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