July 26th, 2007
09:10 AM ET
10 years ago

What makes Edwards sweat?

Edwards, left, and Lance Armstrong rode together in Iowa Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The pressure of a hard-fought presidential campaign may not make John Edwards sweat, but riding a dozen miles with seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong sure does.

The former North Carolina senator joined Armstrong for approximately a 12 mile leg of The Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) Thursday. Armstrong, who is participating in the entire weeklong 472 mile week-long ride, invited all the presidential candidates to partake in the event but Edwards is the only one who agreed, according to the Des Moines Register.

Edwards, drenched in sweat following the ride, admitted he is not a particularly good bike rider and said Armstrong “had to show me how to shift gears.”

While Edwards is the only candidate who agreed to suit up along the championship cyclist, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, will was also scheduled to join Armstrong Wednesday and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s sons will partake in the event Friday, according to the Register.

Armstrong is hosting back to back presidential forums for both the Democratic and Republican candidates at the end of August to discuss cancer issues.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John Edwards
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Jack Jett

    What is wrong with Lou Dobbs?

    What is wrong with CNN that they would keep him on?

    I agree with immigration. I don't agree with his way of going about it.

    Are you wanting another Bill O'Reilly?
    If so, Lou is not smart enough.

    If you don't take him off the air, you will loose alot viewers.

    Jack JEtt

    July 25, 2007 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Julie, Atlanta, GA

    GO JOHN GO. You're my man!

    I can't WAIT until 08 when the Edwards family moves into OUR White House!

    Until then, God help us all...UGH.

    July 25, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. LIbby Progressive RethugHell, NJ

    What probably makes Edwards sweat is that half of his significant fortune is tied up in HUMANA! The HMO. Yes folks, John E. is bought and paid for by a Big Medical Insurer. Literally. In the past, he had drawn a salary of almost half a million a year from Humana. If I was still bought and paid for by Big Insurance, I'd be worried the American voting public about John's ability to make medical policy decisions impartially. This country, needs to have single payor universal health care, and you can be sure as long as Humana is the monkey on Edward's back he is not qualified to bring this closer to reality.

    July 25, 2007 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  4. Andrew, Chicago, Il

    It looks like John Edwards learned how to campaign ala John "windsurfer' Kerry.

    Note to John: Next time skip the helmet and the Spandex.

    Unbelievable the lengths these idiots go to.

    July 25, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  5. cliff jones, honolulu hi

    Little by little John. The two front runners will be sweating by September.That will be the time to shift your gears and make your move.

    July 25, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. One_American

    Edwards. What a maroon.

    July 26, 2007 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  7. Shane, Charlotte, NC

    Edwards = the man

    July 26, 2007 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  8. Bill Kilpatrick, Lakeland, Florida

    John Edwards is a talented and articulate leader, a man who could be president. Getting his picture taken riding alongside Lance Armstrong was a clever idea.

    But it's going to take a lot more than photo-ops to save the Edwards candidacy, which looks to be shriveling up fairly quickly.

    The problem with Edwards is the one thing that has helped him all his life: He's too good looking to take seriously. He has the suave appeal of a preacher – or a car salesman – and that's hurting his chances of being seen as something other than a himbo.

    To be taken seriously, Edwards has to quit channeling Zoolander (we've seen his Blue Steele, Ferrar, Le Tigre and Magnum). He's clearly bagged the "I look better than Kucinich" prize. What he needs to do is show his command of the issues. He's got to get more aggressive on that if he wants to be taken seriously. And the sooner, the better.

    July 26, 2007 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. LeftyLosey

    Clinton News Network attacking his policy ideas to minimize their impact on Hillary.

    July 26, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. D, Hartford, CT

    Questions about gay marriage does as well.

    July 26, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Jane, Southern, IL

    John Edwards is the best cadidate for the Democratic party.

    Nothing personal against Hillary Clinton, but she can’t be elected. Just for a moment think about what the campaign commercials against her in the general election will look like. It will be filled with “clips” about the sex scandals from when Bill Clinton was the President. Don’t forget that even though the “Clinton years” were great for a lot of people, the scandals kept the President from doing other things. The commercials that the the Republican party will use against her will make the “swift boat” ones look like a drop in a bucket.

    When was the last time a woman or a black man was elected as President?

    We have to vote “smart” this time. Pick a candidate that can be elected.

    P.S. I’m glad that everyone in all the other states think that Senator Obama has been doing such a great job in IL. I live in IL. He left our state senate with a huge financial problem. Of course it wasn’t all his fault. But he hasn’t done such a great job here. He is a wonderful speaker. I hope he will be President someday. But he doesn't have the experience yet. You can tell that by watching the debates. It shows!

    July 26, 2007 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. Mike, Fort Lauderdale FL

    Edwards rocks. I love his site.

    July 26, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Carl, Dallas, TX

    I'm sorry, but John Edwards will NEVER be president of this great nation. He will ally himself with Clinton and run with her...

    July 26, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. John Schaaf, Long Beach, Ca.

    John Edwards/Bill Richardson ticket in 2008

    July 26, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Conservative Wichita KS

    Way to cover that $400 dollar hair cut up Edwards. Definition of universal healthcare: people that can't/don't/won't pay premiums still can't/don't/won't pay premiums and people that DO pay premiums will pay HIGHER premiums. Seems fair and "DEMOCRATIC" to me.

    July 26, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. Alan Ginet, Rumford, RI

    John Edwards will make a fine President. I like Obama and Sen. Clinton fine, but Edwards is far more committed to helping working families improve their lives.

    July 26, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. J. Turchek, Stuart, VA

    That helmet cannot be good for his hair.

    July 26, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Stefan, Rhode Island

    dont criticize john for the spandex and helmet- anyone who knows anything about cycling knows you look sillier without them than with (just look at lance).

    July 26, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. James, Phoenix AZ

    John Edwards needs Lance Armstrong to show him how to switch gears?

    It makes sense considering Mr Edwards has proverbial "training wheels" on his political career. Lost his seat from his home state, lost presidential bid as VP.

    Keep working on those gear shifts, John. You have a better shot winning the Tour De France than the Presidency in this country.

    July 26, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Michael - Stamford, CT

    Actually Lou Dobbs is the best person CNN has got, in fact he is simply the best person in the media period who tells it like it is, he is very honest and should be used to host all future Presidental debates. As far as John Edwards goes, forget it, he is weak and he doesn't give direct answers to questions that are asked of him. Edwards spins too much and I see him as a big phony. Hillary Clinton deserves to win the nomination over John Edwards any day.

    July 26, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. Robert, Edwards AFB, CA

    Edwards spins too much and I see him as a big phony.

    Not anymore, man. Lance Armstrong taught him how to switch gears.


    July 26, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Pavan, Los Angeles, CA

    The main problem with Edwards during the debates is that he starts his answer with how the others, read Clinton and Obama, are doing it wrong, and by the time he gets to what he is gonna do, the time is up! This happens almost always. He should take a hint and change his answering mechanism. Stop beating around the bush and answer the question for a change!!

    July 26, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  23. Raymond

    If John Edwards continues to show the debate performance he did on Tuesday night, being aggressive on the issues and showing his empathy to other peoples problems in this country he will win the nomination. Clinton and Obama need to keep on fighting among themselves then Edwards will become the nominee. Edwards/Obama 08.

    July 28, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |