators, treasurers, governors, everybody.

“If Hillary comes to a state like Missouri, we can write it off,” Johnson added, referring to Democratic field’s frontrunner, Hillary Clinton.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Mac, Severn, Md

    He's not still talking about two Americas is he? Talk about trying to divide a Nation – this guy wins the prize. Constantly trying to put a wedge between people; that's not what we need. There is far more that unites us, but if we focus on our differences we'll never get along.

    October 20, 2007 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  2. Kirk Cronk, Stony Brook, New York

    It Edwards is so popular in the South, how come he didn't help John Kerry win his own state? If he isn't leading in the southern state primaries, what makes him think he will do any better in the general election in those states.
    Just because the right wingers do not like Clinton, does not mean that they will like Edwards

    October 20, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. RuthieM

    “The problem is the press and the pundits have confused the candidate who would win an election inside the Beltway with the candidate who can win an election in the rest of America.”

    Oh John stop campaigning no segregation! I am so tired of hearing you and some union supporters and your wife screaming about you are the only one electable because you are 'white and male'. Whatever happened to your 'One America'? Oh, you meant One SOUTHERN America, and Another One SOUTHERN America? This is so terrible how you're perpetuating this whole segregation, division, discrimination, bigotry America thing, and you want to be president for all the people. I don't think so, no thank you!

    October 20, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Ben

    Barack Obama will win across the country!

    He has more appeal amongst Independant and Republican voters than any other Democratic candidate.

    October 20, 2007 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Matt, Chico, CA

    Kind of how he was going to "Beat George Bush in my back yard" in 2004 and then lost every southern state

    October 21, 2007 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  6. Debi, Philadelphia, Pa

    Reading the comments here tonight tells me that others feel just as I do, all the bashing has cost Edwards the White House. He doesn't have what it takes and his wife and campaign managers are allowing him to highlight his inadequacies.

    October 22, 2007 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
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