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. cpljoeb from NC

    Obama needs to pick Nancy Pelosi for VP. So she can run against Hillary for the Presidency in the future. I will vote for Pelosi anytime. She could and will be our first women president.

    May 9, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. The O

    I think Edwards is a good man, but this is why he can't ever win a as president he has nothing to loose so why won't he choose already, I really don't care how he is for but he has become irrelavent, now the time has come and gone. so just flip a coin if it's that hard and make a choice. please it's time............

    OBAMA 08

    May 9, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Harry, Irvine California

    Dear Senator John Edwards, if you keep waiting and don't endorse OBAMA then you are damaging the party, get on with it, if you wait longer you matter not, it is to your own interest to back him up, after all he shares the same values with you !

    May 9, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Linda

    Edwards slip of the tongue, voted for Obama

    May 9, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Robert

    Please tell me why I would vote for Obama after reading the comments of his supporters throughout the primaries? The hatred and racism shown is proof that he cannot unite within his own party let alone what will be said (or already has) between now and November across party lines. Further his supporters aren't Democrats they don't even know how the Primary process is supposed to work. And to those supers who have already endorsed either Clinton or Obama, you should all be ashamed of yourselves. Speaking before the general membership of the party has voted was selfish, harmful to the party, and totally ignores your responsibilities as a super and elder of the party. Talk about breaking the rules.

    May 9, 2008 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. ginny

    John: If you are reading through these comments, I'm sure you will take one thing away. It's past time that you endorsed, you are losing credibility fast. Just DO it!

    May 9, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Sunshine

    I think to Pander votes at this point The Cartoon of the day will be Hillary Standing wearing a pair of (God forbid )Daisey Dukes a cowboy hat and boots. Being driven around in a replica of The General Lee, with six guns on her hip screaming yeeeeeeee Haaaaaaa as she drives into these poor rural towns.

    May 9, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. JerDawg

    Edwards is an idiot, that is why he is out of the race. He won't cast his superdelagate vote for as long as he holds out, he will stay relevant in the press. Show some leadership and put an end to the race baiting Clinton machine. HRC playing race yet once again is vulgar, she make me ill. Note to HRC – If you can't beat Obama, you cant be McCain! Now STFU and go home, please di it for your country.

    May 9, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. AZM


    Yes that's correct... if you don't like Obama you must be racist.
    Spoken like a member of the United Trinity Church.

    Nice crutch you have... if things don't go your way... you always have a nice excuse to fall back one.

    May 9, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. vickie

    I guess the election is over. too bad, I thought Obama was a decent guy. Wake up democrats. There is no way in hell Obama will win in Nov. The repubs will make him look more socialist than Mao. They made Kerry look like a coward, and he was a hero. Oh yeah, someone should shut Sharpton up. You will lose the remaining 30% white vote that you have now.

    May 9, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Randy - Denver

    I cannot believe the filth coming out of the mouths of the Hillary supporters!!! Are you all so childish that because your candidate is losing that you must downgrade the one who is winning? I was always taught that there are two ways to get to the top, be the best or drag everyone down until you look like you are the best. IMO it appears that the Hillary supporters are taking the second path.

    This DOES NOT mean that I support the trash I see form the Obama supporters either they need to grow up also and stop talking like their candidate is godsx gift to the world and anyone who disagrees is a racist. I am a supporter of Mr. Obama but DO NOT support the comments I read here anymore than I support Al Sharpton talking this morning about Hillary! Trash is trash no matter who says it!

    The only saving grace about this entire crap shown here is the fact that it is all posted by about 50 people in total and they DO NOT represent the followers of either candidate.. I hope!

    May 9, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  12. "Huckabillary"

    Oregon crowd and much of the world: 'Why keep going when mathematically you can't win, Hillary?'

    Clinton: “I’m going to keep going because you keep going.”

    Sounds like the backward logic of Bush regarding staying in Iraq–"I'm just following my commanders on the ground."

    Isn't it the responsibility of the leader to lead, not follow?

    Where's the shepherd's crook? It's time to pull that woman off the stage before she becomes a pariah. Edwards gets it.

    May 9, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |


    May 9, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. Marshall

    Just come out and pledge your support to Barak.

    May 9, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Cindy in Pennsylvania

    I am a Hillary supporter, who will vote for McCain in the fall since she's out.

    May 9, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Mar

    I will not vote for Obama. If it is not Hillary, then McCain. Obama is scary and trouble. NOBAMA

    May 9, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  17. Deb


    The fact that the remaining super delegates have not flocked to Obama speaks volumes!

    The Race is not over and Obama doesn't have the track record to win in November!

    Hillary is the candidate with the winning track record and enough supporters across all demographics to win back the White House.

    Obama is NOT QUALIFIED and can never beat McCain, especially with over 25% of the Registered Democrats ready to become McCain Democrats!

    McCain will enjoy a 60 to 75% national landslide against Obama!

    Hillary 08

    May 9, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Dave

    Edwards is enjoying his 5 mins of fame. You should have endorsed Obama before N.C. – you could have looked very good. Now, you are worth nothing.

    May 9, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. Eric Abbiss

    How about this: Obama/Edwards 2008!

    May 9, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. FreshAir

    Dont tell us, tell Elizabeth.

    May 9, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. LM

    Obama and Edwards would be an awesome ticket....

    Obama '08

    May 9, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. GL

    Thank you Mr. Vice President.

    Obama/Edwards '08

    May 9, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Charlotte

    I will write in Hillary Clinton in November. All Clinton supporters do the same, we can show the Obama-bots the door. If the Hillary supporters write her name in we can do it. There are more of us and with the McCain, Nader and other voters, Obama will be toast and our girl or McCain can win..Yes we can….McCain is more of a Uniter then Obama will ever be..Like all the Obama-bots posting vile comments they can help our cause. Keep talking Al Sharpton..Not voting for Obama does not mean you are a racist.. WRITE IN HILLARY CLINTON IN NOVEMBER!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Tee

    Belle is because you have not been paying attention to this political process. Obam has gone out of his way to be respectful to hillary even now. did you see the interview with Wolf. Obama had nothing but nice things to say about Hillary. She is the one being divisive. She is tearing the democratic party apart. A sore loser.

    May 9, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    Now that McGovern has endorsed Obama it is REALLY ALL OVER!

    Obama will go on to WIN the Presidency, Just like McGovern... oh, sorry, McGovern ran in '72 and LOST 49 STATES, and only captured 37.5% of the popular vote...

    Right On Obama!


    May 9, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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