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. hal

    I remember last fall whenever Edwards or any other Democratic candidate criticized Hillary (for taking PAC money for example), her campaign invariably fired back a response with this annoying formula: "John Edwards is trying to redirect attention away from his failed campaign and the fact that his message has not been well-received by the voters, as can be seen from any number of polls. Senator Clinton is demonstrating her leadership...". I guess after this weekend, the Clinton camp will have to come up with a less stereotyped response.

    February 10, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. jay mo

    obama/edwards 08!

    February 10, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. 504LA

    To Darrell, it's the other way around. She has brought specific issues with specific solutions. I've only heard him echo her issues, but falls short of specific solutions on his ownl.

    February 11, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  4. John

    Well now that Obama's swept the weekend and will most likely do so next week, I'm betting on another sit down and cry session with Hillary. "I just want to do the best thing for my countrym," well in that case you should've voted against the war in Iraq, where hundreds of good men and women have died because if ignorant egotistical views like yours.

    February 11, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  5. Kash79

    This has nothing to do with Edwards Endorsement, but am I the only one who thinks CNN coverage stinks.

    I think if FOX is a propaganda news- CNN has become noise. Especially- the biased coverage of Democratic primaries is a final nail in the coffin.

    Blitzer reports everything as if its the end of the world, dobbs well he is well documented freak- Ironically, Cooper in vain phrases reporting to make it look unbiased.

    Ironically, even after all these years, Larry King is the only tolerable show. At least he brings guests from all spectrums which eventually balances out.

    CNN is a reflection of the demise of broadcast journalism in this country.

    February 11, 2008 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  6. Gil - California

    Obama/Edwards 08/12

    February 11, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  7. Tinatruong

    America's economy is so bad at the moment. You need to choose a candidate to wake up economy (find solutions ...) better than a person just talk change but change what ( from rich to poor, from black to white hehehe) Very funny.
    Hillary Clinton is a lady who can find solutions for America's econmy and listen to the people's voice.....
    Vote for her now,

    February 11, 2008 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  8. Paul

    Hillary is more in keeping with Edward's message. I would hope and certainly do expect that he is not the type to jump on a cult-like bandwagon in favor of an ill-prepared, if change-embracing candidate. Clinton-Edwards, now THERE'S ticket that would crush the GOP come November. And by the way, don't discount Hillary quite yet – I know Obama hasn't.

    HILLARY 08!

    February 11, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  9. CK

    Do you want to help working Americans or change lobbyist policy? lobbyists will always be in washington, but lets help the working Americans voice ACTUALLY be heard. Edwards please, endorse Clinton, she is the right person to run this country. Senator Clinton has proven herself and will help the people who really make this country run (working Americans) survive and live better!

    February 11, 2008 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  10. Esther

    The Democrat nomination NEVER GOING TO FINISH if Florida and Michigan vote will be count ! I am Florida Voter and I am feeling very up set about what decision the party will be do about it and have to ve ASAP!
    In another hand dear friends I am convence that the Republican Party has been succesfull voting as independents in the Democrat primaries in all center states tradicionally Republicans! They are supporting as independents voter Obama candidate and also with money if you see the astronomic contribution received by him recently.
    John Edwards decision in this point will be important and as a woman voter I will be evaluate his decision.
    Don't forget that Florida is one of the major state with big electoral vote: 27 and since now our vote NOT COUNT..... NOT WILL BE COUNT on November 4, 2008!

    GO HILLARY, VIVA HILLARY!!!!

    February 11, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  11. Virginia voter

    Mary, do you think Hillary would be fighting for you if she had lost both states??? She didn't fight for your votes before the primary did she? Do you really think she would care about your votes is she had a large enough lead in the delegate race to beat Obama without them? Didn't hear her say a word until things stared getting tight. I do think that all voters should be heard, but the delegates were stripped before the primaries started. That was the time to protest. Do you really think it's fair to change the rules after the fact? You should petition to have your state party leaders replaced. They're the ones that screwed you, not the candidates.

    February 11, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  12. Isaac

    2 hours in moderation for a pro-Hillary commentary? Come on guys...

    February 11, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  13. Gil - California

    "if Clinton were a caucasian male we wouldn't be having these discussions?"

    Give me a break, if Clinton were a caucasian male, she wouldn't be leaning on Bill's presidency and would hardly be named Clinton, now would she?

    February 11, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  14. NORMAN

    YOU KNOW WHAT???

    CNN IS GUILTY OF POLL TRENDING AND MIND CONDITIONING!!!

    THEIR STATS AND NEWS ARE SKEWED IN FAVOR OF THE GUY!!!

    JOURNALISM IS SUPPOSED TO BE NON PARTISAN AND OBJECTIVE!!!

    TO CNN WHAT COMES AROUND GOES AROUND!!!

    KARMA CNN, KARMA MARKED THIS WORD – KARMA!!!

    GO REPUBLICANS!!!

    February 11, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  15. KRF

    I hope Edwards keeps out of this until the convention. I would hope he, as well as the political pundits who have been wrong so many times this year, would give the rest of the country a chance to think for themselves. I'm tired of seeing this constant drum beat for all things Obama. I desperately want to see a Democrat back in the White House, but not this candidate, not this time. He may be pretty and speak a lovely tune, but he's got NO experience to back his image. Not the kind of know-how that is absolutely essential at this point in time. To me, Obama is just the Democratic version of candidate Bush in 2000. Appealing, likeable, but a neophyte. I'm not willing to see another person go into office with a slim resume and expect to learn ON THE FLY how to do the most important, most incredibly complicated job in our country. No matter who the VP is, no matter who the Cabinet will be, the president makes the final decisions, so that individual better have the wisdom and the seasoned insight to decide the fates of all of us and future generations. I just don't have any confidence that Obama is that person. If he gets the nomination, I will be forced to vote for McCain because, even though he's a Republican, he's had the knock-downs, the challenges, the set backs–that Obama hasn't experienced yet–and he's come back every time.

    February 11, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  16. Larry

    If we want real change in Washington, Edwards (I supported him before switching over to Obama) should give his support to Obama. They have more in common and want to same...REAL CHANGE in Washington.

    I believe an Edwards/Obama ticket would be a great for America.

    Although I have no problem with having a woman as President (it is time for a change in America), I just believe that Hillary's close connection to and contributions from Corporate America will inhibit her ability to take on the K Street lobbyists and also to take on the Corporations who have a chokehold on democracy that we are experiencing at this time.

    February 11, 2008 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  17. Heather

    I think suggesting Edwards take VP under Obama is an insult. You are asking a seasoned US Senator to take the back seat to a single term US Senator that has spent 2 of the 3 years he has been in the Senate campaigning for President.

    If you have really researched and understand the candidates proposed policies you would know Clinton and Edwards are and have been more in line. The biggie being the plan for actual Universal health care.

    In the last debate Edwards attended he very clearly asked Obama to explain why his health care plan leaves 15 million people out and why as a US Senator he only voted present on 136 votes. This is huge.

    Clinton takes heat for making a decision based on the information she had and her vote. At least she takes a stand and does not play it safe to try and avoid having to be held accountable for her vote. If the options are Yes, No or Present and you do not agree with some language in a proposed bill then vote No. Voting Present was nothing more than trying to save face.

    John Edwards is a great man and would best serve this country as Attorney General to continue his great work for equality.

    Hillary is clearly the best candidate to stand in the General Election against McCain. How can a person with less than 3 years of US Senate experience going to beat McCain? NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. The Republican are going to chew Obama and spit him out.

    HILLARY is the best candidate for the job.

    YES WE WILL, HILLARY!

    February 11, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  18. Starchild, San Francisco, CA

    John Edwards made millions of dollars as a trial lawyer suing doctors in unjustified medical malpractice suits, driving up the cost of malpractice insurance and consequently making health care more expensive for everyone.

    It would be highly ironic if he ended up being part of a ticket headed by someone promising to promote affordable health care.

    February 11, 2008 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  19. David, Seattle, Independent

    Hillary's universal healthcare plan is unrealistic. You can't take one of the most profitable industries in the country with tens of thousands of employees and dispose of it. At least Obama is willing to work with the industry in order to get people covered. It's realistic and it's a step in the right direction.

    February 11, 2008 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  20. ObamaDrone

    He should definitely endorse Obama. No one else can be trusted. We must all drink the kool-aid together.

    February 11, 2008 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  21. Jerry

    I couldn't think of anything more sensible than an Obama/Edwards ticket for the general election. Thus, looking at the already struggling Clinton campaign, an endorsement for Barack Obama would come at just the right time. Admitted, it might achieve a lot when issued just before Ohio and Texas, but a couple of really significant victories in the next couple of days will do the same if not give Obama even more momentum. Looking at all the alternatives out there, there just aren't any if the country truly wants a break from what happened in Washington over the last 20 years.

    February 11, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  22. MIKKI ROBERTS

    MY EARLY VOTE WENT TO EDWARDS, IF HE ENDORSES OBAMA, AND OBAMA WINS, I WILL HAVE TO REVERT BACK TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. MY VOTE NOW IS FOR HILLARY

    February 11, 2008 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  23. BH

    He should endorse the one who offers him a VP position ( if he still has a dream to help Americans )

    February 11, 2008 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  24. STEVEN

    John Edwards nor the super delegates should be able to determine the outcome of the Democratic nominee. The PEOPLE of the United States are the voters. Michigan and Florida votes should be counted and since Clinton won they should go to her. No revote as some of the newspeople who are so biased towards Obama want–If those two states get a revote–all states should get a revote after the Rezko/Resko indictment. As a registered Democrat, I will vote Republican in the General Election if it comes down to the super delegates or John Edwards.

    February 11, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  25. Liz

    John Edwards please endorse Obama! Hillary Clinton may have some good ideas but she will not be able to get anything done. The Republicans hate her and will never work with her. Obama can bring the parties together to get the things done that this country needs! Hillary brings to much "baggage to the white house. Go Obama!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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