November 9th, 2007
04:39 PM ET
15 years ago

Edwards: I'm more similar to Obama than Clinton

Edwards was critical of Sen. Clinton Friday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said Friday that he differs from Sen. Hillary Clinton significantly more than his other rival for his party’s nomination, Sen. Barack Obama.

"The differences between Sen. Clinton and myself are much more dramatic than the differences between Sen. Obama and myself,” the former North Carolina senator said at a news conference.

Edwards cited the issues of Iraq, Iran, and corruption in Washington as the key areas in which there are "really big differences" between Clinton and himself.

"Sen. Obama ... is not taking lobbyist money in this campaign," Edwards continued. "I think also on some of the substantive issues we're closer than I am with Sen. Clinton."

Edwards did admit that there were still some differences between Obama and himself. While acknowledging that they both came out with "specific" healthcare plans, Edwards says Obama's was released later than his proposal. Edwards also added that Obama's plan is not universal and "would leave as many as 15 million people uncovered."

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • John Edwards
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Christian, Tampa FL

    Obama/Edwards would make an excellent ticket and they would lead the country well.

    Overall, though, the political situation in this country is so confusing that, at this point, I can't point at any one candidate and say "they can win in a landslide." This concerns me. What if we as the electorate really screw up this election?

    November 9, 2007 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  2. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    Obama or Edwards would make a better prez than Senator Clinton. I believe that she is a very corrupt politician like her husband was. I believe Obama would be the most honest of the three.

    November 9, 2007 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. Ron supporter

    John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and Obama bin laden. Are all for the same thing socialist pushing for the (cfr) North American Union. They are against what this country stands for freedom.
    They want to rewrite the constitution Ron paul he is for the american people and our constitutional rights!

    November 9, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  4. Liberal Chic

    Laura – Tulsa OK :

    Yes, I am a victim of your dumb (and unsubstantiated) ramblings. But I guess it's a consequence of freedom of speech which Democrats rightfully seek to preserve for you and all the other crazy people. Go read some stuff get clued in, ok?

    November 9, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  5. lava, North Pole

    Johnny-boy has that mighty ability to badly get on my nerves – I think it the way he moves his lips when he talks – just like a goldfish in a fish tank.

    Looser 08.

    November 9, 2007 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  6. Mrs. America

    I think Edwards knows he has burned his bridges as far as being picked by Clinton to run as veep, so he's trying to get in the good graces of Obama in case Obama pulls off the nomination. I think Edwards is a leech. I used to like him.

    November 10, 2007 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  7. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Mark, Columbus, I object to "Obama would be the most honest of the three".
    Obama denied 74 second anti-hillary video, Hillary's financial memo, attacked Hillary's war vote instead of saying he wasn't eligible to vote, skipped AARP debate(he should tell us he is not ready to answer the questions about Social Security, Health Care Plan and Retirement..), missed votes on Dems SCHIP and Iranian Revolutionary Guard but he didn't tell us true reason which he doesn't know what to do, refused to wear flag pin and refused to not only put his hand on his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance, but refused to say the Pledge, Obama said "this is the classic dirty trick of the campaign" instead of saying his God is higher than his Country, Obama took the money from trial lawyers and was in a corruption real estate in Chicago, he is the biggest liar among 17 candidates, what kind of honest are you talking about, Mark?
    Obama was honest once, "I haven't been put the silver spoon in my mouth".

    November 10, 2007 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  8. random

    edwards+clinton= empty promises
    obama= I can't really tell

    November 10, 2007 02:59 am at 2:59 am |
  9. Axel, RKDA, California

    After the last 7 years, America is like an Alcoholic who has allowed his addiction to alcohol to cost him his job, his family, his home, and everything else that he once held dear, and is now sitting on the corner with a "Will work for Beer" sign. So how much worse can it get?

    (That is assuming we don't get nuked before someone else becomes President...)

    November 10, 2007 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  10. GH, New York, ny

    Now it all makes sense to me. Edwards knows himself that he will not be nominated, and the best he can hope for is to be picked as a VP running mate, as in 2004. Hillary would not pick him, and he is hoping that Obama might.

    Thus, in this campaing in the last couple of months, he wished to gain credit from Obama and played the low road in having a very negative campaign in bashing Hillary hoping to knock her off from the 1st spot.

    However, Hillary will be nominated, and Edwards will be history in two months.

    November 10, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  11. Jack, Columbus, Ohio

    Obama or Edwards would make a better prez than Senator Clinton. I believe that she is a very corrupt politician like her husband was. I believe Obama would be the most honest of the three.

    Posted By Mark Columbus, Ohio : November 9, 2007 9:24 pm

    I am surprised at the dishonesty of some people. Look at Mark following a right wing website full of created lies for republican puppets.

    And republicans like him are trying to come out to say Obama will be a great president. What a way trying to fool simple minded human Democrats.

    Mark – are you that afraid of losing to Hillary who will then expose all Republican corruption in the White House in last 7 years?

    November 10, 2007 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  12. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    Thomas, Obama has not flip-flopped.

    Posted By monica, rochester new york : November 9, 2007 9:05 pm


    1) Why has he sometimes said his first name is Arabic, and other times Swahili? Why did he make up names in his first book, as the introduction acknowledges? Why did he say two years ago that he would "absolutely" serve out his Senate term, which ends in 2011, and that the idea of him running for president this cycle was "silly" and hype "that's been a little overblown"?

    2) Dodd Says Obama Flip-Flopped on Social Security. Senator Barack Obama's characterized the highly successful Social Security program as being in "crisis," just nine days after he said the opposite stating that "Social Security is not in crisis."

    3) Obama flip-flopped on his “one America” position—in his “one America” speech. He said that while Illinoisans don’t expect the government to solve their problems, Illinoisans are going to kick and scream until the government solves their problems.

    4) Obama flip-flopped on Alito ("A filibuster would be a waste" then "OK, I'll support a filibuster as a symbolic gesture") and he flip-flopped on lobbying reform.

    5) In one debate at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, with Tim Russert serving as Moderator, Obama just flip-flopped and stated to Tim Russert that he would "do everthing necessary" to stop Iran from becoming a Nuclear Power. If Senator Obama vacillates on his postion when Tim Russert poses a question to him, what would Obama do or say in tense discussions with World Leaders. I reiterate that Obama lacks Leadership.

    6) Obama flip-flopped on the Iraq war.
    Obama was an opponent of the Iraq War from its inception, when he was an Illinois state senator. But later he also said the U.S. now had an obligation to see the war through. "I don’t think any of us should be rooting for failure in Iraq at this point," he said. "This is no longer George Bush’s war. This is our war." . Obama said he would support sending more troops to Iraq if it would hasten the end of the war. An immediate withdrawal, he said, would create "an extraordinary hotbed of terrorist activity" and be "a slap in the face" to the troops fighting there. However, in January, Obama proposed legislation that would have started pulling out troops in May 2007 with a goal of having all combat troops out by March 31, 2008. Contrary to the RNC ad, the legislation has provisions to stop the pull-out in case of national interest or if the Iraqi government met certain targets.

    November 10, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. lucy,boston, ma

    why don't you stand on your own mr.?

    November 10, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. lucy,boston,ma

    why don't you stand on your own mr.?

    November 10, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. Eugene Phoenix Arizona

    I think its time for Edward to shut up and talk about issues affecting this great country,Who cares if you differ with Clinton? What i see in you is a angry candidate scared because you are losing to a woman and playing dirty to fellow democrates instead of taking up issues with republican.We dont need girly men in the whitehouse

    November 10, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Chris, Middletown, CT

    If John Edwards and a bowling ball fell out of a window at the exact same time...which would land first?

    Who cares....

    Any Edwards supporter who believe that lawyers suing insurance companies daily for hundreds of millions causing your insurance to go up....and also become unaffordable for some (thus the 50 million uninsured)?? no...well then back to drinking that Kool-Aid...

    November 10, 2007 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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