January 1st, 2008
04:31 PM ET
15 years ago

Elizabeth Edwards 'disappointed' with Michelle Obama

Elizabeth Edwards isn't happy with Michelle Obama.

Elizabeth Edwards isn't happy with Michelle Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The sharpened rhetoric between Democrats John Edwards and Barack Obama isn't just limited to the candidates themselves - the two hopefuls' wives are also getting in on the action.

Elizabeth Edwards isn't happy with what Michelle Obama is saying on the campaign trail about the effects of John Edwards' decision to accept federal matching funds for his presidential campaign.

"I'm surprised and disappointed in Michelle," Mrs. Edwards said at a campaign event Monday night.

Mrs. Edwards comments were spurred by a voter recounting a conversation Mrs. Obama had with his 17 year-old daughter, claiming the Illinois senator's wife told his daughter not to support Edwards because the spending caps he is subjected to for accepting federal campaign money will seriously hinder his chances in a general election.

For his part, John Edwards discounted the argument that his limited campaign funds are hurting his presidential bid.

"It scares them to death, because what they know is, what this candidate and this campaign stands for is working," he said. "Can I ask you a question? If they have more money, and money's what matters, then why are they worrying about me?"

- CNN's Kevin Bohn and Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • John Edwards
soundoff (211 Responses)
  1. Laura Spurrell

    I'm not an American. So, these comments are just an observation from an outsider. I think that the U.S should take a serious look at people with real experience with foreign policy. Like Joe Biden. He seems to be the one who could run the country best and he looks the part.

    January 2, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Charlotte/ Wisconsin

    Mrs. Edwards with all due respect if your husband can't run with the big Boys then he should stay on the porch .We need a president who can fight our causes and battles Not somone who runs home to his wife and has HER do it for him. I thought at one time your husband might be a good choice But everytime you speck out for him he sounds like a weak whinning little boy who needs his mama to do his fighting for him. Why don't you run for president you seem to know everything?

    January 2, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  3. Jason

    I have 2 words for you;

    January 2, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. joy

    I am a Barack supporter, and all you black folks running around saying how happy they are with the Clintons what have they done but implement more entitlement programs because they think we are to dumb to get a education and career a blind man can see that, Bush has appointed more miniorities to high positions than any other President, yea he may have screwed up on some policies, but his tax cuts, and ability to try and keep out too much government has been pretty good, but the comments i have read are hillarious, who needs writers for the late night talk shows, you guys just send in some of your comments, especially the one about Edwards can't win dog catcher in NC, we should have comment idol, or utube political comedy, or put elizabeth and michelle on that fake wrestling match.
    But if Barack does not get the nomination and since Ron Paul has not recieved the backing he deserves, i will just stay home. But i will vote for Guiliani before Clinton on any day of the week.

    January 2, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Mario

    Oh my gosh! who does this woman think she is! who does her hair? and who puts her makeup on her face? that expression and dress just have to go! He husband look better than her!

    January 2, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Tom Somers

    Obama supporters are suppporting exactly what? Niceness? Newness? Let's all hold hands and get along smiley faces? Obama stands for nothing. His supporters are in a cult of personality. Obama has accomplished nothing and never had a job other than the time he was law professor for a year. The Republicans will slice and dice him in another culture war. Dr. Barrack Hussein Obama? Obama with the atheist mother and the Islamic father. The GOP will kill him and he does not have the nads to fight back. When has he shown any backbone? Obama is a fantasy of his supporters but he does not have the courage to stake out any real positions and he has done precisely nothing in his so-called political career. A vote for Obama is a vote for the GOP.

    January 2, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  7. Shlomo Amir

    Obama is great. As a Jewish American who feels loyalty for America and NOT Israel (unlike many of my religious compatriots), I am disgusted with how Israel's special interests have corrupted America`s body politic.Look at how these politicians in the Democratic and Republican parties keep swearing allegiance to the American Israel Public Affairs Committte (AIPAC). Obama is not beholden to these Israeli special interests and will be great for the USA. The foreign policy experience that all these other politicians like Clinton, MCCain, Romney, Giuliani and others claim is worth squat given that with this so-called foreign policy experience, these stooges of Israel have turned the United States of America into the United States of Israel!!!!

    January 2, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Ms. C Johnson

    I am so sick amd tired of what Liz has to say about Michelle, or what Liz has to say about Hillary, John was doing alright as long as Liz was at home taking care of the children, does she have to come out to remind people that he has a wife with Cancer. If Liz would go back home and let the grown people handle these matters I think Edwards wwould be better off. No I'm not voting for him, I voting for the man that wanted CHANGE from the very beginning, and everybody jumped on the bandwagon, CNN, doesn't wand him and the world knows that. That is why he is going to win, some way, shape or form he going into the WH. Bush we know has made a mess of things, and couldn't care less. Obama cares, wake up people.

    January 2, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. JJ JAx, Fl

    Even though I'm a Democrat, give the GOP a little (just a litlle) more credit, you're making them look like racist xenophobes...well maybe that's a little correct, but thats all the more reason to vote for Obama.

    Its time for America to face racism head on, instead of closing its eyes and pretending that its not there...

    OBAMA '08!

    January 2, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  10. Gane

    Senator Edwards, I would NOT vote for you because you are making your case only on of the expense of Hilary Clinton.

    Gentleman?! What is it? On the debate you ware like a Hyena over her, before her suit... Is that a simple jealousy lire most of American women (surprise for me, even Pakistanis are more advance in this meter and Bhutto was killed from her enemies).

    Second, do you deny that "Clinton's machine" work peaty well for americans for 8 years ?

    It is partly your fault. Why didn't you win the Election in 2000? Now you are blaming Hilary that America is really in a big ...

    You still play your ego agenda, Sur! Obama will be chewed and spit from Republicans, because he has not very much to offer then word "Change" (He sounds to me like those communist leaders who had been feeding the people only with nice word and hopes of future almost heavenly life; UTOPIA, eh , worked for some period).

    Americans , please, just do not compare him with JFK.

    If you really are talking from your heard, it is not late you to make some REAL CHANGE- make sure Democrat to be in the Oval office this time even that is not you.

    As I rite on a CNN goes a Braking New about Iranians? I imagine Senator Obama in the Oval office with pence full of..

    Wake up Americans, it is very serious , do not blow it again!

    January 7, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. Sammy M.

    I want Mrs. Clinton and McCain in a runoff.

    January 30, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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