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. Kim

    Hillary sinking to an all time low, saying that only she can get the white vote. How disgustingly desperate to sink to racial division to scare a handfull of votes her way. It truly is shamefull how Hillary is willing to destroy the Democrats even though she knows the contest is over. One can not help but think Hillary wants McBush to win so that she can run again in 2012. Please West Va and Kentucky. Cut the head off this evil snake.

    May 8, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Sue W

    Just do it Edwards!

    May 8, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. Brazza Man

    ... and where is John Edwards?

    How sad that even now he cannot stand and be counted for the Obama supporters, voters and visionaries of North Carolina who decisively turned the tide of this election once again.

    If Mr. Edwards is holding out for some return part of the bargain, he may be gravely mistaken for not starting to heal the strife within the democrat party - and conceding this election, unwisely, to John McCain, to perpetuate, Bush III.

    Mrs. Edwards, give your husband voice and courage. You have demostrated to us all what conviction and confronting adversity are all about.

    May 8, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. seth

    this 39 year old white republican will be voting for OBAMA!!.....thankyou.....and goodnight...

    May 8, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. Maxx

    I think that John Edwards would be a great Vice President to Obama
    much better than HRC

    May 8, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  6. at

    I think that it is a shame and a travesty that Edwards has not endorsed a candidiate. He will not find perfection in any candidiate, he certainly was far from perfect. It is time to unite this party and he should encourage his supporters to support the candidate that is sure to win the nomination, Senator Obama. Our nation needs to unite and the Democratic party needs to unite. We are a strong people and this is indeed the best nation on the planet. I agree with Mitchell, let us unite. Where there is unity there is strength.

    May 8, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  7. pat

    never i will vote for mccain no obama, he should have waited an let hillary be president, only 2 years in the sent, then run for president. thats just not right, now he will get beat an im going to be so glad. if he would have waited we could have locked the presidency for 16 years now were back to square one stupid obama.

    May 8, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  8. SHIRLEY-OHIO

    Good job Obama and company.

    May 8, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  9. Bart in SC

    We heard from the Obama camp every week via e-mail or telephone calls until the SC primary was over then they dropped off the face of the earth. But in the last two weeks we started getting e-mails again. Obama is a politician just like the rest of them. Do not be fooled by him. He will have my support in November if he is the nominee but after this primary I have to accept that anyone running for the president is power hungry and ego driven.

    May 8, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. Xango

    Yes we can
    And we have our nominee , it is time for us to come together agains the GOP and we know we will need to do this if we dont want 4 more years of GWBush.

    Obama 08

    May 8, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  11. MD in OK

    Democrats must come together. We need to put aside our differences. Some say they will vote for McCain if Hillary is not selected. If you think our economy is bad now, just put McCain in office

    May 8, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. Michelle, Baltimore

    ......all aboard, join the "Love Train"

    May 8, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  13. Chris M.

    You really have to wonder when Edwards himself is going to come out and back someone. That could either bury Clinton or buy her substantial time.

    I suppose he's staying neutral to ensure himself a spot on their respective lists of potential vice-presidents.

    May 8, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. frank O

    Bring them on!
    Time to rock&roll Pres. Obama

    May 8, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  15. j gannon

    Good lord, please stop the bleeding, what more do these delegates need.!

    May 8, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. Dr. J

    Obama has proved to be calm under pressure and he has changed the outlook of the party. Independent, Republicans and new voters have come to see the light. We need to come together and not try to divide our country.

    May 8, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  17. Sue in MI

    Democrats unite! An Obama-Clinton ticket would be unstoppable!

    May 8, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  18. Dj,WV

    Come on guys jump on aboard the Obama soooul train!!!!

    May 8, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  19. Jason

    Let's finish this.

    May 8, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  20. Ellie

    Edwards should do the right thing and endorse Obama!

    May 8, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  21. Edgar

    Arrogant Intern, finish the race! We still have primaries to go & HILLARY will win it outright! She is our nominee & she will pull this through!

    May 8, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  22. Chris from South Carolina

    why would anyone in South Carolina not support the candidate who dominated that state in the primary??

    Clinton is finished and this is just another example of the powers that be trying to speed up the process and do us all a favor.

    May 8, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  23. J El Educado

    I do think that Sen. Edwards policies aligned best with those of Obama's. However, his long holdout on endorsing a candidate, even when his delegates have been realizing Obama is the answer, speaks very badly about his real intentions and to the possibility of him seeking political favors instead of wanting unity in the party.

    Educated Hispanic for Obama

    May 8, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  24. eric from canada

    it's time look forward democras if you want to beat mccain in november.
    it's time to unit now. OBAMA 2008

    May 8, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. Ryan

    If Hillary is not the nominee then I will vote for McCain with the motto "HIllary in 2012!"

    May 8, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
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