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. beth

    Good news– as a former Edwards supporter I'm happy he's chosen correctly.

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. NEW COMER

    That is about as useless and the one he got from Richardson. Both are losers and couldn't even win their own states. But it is no surprise the way Obama and Edwards ganged up on Hillary in the debates. He thinks he is going to get the VP slot, if and when Obama wins in the GE. Which he wont. But then he can put it in his resume two loses for VP in one lifetime. His political career will be completely over. If he had back Hillary, he might have had a chance.

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Tonybel

    Well, I guess he has been patient enough waiting for Hilary to graciously exit the campaign, but she has NO EXIT STRATEGY.

    Welcome news for the Obama camp.

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Ricardo

    It was about time. Obama/Edwards 2008

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

    Thank you Mr. Edwards – glad you finally decided.
    What did your wife say?
    Now, if Oregon can rain on the Clintons' parade...

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. PoliticalAmazon

    I understand he will release all his delegates, too.

    But please, no "Hillary for VP." That'd be like saying, "Want to go for a swim, Mr. Obama? Here's an anvil. "

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Richard

    What will happen to the 20 or so pledged delegates that Edwards earned early on and from yesterday???

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. jonny

    Selecting Hillary for VP would be the biggest mistake Obama could make. Second only to paying off her 20 million dollar debt with the money his supporters gave to HIM.

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Ryan

    YES! Edwards for VP!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Dave

    Way to go Edwards!!! Let's wrap it up Democrats. It's OVER!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Brian

    About time that Edwards endorsed Obama!

    I guess he wanted to see who the winner was first so he could try for VP again.

    Please do not think of Hillary for a VP Obama, she would greatly taint your compain.

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. Lisa

    Who cares his vote isn't going to count anyway when Obama loses to Mccain, in the general. It's funny how Obama is campaigning in Michigan and Florida now.

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. If not Hillary....then McCain

    I'm done, no longer call myself a democrat. Looking forward to voting independent or republican. Regardless of what Hillary does, the "PARTY" slams her down every time. If I were her, I would leave the party, run as Independent and embrace all the fleeing democrats in our new Independent Party.

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

    Maybe Bill Clinton has decided to endorse Obama.

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. scott C

    Say hello to 19+ more delegates Mr. Obama.

    Woo Hoo.

    Erased her 10 delegate gain from WV and added 10.

    GO OBAMA!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. James Nelson

    OBAMA-EDWARDS '08!!!!!!!!!!

    Now, THAT'S a ticket worth fighting for!!!!!

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

    JOHN EDWARDS MADE A BAD MOVE, NOW I WILL BE VOTING FOR MCCAIN. BECAUSE OBAMA IS A BAD CHOICE...

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  18. grlpatriot

    Too little to late for Obama to change the narrative that he can't win in the general election. West Virginia proved that yesterday.

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  19. Votter #1

    That's very welcome of you Edwards. Welcome to the course of the real world, where the math is untarnished and experts are adhered to.

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

    Congradulations to all our american fellows and good luck for november. I am sure that will be a TSUNAMI...

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. KIR

    Edwards' endorsement indicates that fat lady is finally starting to sing for Obama. If the Clintons can't get the hint from this endorsement, then they're beyond clueless.

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Martin

    It"s about time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. LKB

    Oh god so what. He is so yesterday. Probably promised him some cushy job...maybe even VP....

    Yawn...boring...

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Shawn

    Way to ruin the surprise! You journalists have to spoil everything:)

    May 14, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. Liza

    Finally! Thank you, Mr. Edwards!

    Obama, please pick Edwards as your vice.

    Obama/Edwards '08 = Hot Ticket

    May 14, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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