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. Jerry Pitts

    Edwards has waited all this time because he did not know who was going to win the Democratic nomination. He is an attorney, that is the way he thinks, by going for the winner, he thinks he just may be the VP nominee. He could not even carry N C in the last election why would any one want him for a running partner?

    May 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Leslie

    Who cares I was an Edwards supporter who now support Hillary and will continue to do so!

    May 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. raphaida

    its about time!!. Clinton pack your bag and start worrying about you gonna pay your debt!!

    May 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Irina

    way to go !!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. Miami Heat

    Good for you Edwards! Endorse the candidate who will be more likely to LOSE to McCain in November!

    May 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Linda in Florida

    No big deal. If John edwards were so popular he would still be in the race.

    May 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Tim in Canada

    Make a headstone for the GOP, cause they're finished.

    May 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Zachra

    TOAST!

    May 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Brian

    It will be Edwards. His endorsement plus the delegates he will push toward Obama and had in fold, 19, would bring at least 20 delgates on the day.

    At this rate he may just reach 2026 by next Tuesday.

    May 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. OBAMA SUPPORTER

    god bless you,our usa and our troops

    and hillary

    May 14, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Jos bam

    Soooo...great,,,,,!!!!
    Hey guys stop mocking Hillary..She is a great woman and we need her to win the general elections...

    And Clintons' supporters have to stop saying that they will vote for McCain in the general elections...Hillary already told you that it will be a great mistake..Guys ,this election is not about Obama,Hillary or McCain..It is a bout changing this country...and we need to do that...Hillary supporters, if you are real democrats,keep away your frustration and vote for the democrat nominee...! I cannot believe youa re just the Clintons' worshippers but just americans who like their country !!! Thanks guys

    Obama-Hillary ,the best ticket

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. Misty

    No!!!!!!!!!!! Not Hillary for VP-

    Bill or John would be very fine or- Barbara Boxer!!

    Obama and Boxer– My dream ticket

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. Shane

    I would absolutely LOVE to see the Obama/Edwards ticket.

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Cathy

    Come on Hillary supporters even she said today it would be a TERRIBLE ERROR not to support Obama if he is the nominee.

    Democrates, let's come together and get our country bac on track!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Juanita

    Great!!! Welcome to the winning team.

    Yes We Can!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Lisa

    I don't think this will change the minds of the will of the people. The will of the people clearly wants Hillary. Barack and the DNC is trying to steal the nomination from Hillary, when they haven't even counted all the votes.

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Barbara E., New York, NY

    I wish it were Obama endorsing Edwards.

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Enlightened Voter

    I have alot of respect for Edwards, he is a good man with a distinguished record who is an enlightened politician. He knows a sure bet when he sees it. They are both good men. This would be a winning ticket.

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. David

    Didn't Edwards lose with Kerry...duh...
    Dems are stupid.....lets wait until BO's weaknesses are known, lets wait until Hillary wins MORE states....then we will endorse BO...stupid....
    It's Edwards…..duh…..Gee, Edwards....nothing like going for the candidate that works for the poor like you did....seeing that HILLARY is supported by the working poor and those making $50,000 and LESS.....duh.....at least he waited til he was a shoe-in...no guts...

    When is CNN going to FIRE and REMOVE the SEXIST Jack Cafferty? I want SOMEONE to change out Hillary's name and place in Obama's name in his so-called daily questions and "Articles" and ask….is he RACIST? Sorry, but he is the most SEXIST piece of garbage on TV news today. HE SHOULD BE FIRED!

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Rev.St.Huck

    Christ almighty, I'm gonna puke...somebody spiked John's Diet Coke with the Obama Kool Aid.

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. MD Houston

    Who cares? Edwards is a trial lawyer and failed politician.

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Edward for Vp is best idea out there.

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Darth Vadik, CA

    Judas does it again, eh?
    Whatever Hillary.

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. H

    WHO IS JOHN EDWARDS? JOHNNY COME LATELY. EDWARDS MUST HAVE SOMETHING IN MIND OR BEEN OFFERED SOMETHING FROM OBAMA TO COME OUT NOW. HE HAD TO MAKE SURE HE KISSED UP TO THE PERSON HE THINKS IS GOING TO WIN THE NOMINATION. AT LEAST HILLARY STATED IN FOR THE LONG HAUL BUT NOT JOHN EDWARDS. WE KNOW WHO THE CHICKEN IS.

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Scott

    Great move he now has my vote, if he makes Richardson VP, Edwards Secretary of Labor, Hilliary Secretary of HHS, then we have a win win in Nov.
    Scott-SLO

    May 14, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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