August 15th, 2007
01:03 PM ET
13 years ago

Edwards moves staff out of Nevada

Edwards is moving some staff members out of Nevada.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's the first western state to weigh in on the 2008 Democratic candidates, but White House hopeful John Edwards is transferring a "handful" of his Nevada staff to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the campaign said Wednesday.

Jonathan Prince, Edwards' deputy campaign manager, said the move is not a consequence of strained resources or a sign that the former North Carolina senator is less committed to winning the Nevada caucuses.

"As the calendar fluctuates, with Iowa and New Hampshire moving up significantly, we need to accelerate hiring there to hit our organizing targets, so we’re shifting some trained staffers there, but we are as committed as ever to winning Nevada," said Prince in an e-mail to CNN.

Prince also added that the campaign’s goal of raising $40 million this year - enough, according to Edwards’ staffers, to compete in the early voting states - remains "unchanged."

In hopes of increasing their influence in the 2008 nomination contest, Nevada Democrats last year moved up their primary to January 19. At the time of the move, that date was assumed to be ahead of New Hampshire's primary.

But after the South Carolina GOP announced last week that it was also shifting its primary to January 19, officials from both Iowa and New Hampshire announced that they will move their states’ contests to an even earlier date in the month.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Iowa • John Edwards • Nevada • New Hampshire • South Carolina
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Yes – but has Elizabeth approved the transfer of staffers yet?

    August 15, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. C.B.

    Somebody must've spotted an ambulance crossing the state line....the chase is on!

    August 15, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Ineeda Mann, Hoboken, NJ

    How about moving yourself out of this country.

    August 15, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. cliff jones, honolulu hi

    He should concentrate more on New Hampshire and South Carolina. Nevada is Bill Richardson's territory. The seasons are about to change and so will the focus of the mainstream people. Al Gore should bow out. Clinton's lead should drop like a rock. Edwards should benefit most of all.

    August 15, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Des Moines, IA

    Another non-news story. Of course he needs to move some staffers around to gain momentum in the early states! As the article states he has less then half what the other Dem canidates have for funding. Sad too because he seems to be the man in the best position to get this great country out of the gutter.

    August 15, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. UNC alum, Chapel Hill, NC

    I'm a Republican from NC (in fact, the county that Edwards decided to put his big new house in), and Edwards is probably the Dem candidate that I would never vote for. He has close to zero experience, he's a lawyer, and UNC basically paid him thousands of dollars a year to campaign for president at the "center for poverty" we have. And yet, the man gives his wife a squash (or maybe it was raquetball) court as a present. He either needs a new pet issue or he needs to try being a senator again - but this time, don't miss more votes than you make.

    August 15, 2007 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. MarkieBee, Sacramento

    Bill Richardson's state? Please, just wait until the Obama supporters descend on the silver turn golden for Obama with the hard work we will put in in that state. We're comin' knock on a few thousand doors, register people to vote and tell them about our next president – Barack Obama!

    August 15, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. cliff jones, honolulu hi

    To the Republican from NC. Were you born there or did you move there? I was born and raised there.I understand John Edwards persona very well. Name a serious candidate that doesn't have a law degree. I know he is for real. I think Mike Easley would agree with me. You need to back off the personal character attacks.

    August 15, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. John, Ca.

    With the large Labor vote in Nevada Edwards will do just fine there. Seems like a good strategic move to me.

    Edwards/Richardson in 2008

    August 15, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Los Angeles, CA

    Thanks for your comments Mr. Republican from NC. Now go worry about your party. As flawed as Mr. Edwards is, he looks like a paragon of integrity compared to anybody in the republican party, current and campaigning.

    You should worry about your own party.

    August 15, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |


    August 15, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. Cathym

    I challenge all you who come here just to fuss about a man (you seem to care nothing about). To go to read his plans on the issues and maybe just maybe you'll at the very least lighten up.
    Come on
    Go see
    You never know until you know.....

    August 15, 2007 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  13. Expat Teacher, Washington DC

    If Edwards is moving to SC, that's not a good sign. That should be his base. He shouldn't have to campaign there. It probably isn't a surprise that he isn't doing as well there as he thought considering he couldn't even deliver it in 2004.

    To the Obama supporter, NV is HRC and Richardson country. HRC is well connected to long-time Democratic politicians (see Harry Reid) and Gov. Richardson is from a neighboring state. Being a Western Governor with HIspanic heritage, he has a lot in common with Nevada voters. Obama just doesn't have a natural constituency. Besides, he hasn't made many trips out to NV. If he expects to do well, he'll have to put in the time.

    August 16, 2007 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  14. Matt, Chico, CA

    i bet Bush can spell Chief

    August 16, 2007 03:32 am at 3:32 am |
  15. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    He probably spells as good as you too Hawk.

    But I would guess that the "shrub" knows to take the caps lock off when typing.

    Just curious Hawk, who are you supporting in the upcoming election?

    Bush isn't running this time, so I know he is out of the equation.

    August 16, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. James, Phoenix AZ


    Until you master the CAPS LOCK key, no one will take you seriously. Yes, Edwards has an agenda and thankfully most Democrats and ALL the republicans aren't buying it.

    You have been keeping up with current polling, haven't you?

    August 16, 2007 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Cathy Turtletown Tn

    If you want to rant and rave do it somewhere else. This is politics and you need to know your stuff before you comment. If you are name calling and makeing fun of people then you are clueless on the real issues. I challenge you to go to and learn more about his plans on the issues that we face in this country.
    Come on
    Go see
    Read more
    Know more
    Then comment

    August 16, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |