May 14th, 2008
05:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Edwards to endorse Obama

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Edwards will endorse Obama, CNN has confirmed.
Edwards will endorse Obama, CNN has confirmed.

(CNN) - CNN has confirmed that former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will endorse Barack Obama shortly at a Michigan campaign event.

The endorsement could help Obama reach out to white, blue-collar voters - a demographic group that Obama has failed to capture, most notably in the recent Pennsylvania and West Virginia primaries.

Edwards received 7 percent of the vote in Tuesday's West Virginia contest.

The former North Carolina senator had campaigned on the message that he was standing up for the little guy, the people who are not traditionally given a voice in Washington, and that he would do more to fight special interests.

After dropping out of the race on January 30, Edwards asked both Clinton and Obama to make poverty a central issue of the general election and a future Democratic administration, something both agreed to do.

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soundoff (323 Responses)
  1. MD Houston

    Maybe he will explain why his Houston office flies a Cuban flag with Che on it?

    May 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    I THINK THIS IS IT...

    I THINK IT'S EDWARDS ENDORSEMENT...........

    May 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. mjaber

    What is the announcement????????????????

    May 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    NEW NEWS FROM: HUFFINGTON POST:

    The Obama campaign has announced a "major national endorsement" for a rally tonight at 7pm in Michigan, and the rumor mill is swirling that it is none other than Sen. John Edwards. Time's Mark Halperin is teasing as much at his Web site, with a photo of Edwards and the text, "Ready to choose? Ready to hope?"

    Edwards has certainly dropped some hints in recent days. He's chided Hillary Clinton over her comments about race, said he can't figure out how Clinton could ever win the nomination, and even said he planned to endorse the person he voted for in North Carolina's primary, using (it seems) the word "him."

    May 14, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  5. Peter

    And the Edwards endorsement goes to.......

    May 14, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Spencer Velott, Oregon

    I hope the announcement is that Bill Richardson is his running mate!

    May 14, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Charlotte

    Yea, he is dropping out? That would be a major announcement and a welcome one.

    May 14, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Linda

    What ever it is I hope it blows Hillary Clinton out of the water.

    May 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Go Obama

    I hope it isnt he will pick Hillary as vp OMG that would be endgate

    May 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Adam

    Hillary as the running mate. That's my guess.

    May 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Ronald

    Edwards endorses him putting him over the top for pledged delegates! And, Hillary agrees to "suspend" her campaign. Yippee!!

    (Well, .500 isn't bad.)

    May 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Mike from Westchester

    How about a crazy wild guess............ Obama/Clinton '08

    May 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. NY Dem

    Exciting!!

    Fired up, ready to go!

    Obama '08

    May 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Nunya

    The obvious thing that leaps to mind is his choice for VP...

    May 14, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Sue

    A slew of superdelegates? Edwards endorsement? Republican endorsement....?

    May 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Dems `08!

    HILLARY AS VP I BET...

    O GEEZE.......

    May 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. Dennis

    I'm guessing it has something to do with seating Michigan's delegates.

    May 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Lynn

    It must be Gore or Edwards are going to come out to endorse him. Everytime he loses, he comes back with something example the little kid that noone wants to play with and he has ice cream for everyone so they will play with him. Both Gore and Edwards are losers.

    May 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. Kelby

    I think it is the Edwards endorsement.

    May 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Marc in DeKalb, IL

    ... good lord. It better not be Hillary as a running mate, but given the fundraising agreement and such... I'm better it is.

    I think I just threw up in my mouth.

    May 14, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. jr.

    Whats golng to be Obama they going to vote so thier votes can caunt?

    May 14, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Jeanie in Oregon has Hope and wants change

    Someone said Edwards is in Michgan right now !!!!

    MMMMMMMMMM Maybe he is finally going to make his endorsement!

    May 14, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  23. AKRON, OHIO OBOMA SUPPORTER

    I HOPE THE ANNOUNCEMENT IS THAT HE HAVE GOTTEN THE MAGIC NUMBER FOR THE NOMINEE

    May 14, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  24. Dems `08!

    YIPPIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ITS ABOUT TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. mya, Obama

    YAY!!!!! That's good news for us.....YAY!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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