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. Scott

    I think he has to endorse Barack Obama. Obama has raised money through the people, not corporations, as Clinton has done. Clinton has also received the most lobbying money out of all of the candidates out there. Another point is that Obama is more electiable. If he endorses Clinton it would be a slap in the face to all of Edwards supporters.

    February 10, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. Hillary is the Status Quo

    CNN, if this is inappropriate, I apologize.

    But I have to say,I would love to hear more from Candy Crowley. Whenever her (figurative) pen touches a piece, it's balanced and insightful in a way that elicits new revelations.

    Yes, I could stare all day into the captivating yet pensive eyes of Suzanne Malveaux, (who is also a talent), but I would prefer to hear more from Candy.

    Respectfully,

    Alvin Charles

    February 10, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. irma

    Edwards is young enough to try a run again in the future. If he is not interested in that, I say policy over politics. Then again, he like many others is aware of who will be able to survive the general. Good luck John, whatever you choose. If he makes the wrong selection; what will it mean for him? Is Elizabeths preference being put out to ease the pain of John's selection?

    February 10, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Democrat for Big Mac

    A vote for Obama is a vote for Republicans to hold on to White House for another 4 years. Big Mac will just crush him in general election. I, for the first time in my life, will be forced to vote for Big Mac if Obama is his main rival.

    Senator Obama keeps talking about change. Hello, I'm starved to death to hear what concrete plans he has to bring change other than his color.

    OBAMA is the escape goat that republican would dream to have in general elections. They will eat him alive without taking a burp.

    February 10, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Jim

    I for one hope Sen. Edwards endorses Barack Obama. Obama represents the future of the Democratic Party, while Hillary Clinton represents the past. Edwards could be a real help to Obama, who seems to have trouble connecting with blue collar workers, and could play a role in an Obama cabinet. Clinton will say all the right things now if it will help secure an endorsement, but will not feel bound by anything she says to Edwards.

    February 10, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Clinton for President

    The biggest difference between John Edwards and Hillary Clinton is their gender!

    ELECT HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT!

    February 10, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Katie Stewart

    It seems like you are giving more coverage to Senator Clinton's speeches as opposed to Senator Obama's. I hope that is not the case.
    Thank you for your consideration.
    Sincerely

    February 10, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  8. Gnomepark

    Please no endorsement...let Obama and Clinton stand on their own merits.

    February 10, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. SLO Bear

    In terms of foreshadowing, there was the moment in a debate when Senator Edwards alligned himself with Senator Obama as forces for change against the forces of the status quo, i.e. Senator Clinton. Here' s hoping he holds that thought.

    February 10, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. hillary 08:

    Obama keeps touting the Times' Poll today, saying he would beat McCain.... ,
    John Edwards should know that Times' Poll says this: According to the new poll, Democratic voters favor Clinton over Obama for the Democratic nomination by a margin of 48% to 42%.

    Support Hillary!

    The intelligent choice for America!

    February 10, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  11. LINDA NEW YORK

    TRY BACK IN 8 YEARS TO BE ELECTED PRESIDENT, WHEN HE HAS MORE EXPERIENCE.

    February 10, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  12. Andy, New York, New York

    It would be good to know who Edwards is supporting now he is out of the race. While he was in the race, he repeatedly said he is more aligned with Obama's positions than with Hillary's positions. Nothing major has changed since he left to indicate he has shifted his alignment, but he needs to make an official announcement this coming week.

    Giuliani and Romney who quit the Republican race have already endorsed McCain.

    If Edwards endorses Obama this week, look for Al Gore to follow shortly after.

    February 10, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Joshua College Station Texas

    Obama-Edwards 2008!

    February 10, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. Average Joe

    Did you see "Gladiator"? Someone asked what is Rome? and the answer was, "Rome is an idea". At one point it was so fragile that it could only be whispered...
    Only Obama can restore the USA to it's glory. The only way to for "change" to occur is to hope and fight for this idea we call America. If hope ceases to exist, so does our almight God and thus we should embrace him and get on the Ark as our only other option is drown in same torrent of mediocrity.

    Obama 08'

    February 10, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Tom Wittmann

    If he wants to have a say in a future Democratic Admnistration, he must endorse someone, hoping he does it right!

    I think he will wait until Tuesday and if OBAMA again is successful, he will endorse him, as Hillary cannot gain a large advantage in Texas, Ohio and
    Pennsylvania, given the proportionality of delegates

    And traditional labor is today not a large factor any more, many being afro-americans,.

    regards

    TOM

    February 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Lisa- NC

    Edwards needs to endorse Hillary for the Democrates to win.. Obama can't stand up to her or John McCain.

    In Case You Missed It: Jan 8th
    Sen. Obama turned down Hillary’s invitation to debate in Maine. Though both candidates will be in the state tomorrow, Sen. Obama isn’t ready to hold a joint town hall.

    In Case You Missed It: Jan 10th
    Hillary accepted an invitation to debate in Wisconsin before the state's February 19th primary. Sen. Obama has refused to debate in the next two weeks.

    February 10, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Geraldine

    How can he support Obama after his wife made the comment on Good Morning America when asked if she could support Hillay if she got the nomination, she said she didn't know. Too bad she didn't say that before the debate on cnn when Hillary said they would stick together who ever got the nomination. What kind of a message is that to send to the black voters, If not her husband than another Bush. Shame on her. Wise up people or we will lose this one too.

    February 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. stan pitts pa

    i dont think it matters what or who edwards endorses the American people have endorsed obama! Americans have donated in to obamas campaign in small and large amounts, if that isnt evidence of whom Americans want, i dont know what is!
    Americans are smart enough to decide for themselves and they have, obama is the clear choice! now if only his opponent will see the writing on the wall and just drop out of the race, so the will of the American people be done.....and so the dems can get really ready to take down mccain!

    February 10, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. I Love Barack

    I thought that Edwards was arguing that "Clinton is the statos-quo" and that he "stands for change." It is so amazing to hear he is torn between the "status-quo" and "change" canditates right now.

    I didn't believe him, whatever he was talking by then. I was right!!!!

    NOTE: Most of the people and organizations who endoresed you turned to Obama. Sir, does that give you any HINT? HELLOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    Obama 08/12

    February 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  20. Martin

    My guess: Edwards will join the ranks of the bitter men against Hillary, endorsing Obama despite the sizable overlap in the agendas of Edwards and Clinton. As Edwards said it, it's personal – personal against Hillary. As a man not threatened by the thought of an incredibly able woman in power, I find all this bitterness pathetic.

    February 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. No More Caucuses

    Don't let Obama steal this election with dodgy caucus victories and the black states.

    February 10, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Rob

    Why all the agonizing??? She will be behind in pledged delegates EITHER way. John Edwards needs to do the billing of the people and complete the circle. Obama won Edwards' token poverty stricken Louisiana by 21%!!! Hillary didn't even show up down there. Just sent Bill to talk to THOSE people.

    February 10, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Mel

    Since John Edwards cares so much about Katrina Victims and a son of South Carolina, Barack Obama won both of them (Louisiana and South Carolina). I believe Obama is the best one John Edwards endorses to.

    Obama LISTENED America and chose them over LOBBYISTS! Thousands and Thousands of people donors to support Obama's campaign. Therefore Barack Obama is the right person because he will LISTEN John Edwards and he will do something that John Edwards always dream of.

    John Edwards, a true voice of voiceless men/women, I heard you and I will help you to reach your dream. I will tell all my voiceless friends to vote Barack Obama for you.

    Best!
    Mel

    February 10, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Ted Minnard

    Senator Edwards spoke relentlessly against the issues of special interest and lobbyist influence. Hopefully he will honor those convictions and endorse Senator Obama. If you want a poster girl for special interests and status quo, as Hillary says herself..."I'm your girl". And you get 35 years of special interest influence thrown in too.

    February 10, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Shelley

    If Edwards was serious about his message and platform, he will endorse Obama, not Clinton. Weigh out the issues...I would like to see Edwards as the VP or Attorney General with Obama.

    February 10, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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