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. Michael Means


    May 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. janey

    you obama people don't seriously think obama will actually do what he says–or do you? He has not proven to be reliable at all–just politics as usual and great speeches written by someone else.

    May 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. rose, texas

    obama getting all this superdelagates, cuz they want a job. they don't realize that obama is not going 2 win in nov. 2 all those so called educated people out there , what did u'll learn 2 go on shoting sprees or sell dope r no , how 2 b rude. by the way , is obama going to give one of the supreme court jobs to wright if he wins, but i truly think that we r going 2 have president mccain. if hillary would have won , we would've gone all the way. relief from high gas, health care, grocs., but know we'll have pretty much what we have today.

    May 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Tee


    May 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. B / NYC

    Senator Obama can not beat the Republicans... He has far to much baggage with Rev. Wright and his wife's fantastic comments...

    The media favored him from the beginning because the media is run by Republican owned companies... He is the Republicans perfect choice!!!

    Good Luck to all of you Obama supporters, you really should have been nicer to the Clinton people... You played "Politics as Usual" and split the party... Well done, exactly what they wanted!!!

    May 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. MM/ FL

    Don, Fl
    You are so ignorant, and you have no idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Rick Maryville TN

    Folks no matter whose side you are on, it's still comes down to this country will never, never elect an elitist liberal to the highest office.just look at McGovern, Dukakis, Kerry and actual Gore when he ran for president.

    May 9, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Tony - DC


    Let me guess. You voted for Obama just because he is BLACK! Not that I would expect you to admit that you voted only because you think it's time to have a "brotha" in the White House, regardless of the fact that he has losuy judgment (i.e. Mr. Ayers, Rezko, Rev. "whacko" Wright, etc. etc.), no experience, too many skeletons to be unearther still to come, no idea of what any of his policies are or where he stands on the issues, but just because ehe is Black.

    Don't bother to anwer VENUS, I already know. perhaps it's because "Miss Mouth" Oprah told you too, and like a vast majority in your community, what's good 'nuf for Miss O, is good 'nuf for you!


    May 9, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Glenn

    However, there is within me such distrust and disgust of Hillary and Bill that I wish Hillary stays in until June or July and Hillary borrows another $5 million, $12 million, $30 million from herself and just keep draining that personal Clinton bank account. Bill's not going to say anything because he is still in debt to Hillary for staying with him after Monica.

    May 9, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. for the good of the democratic party

    Hillary has gotta be an emotional wreck by now. She is falling further and further behind. I don't even think she will make it to may 20th. At this rate, Obama will have 200 more delegates than her by that date with 420 delegates left (pledged and super). There is no way superdelegates will go to her at those numbers. Did you seem how happy the house chamber got when obama walked in?? did you see how they were all trying to get his autograph? Hillary walked in and no one even noticed. So telling...

    goodbye to the rapid dog = Hillary

    May 9, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Fired up, ready to go!

    Who cares who Edwards endorses now? When he had some pull, he could have made a difference. Now, Obama cannot be denied without the distruction of the Democratic party. Barack Obama doesn't owe him anything. John Edwards didn't help him when it could have mattered.

    May 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Bobby

    Edwards do us all a favor! Tell your delegates to endorce Barack Obama! I did vote for you while you were on the Kerry/edwards ticket. I knew then back in 2004 that Bush is the worst president in my 34 years on this Earth. let's unite and win in November!

    CNN please post

    May 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Tee


    May 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Pol

    Mr. Edwards never was a great person or impressive politician. Just it is one more confirmation for this point. Very ordinary person, not strong. As always he said nothing. Neither "yes" nor "no". However his wife could be a good nominee for Democratic Party (if you want a woman).

    May 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. get real

    I love how if you don't support Obama, you are racist.

    George Bush was elected President with no experience. He got a memo a month before 9/11 stating that Osama Bin Laden plans to attack within the United States and did nothing.

    I don't think it is a good idea to elect someone with the only thing on his resume is that he worked for Habitat for Humanity.

    Obama supporters are voting with their hearts and not their brains. If they would have just voted for Hillary. She offered Obama the VP spot and it would have united the country.

    Obama's ambititions are great, but his experience is not.

    Sorry, moderate Democrats understand that we need someone in office with experience. No more Bush mistakes.

    Hillary 08 or McCain.

    May 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. Slim Seattle

    Obama & Edwards 2008! Annie Oakley is done! Billary and her Bitter supporters are done.

    Obama & Edwards 2008! 🙂

    May 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. John

    I hope Hillary takes the fight all the way to the convention. Then on a Second or Third ballot the party will nominate someone who can win in November.

    John Edwards '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. H-ROD

    I liked edwards in the begining but now I he is nothing but a little wimp diddy wimp, wimp (yes Obama can)!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. troy

    Edwards is trying to hedge his bets just in case by a miracle hillary ends up with the nomination. she is his only hope rfor being a vp candidate again which would be a losing ticket.

    May 9, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Silence Dogood

    I just want to say this for everyone loud and clear, Edwards is not running for Vp; he has already announce this. I know some of you know this but still people haven't heard this. Now Clinton will not get the nomination the math is impossible for her to win. Thats why Edwards and others won't support her. Edwards won't send he's support to Obama for he believes if he does stay nuetral he can join as an advisor and help the new Democratic president limit pressure groups' power in the government.

    May 9, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. fred

    Mr. Los Angeles....Hillary backing Obama will not make me vote for Obama.

    If not Hillary....then McCain!!

    Hillary sees the same thing we do in Obama!! Tickle the crap out of me if she would back McCain!!!

    Go Hillary!!

    I have never voted for a Republican....this will be the first in my 58 years!!!

    May 9, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. lime

    It is also hard to make the math work for Obama in November. I know I will be writing Hillary in on election day. I also know that millions of Hillary supporters will be as well. Hillary in 2012!

    May 9, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Michael

    A cheap shyster who made money on junk science. What an endorsement he would be.

    May 9, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. fred

    Sandi, we sure DON'T need a 'so called democrat' like Obama!!!

    May 9, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. anna, tx

    As a Hillary supporter, I will vote for Obama if he gets the nomination. I just think that he will not be able to beat McCain and republicans know that and that's why they want Obama as the nominee.

    May 9, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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