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. Shelly from WI

    Do not quit Hillary, we believe in you and please don't disappoint us by withdrawing. If money's the problem, then we can solve it.....i've already started a pantsuit auction.

    May 9, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Michele, WV


    May 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Janet Carlson

    CNN is pro Obama because their pundits, middle aged men and old men don't want a woman President.
    I dont' care who becomes Pres as they all are all for self, but see CNN trying to push Obama – it will backfire within in the month.
    Chicago, Il

    May 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Debra, MO

    Democrats the Republicans are getting nervous. The Democrats that are stating they will vote for McCain rather then another Democrat were not true Democrats in the first place.

    @Adrina, I hope your law degree helps the thousands of illegal latinos that McCain is going to ship out of this country. So, you should be financially secure. LMAO

    May 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. NickNas

    This guy has the FENCE so deep up his Arse he cannot get off of it. He has turned out to be just another self serving Politician. No wonder he couldn't even win his own state. They KNOW him.

    May 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Pam

    She's only staying in so she can do as much harm to the democratic party as possible. Then when McCain gets elected because Hillary has done so much damage to the democratic party, she'll run again in 2012. It's all about her ego.

    May 9, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Mr. Los Angeles

    Keep Clinton in the race; her supporters are emotional and they must see this thing till the end. When she tells them that she is backing Obama 100%, all will go well. But let this woman finish the race!

    May 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. Jack Carlson

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

    May 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Tom Swift, Shopton

    "'it's very difficult to make the math work,' said Edwards."

    Geez John Ed, tell us something we don't know.


    May 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. paula

    I am voting Obama all the way and i am a 54year old white lady with no job and no health care. we need Obama for president.Hillary is wrong white american will vote for Obama. Hillary who sade are you on you sound like a Rep.

    May 9, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. tar

    Sen. Edwards endorsement is not worth anything now. If he could not make up his mind before the North Carolina primary, then I do not care what he decides now.

    Remember the saying, "If you do not stand for something, then you will fall for anything/" Well, he could not make a stand.

    No to Sen. Edwards as VP. He is not strong enough to make a decision, therefore we do not need anyone that will just sit there holding a space.

    May 9, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Peridot, Atlanta

    Please endorse Obama and put an end to this.

    May 9, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Jack Carlson

    CNN is predujiced because old men don't want a woman as President.
    Chicago, IL

    May 9, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  14. Andrew

    At this point, it really doesn't matter much whom Edwards endorses, or whether he endorses anyone. Most of the votes are in and the nomination all but in the bag. However, I do think less of Edwards for not having repudiated Sen. Clinton's statements about race in her interview with USA Today.

    May 9, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Maxine

    Edwards is afraid to make a commitment in case the SD over ride the American people. This isn't done people, Hillary and Bill know where "bodies" are buried and have let certain SD know that.....SD will over rule the people's vote....mark my word.

    Obama keep on fighting for your right to run as President. I admire him for not backing down to the Clinton dinesty. Let's hope more people like Andrews and Richardson stand up on their own two feet and make the right choice. These men have guts to go against the Clintons.....

    May 9, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Dave W.

    The people trashing John Edwards right now are morons. This man ran a fair, positive, and thoughtful campaign. He withdrew at the right time and has let the two remaining contestants win it or lose it on their own merits, the way it should be done. Grow up before you chase anymore people out of the Democratic Party.

    From an Obama Supporter.

    May 9, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. John in NY

    Edwards is simply stating a fact. What is wrong with all of you fanatic Hillary supports? Get a grip and realize that is over.

    Hillary fought hard and dirty, but lost to a huge underdog. Give the man credit for winning while not fighting dirty and understand that they support the same issues and Mcain is the opposite.

    Why would you want to pay more for health care and have more Iraq war????

    Vote Democrat (even if it is Obama)!!!!

    May 9, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Allen deLuca - Florida

    Edwards has not endorsed Obama because he at least has the sense to know what a disaster B.O. would be for our country. He wants Hillary who might be a shade better than B.O., but he is too much the ultimate politician to announce 'at this time'. Is Edwards leaving the Dem party, because his politics is not acceptable under the hope for change B.O. is preaching?

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

    Three groups of people won't vote for Obama and it will be a landslide against him in Novmber if he's the candidate.
    Rhonda G
    Madison, Wi

    May 9, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  20. AL

    I think Edwards didn't want to pick Obama, for he know that Hillary has better chance to win on November.

    May 9, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  21. Old & White

    Clinton Supporters,

    Don’t let your emotions cloud your judgment. There is a natural progression for these things. It takes some time.

    1) Denial
    2) Anger
    3) Bargaining
    4) Acceptance

    May 9, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Peridot, Atlanta

    Obama & Edwards ..... WINNING COMBINATION!

    Obama 08

    May 9, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Leslie-Washington

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

    May 9, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. Charles B.

    Man Up Senator Edwards! Endorse the man that won your state and your own campaign people support. Help Hillary save her personal money and stop the further destruction of the party. OBAMA 08!

    May 9, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Oregon

    It's okay with me (an Obama supporter) for people like John Edwards to hold back. Maybe it's more democratic, to let primaries speak before party insiders weigh in.

    May 9, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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