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. RS, Dallas, TX

    Johnny two-faced Edwards is a multi-millionaire fraud who voted FOR THE IRAQ WAR and WITH BIG BUSINESS on their bankruptcy plan. And don't get me started on being lectured about poverty from a guy getting $1,200 haircuts and raking it in from hedge funds.

    Wake up, people!

    November 9, 2007 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  2. Jun, Los Angeles, CA

    Obama/Edwards 08...any takers?

    November 9, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. L. Smith, Atlanta, Georgia

    I have watched every debate with Dem. candidates–and I definitely agree that Edwards and Obama are much more alike than either one is to Hillary Clinton.

    Edwards/Obama would be a great ticket!

    November 9, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. a.thomas, new york, ny

    You say you are similar to Obama than Clinton because (a) you want to be picked by Obama as a VP running mate if you are successful in knocking her down; (b) you and obama flip flops; (c) you both are losing to hillary in polls; (d) you gave $380 tip for your own $20 haircut, while Hillary paid $100 tip for $150 lunches with her staff.

    November 9, 2007 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. Ron, TX

    Edwards is right! Hillary is much too "status quo"... she wants to keep foreign policy on the same path it's been for the past 28 years, light on diplomacy, a Presidency that refuses to be diplomatic cannot achieve any great results. The President cannot be afraid to go out and talk to other leaders. Hillary said she will not do this! That's not enough change. She likes to yell at and threaten Iran with the Senate's war hawks- that's not enough change! Hillary literally called rich corporate lobbyists "ordinary people" That's not enough change!

    Obama or Edwards '08!

    November 9, 2007 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Hank, Fort Myers, Fl


    November 9, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Michael. Los Angeles CA

    Wow – That's bold of Edwards to say – I guess he is more like Obama this time around in running for president – but look at Edwards Senate Votes and Clinton's – Not much different.

    Actions are always louder than words

    November 9, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Debi, Philadelphia, Pa

    I agree, you are more like Obama. You are both losing and Clinton isn't.

    November 9, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  9. Pete, Los Angeles, CA

    Edwards is lame. I bet he would have said something similar had Obama been the forerunner and Clinton #2. For now, he is trying to get Clinton down from the #1 spot. Well, whatever he does, it ain't gonna make him the vice-president ever, let alone the president. His speech and policies have no meat in them.

    November 9, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. frank Salizar houston Texas

    Listen to edwards and obama hyprocitesone takes money from trial lawyersthat screw the middle class in each case they represent. OBama took and was in a corruption real estate in chicago at least we know hillarys not trying to hide. who is going to vote for saddam hussein cousin obama hussein barack

    November 9, 2007 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. Wallace, Chicago IL

    L. Smith, Atlanta, Georgia,

    I ALMOST agree with you 100%!
    I think an Obama-Edwards ticket would be amazing.;-)
    I can picture those two guys leading meetings in the White House to address the real issues of the day. I truly believe they actually care about the American people.

    However, I have to admit, regardless who is leading the ticket, it[that ticket] would definitely be a breath of fresh air. Wow, that smells good.

    Obama-Edwards '08
    Edwards-Obama '08


    November 9, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Karen,ny

    Oh, you certainly are Breck Boy! We would love to sew you both together so you would be siamese twins.

    November 9, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. MM, Philadelphia, PA

    Edwards knows he doesn't stand a chance at the nomination and that Hillary will never pick him as a running mate. His only hope to stay relevant is to cozy up to Obama – like he did to Kerry four years ago. This of course assumes that Obama can pull it off which does not appear likely.

    November 9, 2007 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  14. mountain man

    Yes they are simialr in that they are both losing, and would get killed in a general election!

    November 9, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. donna

    John Edwards may have come to the senate pure as a new born babe, but it didn't take him long to figure out that he needed to tie his star to power - Clintons and the DLC. He was in fact their creation - the new improved Bubba. He had the accent, the charm, the cutes, a solid marriage, and most importantly he was eager and willing to embrace their ideas. So they groomed him - helped him formulate his policies and promoted his candidacy. But baby bird didn't fly - so they forced him on to the Kerry ticket. Now poor John is bitter. Hillary wants the presidency and so he has been pushed aside. And suddenly he discovers he is a populist at heart. He sounds pretty good too –if you don't care that it doesn't square with his past record. He wrote the bill that authorized the Iraq war. He was a big supporter of NAFTA. He has publically been a centrist his whole career - until now. Now he claims to be closer politically to Obama. So what is the rationale for blurring the distinctions between Edwards and Obama really about? Well, maybe you are a voter who is responding to Obama's message - but you have some doubts - you just might be thinking that the country won't elect a black man - but, hey John Edwards will give you the same thing in a lily white electable package. Craven enough for you?

    November 9, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Seaman Clinton, Iowa

    GOP Senator Hagel Blasts Rudy, Hillary On Iran

    Clinton News Network (CNN) has not picked on this story yet because it concerns their chosen candidate HILLARY CLINTON.

    I bet if it was about Senator Obama or John Edward it would have been all over Political Ticker. Three or four videos would have been up with false headlines damming them running all day so the American people could seep it like coolaid

    Wake up America. Stop this nonsense

    November 9, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  17. Susan T, Osterville Mass

    The big difference between Edwards and Obama is that Edwards has years of experience as a fighter. He's a moral man who's learned how to fight hard and win big.
    Obama may be that some day-- but right now he'd be eaten alive by the Republican attack machine.
    Both are on the right track, and Clinton won't tell us what track she's traveling.

    November 9, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. Frank Mayans, Los Angeles, CA



    November 9, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  19. Laura - Tulsa OK

    I don't see big differences in Obama, Clinton and Edwards because all three front-runners aren't telling Americans that we a strong nation of hard-working people. They are saying, don't worry , you don't have to actually strive for excellence or take personal responsibility, we will get it for you by controlling more aspects of your lives. All three of these candidates use the victim card. But Im not a victim, are you?

    November 9, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  20. p bear new london ct

    he's actually the Breck Girl

    November 9, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. Mike, Hong Kong

    "I agree, you are more like Obama. You are both losing and Clinton isn't."

    Exactly what I was thinking. It's a pretty odd thing for JE to say. How is "I'm like Obama" a reason to vote for JE? Shouldn't he be saying "Here's why I'm better than Clinton... and better than Obama?"

    November 9, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    Who cares?

    "Edwards also added that Obama's plan is not universal and "would leave as many as 15 million people uncovered.""

    Can someone show me where it is written in the Constitution that health care is a right in the USA?

    November 9, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |

    All of the big 3 are worthless libs. Why waste your vote.

    November 9, 2007 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  24. jld, baton rouge

    So I guess Obama chases ambulances too. Queen Hillary will smash these two wimps into next week.

    November 9, 2007 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. monica, rochester new york

    Thomas, Obama has not flip-flopped.

    November 9, 2007 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
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