January 26th, 2008
10:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Edwards concedes, looks forward to Super Tuesday

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) – Former Sen. John Edwards urged his supporters on
to the Super Tuesday contests following a third-place finish Saturday in his native state's Democratic primary.

"Now the three of us move on to February 5 where millions of Americans will cast their vote and help shape the future of this party and help shape the future of America," Edwards said in a short speech after finishing behind Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in South Carolina.

"Our campaign from the very beginning has been about one central thing, and that is to give voice to the millions of Americans who have absolutely no voice in this democracy."


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  1. ben

    Did you ever hear anyone say,"I pledge alligiance to the democracy of the United States"???
    We are NOT a democracy! We are a republic!!
    If we were a democracy where every vote counted the same, The big cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles etc. would control every election.
    States with small populations might as well stay home on election day because their votes would be wiped out by only one large city.
    Farmers with lots of land ,and few neighbors, would have no voice at all.
    We have endured and prospered for over two hundred years because we are a republic and not a democracy.

    January 27, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. Ryan

    I like John Edwards, but I think he needs to get real...if he stays in to the convention, Hillary will win. If he drops out now, he could actually help the underprivileged he purports to represent by putting Obama in the white house. I urge all Edwards supporters to encourage him to throw his support the Obama way.

    January 27, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. jyfranca

    Edward helps obama,am sure they are dividing whites votes with clinton maybe clinton should beg him to woithdraw from race

    January 27, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Steve

    Edwards is being greedy. He has no chance, but takes votes away from Obama.

    January 27, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Why will I vote for Edwards in VA on February 12 regardless of what happens in other primaries? Because I want him to have some say at the convention as the most electable candidate, and because I still don't think either Hillary or Obama can best defeat any Repellican.

    January 27, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  6. charlotte

    Edwards should quit beating a dead horse. He has lost his voice, he is not the lead singer, now he needs to become a member of the choir. I like Edwards it is just time to move on.

    January 27, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Emmanuel

    Edwards is a good man. I would like to see him pair with Obama for the race instead of Clinton. Clinton is just too fake a politician. That turns me off completely.

    January 27, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. chris

    John Edwards
    would definitely be the best choice for the Democrats. The Democrats should be aware that this whole gender vs. race compain isn't going anywhere. Edwards is the true alternative in this childish battle (between Obama and Clinton) and has the better arguments.

    Only Edwards will be able to win some of the southern states in the General Election, and this is crucial in order to become US President.

    January 27, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Susan, MI

    Edwards, you've still got it! You're still the THIRD PLACE WINNER! Maybe you can get one of President Johnson's daughters to endorse you.

    January 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Renee

    IF I CAN'T VOTE FOR EDWARDS AT THE PRIMARY – I AM NOT VOTING THE OTHERS ARE A WASTE AND OF COMPLETE IGNORANCE.

    AMERICAN'S NEED TO QUIT SHOWING THE REST OF THE WORLD HOW STUPID WE CAN BE BY VOTING FOR INCORRECT PRESIDENTS.

    DO THE RIGHT THING AND VOTE FOR EDWARDS!

    January 27, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. wakeupamerica!

    ABsolutely right!!!!!!

    we will not give up! we will not be giving our votes to obama or clinton! we say NO MORE STATUS QUO!!!

    it's really a shame that america hasn't grown up yet. we are not past racism and gender preferences.

    South carolina proved that they didn't vote on issues

    black voted for black= racism
    women voted for women=genderism

    only 94,000,00 out of 500,000,00 voted on the issues

    GO JOHN GO!

    January 27, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Robyn Short

    I don't even understand what he is talking about ...

    "Our campaign from the very beginning has been about one central thing, and that is to give voice to the millions of Americans who have absolutely no voice in this democracy." WHO? Who are these millions of Americans with no voice that he is talking about? This just sounds like more politician babble.

    January 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. pam Eugene OR

    John, Please drop out and give your support to our next President Barack Obama. You would make an unstoppable team.
    Obama/Edwards 08

    January 27, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  14. Pat

    I think John should go back home, he's not going to win and is just spending a lot of our taxpayer money.

    January 27, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Beans

    At least Edwards has the decency to stay in the state and concede and to thank the voters there BEFORE moving on. Hellery, you could sure learn some lessons from the guys! RUDE! Absolutely RUDE!

    January 27, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. way, ky

    Keep going strong, maybe people will get on board and back the real leader and change for a better country. Edwards can win in November if nominated, by the people.

    January 27, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Clinton tyre

    go john go! America needs a conscience and you are the inner voice that this campaign is missing.

    January 27, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  18. Jenn

    I think Democrats have a better chance swaying Red state republican voters with John Edwards as opposed to Clinton or Obama.

    January 27, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  19. Walter L. Bell

    Sen. John Edwards,

    I ran out of space in my last comments so I will continue.

    1. It is obvious that CNN and other news organizations prefer to talk only to the candidates who have raised the most campaign money regardless of its source. As a supporter of your campaign, I am irritated by such tactics because in a true Democracy, money should not suppress the message.
    2. Studies done on a persons ability to remember a lecture or a speech show that the listener will remember only 25% or less of what is being said by the speaker. A good reader can remember 50 to 75% of a message. So my advice is to post your messages on the internet in written form for all to see. In this manner, you can obviate the sound bite mania that new organizations like to use to short change any meaningful dialog.

    January 27, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. K,FL

    I really dont know why Sen. Edwards is still in this race? He will come in 3rd everytime.. he should just bow out and hope for another VP spot!

    January 27, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. Les

    I think John means he looks forward to 2012

    January 27, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. cathy

    I agree, why is he still in the race. Get out and endorse Obama Sen. Edwards you might just become Attorney General.

    January 27, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Thomas Henson

    I counted 7 stories about clinton/obama before seeing this one for John Edwards, been this way from the beginning. Why is the corporate media so afraid of him winning?

    K,FL I really don't know why you would EVER want to see a presidential candidate leave the race. WE NEED CHOICES come election day, as has become obvious over the last several years; being forced to choose between two candidates, one from each major party, only leaves us with a busted economy and destroyed world image. The pickin's a slim enough as it is. Honestly, John Edwards is our best shot and the only reason he keeps coming in behind the other two is because the media is blackballing him in lieu of trying to sensationalize over the black candidate and the woman candidate. Don't be such a FOOL.

    EDWARDS '08, or immigrate!!!!!

    January 27, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. R. C. Spencer-O'Hare

    Dear K,FL:
    You're obviously not listening. Take another look at the story above your comment.
    JRE said: "Our campaign from the very beginning has been about one central thing, and that is to give voice to the millions of Americans who have absolutely no voice in this democracy."
    In other words, the John Edwards candidacy is about letting into the process millions of citizens who are left out, drowned out, and thrown out of a campaign that is clogged up and bogged down by monied interests, lobbyists, political favours, inuendos, past Presidents, fine talk and no action, and on and on.
    The poor cannot buy a candidate to speak for them. The uninsured cannot buy a candidate to speak for them. The under-resourced veterans cannot buy a candidate to speak for them. The under-paid cannot buy a candidate to speak for them. But a candidate who truly cares about them will speak for them.
    John Edwards hax made poverty the cause of his life. That means his efforts will extend far beyond this election, come what may. That also means he is not prepared to compromise his message, stiffle the truth, or waffle during this campaign. He is putting the democracy back into the Democratic Party.
    Senator Edwards can offer the American people more than lofty platitudes, more than sound bites, and infinitely more than his gender or his race. He is a fighter, and fighters don't give up.
    That's why John Edwards isn't bowing out. Besides, the show isn't over. See ya in Denver.

    January 27, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Davis

    I think that Edwards is an attractive candidate, and I also agree that the media coverage of the "top 3" Democrats has been disproportionately favoring Obama, whom I do support, and Clinton, the wicked witch from the west. If Sen. Edwards is unable to even place 2nd in his "home" state (he seems to claim both SC and NC) I cannot understand why he would try to press forward. At some point he will run out of funds.

    Either he or Obama are the best candidates for the general election...the map will look the same as it did in '04 if she gets the nomination with the Republican nominee taking the swing states, especially if that nominee is John McCain. McCain will sweep the floor with her in the South (where people who may not love John McCain will come out to vote against Clinton), and with independents across the country. If the Democrats wish to be self-destructive, they will vote HIllary Clinton into the nomination, and subsequently lose the general election.

    Obama '08

    January 27, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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