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. Chut Pata

    Right on John. I was your supporter before you dropped out of the race and then decided to join Obama as the second choice. However I was disappointed in your not supporting Obama.

    If Hillary had not gone negative, this contest would have brought the best in Obama and prepared him well to face McCain. However all she has done is to damage Obama to make him unelectable against McCain so she can be elected in 2012.

    May 9, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Will

    Edward's the Man who should be our next president,

    I voted for Hill in our states Fed 12 primary. I Knew, even-before the PA, primary, by crunching the numbers Hill would need at least 60% across the board, and for all other remaining primaries to win the nomination.

    Only the GOP controlled press has kept her alive. And all those pretending they would vote only for Hill and not Obama in Nov, are really Republicans, who will vote for 4 more years of McBush

    May 9, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Janet Johnson

    Hey folks there is not a tax Obama does not like – remember that. He wants the UN to tax Americans 845 Million for CO2; it's his bill.
    Here in Mn we put in Democrats as we were upset w/Republicans and now everyone is crying about all the new taxes this 2008 session – it's almost heartless. Hey, we get to subsidize a Baseball Stadium too @ one half percent (beyond 42 cents higher gas tax here along wfive other tax raises) – how nice we are honored to help a rich billionaire who has more money then he could spend in 20 lifetimes.

    Unforuntately the Repoublicans are obscene too in their greed – so no good choice these days.
    Janet J
    Minneapolis, Mn

    May 9, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. John in NY

    FL, you screwed your own voting process in 2000 and gave us:

    8 years of Bush

    The IRAQ war

    $4 gas

    loss of social security in 2040

    A national debt that would cost each American over $30,000 to pay off

    Please don't do it again, you screwed up your own voting process again in 2008 and you can only blame yourself.

    Is it too late to give FL back to Spain???

    May 9, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. TKB from DC

    Yes, it's about over.

    What I don't understand is how can she seriously believe she has truly won MI and FL, when Hillary and Obama their delegate would not be included since they broke the rules?

    How can she change the rules to suit her needs? How would she react if the shoe was on the other foot? Also, it they did have both names on the ballet in Florida, but not in Michigan, how could she say she won Michigan?

    Please, I am beggin anyone...explain that to me!

    May 9, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. joann

    Hey, Mike Jones – women need to use birth control or keep their legs shut and we wouldn't need "Roe Vs. Wade". Woman need to take responsibility for their own actions. Get real – I vote Mccain and don't give a crap about Roe or Wade!

    May 9, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  7. Marilyn

    When Obama becomes the nominee and the Democrats lose in November it will NOT be Clinton's fault. The Democrats will have, once again, chosen an unelectable candidate. Obama is nothing but smoke and mirrors with no substance and no experience. Also, Hillary is 100% correct when she says she has the white vote. This is a fact whether you like it or not. McCain will win in November and the Democratic party will be history.

    May 9, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Edwards

    Is afraid to back Obama because he knows he won't win a General Election and knows that when Hillary tries again in '12 he will be her running mate. too funny.

    May 9, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Joyce Johnson

    Obama can't win as majority of three groups will not vote for him at all – they know !

    May 9, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. Democrat in Des Moines

    Hillary supporters will prevent Obama from taking the office. I hope she does not accept the VP, if offered, so she has another chance to take the White House in '12.

    Obama is not ready to lead this country and he does not have the support he needs to win the general election.

    May 9, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. H-ROD


    May 9, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Kevin,FL


    May 9, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Frank

    John Edwards and Hillary Clinton would have made an outstanding ticket in either of the top two positions. And then... Obama is the one that has caused the divisiveness in the Democractic Party. The Party
    and the people will get what they deserve just like in 2000 and 2004.

    May 9, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Chuma C. I'Aronu

    Hillary's attitude to this game is do or die. Hoping she does not burst a vein trying to do. A good loser is as good as good winner. Hill, lose honorably.

    May 9, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. The Real Sharon From Minnesota

    Can the press find all Senator Clintons old math teachers and have them tell her that her math is wrong and there's no way for her to catch up now? Maybe that will convince her to end her misery.

    May 9, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. gina

    Yet another "educated" voter who will NOT cast mine for Obama under any circumstances. Hillary and John McCain are the two with the experience necessary to create the changes needed. Keep it up Hillary, until such time as SHE decides her campaign is over, and then go McCain – a REAL American hero.

    May 9, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Alan


    Edwards has lost his relevancy due to the lack of a backbone. He should have put forth his endorsement at least a month ago. I guess he has Clinton fever – how to self destruct.

    May 9, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. JD, Pittsburgh, PA

    Obama will get the democratic nomination but lose the general election. He is flawed just enough to lose some critical battleground states. Great job DNC.

    May 9, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. ann schroder

    Hello Im ann from the netherlands.
    I m every day on the thicker,en follow the reactie's.
    I m hoping that B.O will wins this election.
    America id ready for Obama,
    The world is ready for Obama.
    go for it.
    end for the stupid en jalouse people,A dem. is A dem,and not A rep.
    if obama wins,he hat more fans than Hillary.
    shame on you.
    sorry for the language,i m 62 jears old and learnet no english.

    May 9, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Bridget

    Senator Edwards is a smart man...he knows the flood of superdelegates to Obama will come with or without his endorsement. Edwards isn't a superstar and he knows his endorsement won't carry that much weight.

    May 9, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Hilda

    Clinton supporters say they will not vote for Obama and he will lose to John McCain. Then Hillary comes back in 2012 and runs again. Guess all Obama supporters will stay home or vote for the republican. Do you know how stupid that is? Hillary will be 65 and what if a new younger person runs against her, what if he is white, oh my gosh what will she do then. Go ahead and vote for John McCain, grandpa needs your help and Hillary is toast Anyway!!!!Get over it!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Janet Carlson

    I believe more will come out within a month that will surprise all.
    Chicago, Ill

    May 9, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  23. MC

    I am a Hillary supporter, and have to say that continually reading all the negative comments – on a daily basis – about her FROM THE OBAMA SUPPORTERS has put such a bad taste – in not only my mouth, but most all of her supporters . . .so much so, that I can guarantee I will NOT vote for him if is the nominee. Where's the respect?

    May 9, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  24. corky

    Hillary voters vote for McCain she has been shafted. To super delegates who jumped ship on her you are cowards and gut-less.
    Obama's campaign media driven free ride. Hillary you and still are the right choice for America

    May 9, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. Venus

    In 3-weeks – I guess we will all get that 3:00 AM phone call from Hillary that Obama won!!!

    Go Obama! Kick Hillary to the curb! I'll never forget how nasty she and her staff was to you!!!

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