December 28th, 2007
03:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Gergen: Keep your eye on Edwards

CNN Contributor David Gergen says Edwards is the one to watch in Iowa.

CNN Contributor David Gergen says Edwards is the one to watch in Iowa.

From CNN Contributor David Gergen

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto, potentially leading Pakistan to the brink of a civil war, would seemingly give a last-minute lift to candidates with experience in national security, especially Hillary Clinton and John McCain and, yes, Joe Biden.

But Iowa may have its own dynamic heading toward the caucuses - a good reason to keep your eye on John Edwards as he appears on AC 360 tonight.

Read the rest of Gergen's post on the AC 360 Blog

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  1. Ryan

    Yeah, we'll watch him alright...we'll watch him be the running mate best.

    December 28, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Cody - Starkville, MS

    Where's the talk about Kucinich? He's the only one who ever goes to any of the countries in the Middle East. Kucinich went to Syria and met with high-ranking officials for talks about peace and Kucinich visited Lebanon after the bombings. You gotta go there in order to know what's really happening, otherwise you can't make wise decisions!

    Can Kucinich really win? CNN would say no, but CNN isn't the only source of "news!" Polls don't really mean anything– and if they do, several are in Kucinich's favor!

    December 28, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Boyd

    Oh – and yes – Fred Thompson...a fomer member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Why is it that all these commentators CONTINUE to leave out the salient facts about the conservatives? Just like they would have you believe that Hillary actually had ANY experience in National Security matters when she was married to Bill. The wife of a President is NOT a qualification for BEING a President... get over it people.

    December 28, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. mike, dallas, TX

    Anderson Cooper should be on notice tonight NOT to repeat "Hillary responsible for Bhutto's death" crap. Because nobody said that and falsely insinuating that the other campaign said something like that and inflaming emotions for the sake of ratings is disgraceful and must stop.

    December 28, 2007 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. mark, green bay, wi

    Jeeze Gergen – mainstream media – a day late and a dollor short as usual. The 527 in Edwards pocket is a slush fund for wealthy backers to circumvent campaign finance laws. Edwards is a classic snakeoil salesman whos campaign motto is "Do as I say, Not as I do"

    December 28, 2007 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. ch arles

    edwards is far more an electable canidate than anymone else available ms. clinton would destroy this country. obama does not have xperience. maybe next time.....

    December 28, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Dick, Memphis, TN

    Berbally thanopose policy knight forum counter drucken telegraph

    December 28, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. Kim, Los Angeles, CA

    Gergen is bitter because he is no longer included in Clinton's inner circle.
    HIs anti-Clinton bias is showing as he tries to manipulate the facts to create a
    negative story about Hillary. Give me a break...he tries to hide his anti Clinton crusade behind predictions always favoring Obama and Edwards. CNN..shame on you for letting this bias commentator try and sway the voters. We want
    your usual good journalism, not prejudiced manipulation of the facts. Hillary will win the Democrat nomination and be our next President no matter what the results are in Iowa. And, even though she started late there, I think she will definitely be number 1 or 2 there. Andersen...let's rein in some of the bias here.

    December 28, 2007 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Wyatt Medford,Oregon

    Biden is the most informed candidate on foreign affairs and someone who knows world leaders first hand, but the media in all their logic gives us quotes form Huckabee,Obama,Edwards,Clinton,Romney and even Gulianni, 1 term senators and a ex-mayor and governors of Arkansa and New Hamphire with zero foreign affairs experience. Thanks for keeping us informed!

    December 28, 2007 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. glider187

    Gergen, pleaseeeeeeeeee....Watch out for Joe Biden!!!

    Pledge today at

    December 28, 2007 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  11. al, San Francisco, CA

    I used to think that Gergen was great as he was the former clinton advisor, until he said a few weeks ago that Hillary should not counter-attack the negative statements or campaigns from Obama lasted a few weeks earlier. He lost my respect for his judgement, and I turned him off since.

    The fact is that, even if Edwards wins Iowa, he still will not win the nomination.

    December 28, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. Kevin, San Francisco, CA

    Edwards Supporters: We can only change America and bring down the corrupt, greedy corporations if you come out and caucus with us on Caucus Day! Remember, that's Friday, January 4, 2008. Let's do this together!

    Remember, 1/4/2008. Be on time.

    December 29, 2007 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  13. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Are they suggesting that people in Iowa are not aware when they look at their insurance bill and see it rising in direct correlation to lawyers suing doctors, drug companies and hospitals on a daily basis. This is the reason why health insurance is not obtainable for many Americans....and then they look at John Edwards (worth hundreds of of millions from settlements from the same insurance companies....) – where do the people from Iowa think this money comes from anyway?? What happened to the party of JFK?? (ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country") – a party that has strayed into socialism....

    December 29, 2007 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Surrealist, Fort Myers, Fl

    There is no single cause for the problems we have in our world today. But the rising cost of healthcare is only partly caused by trial lawyers. Most patients who could sue–do not because of informed consent laws, allowing negligence to be deflty concealed.

    The more important reason costs are rising in healthcare, prescription drugs, and also most other services Americans puchase–is unrestrained greed.

    When your employer decreases payments or removes medical insurance–it is driven by profit. When insurance companies are pressured by stockholders to creat double digit profits–someone is paying double digit premiums?

    There is class warfare in America–but it wasn't created by John Edwards, nor the millions of quiet Americans trying hard to maintain a standard of living as wages stagnate or decline, this war is beng waged by investment consortiums and top business and political leaders for ignoring the problem, and rewarding behavior that intentionally turfs good paying American jobs to foreign nations–and replaces them with low wage jobs with few benefits.

    He is the only candidate, much like Bhutto, whose battle cry is to protect the average person from the greed, arrogance, and short cited goals of the corporate power base.

    This isn't socialism–it's good business. Since when is a fair wage and reasonable employment benefits called socialism? Only and ignorant person could say such a thing.

    December 29, 2007 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. Steven in Charleston, SC

    Wow, the animosity shown here towards Gergen and Edwards is amazing!

    So, let me ask you: how exactly is Gergen wrong?

    He said that Edwards is rising in the polls in Iowa, and he is. In fact, in the latest polls out today, Edwards and Obama are at 29%, and Clinton is at 28% - that's a 5 point jump in one week for Edwards, and 19% are still undecided.

    Second, he said that Edwards has the strongest troop on the ground . That is an unquestioned fact - even Obama and Clinton have admitted as much. His campaign has basically been there since 2004.

    Gergen said that the two above facts give Edwards a very good chance of winning in Iowa - a person would be foolish to disagree.

    Now, if Edwards wins in Iowa, it DOES change the race. Most people experienced in politics agree that for a candidate to achieve an air of inevitability going into Super Tuesday, they need to win 2 of the 3 early primary states. it is entirely conceivable that they could each win one, which prolongs the campaign. Add to that the fact that people are getting tired of the "Hillary and Barack Show" and they might be willing to give a third contender a chance. And don't forget, in the electability polls, only Edwards beats every single GOP contender - those of us who want to see a Democratic White House would be foolish to forget that.

    December 29, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Bill, Boston, MA

    Mr Gergen,

    Hillary does not have any experience in national security. Why do you folks in the mainstream media act like she does? She hasn't even had a job for eight of the last 15 years.

    December 29, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  17. Ajay Jain, Dallas, USA

    Last night Anderson interviewed Clinton, Edwards and their comments on the Benazir Bhutto assasination were in stark contrast to her understanding of the politics of Pakistan and Edwards simple diplomatic dealing with Musharaf.

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 29, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  18. MJ Westport CT

    My uncle, a heart surgeon for 35 years has been married to my aunt for 42 years and they are very close.
    My question is: Would any of you Hillary Clinton fans let my aunt operate on your heart? That makes about as much sense as Hillary having experience just because Bill Clinton was president for eight years? My aunt went to AMA functions with my uncle and she says she was his confidant during stressful times in his career as a heart surgeon. She even read a lot of his medical books.

    Or, maybe Hillary supporters would let my friend handle a case for you just because her husband is a lawyer and she typed legal documents for him when she worked as a legal secretary.

    If so, please sign up to let my neighbor pull your teeth and do dental surgery on you or a member of your family because she was a dental assistant to her dentist husband early in their marriage.

    December 29, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  19. Chris, Middletown, CT

    "Since when is a fair wage and reasonable employment benefits called socialism" – when you are asking the government to "award" this entitlement to you....the battle cry of the unions (the same group that rewards members not on merit...but on tenure – what other political system does that? – communism – the latest incarnation of Democrats is truly scarey – they "want" and they are "entitled" to things.....ok...hands out have the "right" to pursue happiness – you have the "right" to get another job (maybe at Staples or Walmart or many others that provide health coverage) – we are a capitalist society – just because you live here...doesn't mean you are "entitled" – you have the same opportunities as everyone else...and I wish you the best in your pursuit of you happiness –

    December 30, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |