May 2nd, 2008
10:29 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton praises undecided Edwardses

RALEIGH, North Carolina (CNN) – As rumors abound about who they plan do endorse, Hillary Clinton thanked former rival John Edwards and wife Elizabeth for their work on poverty and health care at North Carolina’s Friday night Jefferson-Jackson dinner, just four days before the state’s primary.

“Let me say what a great fighter North Carolina and working Americans everywhere have in John Edwards. John ran with compassion and conviction and his courageous fight to end poverty is a fight I will see to the finish,” said Clinton, adding that she would create a cabinet-level position to focus solely on poverty.

“And I want to thank Elizabeth Edwards for her passion for ending discrimination by the insurance companies and for standing up against John McCain’s inadequate and radical health care plan,” Clinton continued. “Elizabeth Edwards is a true champion for universal health care.”

Elizabeth Edwards said she would be “surprised” if she or her husband – a former North Carolina senator – endorsed a candidate before the primary, but left the door open. Many think Mrs. Edwards leans towards Clinton because she has said that she favors Clinton’s health care plan over Obama’s.

With polls showing Democrats increasingly worried that the Party has gotten too divided, Clinton began her remarks with a unifying tone.

“The stakes are too high for us not to pull together as one team. I will tell you this, if Sen. Obama is the nominee, you better believe I’ll work my heart out for him. And if I’m the nominee, I know Sen. Obama will do the same for me.”

That didn’t stop her from taking a jab at John McCain though, saying, “He looks at the hole that George Bush has dug us into and says ‘give me a bigger shovel.'”


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  1. April in Texas

    Sorry still voting Obama. I would like to know why Clinton gets a ticker and not Obama? He said some really neat things that the media keeps asking about.. He explained change and what it is and even told everyone who he is.. Hillary can not win and any vote for her is a vote for McCain or no one such as myself because I will stay home. We need to change Washington and stop all this pandering. I have never been so excited for a canidate as I am for Obama. He is inspiring and I feel a vote for him is a vote for me as that is who he is working for WE THE PEOPLE!!

    Obama 08/09

    May 3, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  2. JRC

    Jennifer said – obama has many other major flaws that we have not seen exposed and by the time we do see them laid out by the republicans, it will be too late to go and find hillary to save us all.

    So...I'm wondering, how do you know what flaws he has that have not been exposed? Do you have some kind of knowledge of the man that the rest of us do not? Do you think the Clintons are better because all their flaws ARE exposed??

    May 3, 2008 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  3. ROCCO

    OBAMA SUPPORTERS ARE NUTS, THEY ARE FASHION CONSCIENCE IDIOTS. LOOK PEOPLE. OBAMA IS ALL TALK, SPEECH AND BULL. HE HAS NO EXPERIENCE, NO POWER AND MOST OF ALL, NO BALLS TO GET THINGS DONE. THE REPUBLICANS NOW WANT TO RUN AGAINST HIM BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALL THE AMMUNITION READY TO RIP HIM APART. TOO MUCH TO LOSE. OH AND ALL YOU HATING COMMENTATORS. YOUR ALL GOING TO EAT CROW IF OBAMA WINS AND THEN LOSSES THE WHITE HOUSE. THIS IS NOT A POPULARITY CONTEST !!! THIS IS OUR FUTURE AND AND IF DON'T ELECT SOMEONE STRONG LIKE HILLARY, (BECAUSE SHE HAS SHOWN TO HANDLE ALL THE BLOWS THROWN AT HER) WE WILL LOSE IT IN NOVEMBER!!!!! OBAMA KIDS GET OFF THE POT!!!

    May 3, 2008 02:49 am at 2:49 am |
  4. JR

    I hope Rocky from New York never wins or steal the nomination.

    May 3, 2008 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  5. OBAMA ISGENUINE

    HOW OBAMA WILL WIN: Obama is GENUINE! There is a clear distinction between Clinton and Obama. This is distorted from the Campaign There is too much lies in (both) Clinton, then and now. We do not need anymore old politic, lies, and deceitfulness. Let us bring the changes for truth - Obama: show your light of genuinity and you will win!. Everyone will turn toward you and vote for you! -Psalm of the Future.

    May 3, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  6. ROCCO

    OH AND REMEMBER WHEN OBAMA WAS WINNING THE RED CAUCUS STATES???? EVERYONE WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW HE APPEALED TO THE INDEPENDANT AND REPUBLICAN VOTERS.. HAHAHAHAHA THAT WAS A PRANK BY THE REPUBLICANS VOTERS TO SWITCH TO HIM.. HE HAS NO SUPPORT FROM THESE PEOPLE. THEY ARE LIKE VULTURES, OR LIKE WE SAY IT IN SPANISH.. CHUPACABRAS.. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR HIM PERIOD. ALSO, NOW THAT HILLARY IS GETTING THOSE VOTES IN THE UPCOMING PRIMARYS, YOU SAME PEOPLE ARE SAYING THE OPPOSITE.. GET OVER IT.. OBAMA IS DONE. REV WRIGHT, BITTER PEOPLE, NO BALLS.. HE'S GREEN AND NOT EVEN SEASONED. GET OVER IT .. VOTE FOR SOMEONE WITH BALLS.

    May 3, 2008 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
  7. Dawa sherpa

    if Hillary the the nominee, American people will get back the job and health care plan so i really think she will have to back in the White House
    i know she will be back.

    May 3, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  8. melissa

    Well everdayone some about obama is shut up!.... I will support for hillary also heard edwards will soon support hillary not about obama and mccain

    May 3, 2008 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  9. obama rocks

    Hillary is so fake. Now she's praising Edward just another cheap tactic to impress voters after her ridiculous gas tax cut . shame on her!
    Obama all the way!

    May 3, 2008 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  10. silenced michigan voter

    OBAMA IS A POLITICIAN LIKE ALL THE REST !!! I wish he would just admit this fact and move on, He makes fun of Hillary for "THROWING BACK A SHOT AND A BEER " , then he's on the campaign trail drinking beers w/ blue collar workers . He runs Clinton down then says its time for new style of politics instead of the negative campaigns, He does all the same politcal pandering ,promise makeing and smooth talking. When asked for a specific answer on policies he never seems to have one, he generalizes his answers and makes points that we are all aware of .
    We all know the Bush way of doing things has set this nation behind the eight ball in so many ways . He made a politcal move to take his name of the ballot here in MI. to pander to the voters in Iowa, and it worked , for someone who claims he wants to listen to the american people he should make it clear he only wants to hear from the voters that can help him win, a fact he made clear in my view when he took his name of the ballot ,or maybe like any other smart politician he knew how to "PLAY THE GAME" , and now my vote will not count!!!

    I THOUGHT THIS WAS AMERICA WHERE ALL AMERICANS HAD A VOICE??!!!

    May 3, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  11. JR from VA

    Jennifer I don't know how old you are but me and my wife are over 50 and we would never ever vote for Hillary. Btw we are not colleague educated either so I guess we are out of polling groups because accordance these clowns we would be in HRC camp now. Well we are not and reason is easy. If somebody is able to stay with adulterer who disgraced her in front of the whole world then something wrong in her character. I am sure if he was just normal guy she would dump him in the first possible term for divorce.
    Obama's speech couldn't be here tonight because it is CNN and they play as Clintons whistle in these days.

    May 3, 2008 03:00 am at 3:00 am |
  12. Ted van Tol

    She would lick enybody's hiels!

    Ted.

    May 3, 2008 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  13. charlie h wallingford ct

    obama is as foney as a 3 dollar bill..............
    at leastwith hillary we know what we have.............
    with obama you will never know whats going to pop out of the closet
    GO HILLARY CLINTON 2008

    May 3, 2008 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  14. Matthew

    The Clinton campaign announces that she will eat a stick of butter at a rural Indiana dairy farm, and a stick of butter at a Cracker Barrel, in North Carolina while campaigning on Monday, while Bill/Hill chase the honeys.

    May 3, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  15. Ricardo Ramos

    hillary stands no chance. Obama will beat her in north carolina 58-42 and the race will be extremely close at indiana. I think she should think about the fact that after this two primaries there is nothing in god's judge that allows her neither to reach denver, nor even closer at obama's advantage. It is time to unify our party and our efforts behind obama and do our very best to end the g.o.p's caos at the white house.

    May 3, 2008 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  16. Matthew

    Dorito Chip? No! Landing Strip? No! Brazillian? No! Amazon rain forest? Yes she will...err uh has had forever. She is a LESBIAN. I don't care but the lemmings that support her should really take a close look at her for the past 30 years. You will be SHOCKED!

    May 3, 2008 03:20 am at 3:20 am |
  17. Dylan John

    Is there anyone Hillary HASN'T pandered to over the past month?

    As an actor, let me say that she is a horrible actress. It's easy to tell when someone's faking it, and not a word she says comes across as genuine. Trust me, do not believe a word she says.

    May 3, 2008 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  18. Elizabeth, Mississippi

    For the person who called all Obama supporters nuts, have you not notice how that man (Obama) handled the race and Rev. Wright issue with grace and did not lose his cool in front of the media or anyone. Do you remember all the talking Hillary did with "meet me in Ohio" for a debate, but got to the debate and basically agreed with Obama on all issues, do you really want someone who one day is acting all crazy and the next calm ,no I would rather have someone with a cool head who will reason with the problem, then make a decision on the matter. We already got someone in the white house who acts and then thinks and look at the fine mess we are in eg. the War in Irac, so please think before you go calling people names or was you with Hillary under sniper fire and just misspoke too.

    May 3, 2008 03:34 am at 3:34 am |
  19. Marc

    Give me a break.

    Obama 08

    May 3, 2008 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
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