May 9th, 2008
12:35 PM ET
6 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. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Just a thought.
    Hold your horse people. We needs the Edwards, Gores and the likes of the DEM Party to hold off and endorse without alienating Clinton to solidify the party unity.

    May 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Addom

    I am a huge Obama suporter, and I beleive that he is the democratic party's best shot of getting into the White House. However, as this race continues, I am becoming more and more fearful that our party is being destroyed from the top down. I think it's pretty much inevitable that Obama will be our nominee, but given the damage that has already been done, if we want a seat in the White House, Obama needs to have a very strong VP canidate (that's not HRC). Please John Edwards, endorse Obama and team up with him!

    Obama Edwards '08!

    May 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Not sleeping at the switch

    AZM May 9th, 2008 11:01 am ET

    With the hypocracy that Obama has shown I (and the many people in my circle) cannot vote for him… We would sooner vote for McCain than risk having someone ashamed of America in the whitehouse.

    HEY AZM In that Circle of yours.........Would that involve any Burning Cross's??

    May 9, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Glenn

    John, many of us supported you while you were in the race! Do the right thing and endorse Obama and end this divisive and polarizing campaign that Hillary is waging! Step up!

    May 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. 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 must know the way to the White House is Obama.

    May 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Jack

    Who cares what he thinks anymore? He had his chance to endorse Obama and try to bring an end to this divisive process a long time ago. Instead, he just let it go on dividing the party because he wanted to be absolutely sure that he didn't endorse the wrong candidate and blow his chances at a slot in the administration. Richardson got it right.

    May 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Candi

    John Edwards and the other supers can end this race if they indorse Obama and not wait on Hillary to get money and her act together.

    May 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. lou from iowa

    The older white women backing Clinton now will vote Democrat in the fall. These are not stupid women. They know McCain's continuation of the war and Bush's tax cuts to protect the wealthy...like his wife...will keep this country in a recession. This is the dem's year.

    May 9, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  9. Tony - DC

    Exactly why I didn't vote for him. Indecisive and two-faced.

    May 9, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. JLB

    Its fairly obvious that whatever Edwards is requesting (probably AG)neither Obama nor Hillary are willing to give/grant him...........isnt that the old Washington Political game that he spoke against when he was campaigning......guess words are easier than action.........and he wonders why the American public find him untrustworthy and sent him home.

    May 9, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Joe Buck

    YOu want things better? Get rid of 95 percent of congress.
    Joe
    Solon Springs, Wi

    May 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Floridian for Obama

    UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL AND FAIL AS A PARTYAND AS A PEOPLE. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE BROTHERS AND SISTERS, OUT OF MANY COLORS AND CREEDS ONE PEOPLE.

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA???? I WILL SUPPORT WHOEVER WINS AND I AM BLACK, AFRICAN AMERICAN, BUT FIRST I AM AMERICAN. MY PEOPLE BUILT THIS COUNTRY ON THEIR BACKS.
    I HAVE HEARD OF MANY INDIGNITIES DONE TO MY PEOPLE, BUT STILL WE RISE.

    May 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. fred

    If not Hillary....then McCain!!!

    Hillary supporters will become McCain Democrats!!!

    Why are you deleting my comments...the movement is on CNN. You pick Obama will never win!!

    Hillary backers will never vote for Obama!!!

    May 9, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. JC

    If it is too difficult for Hillary to grasp simple math, she can ask Chelsea, who crunches numbers for a hedge fund company in NYC.

    It's time for Hillary to take a bow and stop singing to nobody.
    She is too smart to know the power of positive thoughts.
    She only has herself to blame.
    She can now debate with Bill all she wants, but we are not interested.

    May 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. NickSanDiegOBama

    UMM John. The time where you had political power with your endorsment is past. It is easy to join the winning team AFTER the game is finished. Go away.

    You flaked when Obama needed you so don't suck up now.

    May 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Inevitable

    READ THIS DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Quoted by Concern Democrats "Those democrats that feel the need to support McCain or not vote to express their anger/hate/revenge are only hurting themselves. If Obama lose, he'll go back to the senate and he'll be alright. However, will you be OK with a failing economy, a continue war in Iraq, health care unresolved, conservative justices, etc…"

    LETS ALL UNITE & STOP THIS BITTERNESS ....!!!!

    May 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Harnley

    McCain's supporters should not do anything just to make Obama the nominee for democrats, thinking that their candidate would have a better chance of winning when going against Obama than Clinton This is not a good campaign trick because America will miss a good and better chance of having a president who can really do its backyard clean up. For the delegates, this is not hollywood, use ur prefences wisely. Don't go with fame, and sink the boat deeply. Don't deprive America it's right of electing for the right candidate in November.
    For Hillary, I salute you for fighting against all these campaign odds. You'll be victorious, you'll see.

    May 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. Helene

    The abject remark yesterday by Clinton that "hard-working Americans, white Americans" are on her side made me angrier than I ever was about her. If this all she has to say at the end of this campaign, this is so pathetic that I certainly will remember, as a white woman, to vote against her when she runs again for office in New York.

    May 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Terry in New York

    I think he's setting himself up for VP. which wouldn't be a bad thing.

    May 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  20. melikeyhill

    Dear God please save America from the dynasty curse of bushes and clintons...pls save us from these two families......no more bushes or clintons in the white house, we have a true democracy for a reason.....

    May 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. Mauri

    CNN has been faithful in providing a space for people to voice their opinions. Unfortunately, it is not exempt from has-beens.

    May 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. Joe Buck

    Obama – please answer HOW you will change each issue? HOw please?
    You are a talker, and they scare me.
    Joe Buck
    Solon Springs, Wi

    May 9, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  23. paulapaula

    We don't want a Clinton-3rd Term, same reason that we don't want a Bush-3rd Term.
    Obama is the ONE!

    May 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. george

    It's simply time for Hillary to step aside.

    Going forward so negatively only speaks to her ego rather than whats good for the country. If she found a graceful way to step down sooner than later it would be a show of leadership as opposed to a huge personal ego. Please accept the situation and step aside Hillary...

    May 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. Dancindukes

    Everyone sees the math is not there for her, but she does not. This woman, obviously bad at math, wants to run an economy in crisis.
    O
    08
    O
    12

    May 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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