February 10th, 2008
10:38 PM ET
6 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.

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  1. PK

    He should endorse Hillary, most of the poor people vote for her, not Obama.

    February 10, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Bubba

    Losers consoling losers...

    February 10, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Barber

    Did he get a haircut first?

    February 10, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. john

    Come on Edwards!

    Also have heard a rumor of a potential Gore endorsement of Obama!

    February 10, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. ennie

    This is good Obama Edwards sounds good to me

    February 10, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. Dani

    Please Edwards, give Obama your voice :)
    Obama '08!!!

    February 10, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. BV

    Edwards and AL GORE will endorse Obama after he sweeps Maryland, VA, and Washington DC.
    Obama/Edwards 08

    February 10, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    Yes! Come on Senator Edwards PLEASE make the right decision and support HIllary. She is the best person for the job and we need you to help put her (us) over the top. She can bring the changes you and so many of us want.
    Hillary 08

    February 10, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. angelina005

    Hopefully we can see Obama Edwards 08..................

    Go OBAMA we need unity not division....

    February 10, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Independent

    The 9th ward voted for Obama. What more does Edwards wants to know? Would Edwards really endorse "the status quo?"

    February 10, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Jared

    obama is famous among the rich and well famous and the media gobbles him up which is owned by hmmm the rich and well again famous whereas clinton has the support of the under 30k group edwards should make his decision on what his people wanted- a candiate for the working people which is the role clinton has put her shoes into...politics don't matter what matters is POLICY!
    Oh and by the way a pharmaceutical lobbyist ran obama's NH campaign and let's not forget the whole Delko scandal- neither candidate is perfect but Hillary's views are more aligned w/ Edwards :)

    February 10, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Glenn

    John Edwards – You are an outstanding, inspirational person. I would have supported you here in Missouri. With you out, I voted for real change. Please join we the people who are fighting to take back our country from the lobbyists and special interests who write check after check to the benefit of a few and detriment of the majority of us. You know the person who can best bring about that change....BARACK OBAMA.

    OBAMA '08 – YES WE CAN

    February 10, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Josh in Ohio

    He'd do better to endorse Obama, who stands a better chance against McCain in the general. Endorse him now to strengthen his momentum. We need a Dem back in the White House, so endorse the candidate with the best chance to win. I'd much rather seen Clinton lose the nomination that watch McCain win the general.

    February 10, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. kim

    After Obama swept all the states on Saturday this is a no brainer. Most of Edwards endorsements have also endorsed Obama. Hillary is in bad shape at this point.

    February 10, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Ronald Monis

    Go ahead Edwards and endorse Obama on March 1st please.

    February 10, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. JOHN

    I WILL BE GLAD WHEN THE CLINTONS NAME WILL BE FOREVER GONE FROM POLITICS.WE NEED NEW BLOOD IN THE WHITEHOUSE.

    February 10, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. lisa

    If John Edwards is truly interested in helping the poor, he will support Hillary Clinton since her policies are closer in line with his.

    February 10, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. the one

    OBAMA/EDWARDS 08!!!

    Edwards will endorse Senator OBAMA right before Ohio and Texas

    February 10, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. AMW

    I WOULD HATE TO SEE EDWARDS ENDORSE THIS EARLY. LET THE CONVENTION WORK THINGS OUT. THAT IS WHY WE HAVE CONVENTIONS.

    February 10, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. MLF-N

    It is completely a mystery to me that John Edwards could even entertain supporting Hillary Clinton. There is a such a difference in eithics, style and philosophy between them that I will be sincerely disappointed if he goes forward with this endorsement. As a person with family in North Carolina and a history there, I can say that they are all moving from Edwards to Obama – there is not one going to HIllary despite a previous commitment to the Clintons before their true colors started flashing too brightly to ignore. I urge Senator Edwards to stay loyal to his values.

    February 10, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Hope

    I'll be really disappointed in Edwards if he doesn't endorse Obama, Edwards touted not owing lobbyist, and I'm sure he KNOWS the Clinton machine owes ALL lobbyist so how can there be change if we put the same people back in the white house. As I followed both Edwards and Obama's campaign and the closely relate better than Hillary's, not to mention she still has not apoligized for voting for the war, it reminds me of the current Prez Bush who NEVER apoligizes for anything. Even yu Mr. Edwards saw your error in that vote and apoligized for it. So I think it's pretty clear who Senator Edwards should be endorsing and it isn't Hillary!!

    February 10, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Linda

    I am glad to know that Edwards is taking a possible endorsement of Obama or Hillary very serious. I think he would do better by endorsing Obamam and then run on his ticket as Vice President. I think that would be an unbeatable combination to the White House. I admired his campaigne and his ethics and his stands on the issues.

    I think an Obama / Edwards ticket would be a more appealing team to the Democrats than a Hillary / Edwards ticket.

    OBAMA / EDWARDS is the team that will be best for America!

    February 10, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. erika

    I hope that John Edwards will turn out to be the voice of reason. He should look at who would be the best candidate to defeat the republican nominee and for the sake of party unity, he should advise one of them to withdraw. There is no point in creating two factions of one party, and in the process destroy itself. We are past the time for internal attacks and destruction, and Edwards should speak the words of the elder statesman (it is not, and can not be Bill anymore!) in order to unite the party for the greater good.. It is beyond the number of delegates and if the democratic party leaders want to show real leadership, they should come out now and support ONE candidate. Sure, this is democracy and every candidate is entitled to campaign until the end. But there is an urgency now to focus on the real aim: the presidency. The stakes are too high for this to continue as a cat and mouse game. We must begin to stand behind the strongest person and not wait until we become a house divided. Mr. Edwards, use your wisdom now to help the party through this process.

    February 10, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. John

    John Edwards support of either would be a plus for the respective camaigns.

    February 10, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Levi John

    I think Edwards should endosre the candidate most likely to bring about the change his campaign was all about – a real change in Washington, away from business as usual. I also think he should condition his endorsement on the candidate accepting that if either candidate wins more states, more votes, and more elected delegates, the other candidate should conceed (rather than allow super delegates to decide the outcome). Allowing party insiders and washington insiders – the super delegates – to pick the nomination would seem to be the exact opposite of everything John Edwards is about.

    February 10, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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