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. Beans

    Were these meeting with Clinton and Obama requested by Edwards or by the candidates? Would be interesting to know. I don't know how Edwards could endorse Clinton...too many policy AND personality differences.

    February 10, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. DuRan Moore

    I was a Senator Edwards supporter until he dropped out of the race. Will and do support Hilary Clinton because I believe she is the best qualified to be President of these United States.

    February 10, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Old School

    "whom he might endorse." ;)

    February 10, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. Michele

    I would love to see an Obama/Edwards ticket!!!

    February 10, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Dan

    I truly hope that John Edward will endorse Obama for the best of America ,, Hillary is a Smart lady but too much of a Washington isider , and special interest groups has too much of a hold on her .she can't repersent Change , Where Obama will.

    February 10, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Jeff, Rathdrum ID

    I would be so disappointed in him if he endorsed Hillary. I liked Edwards but a endorsment of Hillary would mean it was all just talk, and he was saying what he thought we wanted to hear to get elected.
    He stood for everything Hillary is not!!!!!

    February 10, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Matt Canoga Park

    I guess whoever will agree to make Edwards his running mate will get his endorsement.

    February 10, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Zen

    This meeting makes sense since both actually stand for something. Hillary and John would make a formidable couple against Mcain.

    February 10, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Frank

    I respected John Edwards but I think he has been in hiding for too long. To me it looked like he forgot about what he was fighting for. There is no way how he could maintain credibility by supporting Hillary Clinton. She is everything he is not – or at least what he was not.

    Things change, people change though.

    OBAMA'08 From Day One !

    February 10, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Trece

    Edwards come on and endorse Obama. We know that you support Barack's ideas on leading our country.

    February 10, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. everton

    Obama will win because he speak the truth.

    February 10, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Eli, Milwaukee

    I think he will endorse Obama when it is all said and done. He was paying respect to Hillary. He will announce it Monday afternoon or wait till after Tuesday to see where the momentum is going.

    February 10, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Jas

    Part of the problem with Edwards campaign all along has been that his wife wears the pants in the family and makes him look meek. Leave it to her to again upstage him on the candidate he is going to support.

    February 10, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Magliovelli, Menlo Park CA

    The real issue is which candidate, if either, is willing to offer him the vice presidency. He has 26 delegates which could make the final majority. Anyone who things he'll decide who to endorse based on the merits outside of this point has their head in the clouds.

    February 10, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. San Diego

    John Edwards for VP, Supreme Court Justice, and Attorney General!!!

    February 10, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  16. Ally

    I think that Obama has an important role to play in national/world politics, but that role is not the presidency. He is just not seasoned enough to be President. I worry that the media is getting too enamored and caught up with Obama's rhetoric and not enough scrutiny is being placed on asking him some tough questions so the voters can learn more about his policies and ideas. Inspirational speeches are one thing, and running this country is another. I hope Edwards endorses Hillary Clinton!

    February 10, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. From California

    If Edwars was truly campaigning for the poor, he needs to endorse Hillary because Obama will not do much for the por. He has absolutley no record to show that he CAN and WILL do it. Show us yourrecord, Obama, then we will decide if you're up for the task. Talk and rhetoric are cheap. Records speak volume. Edwards wnat universal health care, only Hillary will deliver!

    February 10, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. Sam

    If Edwards is really true to his principles and the issues he campaigned for, then he should endorse Hillary. Barrack will be knocked out within weeks of the general election because he has no records to run on. Inspired words will not win this election. The Media will eat Obama alive because they are owned and controlled by the Republicans.

    Democrats, do not set yourselves up for failure.

    February 10, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  19. Harold

    IM SURE HE WILL DO THE RITE THING.

    February 10, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. Chris

    I think the Clintons have likely promised John Edwards the moon. They are desperate for any sort of win that will take momentum away from Senator Obama. John Edwards should do the right thing and support his base. And his base supports Barrack Obama.

    This is the real test. Does he bow to the bribes of the Clintons or do what is right? Time will tell.

    February 10, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  21. lynn

    I think Obama & Edwards would make a great running team & I would definitly vote for them. I don't see how anyone can trust H. Clinton and endorsing her would be a huge mistake for Edwards.
    I heard on the national news a couple days ago that H. Clinton was using 5 mil of her own $ towards her campaign and also her c.m. was working for free in order to help save her $. I read today she let her c.m. go. What a great person to have in charge! NOT!!!!! Is that how she repays dedication?

    February 10, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. chris w.

    I will be surprised if Edwards endorses Obama, with all the negative statements and lies he (Obama) spreaded in relations to almost every issue. Come on John, dont get blinded by the false hype and lack of real direction I hate to say it but bush said it the best today. "I dont know what Obama stands for?"..

    February 10, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Maria

    the perfect ticket Obama /Edwards. America's Dream Ticket.... Can we hope? Prayers to Edwards and his Wife and family and no matter who he picks;, he is a good man

    February 10, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. bert

    When we were young, in the sixty's and seventies, we were right about Viet Nam and our govenment then....There is little reason to beieve that youngpeople today are wrong. We regret only that without intervention form the nineeleven crowd, Obama would have been our president.

    February 10, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Jody

    From watching a few of the debates it seems obvious that Edwards is more aligned with Obama than Clinton. I would like to see Edwards end up being Obama's VP.

    February 10, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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