October 29th, 2007
03:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Edwards gets on the New Hampshire ballot

Edwards officially filed for the New Hampshire presidential primary ballot Monday.

CONCORD, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former North Carolina­ Sen. John Edwards officially filed for the presidential primary ballot in New Hampshire Monday, and couldn't help but talk about the big win Sunday night.

"The Red Sox did OK last night," Edwards told New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner as he got set to file for the early primary.

"They ended it pretty quickly," replied Gardner, an avid Red Sox fan who watched his team clinch the World Series title over the Colorado Rockies in a four game sweep.

Later speaking with reporters, Edwards fielded questions surrounding his third-place standing in recent Granite State polls, and said it was too early to call the race.

"I know from my experience in 2004, what matters is what happens in the last 30 days, because that's when people are actually focused on the race," the Democratic presidential candidate said. Edwards placed a surprise second in the 2004 Iowa caucus, despite the fact many polls showed he would finish lower. He went on to finish third in the New Hampshire primary.

Edwards also dismissed on Monday the suggestion that the fight for the Democratic nomination was now a two-person race between Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois.

"What happened in the election of November 2006 was a very clear signal from America, and from voters that they want something different," he said.

"If it's an establishment, status quo candidate, we're going backwards, not forwards," Edwards added.

- CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: John Edwards • New Hampshire
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Bob, Seattle, WA


    October 29, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Ginger Lee, Northern Utah

    Edwards/Obama 08!!! Take NH (and the rest) by storm!

    October 29, 2007 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Bob, NY, NY

    Results per CNN in 2004 New Hampshire primary

    Kerry 84,229 39%
    Dean 57,788 26%
    Clark 27,254 13%
    Edwards 26,416 12%
    Lieberman 18,829 9%
    Kucinich 3,104 1%
    Sharpton 345 0%

    I don't think this means Edwards finished third.

    October 29, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. linda, bella vista, ar

    Just got an e-mail copy of Edwards' speech at St. Anselm's College. Seemed a lot more important than John getting on the ballot, Rudy-Judy pumpkin photo op or Candidate Costumes for Halloween. Oh, I am really glad that Rudy had a 'government health insurance policy', access to 'the best care' which is not equal across this country, and ditched his wife to hook up with a 'nurse'. Oh, and how does his plan help those who are most likely to not have health insurance now? Can he get a little hand with math and minimum wage?

    I'm watching CNN right now and Dodd was just on with signigicant comments about the nomination Mukasey.

    I will give you credit for the 'pray away gay' Obama singer story, sorta. Is it true that Obama's campaign tactics include using not only Gospel music, but Bible Study? Haven't we had enough of the crusades, crusaders image and the damage that image has done to us internationally?

    October 29, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. David, Orlando, FL

    Check out his hair!!! How much did it cost to get it colored? And who paid for it?

    October 29, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Good point John. As a reminder you were an active part of that "establishment" who is running for president for the second time... How quickly they forget.

    R. Willis, Georgia

    October 29, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  7. ronnie knoxville, tn

    the only "something different" we're going to get with Edwrds, Obama or Hillary is more taxes taken out of our paychecks and less money left in our paychecks .

    October 29, 2007 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  8. ronnie knoxville, tn

    How could that haircut cost $400? They didn't even cut any off !

    October 30, 2007 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Teresa E.A Teater

    John Edwards knows "Union Works" in America and is the backbone of America and has recieved the Union endorsements of SEIU's in many states already, I encourage people to pay attention to his endorsements.
    Edwards has literly gotten in the Homeless trenches in N.O.L.A. and help springboard the Homeless in America back onto their feet and bring their dignity back.
    He and his family have not let their own personal family health concerns stop their quest for the whitehouse.
    Edwards may be a rich lawyer and have holdings which many attack...However, I want people to know, I want a person in the whitehouse whom knows how to make money and save money and pay the bills.
    I really feel strongly upon one matter, If he were to chose Bob Kerrey the 911 commissioner and my Former Nebraska Governor as his V.P. he could wrap up this whole nomination Bid.
    Bob Kerrey as a Vietnam Vet,would as V.P. not get us into the wrong war for
    pretext reasons and uconfirmed w.o.m.d.
    New Hampshire,Iowans and all others would best be served by supporting the Working Persons canidate.
    Respectfully Submitted ,
    Teresa Teater Oregon City, Oregon

    October 30, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |