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. Jeff

    HE CAN'T WIN!

    Hillary will still be the nominee!

    And this late in the game it does not matter who Edwards endorses!

    This thing is going to the convention and if not Hillary will wrap up the nomination in three weeks, then Edwards will sure look awkward!

    Hillary '08!

    May 14, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. clintonsupport08

    ...and when he gets defeated in november by McCain ....Hillary gets blamed , right ?

    May 14, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. wordslinger, chicago

    Edwards, your 15 minutes were up in 2002. Somebody should have told you.

    There are only 50 states, but Heinz does have 57 varieties of ketchup. Easy to confuse.

    May 14, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Frances

    And the fat lady just keeps on singing!!!!! Go Obama!

    May 14, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Cathy in Vermont

    Gee, its about time! I'm glad he is taking this step to unite the party.

    May 14, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. radarmel

    This doesn't matter... BO won't win the GE. He has divided the nation and pissed off too many people.
    HE WILL LOSE

    May 14, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    TURN OUT THE LIGHTS THE PARTY IS OVER!

    GOD BLESS YOU HILLARY PLEASE HELP US GET OBAMA ELECTED!

    May 14, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Ali

    WE LOVE YOU HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Umpire

    The next big endorsement for Obama will come from Al Gore. Wait for it.

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Liberalist

    I see the good old boys club remains intact no surprise. Hillary you need to run this race as far as you can and kill Obamas chance of a win, and then run independant and forget about the democratic party they have been against you all the way its time they pay!

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Hope

    NORTH CAROLINA PLEASE STAND UP! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

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

    This endorsement will start a cascade effect ....

    Yes We Can!

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Tim

    I can't help but laugh at the Clinton supporters on this blog. Not all Clinton supporters, just the ones making ridiculous claims on this blog...Hey, I thought about voting for Clinton at one point, but then the choice became glaringly obvious. Time to all get together and stand as one. Enough bickering already.

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. AZ voter

    It's about time. The two of them played well off each other in the debates at the beginning. I think he'd make a strong running mate, a way to get some of the "white" vote he's been seeking.

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Will Not vote Obama HES FAKE

    This is really sad. This is a huge disappointment to the DEM party. I guess since our votes don't count then they won't matter much in the general either. Thanks DNC !!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. You like apples?

    how you like dem apples?

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

    Wow... nuff said

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

    Way to go! Senator Edwards- I always knew you were a smart sincere wise man! I think an OBAMA/EDWARDS Ticket would go a long way !

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  19. ITALIAN 4 OBAMA

    EDWARDS ENDORSES OBAMA!!!. HIS CAMPAIGN IS THE NEW BLUEPRINT FOR HOW TO RUN A SUCCESFUL CAMPAIGN. EVERY TIME HILLARY MUSTERS A GLIMMER OF HOPE, SHE IS NOT ALLOWED TO SAVOR ANY OF IT, NOT ALLOWED TO GENERATE ANY MOMENTUM. BARACK'S PEOPLE COME BACK WITH A CRUSHING BLOW OF THEIR OWN.

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

    Thank you John....... I hope you are a part of Obama's Administration... You would be GREAT as Secretary of State!!!!
    Obama/Hagel ( I want Chuck Hagel to be VP)

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. jimmy

    More hateful and repulsive comments about Hillary. As if she didn't know this was coming.

    The movement is on...
    Hillary supporters stick together for her campaign in '12.

    McCain '08 for Clinton '12

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. Mark

    About time!

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Karen in Cape Cod

    There is NO way I will vote for a man with little experience and no answers,who is married to a very ANGRY and prejudiced woman! Why don't you people wake up and see the real world! Both want Hillary Clinton's support, but want NOTHING to do with her otherwise!
    These people are simply in it for themselves!

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. MP-Pennsylvania

    After running kitchen sink politcs, I don't think any person with common sense can suggest that Hillary should be VP. Also selecting VP is up to the nominee. We cannot force Obama for that.

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. John

    Edwads was the first candidate I went to see on the stump this election cycle. Then, and throughout his whole run, I thought he was a wimp. Now, when an endorsement from him is absolutely meaningless and worthless he decides to take a stand? It's kind of like voting present.....

    May 14, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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