May 9th, 2008
07:50 AM ET
10 years ago

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. Mike

    Wouldn't this clown bsama look natural in "Mickey Mouse" ears? Think about it. Maybe I'm just thinking about my tee-shirt.

    May 9, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  2. bayuaji

    Hillary's supporters' comments are so...negative. Showing that they are not nice. How come Hillary can win if everybody around her is just like her?

    May 9, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  3. Charlotte

    Write in Hillary Clinton in November..yes we can....

    May 9, 2008 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  4. Becky

    Who-ever is not on Obama's train to the white house, you are on the wrong train, get down, and let's all be united towards this one awesome candidate!!!

    May 9, 2008 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  5. Hawaii Dems

    ObamaEdwards 08

    May 9, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  6. Rod

    Barak is a backward message, arrogant and a liar. People don't be fooled by Barak he's an impostor.

    May 9, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  7. pr.

    are the clintons working with 2 sets books because she is always saying she marking loans from her money .i just cannot see her,him geting less money then obama

    May 9, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  8. albert

    Go Hillary. Obama is just a man without substance.

    May 9, 2008 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  9. Portia in Alabama

    A vote for McCain is against your own pocketbook

    May 9, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  10. Obama

    It is time to give up Obama. You will lose the general election. You stand no chance against MacCain. If the Democratic party wants to have any hope of winning the election, Hillary should be nominated

    May 9, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  11. Susan

    The truth is Hillary was lossing because Barak is good in delivering his speeches though it's not his own but he delivered it in good tone. But be reminded this contest is not an oratory this is leadership. Barak is far behind from Hillary when it comes to knowledge and experience.

    May 9, 2008 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  12. SH

    The race will not be over until Hillary has thrown her last grenade at the Democratic Party.

    May 9, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  13. yes

    Edwards should endorse Clinton – the best candidate for America!

    May 9, 2008 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  14. Tim in Arkansas

    First Hillary!!!
    Then McCain!!!!

    Obama has defeated the humungous Clinton Legacy!!!
    If Obama can beat the Clintons, then he can defeat anyone!!!

    McCain doesn't stand a chance!!!!

    Obama 08

    May 9, 2008 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  15. enigma47

    Obama or McSame ='s Pig'n a Polk or Pot Roast.

    I've seen enough of Obama under attack and pressure to have a pretty fair idea of his intelligence and character. I'm impressed and more than happy to give him a shot at knocking the slats out from under the monied corporate elite's strangle hold on Washington and our democracy... I'm wishing him all the best because that is going to be some kind of rumble – If it isn't nigh impossible !!

    May 9, 2008 02:09 am at 2:09 am |

    For the naysayers stating that it is not Obama's time yet well I say: Hillary missed her time 8 years ago? Her advisory board obviously did not see the calm before the storm. The Clintonites felt that this would have been the year for her to be guaranteed a win but then the O-Train blew in and no one saw it coming. The Clintons did not even plan for after Super Tuesday because they did not bet on the newbee on the block to give her the fight of her life.

    Hill Bill, why can't you close the deal. All of the odds WERE in your favor. And no loyalist to your husband are jumping ship like flees on a puppy. Some American voters need to wake up out of their deep sleep. If I was a superdelegate, I would be quick to point this out. What does that say about your candacy.

    May 9, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  17. Dan in Montreal

    To all the Hillary supporters who won't vote for Obama and to all the Obama supporters who won't vote for Hillary. Are you that stupid? Need more of your soldiers blown apart in Iraq? More people kicked out of their homes everyday? Gas prices to be higher? NO HEALTH CARE? Their policies are 99.9% the same. If you care about your country you will support either one. No wonder you people elected Bush twice...

    May 9, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  18. Eddie

    We must get behind Obama,we should not have Hillary as a V.P. after all of her negativity.If she runs with Obama she will cost the dems. the election,because she constantly said he was un-electable,have you ever heard of conflict of interest!

    May 9, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  19. Dr. Stephen Hess

    My dream ticket would be Barack Obama with running mate Colin Powell. I think the vision coupled with the security issue would be invincible! Imagine a visionary and a great general running the most powerful country in the world.

    Stephen Hess
    Toronto, Canada

    May 9, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  20. Enlightened voter

    Voting for McCain will:
    Get more soldiers killed for a war we should not have fought
    Keep gas high, probably around 7$
    Turn back clock on our civil rights and liberty's
    Two more ultra conservative Supreme Court Justices
    More jobs lost into the millions
    Dollar reaching more record lows around the world
    Same old same old
    But hey, you ex Clintonites go for it and vote for McCain, your only hurting yourself

    May 9, 2008 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  21. Tim

    Nothing negative. Unite!!!

    Obama 08

    May 9, 2008 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  22. South CarolinaMan

    John Edwards should be Obama's pick for VP. 8 yrs Obama then in 2016 the start of 8yrs of John Edwards.

    May 9, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  23. Dave G

    There's only one thing I have to say to Hillary Clinton:
    Number One Observatory Circle
    (get used to the idea)

    May 9, 2008 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  24. Uncle Sam

    It's official. Reagan Democrats are now being referred to as McCain Democrats.

    Democrats, Independents, & Republicans for McCain '08

    May 9, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  25. Helen Roy

    Never vote Obama!! Useless, spineless, sneaky

    May 9, 2008 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
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