May 9th, 2008
07:50 AM ET
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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. rw

    You know, there is another party out there that is not liberal.
    Time to stop the name calling, and figure out what you think Obama can do to unite the Congress and Senate to do the business of America.

    Who cares if he wins the primary if nothing can be done about gas, mortgage, food, healthcare. Who cares if he wins if no one in senate or congress supports him?

    You people think Obama can change Washington by himself?
    He better stop talking and get to work, he is a sitting senator you know, where is his bills/proposals?

    Wake up, seriously. Wake up.

    May 8, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. Venus

    Way to go Obama!

    Let's get this show on the road!

    May 8, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. christian

    LOL!

    unite the clans! hahaha.

    thank you for that ;-)

    May 8, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  4. Mike

    I would vote for Bush again before I would vote for O'bummer!

    Loser!!!!

    May 8, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. Rebecca

    Hillary writes Obama a gimmick letter today to ask him to work with her on seating Michigan and Florida delegates and then tonight she refuses a plan voted on by the top Michigan democrats that would give her 10 more delegates than Obama. She claims she should be awarded the full amount of delegates according the vote that only had her name on teh ballot. Are you kidding me?

    How stupid does Clinton think we are? Not everyone is as stupid as her supporters who agree with her on this. This is about the most undemocratic and stupid proposal I've ever heard from a politician. Hillary attitude is if she can't win, nobody can and she will take as many people down to the gates of hell with her as she can.

    May 8, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. Mike

    For all the blacks who believe that they will get a leg up from Obama being (the potential President), you are sadly mistaken.

    He will be too busy kissing "white butt," (politicians) for leading him to the nomination, plus the latinos will make strides first.

    May 8, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  7. Rebecca

    Hillary writes Obama a gimmick letter today to ask him to work with her on seating Michigan and Florida delegates and then tonight she refuses a plan voted on by the top Michigan democrats that would give her 10 more delegates than Obama. She claims she should be awarded the full amount of delegates according the vote that only had her name on teh ballot. Are you kidding me?

    How stupid does Clinton think we are? Not everyone is as stupid as her supporters who agree with her on this. This is about the most undemocratic and stupid proposal I've ever heard from a politician.

    May 8, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. Western Voter

    Can you imagine anything good coming from adding Hillary Clinton to an Obama ticket? How can it possibly work to have a vp whose negatives are so high, wh people say they don't trust, who said he is unqualified, to have Bill Clinton serving as an ex-officio vp.

    Hillary Clinton was once the presumed nominee and she lost...and the reasons she lost are the same reasons she would weigh down the ticket. Obama can send no greatre signal that he means change than to reject thisawful idea!

    Hillary Clinton forfieted her opportunity to be on the ticket when she went so desperately negative...joined by her husband. America needs an effective team not one that represents old politics and the compromises that went with it. Those days are gone...which is what Obama is all about.

    Frankly he ought to do something so bold as to ask Sen Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) to join the ticket.

    May 8, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  9. Marc

    The democrats will unite and we will support Obama.

    May 8, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  10. audacity

    while it's unfortunate edwards did not go forward, it's time to put his supporters to good use!

    May 8, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  11. Bubba

    BOO ! ! !

    May 8, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. Zach

    Obama cannot win in the general election.

    May 8, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  13. carolinas

    I still wonder why John Edwards didn't endorse to Obama....?.

    Obama is an intellectual human being...very humble, dignified and has good judgement to lead the country......OBAMA 2008..

    May 8, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  14. andrew

    ..the clintons should stop being racist in this campain. the world has moved on leaving them behind.

    Obama could not win NC or any state without white voters. Blacks are minority and cannot win with black votes alone.

    Americans are not blind. they can see Obama aint white, so they dont need reminders. so stop going on about colour.

    May 8, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  15. Independent

    I do hope the Edwards delegates vote as their state voted. Barck Obama is the peron we Need as President. Hillary Clinton is nothing more than a liar. She has attempted to try to change the rules as it goes, she has insulted people with her race baiting of today, has lied about her experience, and is the most untrustworty peron I have seen. Let's build a new Washington built on integrity, not insider and lobbiests

    May 8, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. linda from South Dakota

    we can do it!!!! obama 2008

    May 8, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. mozartt

    I think it strange and not statesmanlike for John Edwards to not support Obama – he certainly did when they were both running for President. It says much about his character consequently some are happy that he was not successful. I look forward to one of the best Presidents the United States has ever seen, Barack Obama.

    May 8, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  18. A.M. Saqib

    Committed to John Edwards for what? What that means? Come on, do not be so naive guys, you can do better than that. Have back bone to stand on, and say ALWAYS, what is truth and what is best for the party.

    Commmon Sense! But I do not blame these guys, afterall common sense is not so common!

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

    May 8, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  19. Oregon

    I wonder if Hillary Clinton is the one that make and change rules for the Democratics party whenever she wants. Now Hillary Cliton state that if the Democratics party has the rules that the Republicans have she would be the nominee long time ego. I suggest that Hillary go run as a Republican candidate if she wants their rules. Rules are rules; Florida and Michigan had mess up their chances to have their delegates sit and I believe that it not to Hillary's power to tell the DNC how to sit them delegates. These delegates from these two state should not be seated at all. The Democratics party is losing its standard by seating Florida and Michigan and in the future any state could just say well I am doing my primary in such and such date because Florida and Michigan did it and they get away with it. Now what Hillary Clinton? Gas tax holiday did not work too good and now you try to olay the same old trick Florida and Michigan. I do not hear Hillary talk about gas tax holiay to west Virgunian I guess they do not need that there.

    May 8, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  20. Kevin

    Obama is a wrong choice.

    May 8, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. J

    Can someone explain the size of Karl Roves and Mitt Romney's head ?

    May 8, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  22. Melissa in PA

    They have worn me out-I can't stand them!
    Write in Vote-Hillary Rodham Clinton

    May 8, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. H-ROD

    Edwards would make a good v.p. go Obama P.S. Hillary leave just go don't say anything else put the mike down and just walk away please!!!(yes Obama can )!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  24. melikeyhill

    edwards delegates we know you guys are good and want to see the party and this nation succeed, pls do the right thing now, endorse obama!!! obama was closest to edwards goals and ideals!!!

    May 8, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  25. Lorenzo

    Keep it going!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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