November 15th, 2007
07:16 PM ET
15 years ago

Edwards says Democrats need to show backbone

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (CNN) - Just hours before he is set to take the stage Thursday for the fifth Democratic National Committee sanctioned presidential debate, former Sen. John Edwards mingled with patrons at Harrie’s Bagelmania, a local hangout that its owner say has seen its fair share of important people.

Taking reporters’ questions the day after a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll in Nevada showed him trailing 40 points behind frontrunner Sen. Hillary Clinton, Edwards told CNN that the debate is “not about Sen. Clinton and it’s not about me. The question is, ‘Are we going to make America work for ordinary Americans?’”

He added, “For my party it’s time for us to stand up, show some backbone, and make it clear that we are the party of the people.”

And as for that poll, Edwards said he doesn’t think much of it. “Whoever wins Iowa, whoever wins New Hampshire, is going to come roaring intoNevada.”

Related video: Edwards' pre-debate bagel

- CNN Nevada Producer Alexander Marquardt

Filed under: John Edwards • Nevada
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. J - SA

    Edwards has no backbone. I am not watching the debate tonight. I can wait to read it on the net. I can't stand to see a full grown man act like a nut. Look at his body language and listen to his choice of words. He sounds so much like Bush. This man truly thinks he can change our minds. Houdini he is not. Unless he can make himself disappear. Clinton I support you with all heart and soul. Oh and of course my vote.

    November 15, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  2. Jimenez - SA

    Correction: Sorry I had my grandkid distracting me. Edwards has no backbone. He is pathetic… Doesn't he understand he cant change our minds

    November 15, 2007 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  3. Jon Santa Cruz, Ca

    Wow Hillary supporters getting nasty. How can you say eddy's got no bacbone just yesterday released an ad saying hed take away all congressional healthcare until they passed a universal healthcare plan. Now Hillary is alright but too much of the same old. Dont you want someone to shake up Washington? Besides Hillary is not very electable and if the Cali voting ammendment passes 20 or so of the electoral votes to republicans, its gonna be close.

    November 15, 2007 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. D

    Hillary will win! It wont be close it will be a landslide.

    Hillary has my vote.

    November 15, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. William

    Edwards is just an attacking dog. He has no chance to win even a single state.

    November 15, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. FS, Bellingham, WA

    Hillary is bought and paid for, and out of the question for me. What we need is a comprehesive shake-up of the corruption and business-as-usual in Washington. Richardson is the most impressive tonight, with Edwards and Kucinich having all the right answers.

    November 15, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  7. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    Hillary WILL win Democtratic nomination, but she will NOT be our next president. Watch.

    November 16, 2007 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  8. Tony Zirkle Crown Point, IN

    Does Edwards have backbone?

    November 16, 2007 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. William Daly Ocean City, Md

    Wolf caved in to Hilary. Her people threatened him to not question her as Tim Russet did. Why don't we have a debate moderated by the League of Women Voters or another impartial panel? The posed, prequalified questions will be found out. The American voters are not stupid. CNN is not fair and balanced. Voters face a dilemma as to our country's future. We deserve an open, honest airing of candidates' views. Our country's future hangs in the balance. Please be honest and do not be afraid to ask the tough questions. CNN is a news media source, not a political forum or advocate.

    November 16, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  10. BD

    Re: Meet the Press-Jan. 13, 2008

    Meet the Press has turned into a rag mag. Tim Russert had an hour to
    discuss the issues with Hillary and help us understand where she stands
    on issues and all he did was do an attack. What a disappointment.
    How low can you go? My respect for Tim Russert and the general news
    media is in the toilet.

    January 14, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |