February 10th, 2008
10:38 PM ET
7 years ago

Edwards meeting with Clinton, Obama on endorsement

Sens. Clinton and Obama, and former Sen. Edwards before the CNN Democratic debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Sens. Clinton and Obama, and former Sen. Edwards before the CNN Democratic debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

(CNN) — CNN has learned that former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards met with Hillary Clinton Thursday in North Carolina, and is meeting with Barack Obama Monday, to discuss a possible primary endorsement.

The Thursday meeting, which took place at Edwards’ home in Chapel Hill, was followed by a Saturday night session during which the former North Carolina senator and several longtime advisers discussed many issues, including which candidate he should endorse.

The Obama campaign is enjoying a weekend of positive news, after winning four contests in Louisiana, Washington, Nebraska, and Maine. An endorsement by Edwards would provide additional momentum going into the next round of primaries.

At a Chapel Hill party yesterday for Edwards supporters, he gave no indication who he might endorse, or whether that endorsement is imminent. Some advisers are encouraging him not to endorse.

The former candidate is weighing a number of considerations before making his choice – including electability, and who will best promote his ideas.

There are policy considerations at play: there is a sense within the Edwards camp that Clinton's policies could be better for working class Americans. But Obama's anti-lobbyist proposals are more aligned with Edwards’ politics.

In response to a CNN report that Elizabeth Edwards may favor Obama over Clinton, sources close to the Edwards family flatly deny that she favors one candidate over the other.

soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. ttj

    It's true that they don't need him. They can muck around in the gutter on their own account. All these people that are pleading for Edwards' endorsement on behalf of their candidates should get a life! They ripped off his ideas and now he is supposed to endorse them? Give me a break! Democratic voters get what they deserve from the poor choices they make. Go Obama! Go Hillary! Go get lost!!

    February 11, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. jd

    OBAMA/EDWARDS 08!

    February 11, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. Paula

    People! Hillary takes money from lobbyist. Does that mean anything to you? When politicians take money from lobbyists, they are obligated to entertain the interests of the lobbyists not the American people.

    Be smart, think things through before voting for her. Besides, this election WiILL go to John McCain if she is elected.

    My husband is in Iraq. Who are most of the service members hoping for? OBAMA

    February 11, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Lorenzo

    Between the Clintons and the Bushes, we more closely resemble an oligarchy style of government than a constitutional democracy. Obama-Edwards... yes we can!

    February 11, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. Max

    We did our part. We the people voted. If there's a split and the superdelegates have to actually do something, such as conduct decision making votes, what's wrong with that? OTherwise, can someone please explain why else there are superdelegates? Is the name "super" just because of their elected position (e.g. senator, governor, etc.)? No, superdelegates are ALSO elected officials entrusted with making decisions for our country and if it does come down to a so-called brokered deal, so what? Superdelegates are, at the end of the day, independent of a nominee–they can switch affiliation. Let them do their job in this extenuating circumstance or else, get rid of them and make them be pledged to a nominee like the unsuperdelegates.

    February 11, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  6. Tiffany

    Is this the US Presidency or a royal dynasty?

    4 yrs Bush
    8 yrs Clinton
    8 yrs Bush
    ...STOP!!!!

    These 2 families have torn this nation apart for 20 years already.
    Let's get a new perspective going.
    Let's get somebody who doesn't have an agenda in continuing the bipartisan bickering.
    Let's get some CHANGE!

    OBAMA '08
    Yes We Can!

    February 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. Steven Grumman

    I think he should endorse Obama.

    Edwards is not one of the "old school" politicos. He has introduced fresh, intelligent ideas – contrary with what traditional politicians like Hillary offer.

    And, living in the Philippines, I've seen what damage a vengeful, female president can do. And this is the last thing America needs, having just barely survived 8 years of misrule by an idiot.

    February 11, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. Mike

    Edwards is nothing but a political opportunist.For all his talk about poverty being the cause of his life, he's done nothing to help poor people in North Carolina.

    February 11, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. ChicoSez

    Linking Bush and Clinton is like linking Cain and Abel. or saying day follows night means that night and day are the same. Get Real, under the first Clinton Administration we had eight years of peace and prosperity but most Obama backer are too young to remember how it really was, so they parrot right wing big media lies about bad things were. The 90's were great. If peace and prosperity is returning to the past I'm all for it. So keep trashing the Clintons and even if Obama gets the nomination, there won't be party left to support him. Theres always the green party.

    February 11, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Lionel

    I hope that John Edwards would see what I honestly think; that the Republicans are licking their chops if Barak Obama is the Democratic candidate. They will come out in force, and it will be another 8 years of the Republica Party.

    February 11, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Get real

    Chico,

    You didn't read or follow news enough apparently when Clinton was president. You over estimate how good things were, just because of the economy, which was NOT his doing. Repeat after me.. NOT his doing. It all happened under the first Republican majority in 50 years, as did this surplus Dems take credit for all the time. Clintons= scandal and disgrace. Vote McCain.

    February 11, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would think that Edwards would be more inclinded to endorse Obama given most of the time that agree on policy issues. I would like to see that endorsement. I don't think it will happen anytime soon.

    As for Edwards being a V.P. selection, it is a possible idea. I doubt hat he would take it now. Someone had previously mentioned attorney general for Edwards; that would be a good possiblity. If he was selected as a possible person to fill an open Supreme Court slot, I could see that as well.

    February 11, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. LKB

    I like Hillary, but feel that at this crossroads, we need someone with a new vision and a leader not part of the "old school" Washington system- Barak Obama!!

    February 11, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Tony

    Edwards was my favorite democrat from the start. Now, I hope hr will endorse Obama. Maybe Edwards could be Obama's Viise president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. j

    John Edwards is doing the right thing right now and hopefully support Obama. –We need to get as far away from intrenched Washington poltitcal insiders as we can.-– No more "Yalies" and Skull and Bones` elite a_ _ hole buddies.

    February 11, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. claw714

    i think it dosn't matter who he endorses, or who even wins the democratic nomination. I think that most TRUE democrats won't have much of an issue on which of the two come out with that nomination. Both candidates are for uniting the democratic vote, unlike the circus McCain is serving up with the Republicans.

    February 11, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. Lani

    The problem with dems is that we are still living in the past with this Iraq war. No one cares anymore about who voted for. People are more concerned with domestic issues like heathcare, the economy, immigration and social security. This is where the dems are failing we are electing a guy who is more foreign policy and less domestic. We are voting for someone because they are a good person with hope and not a good president. This will be our downfall in Nov. Remember that Hillary and McCain are much stronger on domestic issues. Foreign policy is one piece of the puzzle and both Hillary and McCain will be stronger on those issues as well. Dems should use reason when they vote and not vote with our heart. The heart is a very dangerous thing to make a decision with. Think about when you are in love. And you're in love with someone who is a good person (nice guy) not a good partner (doesn't have a job, doesn't know how to manage money etc.). You still keep going back to that person even though your head tells you this person would not be good marriage material. Yet you go ahead with your heart and wind up in a miserabe marriage. This is the same thing that is happening right now right with the Dems. We are not thinking rationally about who can actually solve our problems. We are only concerned with who is a good person and gives us hope. And we aren't being logical and reasonable about who can solve our problems. Dems you should be reasonable. Vote with your head always. Would you allow a doctor with no experience and lack of a concrete plan to operate on you even though they are a good person? No! Then why would you vote for someone to fix the country who has no experience and no substance to run our country!! We have problems in this country that are unreal. Foreign policy is the least our of worries because again Dems are living in the past about that. We are voting for someone because they were against the war. But the war started 6 years ago. We should no longer be focused on this. In reality it will take us many years and at least a few presidencies before we are fully out of Iraq and considering the reconstruction costs. We may be sorry if we pit Obama up against McCain. McCain will easily win out especially when it comes to issues that matter like domestic issues and even foreign policy. People will vote with their heads in the general election. But you know I guess Dems have not learned their lesson since McGovern, Carter and Bush

    February 11, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. Whose had Enough

    John Edwards could beat McCain....can Obama?

    Sen. Obama better enjoy the weekend. While he"s an excellent and charismatic speaker at campaign events.....he will have a tough time delivering the "youth" vote to the polls should he get the Dem nomination.

    He will be subjected to attacks in the general election that will make the 2004 "swift-boating" of John Kerry look like childs play.

    John Kerry would be President today had Diddy delivered with MTV"s "Vote or Die" in 2004. They stayed home on election day.

    February 11, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Cincinnati Slim

    Every poll indicates that an Obama/Edwards ticket would beat McCain...Clinton/Edwards would be a toss-up !

    Both Edwards and Obama will be able to carry some Red/"Fly-over" states which Hillary could not . This is essential if the Dems are to win the Whitehouse !

    McCain vs. Clinton is too close to call. Crooked local Republican boards of elections (like Ohio's Ken Blackwell....) could still throw the election to the Republicans if the electoral map looks like the last two presidential elections !

    Winning heartland/Red/"fly-over" states is the essential to Democratic victory...

    February 11, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Damian

    Looks like Edwards will endorse Obama.
    Which is unfortunate, as Hillary is supported by the poor folks.
    She is much more in line with Edwards on social economic issues!
    And if Edwards has any credibility left (and is not just making a play for Vice),
    he will Endorse Hillary!

    Hillary 08!

    February 11, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Lola

    Barack is winning the admiration across the board, because has America's health insurance companies money and best interest at hand and heart.

    I'LL VOTE FOR HILLLARY!!!

    February 11, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. Toni

    Edwards was my choice for President from the start. When he suspended his candidacy I decided on Hillary . I believe she is better qualified than Obama on many levels. Her health care position is more in agreement with Edwards , her work for the poor in this country is also par with Edwards. Obama has the establishment backing him up. The media initially ignored Edwards, forcing him to step down, the media is now ignoring Hillary hoping she'll do the same. Mr. Edwards, please endorse Hillary, do not let big business win. I hope Mr. Gore will also do the same.

    February 11, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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