May 9th, 2008
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Obama calls Edwards delegates in South Carolina

 Obama held a conference call with Edwards delegates on Thursday afternoon.

Obama held a conference call with Edwards delegates on Thursday afternoon.

(CNN) - After a morning spent courting superdelegates in Washington, Barack Obama convened a conference call Thursday afternoon to reach out to pledged delegates in South Carolina committed to former candidate John Edwards.

Two Edwards delegates on the call said Obama discussed his vision for the presidency and told the delegation he looks forward to working with them at the Democratic National Convention this summer.

Ed Turlington, an Edwards adviser from North Carolina who committed to Obama in April, participated in the conference call, as did former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges, an Obama backer.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the call was simply an opportunity for the Democratic frontrunner "to give folks an update on the campaign and a chance to ask questions."

Several South Carolina Democrats familiar with the Edwards delegation said a handful of the former senator's eight pledged delegates in the state are considering throwing their support to Obama.

Edwards finished third in the South Carolina primary on January 29 before dropping out of the presidential race. He was awarded eight delegates and one alternate delegate, all of whom were named last weekend at the state party convention in Columbia. Obama earned 25 delegates from his primary victory. Clinton won 12.

John Moylan, an Edwards confidante who was tapped as the alternate delegate to the convention, described the discussion as a little more than courtesy call.

"It was less suspicious than it sounds," said Moylan, who served as South Carolina state director for the Edwards campaign. "We made clear that we were committed to John Edwards."

"He basically told us, 'I respect your commitment to John Edwards, and I look forward to working with you guys,'" he said.

Moylan said Clinton associates have inquired about arranging a similar conference call, but that Clinton herself has not held any talks with the Edwards delegates.

soundoff (197 Responses)
  1. mitchell from arkansaw

    democrats unite!unite the clans!

    May 8, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. bigben

    what do him no good hes a blank screen just ask him

    May 8, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. Susan

    We truly hope John & Elizabeth Edwards give Hillary Clinton their votes.

    Hillary is experienced, for all ( races ) people, and a fighter.

    Please give her a more chance in being the Democratic nominee.

    She deserves it!

    May 8, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Inevitable

    It's Time for Edwards to endorse Obama .. he is the projected democratic nominee .........

    more delegates + Super.D to come ........

    Hilary Supporters lets unite and all represent the democratic team ........ true members don't desert the group ................ false members do .. we are all democrats and should be backing Obama the presumptive
    nominee ......

    DEMOCRATS 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. Follow the Yellow Brick Road

    Is it me or does the Gimmick Candidate feels much like the Wizard of OZ

    Gimmick Lady – Dorothy
    Harold Ike – The Cowardly Lion
    Howard Wolfson – Scarecrow
    Terry McAuliffe – Tin man
    Chelsea – Toto

    And um….

    The Wizard 😮 – Bill Clinton with no magic tricks to get Hillary what she wants the most

    May 8, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  6. terry

    It's deja vu all over again! McGovern '72 and Dukakis '88 rolled into one! The Democrats just love to throw it away!

    May 8, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  7. Mike Guinn

    It's called Party Unity! Care to join us Senator Clinton?

    May 8, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. Dee, WV

    Glad to hear...

    May 8, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  9. Joe Taxpayer

    CNN, Liberal Democrat Platform....exp Dobbs.
    No wonder this network is lagging in viewership.

    May 8, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  10. Democrats Unite

    Clinton and Obama supporters,

    Let's unite and beat McCain. No matter who wins the nomination, I will never vote McCain.

    Be true democrats and vote for democracy.

    Say NO to 4 more years of Bush!

    May 8, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  11. Richard Bell - Winston-Salem, NC.

    I HATE obama.

    May 8, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. Rebecca

    Did you see that Hillary refused the latest Michigan plan awarding her 10 more delegates which takes into account that Obama's name was not even on the ballot? She wants the vote as is, with her as the only person on the ballot. That sounds a lot like Suddam Hussein's elections when he was alive.

    Hillary is going to ruin her image even worse the longer she continues this stupidity. And for her supporters to agree that Michigan should be seated as is you can blindly follow her to the gates of hell also. That's where she's headed but she has you fools believing she's taking you guys to Disney World. Wake up and take a cold shower, you need to snap out of it.

    May 8, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. KLM

    Purely presidential

    May 8, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. Manuel

    One of the most fundamental principles of the United States of America was that power was to be temporal. Most people who taste power, do not want to give it up, and in many cases, they become tyrants. The Clintons have tasted power and they want to retake it, no matter the consequences.

    Ms. Clinton insists that she is the best candidate and would make the best president. Wel, she is not the judge as to who is the best canditate, that judgement is reserved to us, the people of the United States, and not to her. We have decided that she is not the best candidate for us at this time!

    Ms. Clinton represents the past, the 20th Century. Most of her support comes from the Washington political machine of the last century. Her ideas and solutions are for problems of the last century. She is unable to understand the new century, whith all the new problems, like our place in the new world.

    It is sad to see the Clintons denying the reality. They were good for their time. It is now our time, not the Clinton,s. I hope that Ms. Clinton has some sense of dignity left and endorses Mr. Obama, who does represents the present and the future of our great nation.


    May 8, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. carolinas

    Unity is the very powerful strength to win in November. All superdelegates must support the right candidate..that is OBAMA. he is humble, untelligent, has tremendous patience and tolerance too.

    OBAMA 2008..

    May 8, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. DEBBI

    The party will only UNITE if Barack offers Hillary the VP job....

    May 8, 2008 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. Len

    All you disenfranchised voters please show your support and stop this elitist liberal. We value the voices of all, including Michigan and Florida.

    Vote McCain 08

    May 8, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  18. cb


    May 8, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  19. Pamela

    What is everyone waiting for? The writing is on the wall folks. 1 plus 1 equals 2 in the real world. If the super delegates are going by Hillary's math, 1 plus 1 equals 59, you delegates our going to sit the fence until the cows come home plus some.

    May 8, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. lovely

    Hillary won a nice Race no matter how negative she and Bill went there SuperDelegates need to step up Obama is leading and they know this but still continues to let Hillary divide the Dems.
    We need to get our Strategy together to compete and win against the
    Republicans. SuperDelegates do your job the popular votes of American people has spoken step up to the plate stop this non-sense its time for this campaigning to decided and the numbers speaks for themselves.
    Several Obama supports didnt vote in florida that i know of because he wasnt suppose to be on the ballot!! So how many others didnt go vote??

    May 8, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. Peter Kavanagh

    YES WE CAN !!!

    Now that the primary is over lets unite against John MCcain .

    Obama 08 !!!

    May 8, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. Jane Williams

    I would not vote for the did nothing obama if he was the last candidate standing. the man got in office by an Immaculate Conception and has done nothing NOTHING for his constituanta. Not one bill not one piece of legislature. However because he is a rock star African American we are supposed to vote for him . I don't think so. If Hillary is not the Dem nominee I will stay home or vote against Barack Huisaine Obama!

    May 8, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. An American in Canada





    May 8, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. David

    As an Independent voting for Obama, I would have to say this is Americas' best chance: The Democratic Party! The Republican partys election was very dull and you can tell how their party is doing by voter turn out for them and how quickly their election ended. They have no fresh air coming through...where as the Democratic Party has wind blowing in from many aspects/cultures in life.

    Democrats, Independents and YES even some Republicans..If you scew this up and vote for Mccain AKA McSANE, you will be voting against yourself interest and will only harm your children, and your childrens children. That self interest will only desolve because a Republican will only solidify a more conservative view of how we portray ourselves and how others portray us abroad. A more conservative America can infact be compared to a Hamas or Al Qaeda idealism! This idealism is brought on by not wanting to giving in others points of views. I always belive in giving in a little to get out a lot. The ( alot) we want is peace. Conservatives are a scared bunch! They Cling to whatever they had handed down to them and think this is the only way this country works!

    May 8, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  25. Tammy

    Democrats will be beat McSame.

    May 8, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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