May 9th, 2008
12:35 PM ET
7 years ago

Edwards: Tough for Clinton to 'make the math work'

 John Edwards said the math isn't working in Clinton's favor.
John Edwards said the math isn't working in Clinton's favor.

(CNN) – John Edwards still isn’t backing a candidate in this year’s Democratic primary race – but it looks like he might be ready to pick a winner.

The former presidential candidate told interviewers on NBC and MSNBC that Barack Obama will probably top the Democratic ticket this fall.

Hillary Clinton has said that she can still win the nomination – but "it's very difficult to make the math work," said Edwards.

Which one of the remaining contenders is best-equipped to beat presumptive Republican nominee John McCain? Edwards tried to avoid picking between the two – then chose Obama, because he said the Illinois senator was the probable Democratic nominee.

He added that he worried the continuing campaign could take a toll on the party’s presidential chances. “I think it’s fine for Hillary to keep making the case for her,” said the former North Carolina senator. “But when that shifts to everything that is wrong with him, then we’re doing damage instead of being helpful.”

Edwards has been heavily wooed by both the Clinton and Obama campaigns since he ended his presidential run in January, but has not publicly endorsed either candidate.

soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. FreshAir

    I'd like to add, that I donated to Edwards but he dropped out before my state otherwise i would have voted for him, but he's destroying his character at this point. Statements like the above without endorsing are completely vacuous. Endorse someone or be quiet.

    May 9, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Jack Carlson,

    No, they just don't want THAT woman as president. And that's true for the rest of us...

    May 9, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. racism

    The Obama supporters can argue racism once 90 to 95% of "white" people do not vote for Obama.

    Until then, the racism argument is just an untrue propaganda ploy.

    May 9, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. austbill

    It does not matter who goes into the White House, even Mickey Mouse could do a much better job than our current president.

    May 9, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. A white woman for Obama

    Did I see some body write Obama is another McCain?

    That's not only incorrect, but just plain stupid.

    May 9, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. janet in wv

    come on Edwards put your suport behine Hillary you no she is better for our country,

    May 9, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. sue

    The fact that he would hold out and even consider voting for Hillary has vastly changed my opinion of Edwards. Thought he was a moral man. This just begs the question. Is he?

    May 9, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. NEVER obama

    I would vote for a dead snake before I would vote for the liar and UNFIT obama. NEVER OBAMA.

    May 9, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
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