January 1st, 2008
04:31 PM ET
7 years ago

Elizabeth Edwards 'disappointed' with Michelle Obama

Elizabeth Edwards isn't happy with Michelle Obama.

Elizabeth Edwards isn't happy with Michelle Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The sharpened rhetoric between Democrats John Edwards and Barack Obama isn't just limited to the candidates themselves - the two hopefuls' wives are also getting in on the action.

Elizabeth Edwards isn't happy with what Michelle Obama is saying on the campaign trail about the effects of John Edwards' decision to accept federal matching funds for his presidential campaign.

"I'm surprised and disappointed in Michelle," Mrs. Edwards said at a campaign event Monday night.

Mrs. Edwards comments were spurred by a voter recounting a conversation Mrs. Obama had with his 17 year-old daughter, claiming the Illinois senator's wife told his daughter not to support Edwards because the spending caps he is subjected to for accepting federal campaign money will seriously hinder his chances in a general election.

For his part, John Edwards discounted the argument that his limited campaign funds are hurting his presidential bid.

"It scares them to death, because what they know is, what this candidate and this campaign stands for is working," he said. "Can I ask you a question? If they have more money, and money's what matters, then why are they worrying about me?"

– CNN's Kevin Bohn and Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • John Edwards
soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Valjeanne

    I hate to say it but does anybody else notice how cult like Obama supporters come off?

    It is clear many of them are very young, moreover, some appear a bit uneductated as well as naive., What has me very alarmed is with their blind reverance for this man, who in his INability to truly articulate any clear stance on an issue, acts as a blank screen( for these poor people who are so desperate for a hero )to project themselves on to. He can appear to be all things to all people. This is not only very scary, it is not reality based. Hope is all very well, but hope for what?ope he wins?? Unity is all very well, but he is being divisive while parroting this hope meme. His followers, are flooding the blogosphere and these threads and saying very divisive things. Obama followers (supporters just does not seem to apply to them) are delusional and really setting themselves up for a huge dissapoinment if the really believe he could EVER win a General election. Sorry but it's the truth and the corporate powers that be know it as well, thats why the MSM has been pushing this 2 person race from the get go. The 2 most unelectable candidiates facing off in a Primary and losing to the GOP in the General. Yes, even within this Political Climate, with the Bush&co fatigue, the Democrats will find another way to lose what should have been a slam dunk. Truly pathetic!

    January 1, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Stan Harhut, Anchorage, Alaska

    Michelle Obama is devious like her husband and do anything to further the ambitions of Barack H Obama. Michelle should apoligize. Obama's preach clean politics but they are hypocrites like a fox in red riding clothes.Shame on the Obama's.

    January 1, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  3. d

    I have never bothered to read comments at the end of a story until now – - and what a waste. many of the entries contain simple and pathetic spelling errors. you folks think you have meaningful thoughts to offer, and you can't even spell. you represent the dumbing-down of America. I truly resent that a few states, with demographics and values that do not come close to representing the whole of this county, and certainly not my sense of civic responsibility or opinions, will disproportionately shape our choice for president. you folks – - with your pseudo political and economic theories – - terrify me. to those of you with entries that are correctly spelled, are these your own words, or did a campaign equip you?

    January 1, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  4. xtina chicago IL

    Democrats like to hide their faulty arguments on issues behind people whose physical pain is real, so that you can't really debate policy with them. You're the bad guy if you challenge someone who has lost a loved one or with someone who is sick. Oh, shes' got CANCER? I can't disagree with HER ! Yes, we have sympathy and pray for those with cancer, but you can't claim high moral ground and avoid debating an issue because you've suffered personal devastation, Im sorry. And your candidate doesn't become better qualified because he or she has had pain in their lives or an illness.

    Some of us have had personal catastrophes but don't talk about it in public. Most people reading this have a burden, tho some are more obvious than others; it doesn't exempt you from being wrong on an issue.

    January 1, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. Don, Ft. Worth, Tx

    Yes, Edwards is willing to give our tax dollars to folks who bought homes that they couldn't pay for. I am disapointed in his idea that the government has bottomless pockets and should solve all of our problems. There should never be consequences for our actions. I grew up among populists candidates and they make me sick. They promise you anything. Maybe you have heard of Louisiana. How does a guy with a 28,000 square foot house and $400 haircuts champion the poor and the middle class. I guess it is for his conscience. You know, ambulance chasing and the hedge fund he worked for. How stupid are we? Stupid enough to think Hillary has relevent experience? Please she has no more or less than any other candidate.

    January 1, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  6. fernando

    Carlos January 1, 2008 9:43 pm ET

    This country will never elect a President with a name "Barack Hussein Obama".
    I am not afiliated to any party; however, if democrats make the mistake and elect Obama as their nominee, we will have a new Republican President January 2009. ..

    Maybe in 8 years that would be possible, but not this year

    CARLOS WELL SAID. I COULDN'T AGREE WITH YOU MORE. ALSO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THE MEDIA NEVER CALLS ON HIS MIDDLE NAME HUSSEIN. MOST PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY AT THIS POINT STILL DON'T KNOW HIS MIDDLE NAME IS HUSSEIN AND BY THE TIME THEY FIND OU IT WILL BE TOO LATE FOR THE DEMOCRATS. REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE A CAKE WALK.

    January 1, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  7. AJ, IL

    Lisa you make a good point....Elizabeth has an incurable form of cancer, so instead of spending quality time with her kids (7 yrs to 25yrs old) and husband. The Edwards should not be campaigning again, but what can I say to a guy like John Edwards who values politics over family.

    January 1, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. Lisa Hampton Newark, NJ

    The Edwards really need to focus on their family with Elizabeth being diagnosed with Cancer.I have a hard time supporting a family who put their political ambitions above their children. Elizabeth stay home and rest and focus on your children.

    January 1, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. Amused, Las Vegas

    From Gary-

    Also shame on you CNN, I felt like you under represented the latest Iowa poll today that showed Obama at least 7 points ahead of his closest opponent. However, yesterday when Edwards was ahead that was all you talked about. Why the double standards? I actually heard more about this new poll on Fox and MSNBC. I expect more from CNN….shame!!

    Barack Obama 32%
    Hillary Clinton 25%
    John Edwards 24%

    Unfortunately, there is the rub – the figures above were NOT from the latest Iowa poll, they were 2 days before the most recent CNN poll.

    When the DMR figures were released, I was disheartened to read the numbers, but I did read them on this site. But by this morning they were no longer "new">

    That's not to say they are not relevant. From the information I have read on both polls, each used a different demographic, and so skewed to the direction of the population polled.

    The outcome is going to be totally dependent on the GOTV efforts, and who actually makes it to the caucuses. I'm rooting for good weather.

    January 1, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  10. Ian

    Why do Americans think that the criteria for selecting the major World leader should be based on who they would like to have a beer with, or babysit their Grandchildren, or be a "breath of fresh air"? This is serious stuff here, the media should reflect it. Look at Britain, all their elected leaders have some heavy-weight intellectual and policy credendials. If CNN spoon-feed this trivia on voters the process is further diminished and trivialized. Ultimately America will get the elected leader the population deserves. We do now.

    January 1, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. Steve Mantua, NJ

    Don't vote for Edwards because he won't have the cash to go the distance? Hey Michelle how about don't vote for your husband because Republicans will chew him up and spit him out...and for the record I think its high time Bill, Michelle, and Elizabeth all shut their mouths and let their spouses do the talking (ya know the ones actually running for president). I can't stand Republicans but atleast their candidates do the actually stumping themselves. Has anybody seen or heard from Mrs. Huckabee? We all know Fred Thompson married someone half his age but I haven't seen Tim Russert interview her yet. Guliani has three wives and there hasn't been so much as a peep from any of them! Enough with the mudslinging from the spouses.

    P.S. That goes for the candidates too. Republicans can go negative all they want but I'd like to see my party behave a little bit better.

    January 1, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. Rob

    You democrats love this kind of drama. Does it tell you something.

    January 1, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  13. Lance in Monrovia

    Barack Obama is continually downplayed by the main stream media and attacked by special interest groups pouring money into Iowa. Why?

    Because he doesn't take corporate PAC money. He will take a sledgehammer to the broken system while Clinton would play ball with them like usual.

    The media is attempting to throw the focus to Edwards because they know he has no chance of actually getting the nomination. Anything they can do to throw the focus off Obama helps Clinton, which is repeatedly CNN and other big media outlets goal.

    Barack Obama is now clearly the front runner in the most predicitive polls. Yet they marginalize him. You really have to ask why and ask who it is that they really are scared of.

    They're scared to death of Barack Obama, which is good for the American people, because he can actually win, and he can actually change politics as usual

    January 1, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  14. Annie -the Breadbasket of America

    I'm ashamed of the majority of Senator Obama supporters who have posted here. Supposedly his message is one of love and harmony, yet the comments are vicious and disgusting :( If this is the ilk of those whom his message resonates with, then I want no part of his empty promises of being the "Uniter"!!

    AND those who try to argue that Senator Obama is like Kennedy by pointing out that he was only a 1st term Senator, somehow fail to see that JFK had spent 6YRS in the US House of Representatives, AND 6YRS in the US Senate, after having served as a Naval Commander in the South Pacific WWII. At 43, he was the youngest President ever sworn into office (as well as the first & only Catholic) and hailed by many as a celebrity. In Kennedy's 1961 inaugural speech, he stated, "My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy

    America was fiteen years into the cold war in June 1961, when the Soviet Premier met the NEW American President in Vienna to discuss the east-west confrontation and the Berlin situation. Kruschev carefully assessed the new President, and left the summit THINKING KENNEDY WAS WEAK AND LACKING IN EXPERIENCE. As a result Kruschev felt embolden to ignore Kennedy's demands to stop the Russian military build-up, eventually leading up to the CUBAN MISSLE CRISIS. (for more details google)

    Lyndon B. Johnson stepped into the Presidency – (VP)Johnson had been a Texas Senator with a long illustrious career in Congress. Yet despite being a part of the ESTABLISHMENT his strength in the South was needed to win the Kennedy White House. LBJ continued the Space Race and enacted Civil Rights Laws, Medicare (health care for the elderly), Medicaid (health care for the poor), aid to education, and the "War on Poverty." Although he won election in 1964 , his downfall was the Vietnam War (which was actually inherited from JFK!) and thus to Richard Nixon's election & reelection '68/'72

    IN 1976 with Nixon's Watergate Scandal still fresh in the voters' minds, the Nation was clamoring for ANOTHER CHANGE –> out with the old established guard – in with the new non-Washington crowd. Hence, JIMMY CARTER'S position as an outsider, distant from Washington, D.C., became his best asset. The centerpiece of his campaign platform was GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION. He & his wife Rosyln offered firm family values and a refreshingly humble untarnished appeal..

    Unfortunately for America (although maturing into a great elder statesman) CARTER'S LACK OF EXPERIENCE RESULTED IN SEVERAL MAJOR CRISES: including the take over of the American embassy and holding of hostages by militants in Iran, a failed rescue attempt of the hostages, serious fuel shortages, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan!!!

    "CARTER advocated a policy that held other countries to the highest moral standard possible, a standard by which, he believed, Americans would want themselves to be judged. His Presidency was dominated by the IRAN HOSTAGE CRISIS, during which the United States struggled to rescue diplomats and American citizens held hostage in Tehran for 444 DAYS! By 1980, Carter was so unpopular that he was challenged by Ted Kennedy for the party nomination – and although Carter received the Democratic nomination, he lost the election to GOP Ronald Reagan." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Carter

    ALTHOUGH BARACK OBAMA WOULD LIKE TO COMPARE HIMSELF WITH JFK – IT WOULD BE WISEST TO SEE THAT HE MOST CLOSELY RESEMBLES JIMMY CARTER – THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE WHO RAN ON A "WASHINGTON OUTSIDER" PLATFORM, OFFERING CHANGE FOR THE SAKE OF CHANGE; WHO PRESENTED SOLID FAMILY VALUES; WHO HAD NO FOREIGN POLICY EXPERIENCE – WHOSE "ON-THE-JOB TRAINING" BROUGHT 444 DAYS OF THE IRAN HOSTAGE CRISIS. (In fact after reading Jimmy Carter's history, it was almost like Barack Obama's was the mirror image of Carter's presidential campaign!)

    The Oprah-Obama Traveling Circus shamelessly drew attention away from the best candidates and gave media hype and name recognition to the least qualified. Although he vowed to stay above the fray – he didn't hesitate to wallow in the mud himelse. Now the masses are enamored by his eloquent speeches and PROMISES OF CHANGE, ignoring and making excuses for his lack of experience!

    AMERICA CAN NOT AFFORD ANOTHER NEOPHYTE IN THE WHITE HOUSE – when the world situation is even more precarious than ever before!!!

    IF Edwards win the Iowa Caucuses he will start receiving more donations and his campaign will become very much viable for the duration. The supporters of all the other candidates (including the Republicans and Independents) have seen Barack Obama for what he really is - another politician who is playing the game, pretending that he isn't – and speaking out of both sides of his mouth...

    January 1, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  15. terri

    Obama is a greased in, affirmative actioned, handled, little puppet whose wife probably pulls the strings. Hillary is acerbic and niether are electable. Go Edwards!!! I'm a lifelong democrat, as were my parents and grandparents, but if either hillary or Iraq Obama get the nomiination, I will not be voting democrat this time.

    January 1, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  16. harry

    These are the jobs Obamarama is qualified for: university spokesperson, casino greeter, and infomercial narator. That's about it.

    January 1, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  17. harry

    wake up babyboomers!! obama is an affirmative action product. no doubt about it.

    January 2, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  18. michael, grand prairie tx.

    Though I love Liz, Im ashamed she came out lookin like that.

    January 2, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  19. E. C., Houston, Texas

    MICHELLE OBAMA IS NOT FIRST LADY MATERIAL, NOR IS HER HUSBAND PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL. WOULD NOT LIKE EITHER ONE OF THEM IN THE WHITE HOUSE AS LEADERS OF THIS COUNTRY. DON'T TRUST HIS EXPERIENCE AND DON'T TRUST HER ....PERIOD. MICHELLE OBAMA IS A 'SMART ALEC,' AND A WOMAN OTHER WOMEN DO NOT LIKE BECAUSE OF HER ARROGANCE. HER HUSBAND IS NOT QUALIFIED NOR EXPERIENCED ENOUGH TO BE PRESIDENT, REGARDLESS OF WHERE HE ATTENDED COLLEGE. WHO CARES? HE SPEAKS IN FAIRY TALES AND NEBULOUS IDEAS....CHANGE....WHAT EXACTLY DOES HE EXPECT TO CHANGE? WHO KNOWS? NOTHING IS DEFINITE OR ON POINT. OBAMA SPEAKS ABOUT 'PIE IN THE SKY'......JUST A BUNCH OF WORDS. OBAMA MAKES NO SENSE AND THE WORD 'CHANGE' IS A LOADED WORD THAT THE IGNORANT MASSES HEAR AND FOLLOW. OBAMA DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHAT HE MEANS WITH THE WORD 'CHANGE'....AFTER HEARING MICHELLE SPEAK, ELIZABETH EDWARDS WAS PROBABLY VERY DISAPPOINTED IN WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY AND ESPECIALLY, MICHELLE'S DELIVERY. YES, WE'RE SICK OF OBAMAS. EMPTY PROMISES.....WE NEED CHANGE....2008 IS GOING TO BE A GOOD YEAR.....WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? DEMOCRATS SHOULD VOTE FOR EDWARDS.

    January 2, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  20. DJ,Iowa

    these polls are rigged........get a clue!!! you all should quite being spoon fed your thoughts and so called facts by the media.......do your own research for the truth, as it is the only way the truth will truly be told... the fact is EDWARDS is the most electable and once elected he will have all the money he needs to win the presidency. obama and clinton have begun jumping all over edwards after a year of ignoring him because the fact is they are very nervous by edwards right now........and your (obabma/clinton supporters) comments above are only more signs of that fear......both can and will loose to edwards.

    January 2, 2008 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  21. DJ,Iowa

    anyone who thinks CNN or any of the other MSM didn't post this story as they did to cast a negative spin on edwards out of that same fear is fooling themselves! and that is why edwards is surging! the true americans are sick to death of this same political cartoon.......and the american people will stand up, rise up, and put their foot down and vote John Edwards for TRUE CHANGE!!

    January 2, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  22. Shane Barber Mableton GA

    TIME for TRUTH.....

    HILLARY will not WIN in NOV 08

    OBAMA HUSSEIN will not WIN in NOV 08

    What states would they win??? None in the south and most likely not even Ohio..
    I always ask their supporters what states will they win?

    What will the Republicans attack them on?? Clinton=baggage Obama=Husseind how many americans do you know with Hussein?

    REPUBLICANS are giving a ton of money to Clinton/OBAMA to have them be the nomintee...

    REpublicans do not WANT JOHN EDWARDS !!!

    THAT is the TRUTH EDWARDS the most ELECTIBLE–Come on people we need someone that can make this once again THE UNITED STATES not the DIVIDED STATES !!=EDWARDS (v.p. no one ever votes for who is on the vp spot, lame excuse)

    January 2, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  23. m. brown

    As a nation we know nothing about Obama, he has shown no interest in serving t

    We do not know what Obama even stands for, or how he would govern the nation. He has shown no interest in serving the people of Illinois. The biggest problem in our country is Healthcare, there is only one person that has the ability to change our healthcare system, and that is Hillary Clinton, Please vote Hillary!

    he people of Illinois.

    January 2, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  24. Jeff from Jersey

    Of course you hear more about the new poll on FOX.That's republican central and they do their level best to skew ALL polls and numbers to send a message of fear to other republicans ,the undecided and to confuse the heck out of democrats.Too bad they never tell the truth about these things but they're just following instructions from the whitehouse.It doesn't much matter since the voters will let everyone know for sure anyway except in Florida maybe.

    January 2, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  25. Nancy, Dallas TX

    Nothing draws out the Obama homers like a Ticker article about Clinton or Edwards.

    Obama being so insubstantial now, just imagine him up against the Republican Swift-Boat apparatus. Which TV celebrity would he trot out when he has to take on a tough Republican candidate like Giuliani? He is wimpy, and offers nothing other than rhetoric.

    Those who think his lack of experience means nothing are mistaken. If you have ever been president of any kind of organization you should know that EXPERIENCE IS EVERYTHING.

    But then, this lack of judgement on the part of Obama-ites is not at all surprising.

    January 2, 2008 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
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