May 9th, 2008
12:35 PM ET
10 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. Jay Wayne, Escazu, Costa Rica

    Realistically, George W. Bush outsourced ever aspect of the 'Office'. Voters will pay for the mistakes of 2000 and 2004 for the next three decades. The irresponsible choices (Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Gonzalez... ad nausea) have led the US into weakened positions militarily, economically, credulity and morally on a global crisis, the likes of which have not been seen since the Fall of the Roman Empire.

    Old politics, fear mongering and bullying has no place in nominating process, the general election or the world stage. A 'team' is more than a group of people dressed in the same clothing. Each member must be suited appropriately to their strengths and weaknesses.

    Hillary R. Clinton, in service and sacrifice to her country, could be the hero as Secretary of State, building on her international experience, her relationship to William J. Clinton and her tough stances on what matters most to Americans.

    Jay Wayne, expatriot
    Escazu, Costa Rica

    May 9, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Tee

    Adrian the attorney-your not in the same league as Obama as for hillary you're just another monority that she will use to her advantage

    May 9, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Chelsea

    John, Obama can make you his VP if you help him in times of need. Try to convince Elizabeth to stop clinging to Hillary. Obama would be a great President; and you, a great VP!

    May 9, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Dale

    John Edwards knows a winner when he sees one, he should go ahead and publicly support OBAMA and give his those 26 Delegates maybe that would help put the CLINTONS out!!! I think an OBAMA – RICHARDSON ticket will most likely be the ticket in November!!!


    May 9, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Katy from Ohio

    John Edwards is a PANSY! Who cares what he thinks now. He does not deserve a seat at Barack's cabinet after his lack of support during North Carolina's primary. With Kerry, he proved he can't help the ticket in the GE. I like Bob Casey of PA.

    May 9, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. A. O'Donnell

    The Florida's and Michigan's votes should count. If not as previously cast, then by a revote. There are 50 states not 48. As a Democratic National Committee member and Clinton supporter, I will NOT vote for Obama, unless I feel that this has been a fair process. Without the votes cast by Michigan and Florida, it is not!!!!. I will write in Clinton's name on the ballot as hundreds of thousand like me will do!!!!

    Disappointed in CNN. The CNN political team real name is, "Obama girl". Shame on you!

    May 9, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Barbara

    What kind of party cannot control its delusional,arrogant, self-serving losers? When one is named chairman of any organization, one is expected to maintain some modicum of control over the direction, goals and yes, even image, of that organization. Mr. Dean, gather your "party elders", the rest of the superdelegates, and step up to the plate to end this mockery.

    Hilary and Bill truly need psychiatric help. None but totally narcissistic, egomaniacal persons would keep pounding the country with their obvious lack of respect for the voters, the process and the country.

    May 9, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  8. Jed in Texas

    Wake up people, most of the the hate mongering on here is coming from sneaky Republicans and Rush Limbaugh hate mongers.

    May 9, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Bella

    The Democratic Party needs to unite. Can anyone tell me why John Edwards hasn't endorsed Obama or Hillary?

    Is he bitter? If not make a decision!

    May 9, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. elm

    Let Hil-liar-y go on and spend her money....stimulate the economy.

    If she spends it now and she will lose, then maybe New York will get a new Senator who cares for someone besides her own power grab and we can euthanize any more of her campaigns.

    Only a sexist, racist, uneducated fool would give her any more money.

    I gave my money to Edwards, Richardson and Obama.... anyone but Hil-liar-y. The only thing bigger than that witch's ego is her pantsuit.

    May 9, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Ben

    Its time to make an endorsement John, stop thinking like an attorney. It is the right thing to do now!

    May 9, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Alan Boyer

    Not endorsing a candidate also hurts the party!

    May 9, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. kenny cole


    May 9, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. rock star or president?

    is the Obama train stopping to let people on board or the Obama reckless drunk driver crushing everyone who doesn't jump in right away? Judging by a lot of Obama supporters' posts here it looks more like the latter. Too bad they don't teach respect in college...

    May 9, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Greg M.

    I think it's time for hilLOSEary (Hillary), John McCAN'T(McCain) and Rush LimBARS (Limbaugh) supporters to RUSH to switch over and vote for a real President for the United States of America and a united people for Obama and America. He's SMART enough, HONEST enough, LOYAL enough, TOUGh enough and he listens to ALL he is going to serve for the NEXT 8 YEARS as COMMANDER and CHIEF. Mich. and Fla. I Love You , but they all made this agreement, Hillary was there, it was all done legally maybe next time your elected officials you voted for in your states will do the right things and follow the rules. They didn't represent you well at all, get on them for messing you all up. They wouldn't change the rules for you, unless you had enough money, but thats not going to work this time.

    Thank God!
    for working with
    ~ President Obama 08~
    Yes We Can!!!!

    May 9, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. fred

    Leslie-Washington May 9th, 2008 11:25 am ET

    Votes for Obama were counted TWICE in two counties in North Carolina.


    May 9, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Nando, Florida


    May 9, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Babykillers4ObamaClinton

    Lets elect a democrat, so we can keep kill our mistakes, instead taking 30 seconds to put on a condom!

    May 9, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. melikeyhill

    Republicans on this blog stop trying to tear the democratic party to shreds, by lying that you wont be voting for obama if he is the nominee, mccain campaign staffers go fly a kite.... we know what your doing and you will fail, the dems will be united!!!

    May 9, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Tobias

    Obama is a lying hypocrite who does not deserve to be president. We will fight for Hillary all the way to the convention.

    May 9, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  21. hillary or mccain

    More threats from obama supporters–keep it up and lose the election in nov. edwards will wait until he knows who the winner is like any good politician. others are wanting only the limelight-usually losers.

    May 9, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Ray Ito

    Then why is he not backing Obama?
    His wife has openly supported Hillary – maybe for the vice presidential spot.
    Openly support Obama now when it matters, and not when it's no longer necessary.

    May 9, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. BJ

    Obama – 2 years in the Senate

    McCain – 5 years in POW camp.

    Obviously, Obama is the most qualified.

    May 9, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. Kingskid

    Obama is a phenomenom inthe world presently and whoever wants the best for the world should align himself or herself to obama including Edward and Clinton.

    May 9, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Tom, St. Paul

    OK, I think we all know how this is going to turn out and it's been a long 5 months since Iowa. Let's just skip the election and inaugurate Sen. Obama president! (Nice try, Hill! Adios, McCain!)

    May 9, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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