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. Matt

    Obama is arrogant? That is why he has for the most part played a positive campaign, and like Hillary is not arrogant? Statistically speaking she should have dropped out after Super Tuesday, and yet she keeps going because her own arrogance will not let her drop out! Obama is racist? Tell that to his white mother and white grandparents who raised him! Obama is elitist? Compared to the woman who loaned her own campaign $11 million to stay in the race? Obama is a liar? Compared to the Bosnia gaffe? Come on people get real!

    May 8, 2008 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  2. Magie

    Our only hope for a better country is"Hillary Clinton".The republicans are playing a game and crossing the lines voting for Baracka so he can get the nominnation,but if he is the one who is running agains Mcain he is going to be a ' easy piece 'for McCain, but if we want a better America we have to nominate Mrs.Clinton she is so smart and our only hope. "Hillary Clinton 2008"

    And to the superdelegates : Do we want a next president who can raise this country again and go back to the years of prosperity then you need to select Hillary Clintos as you nominated for President.

    May 8, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  3. LCF

    Time to come together and move this country in the right direction.

    I hope the Edwards delegates see what Ed Turlington and David Bonior have already realized, Barrack is the only leader that can move us beyond the politics of hate, fear and division!!!

    Obama 08*

    May 8, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  4. andrew

    Ummm , did he get the 2050 dlegates yet? Oh wait NO HE DID'NT! HILLARY'08!!!!!! LET US TRY THE TRUTH CNN! or should I say fox!

    May 8, 2008 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  5. Darren

    ok Clintonites its about time you accept it...awwww poor u, u can threaten to vote for McCain all u want....we got this!

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  6. Mike

    Edwards cares for poor people yet Obama cut $2 million in child welfare in Chicago voting with the republicans.

    May 8, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Hillary wins the prize for talking a lot without saying anything.

    Obama calmly, clearly, logically, carefully, articulately answers the questions he is asked. If we want some dignity restored to the Presidency of the United States, it sure looks like Obama would be a good place to start.

    May 8, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  8. Sam from Selma

    No, Obama has not won yet. Odds are Hillary will win three more primaries, but unfortuneatly the math is not on her side.

    Come on democrats, independants, it's time from us to start uniting around Obama so we can kick some GOP tail this November!

    May 8, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  9. Lola

    To: smw
    I'm Hillary supporter and I will NOT vote for Obama, even his polices are very similar to Hillariy's. Why? The same reason that You are not voting for Hillary!

    May 8, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  10. Fl

    What's up with John Edwards -no endorsement,, undeclared superdelgate. What's up? I would hope he would decide with the will of the people in North Carolina.

    May 8, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  11. Zman

    If the dems don't get the Presidency this time it is a Hillary fault.

    May 8, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  12. xtina

    "K" – nice try. No Republican is voting for Obama. He's even further left than Hillary.

    May 9, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  13. Sukie

    PLEASE let the rest of us vote first!

    PS–I would like someone to tell me exactly what Mr. Obama has ALREADY accomplished that qualifies him to be president.

    I don't see anything. He even admits he has spent most of his first term in Congress on the road campaigning.

    Just because you can speak doesn't mean you can lead.

    May 9, 2008 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  14. Donald

    This whole thing is getting more and more sick by the moment. It is horrible to see where Senator Clinton is taking thing party. I sometimes wish she could get her way just to watch her lose. But, that would mean the American people would suffer from four years of another incompetent leader.

    May 9, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  15. Chris from San Antonio

    I think it's funny Hillary supporters still think they have a chance to win the nomination and genuinely don't understand why Obama won't bow out of the race.

    May 9, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  16. Sarah

    Please put us out of our misery with Clinton dragging this on. OBAMA 08'

    May 9, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  17. Think

    My comment is stil awaiting moderation. Is the word "Bible" offensive or unAmerican?

    May 9, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  18. BObby

    if Clinton supporters want to ruin main and their future vote Mccain. I for one am voting Obama. I don't want my kids paying off a crazy amount of war debt and crazy economy plans that will bring our dollar down and expensise up. tHe man knows very little about the economy. If it gets too bad i will just leave the country.

    Obama 08

    May 9, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  19. Rich

    I agree K, BOTH candidates should have been concerned about the plight of the disenfranchised from the very beginning and not when it favored one or the other. Also, to the above poster that mentioned Linda switching to McCain. I wholely agree with you on this, why switch candidates when their policies are so similar, and McCain is so much on the other side of the spectrum? Whichever candidate is up as the Dem. represenitive in the general, should get the others voters no problem. I think alot of it will has to do w/ the hard feelings, but in the end, we need to put our hard feelings aside and do what we think is right for the country, not for what makes us feel "justified".

    May 9, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  20. JC from NC

    I feel that Hillary is just staying in to raise money so that the hard working people that support her campaign can take the money out of their pockets and put in in hers by repaying her 11 something million loan to herslef.

    Why is Clintons contribution to her own campaign a loan, but what others contribute non-refundable? Hummmm....

    May 9, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  21. watergate

    Obama should have Edwards as vp

    May 9, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  22. Jay

    There is no way you can win Hillary i don't understand why you are so desperate to be a president. you are not entitle to the presidency. please stop dividing lost admit it. since you are sounding more and more like right wing why don't you convert.

    May 9, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  23. Bello


    May 9, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  24. John

    Super delegates i don't know what more u are waintin for. if hillary was in Barack position you woud have come out long ago...shame on undecided super delegates, they are the one who are destroying this party.

    May 9, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  25. James

    Obama/Clark '08!!!

    An Obama/ General Wesley Clark ticket will unite the party, because Clark is a Clinton supporter. Also, this will counter any military experience that McCain will cling to in the general election.

    May 9, 2008 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
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