May 14th, 2008
05:08 PM ET
7 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. Linda

    Thank God for a good man like John Edwards. Way to go John I knew you would step up to the plate and show the world you are the great man I always took you for.

    May 14, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. HILFORPRES

    Why is it John Edwards always goes with the loser????

    May 14, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. Lana Castillo

    My guess is that he will be announcing that Senator Obama and Senator Clinton will join forces to fund the Democratic campaign for the DNC.

    May 14, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. CHANGE

    Its about time!

    May 14, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. John Young

    Say "good night" Hillary.

    May 14, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Heidi in Houston

    To MD Houston:
    There you go again. That was NOT an Obama campaign office! That was a private volunteer office set up on Southmore Blvd BEFORE the campaign ever arrived in Houston. One of the volunteers in that office was from Cuba and didn't realize that the flag would be offensive to anyone. When the local media ran a picture of that flag, she took the flag down and decided to not to volunteer there anymore.

    WHEN the campaign arrived in Houston, they set up their campaign HQ on Travis Street in Houston and had no contact with the volunteer office on Southmore Blvd.

    I know – I'm from Houston and I know the whole story. You probably do too since it was all sorted out in the press. You're just trying to float out another stupid rumor, stating it as FACT, in hopes that people believe you and get bad feelings about Barack Obama. Nice try, but you've just been corrected.

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Hawaiian guy

    Don't do it Sen. Obama. Let's keep her in the grave that she dug herself into and I'm find just leaving her there. I would support Sen. Edwards as your running mate, but hell no to Clinton. And to all you Clinton supporters, please do the math, she's all done-toast!

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. Dems2008

    He won't announce a runing mate. He will probably announce a HUGE endorsement!!

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. Karin

    LOL....Obama do this have anything to do with you going along with the DNC to come together with Clinton and the DNC to help with this big bill of $20million of Hilliary.......Did she tell you she want to be VP also....that, you helping her along with the DNC to pay this bill is not enough that she also wants the VP.........Man come on ..........I'm really looking for you to ask Colin Powell...........LOL.....

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. Latinos for Obama 08

    Alright Edwards!!!!!!! I wanted you to go further in this race but I am happy you are supporting obama now thanks.

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. stop the madness

    GREAT, IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!

    THANKS EDWARDS!

    MAYBE HE CAN HELP PATCH UP THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT HAS BEEN TORN APART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    This is GREAT!!!! Now make him the VP Obama and you have my vote in the fall.

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. andrew

    WOW John Edwards! Is he not the guy that didn't lost ........ Twice what a loser. DROP OUT OBO!!!!

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

    John Edwards is about to endorse Obama. It's 5:22 and the race is over. I'm so sorry that the Democratic leaders just don't get that Obama won't win in November. I'll vote either way, even though, in my gut, I don't think Obama is the best candidate.

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  15. @americans

    It's about time!

    If only Hillarious will DROP OUT and endorse OBAMA, life would be great!

    OBAMA '08 – YES WE CAN!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  16. bill in houston

    Better late than never, thanks John

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

    yup bout time!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. Paul

    Thank you Senator Edwards! You are a true leader and gentleman.

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Anthony N Kentucky

    The only way this party will unify is if it is a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket...otherwise we are done for...it will be 4 more years of BUSH...YUCK!!

    Hillary '08

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Timber

    Jerk.

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. BJ

    Of course!

    He wants to be VP!

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. Ben - Portland

    Michelle's pregnant?

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Ania

    WHOOT!

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Lana

    Good News!

    Now....

    Paging Al Gore. Paging Al Gore

    You're wanted at the nearest news station.

    Its over!

    Obama O8!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Aces full of Kings

    5 PM ET May 14, 2008. John Edwards endorses Barack Obama! I knew this day would come. Now we can move forward. The general election campaign has begun. Thank you for backing a winner, John!

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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