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. JT

    Obama will be oblitrerated by the REPUBLICAN.

    May 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Ted R.

    It will be interesting to see what happens if Edwards's 26 peldged delegates end up making the difference. If so, we could be seeing the VP candidate right here.

    May 9, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    NO ONE can kill the gas tax. It takes legislation. Think, people.

    May 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Sandy

    All of you Republicans that keep posting as if you are a Democrat and saying you will vote for John McCain, we aren't falling for it! Throw out the old Rove rule book, the Republican party is thinks it can win in the 21st with 20th century tactics...STUPID.

    May 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. mike

    Every individual ought to vote their conscience. Edwards has his.

    May 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Hey

    What's wrong with Edwards???
    Still not sure about barack to endorse him?? Come on..
    He has said he voted for"him"
    In the NC primary..
    Go ahead endorse the winner!!

    May 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Tony - DC

    John Edwards is your typical brown-nosing lawyer. Will do and say whatever needs to be said and done, anytime, anywhere to get what he wants and to hell with everybody else. He and Obama are two of a kind. That is why I didn't vote for each of them. Hope Obama picks him for a V.P. and they can both be blamed for losing to McCain.

    May 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. WakeUpAmerica

    REPORT THE NEWS!!!! Obama's support in WV drops below Bush's approval rating to 23% in latest ARG poll.

    May 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. B / NYC

    In response to "NoMcSame"...
    Shooting ourselves in the foot? Putting B.H. Obama in office is shooting ourselves in the foot... Bringing the party together? You sir are a perfect example of why the party is separated, it's called an egotistical attitude.

    You just made me want to vote for McCain... Idiot..

    May 9, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Steve

    We may be seeing the early stages of the development of a viable Independent Party. The Democrats have become a splintered group that connot come together. The Rebublicans have problems as well. These last two Bush Administrations have let people down. However, Republicans are still a fairly united, motivated group and will more than likely retain the White House– but I think the seeds are being sown and wouldn't be surprised to see many Democrats and Republicans alike to unite as Independents in 2012.

    May 9, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. Spectacles

    I agree with Darth Vadik.
    That also means he likes his wife.
    Pretty decent guy.

    May 9, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Vietnam vet for Obama!

    The writing has long been on the wall. Not only has Obama run a better campaign, he is clearly the better candidate to be the next president of the U.S. He will be the Democratic candidate in 2008 and the president of the U.S. in 2009. For the good of the party–and the country–Edwards should endorse him now. Allowing Senator Clinton to continue making a fool of herself and wreaking havoc on Democratic and democratic principles may jeopardize the much needed change in this country.

    Perhaps if Edwards endorses Obama, Clinton would find a way to restore her dignity and bow out gracefully.

    May 9, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Duane in Philly

    There is no "math" involved here. Neither candidate will have 2025 pledged delegates at the end of the primaries, so according to the insane system created by the democrats, the superdelegates decide who will be the nominee. If (as many democrats are saying) the superdelegates should vote based on who has the most pledged delegates, then why have superdelegates??

    May 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Diane

    John Edwards endorsement of Obama could drive the point home to Clinton that she needs to get out of the race, sooner than later, and would be a wonder feather in his political legacy hat. At this point Clinton's running only serves to drive deep divisions in the party that will need time and her campaigning for Obama to mend. Does this mean she is defeated? By no stretch of the imagination. She has inspired and impressed men, women, and children around the world. However, that admiration that could serve to help her future endeavors could sour if she persists in these fruitless effort to win against impossible odds.

    May 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. Belle

    Almost laughable....Obama supporters call for Clinton to drop out of the race and UNITE the party.

    But OBAMA is the one who started the PERSONAL Character ATTACKS on Clinton, which divided the PARTY!!!

    Where is the great uniter now?

    May 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Robert

    I hope that all the college students who have given up their status of being dependants by establishing a legal residence away from their parents home realize that if they continue to be carried by their parents insurance (both medical and auto) and receive certian financial aid are committing fraud. This is how the election was stolen by Obama since these are where he picked up the majority of his delegates.

    A since fraud is an illegal act we will push hard to identify these students. So they better hope Obama wins the General Election so he can have something to do on day one. Pardon them.

    May 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Jean South Carolina

    Hillary is a racist and don't need to be President. I am offended by her remarks because that was not necessary. She should be told to play by the rules or get out.

    May 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. mitchell from arkansaw

    c'mon edwards.what's the holdup?make your endorsement,before hillary says something racist or stupid,again.right now ,your endorsement still means this time next week ,you may not matter,anymore.i would have voted for you,had obama not entered the race,and i would like to see you on the ticket this fall.but,if you can't make a decision,then maybe gov. richardson would be a good second choice.

    May 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Bill in Illinois

    Maybe Hillary is using "New Math" to count her delegates. There really doesn't seem to be any other explanation for her insistance that she can still win. It's really getting to be a sad thing when everybody else knows that she isn't going to pull it off but she doesn't.

    May 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Margaret

    I am a white educated woman who will not vote for Obama! If he is elected President I do not want to have to take a seat in the back of the bus!!!!!!!!! I will vote for McCain !

    May 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Evelyn

    John please, help Hillary we want you and her to be in the White House. Obama is HORRABLE.

    May 9, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Larry

    He doesn't need the endorsement, but it would be good. He would also help as a VP.

    May 9, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. anybody but her

    WOW, at least he gets it–don't make your opponent look bad to make yourself look good. that's simple common decency. but, it does happen all the time–at work–and other places. People can't seem to make themselves look good unless they make others look bad. She is definitely hurting his chances to win in november but i seriously believe that is what she wants to do. If the superdelegates don't get that, i think we're really in trouble in this country.

    if Obama loses in November i think it could clearly be traced back to her treatment of him. She will no doubt run around the country saying i told you so and then run in 2012.

    May 9, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Inevitable


    May 9, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Deb

    MoreMcSame - very well put! Hopefully, Senator Edwards and VP Al Gore will support Barack Obama as well as other superdelegates. For her to stand in front of her supporters and tell everyone he could not get her supporters to vote for him is ludicrous and she needs to exit now!

    No More Hillary PLEASE!

    May 9, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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