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. LINDA K. IA.

    OBAMA HAS NOT WON YET! And I wish the media would stop trying to influence the people. I'm sick and tired of Obama this and Obama that. I will not vote for him if he is the nominee.
    And I sure have hoped that John Edwards delegates would go with Hillary. Hillary is our best candidate!!! Wake up people! Support Hillary!!!! Give us our life back, our jobs, our respect as a country, our economy is at it's lowest that I have ever experienced, people really don't have any money. Our gas keeps going up, our groceries. Everything!!! More stores are going out of business. The people are losing their homes, others can't sell their homes. Our world is a mess. It is time to start taking care of us and thinking about us instead of trying to help other countries. There are many here in the US that need help.

    May 8, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  2. josh nyc

    I like how we're all uniting against McInsane. The way it should be.

    May 8, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  3. Gerry In Toronto

    You got to like the fact Obama reached out to these delegates. The fact is, he doesn't need them to win, but extending an olive branch to welcome them was very presidential.

    It's time to start uniting the democratic party and get ready for mcCain.

    May 8, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  4. Raz

    Edwards should have endorsed one of the candidates long time ago, as soon as he quit the race.


    May 8, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. Larry from LA

    Enough is enough South Carolina super delegates. Now is the time to for at least some of them to step forward and endorse Obama.

    May 8, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  6. REM

    Obama, its not your time yet!

    May 8, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  7. AF

    It's time for all of Hillary's supporters to get behind OBAMA as she has said she will if he is the nominee.

    May 8, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. NBC

    Let's put this country on a different track. The one we are on ends on a clif.

    May 8, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  9. Seattle

    Obama has won! Yahoooo!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. Boston for OBAMA

    This is a good sign.Those who are are upset would never have voted for Obama anyway. No loss. Obama has more support than we know.

    OBAMA 08

    May 8, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. NO TO Hillary

    Hillary is a liar and she manupilative and now she wants to be the one who makes the rules for the DNC. That party is losing ground by letting that woman to dictate to them what she want them to do.
    Florida and Michigan disgrace themselves by violating their own party rules that they had agreed upon so none of their delegates should be seating at the covention in Denver.

    May 8, 2008 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  12. tim

    Shame on Hillary.
    You are behind delegates. behind number of states.... still you want to take it away... don't you get it.... people don't want you.... you are not honest.... very petty.... shame again....

    May 8, 2008 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  13. T Jones

    I feel so badly for all the HRC supporters who are living in Egypt...Denial. It's time to unite behind a candidate and stop all of the hateful and destructive things being said on blogs...I understand that you are upset and frustrated that the person you were backing lost...Face it...she shot herself in the foot from the gate...But let's all stop being so childish and immature...We have an opportunity to have a democratic president in the white house...And to all the HRC supporters, Obama and Clinton share like 95% of the same policy issues...there isn't a lot of difference on their what's the real reason you all are acting so cranky? Give it a rest...Next time she should have an organized operation instead of some shot gun campaign with so much infighting and turmoil, negativity and more of the same foolishness that got us into a war, a deficit and a housing crisis. Grow up people!

    May 8, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. The Truth

    Hillary is the one made of steel. Obama and the speeches equals zero accomplishments. Hillary has a portfolio while Obama wishes he had something in his background. Even his wife said she was proud of him for the first time a few weeks ago. she must have been too bitter to be proud.

    May 8, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  15. smw

    Linda, why won't you vote for Obama, exactly? His policies are very similar to Hillary's policies, and surely, it is policies that matter? The alternative is to vote for McCain, who will continue the Bush policies you decry, or not to vote at all, which will help McCain and the Bush policies. What possible rationale could you have to throw away your and my future?

    May 8, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  16. T Jones about saying it like this
    Clinton you blew your time! You blew your chance! He won and she lost! Move on!

    May 8, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  17. NDIDI Ihezue

    The Clintons all Three are probably wondering what hit them....OBAMA thats what.........McCain you are next. Be very afraid...there is a revolution heading straight for you.....It's definately time for a change...
    It has been written.

    May 8, 2008 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  18. K

    Concerning the equity and fairness of the MI/Florida primaries: Were Clinton and Obama in agreement with the DNC's decision not to count the results of an early primary in these states. Why didn't Clinton stand up for the rights of those disenfranchised voters from the beginning? Why is it now, that she so outraged at their plight? Could it be the fact that it is in her own self-interest now? Shame on her! She is so transparent, and not in a good way!!!!

    Obama is the most viable and has the qualities (character, temperament and aptitude) to be the "best" president we have seen in our lifetime. And, by the way, we are REPUBLICANS! We recently changed our party affiliation to "VOTE" FOR BARACK OBAMA!!!

    May 8, 2008 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  19. Bob

    Clinton- Liberman write in for 2008. The winning ticket. It is time to ditch the parties.

    May 8, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  20. Asians for Hillary

    John Edwards, if you have any guts, please stand up for Hillary right now! You should know that Hillary is a stronger candidate. The reason why Obama is holding an edge over Hillary is because of the stupid delegate system in the democratic party. If there are no caucuses, and if it is winner-take-all, then Hillary has already won the nomination. Obama is not going to win the general election without Hillary. The best way to secure the democratic bid is to have Hillary running the president with Obama as her VP. For me, if Hillary is not on the top of the ticket, I'll not vote for Obama.

    May 8, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  21. joe

    welcome aboard.

    May 8, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  22. Chi4Obama

    I would urge everyone to stop the bitter remarks against each others' candidates (namely Barack and Hillary supporters).
    At the end of the day, both Barack and Hillary have relatively the same views on most of our issues. I would just like to remind everyone that both are remarkable candidates. In any given year, I would be proud to have either one represent our party in the General election. Obviously, I am an Obama supporter. But would have no problem supporting Hillary, IF somehow she were to pull a rabbit out of her hat, and became our party's nominee. My allegiance is to the Democratic party, and to work for the betterment of our country.
    I just hope that ALL of the Hillary supporters will share the same view for the GOOD of our country.

    May 8, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  23. skylark

    The Clintons took your jobs away with NAFTA. They will not get them back for you. It doesn't get any plainer than that.
    Try to inform yourself on the true record of your candidate. She and Bill have been in bed with the big oil companies for years and years.
    She is lying to you if she leads you to believe that everything will be like it was before Bush. The world and the economy has changed forever because of the Clintons and George Bush. We have to live in the world as it is now. If you vote for McCain out of spite then you have only yourself to blame when things get even tougher than they are now. At least Mr Obama is for all Americans and has a chance to change the politics that got us into this mess.
    There are no miracles Linda. Grow up.

    May 8, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  24. IT IS OVER!

    LINDA K. IA -Your the one that needs to wake up! what world do you and the HRC supporters live in? She needs to go's over! America is in a mess, that is exactly why we cannot elect another Clinton. She lies like Bush, her attitude is "it is my way or the highway', and she does not listen to her advisors or the experts. That is why we are the mess we are in now – because Bush didn't and doesn't listen either. Think!! Listen to her and realize she is saying what we have heard for the last eight years, lies, lies, lies!

    May 8, 2008 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  25. rodney

    Hillary supporters shut up, Barrack supporters shut up..

    Whoever our democrat nominee is, we must unite with independents, republicans, and the rest of the World.

    I just graduated from college and before i started to work for Bear Stearns, I was laid off. I am sick of this Administration.

    No Way, stop the bickering people everyone, especially us Democrats, lets unite whoever the nominee is.

    May 8, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
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