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. Bree

    "Most of the poor people vote for (Clinton)"...that is not necessarily true. Wealthier democrats seem to be more likely to vote for obama, but that doesn't mean most do and it certainly doesn't mean that most poor people do not. Don't skew statistics.

    February 10, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Carol

    I was just listening to the NBC evening news. They reported that Barack Obama was meeting with John Edwards, but they said nothing about meeting with Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama has been made by the media, he is not President material, at this point. It's so sad that the country likes someone for President,who does not even have a platform.

    February 10, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Ryan

    Edwards always struck me as being a man of principle, which is why I have so much respect for him. I hope he goes with the candidate that represents his views and doesn't follow the hype of a rockstar. If he wants to give the goals of his candidacy any chance, he'll throw his support to Hillary.

    February 10, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. Chris

    Edwards is a smart guy, he will go for the obvious winning team. Contrary to popular opinion, the ability to inspire is a more precious presidential quality than having spen 8 years in the white house next to the guy who had the ability to inspire.

    Yes We Can!

    February 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. Bree

    I don't understand why Clinton supporters' primary argument for her is that "she can bring about the change"....so what? As if Obama can't??? He seems to me to be much stronger and have a much more balanced and clear head on his shoulders. Look at the coalition he has built in just this campaign alone!! The man is certainly capable of action as well as inspiring a nation and uniting a people. I cannot fathom not supporting him.

    February 10, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. NT

    I hope he endorses Obama. We need a new perspective in Washington. Obama also brings in so many young people into the process.

    February 10, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Trey

    Edwards will endorse Hilliary.

    If he doesn't he is showing how phony he is.

    Remember Hilliary and Edwards have basically the same positions on healthcare....

    February 10, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Narian

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

    February 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Lcf

    I am commenting to CNN about the coverage today and how very obviously slanted it is toward Clinton. Ms. Crowley's coverage today was obviously pro Clinton.
    Also, Fox is reporting another number with delegates than CNN-CNN more slanted toward Clinton. I think it's pretty sad that Obama was behind by less than 100 votes before yesterdays races, but now is behind by 133 according to CNN-if that continues, I as a democrat and many more will stay home and become discouraged for November and you can guarantee a Republican win.

    February 10, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. Sally

    If Edwards is so worried about the poor people as he says he is, he certainly will endorse Hillary Clinton, but if he is more worried about a position that Obama may give him, as I heard talk before about Edwards being Attorney General if Obama is elected, then he will vote Obama. His ideas are so close to Hillary's when it comes to the poor and they both had the same Healthcare plan, I don't know why he would even have a hard time deciding on who he should endorse. We shall see which is of the most importance to him.

    February 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  11. cj from seattle

    Only Obama could get his endoresment. Hillary's whole campaign conflicts with Edward's platform of change from the status quo. And as Billary put it herself she has been part of the washington machine for 35 years (and if that is not status quo I do not know what is). I think Eddy wil endorse Obama after this upcoming tuesday, it will build on his momentum and will help him in texas ohio and pennslyvannia where he desperetly needs to do well. Momentum is everything. And I think Hillary is knows it wil soon be over (but not after a bitter fight). And I think it would be odd for gore to step back in the political arena (it would sure help obama, but endorsing his running mate's wife's enemy takes gusto, but then again look at Kerry...).

    February 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  12. Sherry in Kentucky

    Not that CNN will post this. . . and not that John Edwards bothers to read the CNN blogs. . . but if you are reading this. . . Please endorse Barack. We need to unite the party against McCain. Hillary will divide us.

    February 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. Cherish

    Hillary is the status quo candidate – if Edwards endorses her, I wouldn't be more surprised if I woke up with my head sewn to the carpet.

    All this Gore/Edwards Obama endorsement talk is enough to keep a smile on my face all the way to Texas & Ohio! (knock on wood.)

    Did you know four major Texas newspapers have endorsed Sen. Obama?!

    Together, we can. Together, we will.

    Obama '08!!!

    February 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  14. AMP

    You people (Obama supporters) have lost your minds! Even if Hillary Clinton didn't pick up another delegate from here out, she has almost HALF of the delegates needed for nomination as I type, so the Obama/Edwards ticket is TRULY funny! Your guy is going to get exposed SOON enough for selling you guys nothing but smoke!

    February 10, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. MARIA 2325

    Edwards knows who is the best for the job ,Obama is a good speaker and I do not believe he will do what he promises , he does not show his plans. I can compare with a president in South America , He was young and offered a lot , his speeches were like Obama, when he was in the govenment , led the country the worst inflation . Hilary is a smart woman with experience and a good work plan

    February 10, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Betty

    CNN seems very slanted toward Clinton. Luckily, the country is in favor of Obama.

    February 10, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. rabblerouser

    It's not over yet – but I do wonder how things would have worked out if the media hadn't run a relentless smear campaign against Clinton. There's some force (and it's not the people) that wants Obama to get this nomination. I'm not sure why or who they are, but the media reflects this and has consistently been out to get Hillary from the outset. It makes me realize that we the people really don't choose our leaders, we just think we do...

    John Edwards should support Clinton because he is a champion of the poor and so is she. What we don't need is four years of on the job training.

    February 10, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  18. unreal

    so sad cnn needs help

    February 10, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. AJ, IL

    Edwards should have endorsed Obama before Super Tuesday Feb. 5th when he had the chance to look authentic. Since some superdelegates have already left the Edwards camp for Obama, I don't think his endorsement will carry much weight. The real question is what position is Edwards jocking for. I don't think he should be on the VP ticket. It needs to be someone new and currently in an elected office who shares Obama's view of change and was and still is against the Iraq War.

    Obama in '08!

    February 10, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. Terrell Newkirk CA

    Edwards will make the right decision and support the surge of Obama.

    Go Obama/Edwards or Obama/Clintion 08.

    February 10, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  21. The Youth in NC

    Speaking for the youth. The future of this country lies with the youth. The youth are mesmorized by Obama. Invest in the youth by endorsing Obama. Not only that, all of the polls indicate that Obama would make the best candidate against Mccain, or any one else. An endorsement for Clinton would keep things the same, a vote for Obama will bring about change. Do what is right.
    Obama 08!!!

    February 10, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. Jean

    I think Clinton would be better at fullfilling any deals made with Edwards because she's a more intelligent, experienced politician .

    February 10, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Salz

    He should endorse Obama. He's more well-rounded, and is now pulling in huge votes. Join the Cause, Edwards. Change, we believe in it!

    February 10, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Matt

    He will endorse Obama, the smart choice. The only choice, really.

    Hillary's time is up.

    February 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Ricky

    Wow, your decision can carry a lot of weight but only if you choose the right person. You are torment to choose between your mother and your bother. Which one will it be the future or past?

    February 10, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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