December 7th, 2007
04:05 PM ET
7 years ago

Edwards says campaign has turned "silly"

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) ­– At a campaign event Friday, former Sen. John Edwards made light of sparring between his opponents, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama, saying the campaign season has turned "silly."

"The criticisms have sort of ratcheted up," said Edwards of the exchanges between the senators from New York and Illinois. He laughed while explaining his take of the charges made by the Clinton camp.

"[Barack Obama] wrote an essay when he was in kindergarten talking about how he wanted to be president, and somehow or another, that was supposed to be an issue of character," he said.

"I have to confess on my own behalf," Edwards continued playfully "when I was in kindergarten, I wanted to either be a cowboy or superman."

When asked later if it was to his advantage that Clinton and Obama were on the attack of one another, Edwards dismissed the question, saying only it was his intention to remain "clear and strong and positive," over the next four weeks.

–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Debi, Philadelphia

    You find it silly only because in this instance neither you or your wife are involved. Let's see what next week brings.

    December 7, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Christian, Tampa FL

    I think that Kindergate is going to follow Hillary's campaign for a while...

    December 7, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Ken, San Diego, CA

    Of course, the Kindergarten thing was rhetorical and in jest. The real issue was Obama accusing Hillary of planning the presidency for two decades, when Obama himself had been planing the presidency since at least his time in the Illinois senate (and possibly sooner :)). Obama brought it up as a character flaw of Hillary's, which is absurd (as a character flaw). If these candidates have not been thinking of the presidency for a while, then they probably have no business running...

    Edwards, is such a panderer. He does not take Obama to task on much (if at all). What a candidate - hoping only for second place...If he was really running for the presidency, he'd be pointing out "faults" in both Obama and Hillary - and doing it in a respectful fashion (which is what Iowans and most people like to see).

    December 7, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Is Edwards inferring that if "when I was in kindergarten, I wanted to either be a cowboy or superman." – that you will grow up to be a sue happy lawyer who targets healthcare for hundreds of millions...then in another breath complains that healthcare costs are too high and we need a government program to solve this (with no tort reform to block more huge lawsuits) – I hope my children never want to be a cowboy or superman

    December 7, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |


    December 7, 2007 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. Independent in IA

    This little twerp is so far out of the running, he might as well stay home and watch the old George Reeves Superman reruns.

    December 7, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  7. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    "Clear and strong and positive," he said. Look who's talking! He was the one that started the attacks on Hillary and Obama just followed his example. Great comparison to make would be bunch of kindergarteners playing in the sand box – and that's just plain "silly".

    December 8, 2007 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  8. Jessica M., El Paso, Texes

    He's not one to talk. How stupid does he think we are????? He's been the MOST NEGATIVE so far.

    December 8, 2007 12:54 am at 12:54 am |

    Edwards says campaign has turned "silly"

    "PATHETIC" is what I'd call it.

    December 8, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  10. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Intersting that now John Edwards is backing off from his negative campaigns. It appears he is relishing in the campaigns of Clinton-Obama.

    But how sad it is that he is doing this now that he hopes he will have an advantage.

    December 8, 2007 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  11. Krew

    I thought the sparring was between Hilary and Edwards (and his wife)

    December 8, 2007 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  12. mark, Wa

    I don't think the Kindergarten joke is insignificant. Obama still has a very childish approach to politics and reality. It was certainly a joke, but it just shows that Obama is not that honest he pretends to be.

    December 8, 2007 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. RuthieM

    "When asked later if it was to his advantage that Clinton and Obama were on the attack of one another, Edwards dismissed the question, saying only it was his intention to remain "clear and strong and positive," over the next four weeks."
    Media should put the 'attack' where attack is due: on Clinton. Why is it she comes out with her kindergarten kookoos and such about Obama and it's 'they're attacking one another'. Obama's trying to go about his business as Clinton keeps picking a fight with him, tugging at his shirt and stepping on his heels. And by the way I see Edwards has copied Obama again, this time with the word, 'silly'.

    December 8, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    What's wrong with wanting to be the President of the United States when you are in Kindergarten? What's so superior about wanting to be a cowboy or superman when you are in Kindergarten? What's so wonderfully noble about being a trial lawyer who made millions of dollars in Medical Malpractice suits which have helped drive up ALL our Health Care costs? I smell a rat in this candy-coated character.

    December 8, 2007 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  15. charles,s.c

    Good for him....He will make a good vice President...

    December 9, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |

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