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. Love Hill

    He was part this 2008 campaign. If he needs to discuss with Hillary and Obama before deciding who to endorse, that tells us a lot about him.
    He is bargaining his support. That is so cheap of him. What else does Edward need to know about Hillary and Obama ???

    February 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. John Harrington

    please endorse hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ur health care and other policies are exactly the same
    GO HILLARY!!!!!
    GO EDWARDS!!!!!!

    February 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. rlkidd

    I hope John Edwards endorses Obama, perhaps running as vice president.
    New blood in the white house, not the same old political hacks.

    February 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Carol

    If you watched the debate in which Edwards aligned himself with Obama
    as agents of change, as opposed to Clinton as a voice of the past,
    one wonders why this is an issue at all - unless Edwards is less
    direct and honest than we thought...

    February 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. Rich in Seattle

    Hillary is the establishment, if he wants what is best for the "regular folks" he knows who he needs to support. The choice is obvious.

    February 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Michelle in KS

    OBAMA/EDWARDS is my dream ticket!

    An Al Gore endorsement can't hurt either...what a slap in the face from the former VP to his President.....

    February 10, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. jim davis

    if clinton is the nominee this will be the first time in 40yrs. i will not vote. bush 4ys clinton 8ys. bush 8ys. what does these people think we are stupid/? the clintons were behind going to court to stop the vote in nv. i made the mistake of voteing for our gov. here im mi. against my better judgement i thought we needed a female in office. my mistake. now she is crying about mi. and fl. being counted everyone knew what the rules were going in now she wants to change the rules on that how can i support someone like that. never happen; sounds like bush to me.

    February 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. James

    Sen. Edwards,

    I think many of agree that Obama/Edwards is not only representative of the direction we would like to see the nation move towards, but is a very strong, electable ticket as well.

    That said, I ask that you endorse Sen. Obama irrespective of if you are asked to be his running-mate or not, because it is what's best for the country.

    Thank you.

    February 10, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. Violet Cauthon

    I voted for John Edwards in our state's caucus via absentee ballot. That was, of course, before he suspended his campaign. Edwards has policities closest to my political stance and I fervently hope he influences Clinton or Obama to fight for his ideas. I also don't see him accepting Vice-President but I would really, really like to see John Edwards as Attorney General over the decimated Department of Justice. I could see John Edwards cleaning house of the Bush evangelical law students and the other right-wing idealogues hired by Ashcroft and Gonzales. I could see John Edwards being the housecleaning Attorney General for the United States. With him over Justice, maybe Conyers, Leahy, Levin et al would finally, FINALLY receive the information they've requested from the Bush White House over and over again.

    February 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Isabel

    Clinton/Edwards would be more ideal. John would have the responsibility to check on Clinton's scruples.

    February 10, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Voter

    It just amazes me how much people to support someone so willing to divide the nation with red and blue lines again. Edwards just wants to help the people like Obama does. If either one is getting an endorsement then it's Obama.

    February 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. Steve

    ALL the momentum is going Obama's way. So just let that fresh breeze pick you up, John, and join the chorus! Some one has got to convice the Party fuddy duddies (i.e. "Super"delegates) to not stand in the way of the public will–Change Can't Wait–Obama in '08! "We are the ones we've been waiting for..."

    February 10, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  13. Jf

    Think for a minute, of our country as a very large bus, that we are all riding on down a road. The bus has been driven really hard the last 7yrs, and almost nothing has been spent on her maintenance during that time. Her tires are almost bald, her brakes are failing, and there is almost nothing left in the fuel tank... Up just ahead, there is a fork in the road. At that fork there is a sign. On that sign is an arrow pointing one way that says “Full service gas station just ahead”, and an arrow pointing the other way that just says “A new direction”... Which way would you want the bus to go?

    I can only hope that John Edwards will try to convince people that we need to get the bus serviced BEFORE we head down that “A new direction” road.

    I believe that road will still be there in 4 or 8yrs, and at that time, when the bus is road worthy again, if that sign is still up, I’d be happy to see what’s down “A new direction” road.

    February 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. McRumi

    Given how Edwards kept attacking Hillary as "status quo," how could he possibly endorse her?? Would seem deeply hypocritical.

    February 10, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. Kimberly Peacock

    Figures Edwards will support Obama. They just like to get Hillary.

    I dont agree with the social agenda of the republican party but I will never vote for Obama. It says the image is more important than substance.

    Edwards if you had not given up,

    February 10, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. Charley O'Malley

    Barack Obama is a moving speaker and a likable guy. He is also a great Christmas gift for the Republicans! Only one Democrat has ever one the White House since 1964, Clinton. The Republicans gave Carter the White house in 1976, when Reagan and Ford fault it out to the convention. In fact, no candidate has won the white House in the last 50 years (at least) where the two candidates have duked it out till the convention, none. He was routed 4 years later. Clinton has centrist views, and could win, Obama, forget it. Not a chance. Ask Humphrey’s where all those young voters were in the general election, home not voting. Then he has the hidden racist factor, one the press doesn’t want to talk about. 5-% of the voters who claim they will vote for him won't. Ask Ford, in Tennessee. So its up to the voters, Clinton or it’s all setting up for Gore in 2012!

    February 10, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. Bill

    Will John Edwards's endorsement really help either candidate?

    February 10, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. abigi

    LEADERSHIP IS NOT ALL ABOUT RETHORICS.

    IS ABOUT TRACK RECORD AND POLICIES.

    A VOTE FOR OBAMA MEANS ANOTHER 8 YRS OF REPUBLICANS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

    THIS MOVEMENT BY YOUNG VOTERS WHO ARE STILL LIVING WITH MOMMY AND DADDY WILL NOT HELP AMERICA.

    HOW CAN WE AFRICAN AMERICANS TURN OUR BACKS ON THE CLINTONS?

    MR.EDWARDS,DO THE RIGHT THING BY ENDORSING HILLARY.

    February 10, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Tammy, Los Angeles

    Edwards would go against all he talked about supporting lobbyists if he endorses Hillary. Also, Elizabeth Edwards was the one who convinced him to run again. I have a feeling she's convinced him to become active again. There is a reason most Edwards endorsements have gone Obama lately.

    Jimmy Carter gave a silent endorsement in an article this week for Obama when he said that what Obama has done has been "extraordinary" and inspired himself and his wife.

    Michael Moore gave a silent endorsement in multiple interviews this week where he mentioned an "immoral" vote to vote for Hillary when she supported giving authorization for war.

    And I've also hear rumors of the Al Gore endorsement that I'm sure would be a tough one to come out. Even though they have worked so hard for each other on environmental issues.

    February 10, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. sam

    Senator Edwards, please make the right decision and support Hilary.
    She is the only candidate that is working hard for the American people
    and her policy on the congressional health insurance is long overdue.
    I think that she is right to enforce health insurance on the american people.
    Isn't this the same idea as having mandatory car insurance? Many people with
    Substantial insurance are broke when a family member is diagnosed with a
    terminal illness. This is caused by the millions of uninsured Americans who goes
    to the emergency room and are unable to pay. The people with insurance are paying
    for it as a result, but when you get sick then the insurance company drops you. America is the leading country of the world but its people are in so much trouble.
    Even a country such as Taiwan provides health insurance to all its people. Are we not better than taiwan? Obama is inspirational when he speaks but is he able to get the job done?Obama is promoting that he'll be change for the US ,but would this change bring improvement or diaster?

    February 10, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Senator Edwards, please make the right decision and support Hilary.
    She is the only candidate that is working hard for the American people
    and her policy on the congressional health insurance is long overdue.
    I think that she is right to enforce health insurance on the american people.
    Isn't this the same idea as having mandatory car insurance? Many people with
    Substantial insurance are broke when a family member is diagnosed with a
    terminal illness. This is caused by the millions of uninsured Americans who goes
    to the emergency room and are unable to pay. The people with insurance are paying
    for it as a result, but when you get sick then the insurance company drops you. America is the leading country of the world but its people are in so much trouble.
    Even a country such as Taiwan provides health insurance to all its people. Are we not better than taiwan? Obama is inspirational when he speaks but is he able to get the job done?Obama is promoting that he'll be change for the US ,but would this change bring improvement or diaster?

    February 10, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. douglasdao

    In this type of political meeting, you meet with the person you are saying "no" to first, i.e. – Hillary. Edwards is meeting tomorrow with Obama, to whom he will say "yes."

    February 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  23. Geo.W

    Senator Edawards, Please Don't pull a Kerry.He wanted Gerhart,and did not
    endorse You.Don't do the same.
    Be a WOMANIST like your wife.Endorse Hillary R Clinton who will get the changes ,you and all of us want.Not a Rookie 2 year Senator.You Can't TRUST.
    I know you'll do the Right Thing.
    Thank You
    Always GW (former Union organizer) & Vet

    February 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  24. Hillary

    It doesn't matter who he endorses. Obama's train will be leaving the station Tuesday after the Chesapeake primaries. Whoever refuses to jump in will be left out.

    February 10, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. BDT

    Obama\Edwards 08 a winning ticket for change and respect for U.S.

    February 10, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
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