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. abdul

    I can't believe a word Hillary says. It sounds and looks unauthentic, even when she cries at the most opportune times (pre-new hampshire primary). She has a political stink you can't wash.

    February 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. Ashley, Detroit

    Obama/Edwards 08!!!!

    February 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  3. BW, GA

    Yes Edwards – pls support Obama. Obama/Edwards '08 is the ticket to The White House.

    February 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. stephan hall

    Edwards should endorse Obama. Whether or not he will be on his ticket for vp remains to be seen but its clear by the way americans have voted so far that Obama is the way too go. Clearly the Clintons are played out and hopefully america will see this and make the right choice.
    Obama is a special kind of person thats got the chance to make a real difference in the world with his fresh ideas and policies.
    Obama 08!!!

    February 10, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Steven Furtado, Kunkletown PA

    As much as I like Obama, lets not count Edwards out just yet. This time next year, we might just be calling him Vice-President Edwards. :-)

    February 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Zach

    Obama/Edwards 08, that is a great tag-team. Edwards shares the same views as Obama so he should endorse him. Hillary doesnt care about the people, she wants the win and only the win, thats why she only goes for the "large" states while Obama goes everywhere, just as Edwards would be doing. Obama '08

    February 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  7. TR

    Hillary's campaing is funded by lobbyist, if he endorses her his bragging rights about not being affiliated with lobbyist would go flying out of the window!

    He should just stay neutral and left the voters decide for themselves. Hillary already has enough help.

    PS: Whatever happened to Clinton Machine??!~

    February 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  8. James

    Great. Can not wait for Attorney General John Edwards in an Obama administration. As for Gore, I hope he throws his endorsement in for Obama this week as well.

    February 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  9. john may

    as a Canadian it may not politically correct to make any comment on the U.S. politrical scene. – However the fact is that what happens south of the border has a profound effect on us Canadians.
    Therefore if Billary Clinton wins the Democratic we will have a personal day of mourning and if Mr Barack Obama wins we will have a personal day of celebration
    – if not lobby for a national holiday.

    On the other side.If John McCain wins we will run for cover... just as we did when it seems that Barry Goldwater might get elected

    February 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  10. yns

    I am a former Edwards supporter and I support Hillary Clinton. Edwards had much substance to his campaign. I was so sad when he suspended his campaign!

    Hillary has substance in her campain! That is why I am with her now. She has answers to the tough questions. I believe that she should be our next president of the USA.

    Not all of Edwards' supporters have gone to Obama. I have not and will not!

    Maybe it would be better if he does not endorse at all!

    Let's all take a look at the candidates and make up our own minds. It would also help if the media quit interfering and would report the facts instead of their own biased opinions!

    February 10, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. MB

    Obama / Edwards '08!

    February 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. jer

    I think Edwards does not want to muddy up the waters by interjecting his endorsement until one of them has the tidal wave of momentum. Personally a lot of people are hoping he gets into either of their administrations in some manner of labor, attorney general, or vice president. I agree that after Tuesday if Barrack wins everything Edwards may endorse him. He has stayed out as a favor to Hillary to see if she could regain momentum. If she wins Virginia he may endorse Hillary.

    February 10, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Henry

    Obama – Edwards will be a winning ticket!!!! Please endorse him. Dont fall to the constant deceptions of the Clinton Machine.

    February 10, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  14. Robert, Kentucky

    Good for Edwards. I hope he is doing well. Obama/Edwards ticket in 2008!

    February 10, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. Ito, Yokosuka Japan

    Obama/Edwards sounds a whole heck of a lot better than Obama/HRC (give me the willies just writing it).

    February 10, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  16. Aillyn

    It won't make sense if he endorses Hillary. Edwards has much more in common with Obama. A lot of their views are the same. His views oppose too much with Hillary. Even the unions that were endorsing Edwards are now endorsing Obama, plus Kerry who ran with Edwards in the last election is endorsing Obama. For Edwards to endorse Hillary would make no sense at all.

    February 10, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. Chris

    please endorse obama he inspires us the most and thats the most important thing we need because without inspiration and a nation behind you idc how much experience you have your not going to change this country and obama is the only one who has that much support

    February 10, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Tlc

    Senator Obama is leading in the popular vote. He is leading in the delegates, aside from the supers. If Senator Edwards honestly cares about the will of the people he will endorse Senator Obama.

    February 10, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  19. ben of NC

    yes Edward can!

    February 10, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. S.C.

    Come on Edwards! Endorse Obama!!!!!! I think a Obama-Edwards ticket sounds good to me! YES WE CAN! Remeber Edwards, Obama doesn't take money from lobbyists.

    February 10, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. Ben

    I do not understand how any American in their right mind can expect Edwards to endorse Hillary. She carries more baggage than a freight train, is ill tempered, profane and despite all the rhetoric will allow Bill to be co president. She has flip flopped more than Kerry and lied at every turn. Is SHE the person we want representing us in this ever more dangerous world?.

    February 10, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. mary

    I am from Michigan and I voted in the democratic primary and my vote doesn't count!! That is wrong!! I am an American too! It's not the fault of the Michigan and Florida voters that the states screwed up, but apparently we are taken the fall for it. So, now I don't have a say on who will be our President. If Obama feels that the super delegates should vote for the people's choice then he should feel that the Michigan and Florida residents should have their voice heard too. But, he won't fight for us because Hillary won both states!!, he won't be fair. I WANT MY VOTE TO COUNT1

    February 10, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. Molly

    Senator Edwards, remember that in your debate you called H.C. the status quo. You said you wanted change and you stood with Obama after Iowa, now stand with us again, so we CHANGE America.

    February 10, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. Ms T.

    Stop it.
    Now you Hillary supporters know that from the beginnig Edwards had more in common with Obama and still does. Edwards should and needs to join with Obama. I don't think that Edwards should side with Hillary just because more poor people lean toward her. If this were to occur this would really be a poor excuse in my book and I am poor as well. I think that some poor people side with Hillary because of her husband but if they did the research they will find that during the 1990's more poor people were imprisioned, the welfare reform forced more poor moms to go to work for sub-minimum wage jobs and the daycare/babysitters raised the poor children and lets not forget the poor 800,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans who died while the world watched.

    Obama/Edwards 08

    February 10, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Ryan Rogerson

    Obama/Edwards would be a combo that could change the country and bring our good standing back to the world stage.

    February 10, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
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