November 15th, 2007
10:08 PM ET
10 years ago

Edwards avoids dig at Clinton over 'gender card'

When it came to the "gender card," former Sen. Edwards kept his gloves on Thursday night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who has significantly stepped up his attacks against rival Hillary Clinton recently, avoided taking a dig at the New York senator when asked by moderator Wolf Blitzer if she was playing the "gender card."

"I think that every single candidate on this stage should be held to exactly the same standard," Edwards said in response, before going into his standard stump speech on the differences between him and Clinton.

Edwards then drew boos from some in the crowd when he said Clinton took money from lobbyists.

"Wait a minute," Edwards said to the boos. "Voters have those choices, and they deserve to know that they have those choices, that there are in fact differences between us. But I think every one of us should be held to the same standard."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    In my humble and non-american opinion after watching the debate tonight –

    John Edwards made a Donkey's Patoot of himself again. And worse, he gave me the impression that he's convinced his attack strategy against Hillary will win him votes. It's a pity he can't see how small that strategy is making him look.

    I also disagree with the title of this blog. Edwards didn't avoid the dig at Clinton over the gender card. He sneaked around the mulberry bush hoping his repulsive attack strategy would be less obvious. It wasn't. He's an attack dog that apparently doesn't have what it takes to change.

    In my opinion, Joe Biden, Richardson, Obama, Dodd, and Hillary are the real men in this race. Edwards and Kuinchi sp? need more male hormone.

    November 15, 2007 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  2. Dan from Boston, MA

    Agree with Tricia. Little John does look awful. Unfortunately, he may be the democratic nominee since Hillary is a lady, and Obama, well, an Obama.

    November 15, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. mike evat,t seneca sc

    I think John Edwards is the only one on the stage tonight that answered teh real question facing Democrats, and that is who do we most trust to be the 44th President. I have made up my mind, I will vote for John Edwards in the Jan 26th SC Democratic primary. I thin he can beat the GOP, and I am not convience teh others can, Yes , I trust you John and will proudly cast my vote for you! Proud SC Democrat

    November 15, 2007 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  4. bbb121

    I just want to start of by saying! I believe that Cnn is pulling for Hillary Clinton. My reason for saying this is because they feel that she win the debate. Clearly she don't even come in second. For this reason I will stay as far away from viewing any cnn program. Not being truthful to their viewers!

    November 15, 2007 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. Pamela Hodenberg, Bridgton, Maine

    Once again John Edwards turned this Independant voter off,too bad he wouldn't address the issues as venimently as he does the Senator from NY.

    November 15, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  6. Ken Garing, Modesto CA

    Man! Those Hillary supporters need to grow up and stop booing every two seconds! Kinda ruins the debate. I don't think anything said by anybody in the debate warranted booing.

    November 15, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  7. Fred Seattle

    I was hoping that Clinton would clean his clock tonight and she did. Mr. Edwars the game is over. Now hurry and move out the way so we can get down to bizz please.

    November 15, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Jay Castriville Texas

    Clintons loaded the audience with their boo birds just as they had people asking cream puff questions! My vote is against Hillary and Richardson!Richardson could not even qualifl on Kerrys short list because of his womanizing! That is a fact!

    November 15, 2007 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  9. John, Raleigh, NC

    CNN has four commentators on after the debate, two of whom worked for Clinton – Gergen, whose career was rescued by Bill Clinton, and the re-animated corpse of Jim Carville WHO CURRENTLY IS PAID BY THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN.

    I wonder why the "panel" thinks she won.


    November 15, 2007 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  10. Jesse, Burnsville, MN

    Edwards did just fine. The fact that CNN allowed Clinton supporters to boo every time somebody was trying to bring up policy differences is a disgrace. I guess Mike Gravel was absolutely correct when he said we in America have become fat and dumb. People can't even listen to a differing opinion without some idiots in the crowd, who are filled with Kool-Aid, booing them for letting the rest of know why we should consider them over another candidate.

    Sometimes, in situations like this, I am truly embarassed for our country.

    November 15, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  11. Edgery, Arlington VA

    To Tricia: given that it is your non-american opinion, perhaps you'd like to stick to Canadian politics.

    The boos in the crowd: were they against Edwards for telling the truth about Clinton (what she calls "mud-slinging" which is that she does take enormous amounts of money from the very industries she claims she will fight against) or were they booing Clinton for taking enormous amounts of money from the very industries she claims she will fight against?

    November 15, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  12. MM, Denver, CO

    What a ridiculous debate when you allow audience members to cheer and boo! Is this high school? How unprofessional when compared to the last MSNBC debate. While I do not support him, John Edwards has every right to point out issues as it relates to the other candidates. It is up to the audience members at home(not the Kool Aid drunk Clinton cheering squad in the audience) to determine whether that is appropriate or not. What a terrible debate.

    November 15, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. Wendy

    John Edwards is just an attacking dog, nothing else. He will not win even a single state.

    November 16, 2007 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  14. CWalker

    I think John Edwards has just shot himself in the foot with his attacks on his own party.Hillary could be right about him getting his attacks right out of the Republican play book.
    John ran as vice president to Kerry but he beter not be looking for a job with Hillary when she is the next president.JOHN YOU NEED TO LEARN TACT.

    November 16, 2007 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  15. tapera, Toronto

    You should be happy to have someone who tries to weed out the bad candidates by questinong and challenging them. I can't believe people would boo because someone begs to differ with a certain candidate.
    People of America, do not vote for a name but for substance

    November 16, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  16. Joe Morgan, Dayton, Ohio

    John Edwards of 04 is in stark contrast to the John Edwards of '08. He actually looked like a decent leader in '04 with a positive message. But then again Hilary's Healthcare in '94 is different than her plan in '08. I think the American Public is going to shape up and get rid of the Clinton, Edwards and Bushs'...we need a leader, not sure we've seen one on either side yet.

    November 16, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  17. Andrew, Haslett, MI

    It was a better debate than the others but of course CNN is focusing on the "top-tier" candidates because it will make them more money. They can't control the crowd either! They public has already bought into the Clinton spin machine and Edwards' personal attacks, Obama's lies about change, and whatever other nonsense they're spewing. Try listening to their views on the issues and make up your mind on that, where the supposed second-tier candidates have much better answers, while the dogs in front attack each other. The people want change, not more doubletalk and they didn't get it in this debate.

    November 16, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  18. Lincoln,NE

    I am a democrat and thought edwards was a very good candidate and had class. Well, I was wrong he is neither, he is acting like a "scrounge
    Dog" by attacking Hillary Clinton!

    November 16, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  19. Cathy M in Tn

    The deck was stacked on this debate. Not only was the room full of Hill supporters but MSNBC reported that Hill was given a copy of the questions before hand. The real people of this country are being led by the nose. I will not let the media or Corp. America decide who I'll vote for.

    November 16, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  20. John, Euless, TX

    I'm so tired of listening to John Edwards whine about everyone else..especially Clinton. When he opens his mouth now all you just know that he is going to start trashing someone else instead of answer the question. What was going on with his neck during the debate. The sides and back of his neck was very red? Seriously...did anyone else notice this? It could be the red Republican mud running down his neck that he keeps on throwing at the other candidates instead of running a respectible campaign.

    November 16, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  21. stan pitts p.a

    i cant take anymore of hillarys rigged debates!!! thanks hillary for undermining our democracy and trying to fool the american people, the people in the crowd who booed were planted, just like most of the questions she gets asked on the campaign trail this woman will do anything to win!!! shameful!!!

    November 16, 2007 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  22. sf, ca

    Jesse, Burnsville, MN : November 15, 2007 11:20 pm

    Jesse, do you think Obama is deceiving American citizens by saying something and doing something else?

    November 16, 2007 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  23. Cedar Rapids,Iowa

    what a day for Hillary...she is right we are the the democrat and we need to throw the mud at the Repulican not the Democrat....and yeah Edward is sound like and Repulican.

    November 16, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  24. Jesse Saltsburg, PA

    i like how all the clinton supporters call edwards an attack dog. Well... when you have a candidate clinton, who constantly is contradicting herself... its not personal attacks... its engaging on the issues. Hillary sympathy... for stumbling on the issues has been shielded as "personal attacks" Thats baloney... ex) drivers license issue. go Edwards.

    November 16, 2007 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  25. Ace, Louisville Ky

    John Edwards is the only choice. Once again he had answers not excuses and came across to be the Statesman that he is!

    November 16, 2007 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
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