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. mile

    John Edwards never had any intention of backing Hillary. He's another one. John Edwards is like every other backstabber – he's looking for a job. I so hope the remaining superdeligates get a spine and vote for who can beat John Mccain and not just a person who "inspires" everyone. Inspiration gets nothing done. Hope doesn't get anything done – Obama cannot win. I vote Mccain if Hillary doesn't get a fair shake.

    May 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Independent99999

    Now I understand why Edwards never made it in elections and could not carry NC for Kerry!.

    He cannot decide anything. How can he be wavering at this time when the party needs unity and he needs to set strong leadership to get behind the nominee President Barack

    May 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Fantasia

    yes we all know it is tough!

    but is it impossible???

    you never know what would be until you the race must go on!

    so Obama reaches the number 2025 then the race is will be a sweet victory for him and a GRACEFUL loss for her. You don't quit midway.

    Go HILLARY! ALL THE WAY. I am will you all the way.

    May 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Belle

    I REALLY REALLY hate how Obama and his supporters TWIST Clinton's words for their OWN benefit, throw down the RACE card at EVERY single Clinton supporter that would choose McCain.

    For some of us, experience REALLY does matter. If Powell were running for President, I would vote for HIM over Obama. If the Mayor of Philly were running, I would vote for HIM over Obama.

    You just don't get it....while you have literally CRUCIFIED Clinton during this entire campaign....calling HER a racist is beyond forgiveness! Especially when she has devoted HER ENTIRE life to helping the poor, the uninsured, the folks that could not afford legal help, and yes, minorities in America.

    I would love to see Clinton go Independant. Obama supporters have done NOTHING to help bridge the divide...neither has Obama. Why on earth should we have ANY LOYALTY to a party that discounted 2.5 million voters, called us racists, and every other name in the book, simply because we picked Clinton over Obama?

    May 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Shelly from WI

    They tried to make me vote Obama but i said no no no.

    13, 089 pantsuits remaining, come get yours before they're all gone.

    May 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Rani

    2025 is the magic number.No bobody has it yet.She has the right to continue . Who made the rules need to solve the problem. All states should participate in the selection.

    May 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. thall999

    West Virginia and Kentucky is having their primaries next week. Why have we NOT heard about the GAS TAX being suspended for the summer by Hillary for these people?

    If it was such a great idea and on the up and up by Hillary, for the pople of Indiana and NC, then surely the people of KY and WV needs this great savings too.

    See, Hillary is a panderer and since it didn't work in IN and NC, she has abandoned it.

    It was never a real or valid idea in the first place.

    Get Real Folks, its time to get behind the Democratic party before McCain change the Supreme Court in a awful way that we ALL will be living though for the next 25-20 years.

    May 9, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  8. Peter from Oregon

    As a Clinton supporter, I think that Hillary Clinton's goal is to destroy the party. Sad to say but appears to be the truth.

    May 9, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. For the love of this independent

    Where are the polls? Where are the Polls? wait.......wait......Nope. Where are the Polls/

    May 9, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Linda. Boston, MA

    "Saw the video clip .. from the subliminal messages i believe he voted for Clinton .. and as he said he will endorse who he voted for …"

    Try again, he accidentally said "I just voted for him on Tuesday..." Now, you may think Hillary has "testicular fortitude", but as far as I know she is still referred to as "her" not "him".

    Edwards is with Jimmy Carter – voting for Obama, but not going to declare it. Fortunately, we don't need his declaration, just his vote 🙂

    May 9, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |

    Your endorment does not matter anymore you took too long to endorse. It does not take a rocket sciencist to know which candidate is good for this country. We all know its Obama because he wants to change Washingon and does not want to use the old tactics that Washington has been using, I know you can relate to that. Obama won you state by 14% points and you still have not endorsed. You can keep those 39 delegates because they are of no use to anybody now.

    May 9, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. fedia

    Breaking news....Hillary got momentum in WV.... Go Billary, go

    May 9, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Darth Vadik, CA

    Dosen't Hillary strike you like a kid who got caught doing something wrong and is constantly changing her story to excuse herself.

    May 9, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. Rainey Day

    Edwards I'm about sick of you. Make a choice. Seems to me that you have been stalling all of this time to see who was going to win so you can hop on that wagon. Hillary offends me every time she opens her mouth and even tho I am an Obamacan, I would most definitely vote (not for Hillary) but AGAINST McSame.

    I agree with "NoMsSame" that some people will let their racist ways prevent them from doing what's right for this damaged country. It's got to stop and if Hillary was the one to do it, she would be winning. Can we move on please?

    May 9, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  15. After further review,Texas

    Insane McCain,"I was against the tax cuts for the rich before Georgie slapped me around in 2000 and said those nasty things about me but now ive seen the light,thanks to reverend Hagee.

    May 9, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Dave G

    There's only one thing I have to say to Hillary Clinton:
    "Number One Observatory Circle"
    (get used to the idea)

    May 9, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Earl

    Obama for President and Edwards as VP! What more could we ask for? It would be a great combination. Edwards is a smart, creative individual and he knows the way to the White House is Obama.

    May 9, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Paul

    Dear John,

    You're not likely to be the V.P. nominee this time. Might as well endorse now.

    May 9, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. oil rules

    The Breck-girl is a loser as well. He builds an incredible mansion while he fights for the 'little people'. If Hillary wants to continue running then let her. She has a chance at votes like anyone else and who knows what may pop up next about Hussein Obama. Obviously, neither one of them is qualified to become Preident and the election of either will probably lead us down a path to major job loss, manufacturing loss, and depression. But, I'm sure 'change' will be abundant and we'll see the goverment taking more from the so-called 'rich' to give to the 'needy'. What happened to "..but what you can do for your country"?

    May 9, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Sandi

    To All Democrats:
    I was always for Obama, but if Hillary was the one that was winning, I WOULD have voted for her because we need ABSOLUTELY NEED to have a Democrat in the White House. Obama and Clinton really arent that much different in their policies...virtually the same, but McCain on the other hand is a 3rd term for Bush. Look what the last 7 years have brought this nation. This party needs to rally together, no matter who is the democratic nominee to take control of the country again. We just have to, or we are not only facing a recession, but a major depression.
    Obama '08

    May 9, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Joseph

    to NoMcSame May 9th, 2008 10:49 am ET

    This is one of the many reasons why I will never vote for Obama. You turn things into a matter of race when it has nothing to do with race. It has to do with experience and judgement. If Hillary does not win because peoples votes in Michigan and Florida were not counted then I would rather have McCain than Obama. McCain will not be another Bush. He has gone across party lines to get things done more often than Hillary and far more often than Obama. Obama has earned the title of the most liberal senator last year. His record shows that he has very little instances of working across party lines, the same as John Kerry in 2004. When you look at America's views as a line, Obama is to the far left, Hillary is to the left yet has moved towards the middle more often if it was the right thing to do for America, and John McCain is on the right, yet has moved towards the left at times. I believe McCain has far more experience and better judgement than Obama. Stop turning it into a matter of race. You show your true lack of understanding.

    May 9, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    He hasn't endorsed because he likes Obama and his wife likes Hillary.

    May 9, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. twister49 - oklahoma

    where are all the Superdelagets, they have no balls in sticking with their candidate.... Losing faith in them– again.

    May 9, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Fantasia

    two things against Hillary:
    1) she is not black
    2) she is a woman (which is ALWAYS bad)

    May 9, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. Steem

    America is going to make a big mistake if Obama becomes the nominee for November's election. If he wins and becomes the president, America will not only be in a big chaos financially, but also will put the US of A in a big shamble for religion. No..not amongst Christians but Christians against other major religion. Besides, Obama is just a hype, and Americans tend to always ride on the HYPE. Think twice people, America is in big mess and all you need is someone who can save it from a deeper distress. Iam not endorsing any of the other 2 candidates, but in November, I will vote not for the hype, but for the truth. Truth will set America free again from it's present situation.

    May 9, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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