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. How Obama stole the nomination

    Simply disgusting. The bullying at the caucuses and the rabid and repulsive behavior of his followers....
    Hillary supporters will not forget come November. You can count on it.

    May 8, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Ryan

    It so refreshing to see a politician starting a conversation with those of different opinions.

    May 8, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. Fonzi, an independent.

    I suspect that Hillary will give up when the superdelegates well dries up. As far as she gets one SD in a week she will still remain in the race.

    May 8, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. jim

    What a disgrace...
    How Obama and his followers stole the nomination. Read all about it. From the raunchy bullying behavior at the caucuses to the imature and very unpresidential flipping off of Senator Clinton – someone who has actually achieved and accomplished valuable things for the true American people.

    It's okay... we'll remember in November.

    May 8, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. white woman for Obama

    I hope that Edwrads delegates go ahead and support Senator Obama as well as Senator Edawrds. It is the right thing to do . Obama will be a great president and the USA will be very proud of his prsidency.
    Go Obama

    May 8, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  6. Mike

    Never unite under this Obama phony.

    May 8, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. jr.

    Dear Edward; Please support Hillary you know she is the smarter Candidate left off the two. Remember Election 2000 Americans did not pick the smarter candidate.

    May 8, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. Keith

    I noticed that Wolf was very professional in his Obama interview tonight. I hope that this means that the media has finally seen the truth. The truth that the whole Rev. Wright affair was just another dirty Hillary political ploy. I guess they finally listened to the whole speech and heard Rev. Wright singing praises to his mentors, the Clintons. This in addition to the fact that Rev. Wright was a confidant and counselor to the Clintons when Bill was President. If the media would have been fair from the start. Rev. Wright would have been a Clinton controversy

    May 8, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  9. MDW

    Time to change the game!

    "The Best Political Personality that I have seen in my 60 years of life."

    Go Bama 2008

    May 8, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  10. Ed

    Give me a break!

    Does anyone really care anymore!

    May 8, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  11. Dr. A

    When are folks going to realize that Obama has not won yet – he has not crossed even the imaginary 2025 line (or the real line which includes MI and FL. The man is so arrogant.

    May 8, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  12. king from toronto

    cant wait to see this man whipping mcsame.can you say," landslide" president obama!!!!! i, like it.

    May 8, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. cat-n-kansas

    Finally.....a president that cares about the people. ALL PEOPLE !!!

    We love u Barack Obama !!!

    OBAMA 08

    May 8, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  14. David in Richmond, VA

    Obama: 2 steps forward.
    Clinton: 10 steps back.

    May 8, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. lol

    the # of delegates isn't who has more, it is who reached that specific #. obama can't even beat hillary, how do the superdelegates think he is going to beat mccain. he can't beat mccain. looks like 4 more years of the republicans.

    May 8, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  16. garcia

    be careful, don't count your chickens before they hatch. don't want to mess it up now that you are almost there. best of luck to our new president OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. Protest Wolf who presses Obama on Clinton's behalf

    Wolf and alike have been deliberately injecting Clinton into Obama's ticket by pressing Obama on this issue repeatedly, despite numerous protest from voters here and elsewhere. This is disgusting. It is trying to use media to inject personal opinion or agenda into national politics.

    For this reason alone, I'll stop watching the Late Edition and the situation room.

    I challenge you, CNN, to let this message posted.

    May 8, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  18. Joe

    McBush says that he is Hamas worst nightmare. Duh! McBush is everyones worst nightmare. World War 3 and a ruined economy has me dreaming bad dreams. Does McBush even know where the Hamas movement is located? Does he know, without Leiberman whispering in his ear, if Hamas is Sunni or Shiite? McBush is a nightmare in progress. And it is contagious. Now Hillary wants to Nuke Iran!! May GOD and Allah spare us.

    May 8, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  19. shaun

    The world will breath a sigh of relief once this man is elected..

    go obama08-12

    May 8, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  20. rusty

    First he took Edwards' pledged delegates from Iowa, now he wants to take Edwards' pledged delegates in SC??? It's okay for him to do it and Hillary can't? When Hillary described the dynamics of pledged delegates she was booed? And FL and MI delegates cannot be counted? DNC – there is some really rotten fish going on!!!

    May 8, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  21. jr.

    Hillary stay in the race please this race is not over. I can see you win ,wemon will back you up. they will catch on what Howard Dean has done is wrong not wanting to count your votes thats discreminating toward women.

    May 8, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  22. Abby

    Out trolling for supers – I thought they would ALL come over –
    obama you sure are AROGANT! IF they were to come – when????
    Maybe they are still waiting to let the rest of the US finish voting – and maybe Hillary can still win because obama has NOT WON – why else does he need to beg for supers!

    May 8, 2008 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  23. Heidi

    come on edwards camp stop waiting and give obama your blessing, you know that you are dying to do so. End this mess right now.

    May 8, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  24. jr.

    Obama has no chanes to beet the Republicans.

    May 8, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  25. Jane

    Great news!

    May 8, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
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