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. T. Trent

    YES !

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. Jason Horse

    WAY TO GO !!!
    KEep the endorsments flowing into a flood......
    Good choice Edwards.....
    In Spirit,
    Horse in Canada

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

    We will take it but the ACELA left already, non stop to the white house

    no dream team ticket 08

    May 14, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Texas Independent

    i wonder how he negoiated this with his wife, she appearded to be leaning towards Hillary

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

    :-(

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

    Good for him!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. People, I Introduce you to

    President Barack Obama.

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Abdulweli Farah

    He had dreamed last night being in White house as the commander-in-chief.

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. This side of the Mississippi

    Wwwhhoooo doggy!
    This stuff get's better every day!
    Rock the vote in Nov.

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. yael

    Shame on him.

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. April in Texas

    All I can say is WOOT@!!!!!! Its about time and I thank you John Edwards as its been a long time waiting for you to make the correct decision!

    Obama 08/09

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

    And to think I once had some menial respect for Mr. Edwards....It's gone!

    Hillary or Mccain all the way!

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Ricardo

    YES WE CAN!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Keyser Sose

    One has to wonder why he waited so long.

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. republican

    HILLARY FOR VICE PRESIDENT!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. chinaman

    finally! about time mr. edwards!

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

    It's about time! But it is still great!

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

    That is the best news I've heard all day! I'll be back in a bit, I'm going to jump for joy for a while. Thank you!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. Theo Varelas

    does this mean he gets edwards pledged delegateS?

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    Thank you Senator Edwards!!!! Yes!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Charlotte

    The Edwards endorsement wont change my vote in November, I'm writing in Hillary Clinton. Why is Obama suddenly wearing a flag pin? He wouldn't be pandering now would he? Nah, he's above that

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Patrick Blackmon

    Hopefully he'll announce that he's dropping out for the good of the party. He'll say he needs to learn more about foreign policy; for example, that Canada does not have a president. He'll admit that he jumped the gun and he needs more experience in the Senate, and that he was pressured to announce his candidacy by Kennedy and Kerry because, well, they wanted to fill in the blanks of his blank slate candidacy. Then he'll ask the Democratic Party for forgiveness because he's divided it more than ever.

    One can only hope.

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Dems2008

    Karin... I would love to see Colin Powell back in politics too!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. shirley

    How can anyone expect Senator Obama to choose Hillary for his Vice President? Bill would not and could not keep a low profile, he would have both Clinton's in the White House. He needs to choose another candidate that would be acceptable to Hillary's supporter's.

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Darryl

    Ditto what Faye from NV has said......
    Hillary Clinton are you listening......

    May 14, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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