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. An Agnostic Democrat

    Thank you , John, for being a voice of reason and knowing your math. Please dial up the Clinton household and leave a message so a return call to reality can be placed.

    May 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Jerry

    Hillary it sad that you are destroying the demoncrate party, when John give his endorsement to Obama I think Hillary should give up soon

    Obama 08

    May 9, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. Al, San Francisco, CA

    Hillary,
    You are brilliant and exceptional. But please let this one go. We want something different this time. Let Obama give us the change he promises. otherwise, we will always wonder "What if". You can still contribute to this nation. God bless you, God bless Obama. God bless America.

    May 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. For the love of this independent

    virginialiving,

    It was Hillary to she signed the Memo. She also wrote a letter stating the all states needed to abide by the calender set by the DNC. However this was all before Super Tuesday.

    May 9, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. gman

    I like John Edwards... but he has now made himself irrelavant by not endorsing earlier. His time has come and gone. But I still like him.

    May 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. James, Jefferson City MO

    to NoMcSame

    Thank you. I don't think anyone could of said that any better.

    CNN PLEASE POST

    May 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Alison

    Come on Edwards! Endorse Obama already!!! Give him your delegates and help this be over sooner than later. I was your biggest fan and like many other Edwards supporters have gone to Obama because he carries your message. Let's do this together!!

    Obama/Edwards 08

    May 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Ann

    Sen. Obama won N.C. by a landslide. John Edwards is a wimp.

    May 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. rock star or president?

    is this American Idol or the presidential election? At least most Idol participants have experience prior to the show...unlike Obama...

    May 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Miller

    Do not give up. Do not quit. I will not vote for Obama.

    May 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. McCain for President

    Keep on fighting, Hillary. This is a dream come true for the GOP!

    May 9, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. no more Hill-Billys

    just pick the smarter, nicer, more ready, person....obama.

    obama 08

    May 9, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. Spirit of America

    The math? If Obama is the Dem nominee, McCain wins by a landslide. Just the opposite happens with Clinton as the nominee.
    Which formula do the Dems wish? John, you should have listened to your wife.

    May 9, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Tim

    Endorse someone already!!!!

    Obama 08

    May 9, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. mama4obama

    If Edwards would have been atop of the ticket in 2004, they would have won. I really think that if Obama were to choose Edwards (if he is willing) to run as his VP....the world would be a much better place.

    OBAMA 08....and beyond

    May 9, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. Mike

    Edwards if the DNC held primaries like the GOP does and the general election Hillary would have already won.

    The fact is that Obama is the nominee he will not beat McCain. If you use recent history as a prime example it proves it. Kerry in 2004 could not beat Bush of all people and you Edwards was included in that. Kerry a war hero could not beat AWOL failed president Bush.

    Now Obama a non military person with anti-America friends all around him is going to beat a war hero like McCain?

    And Obama cant even win the critical swing states that Hillary has.

    Wake up to reality. The DNC is going to back the wrong horse this time and lose again.

    May 9, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. maria

    don't be afraid Edwards, the wife won't bite you, don't k let her influence you, i now you love her, but come on.. a man must speak for himself.

    May 9, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Smrt man

    Obama is the nominee.

    Hillary can do no more damage... she has lost her power.

    Obama will win regardless of how many Hillary supporters flock to McCain. Obama is gaining new voters and republicans left and right. He doesn't need the disloyal Hillary supporters.

    Edwards... I understand why you wont endorse... You don't want to endorse the candidate who will not win. As soon as it is crystal clear who will win, you will endorse him (Obama). (Cluck Cluck... Chicken...)

    Go Obama!

    May 9, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Independent

    Sen Edwards, it is time for you to endorse a candidate. Please don't play this cat and mouse game. Remember, Americans want change, honesty and integrity.
    Endorse your candidate now! Obama 08

    May 9, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Francis

    Honestly, Obama does not need the endorsement from John Edward anymore. He's waited too long so he can just keep it to himself.

    May 9, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. SusanM.

    Hillary is a deeply divisive candidate. I am white but I was deeply offended by her comments that she represents hard working "whites." So nobody else is hard working? I am also not a fan of Al Sharpton..be he is right..Hillary is like an entertainer who doesn't know when the show is over and it's time to exit stage left.

    I really believe she will suffer from severe depression after this. She truly doesn't know how to handle defeat. She is already trying to destroy the party..ensure McCain wins and she will be back in 2012. No kidding..look at her record of lies..She is like Lady MacBeth.

    May 9, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Shelly from WI

    I'm having a pantsuit auction to raise funds for Hillary's campaign. This race is NOT over until all pantsuits are sold. stop the support for Obama, no Bama in white house, no no no.

    "they tried to make me vote Obama, i said NO NO Nooooo"

    May 9, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. FrankSmith

    Is this all about "women" OR about the ego of Hillary to admit defeat? I rest my case!

    May 9, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Chris from San Antonio

    It only works if you use Hillary's math. Which considers "ifs" like "if we used a system like the GOP, Hillary would be the winner, " or "if we only counted the big states" or " if there were no caucuses."

    May 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. fedia

    Please do not endorse him after Hillary is gone......

    May 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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