January 5th, 2008
09:31 AM ET
13 years ago

Clinton out of it, Edwards suggests


John Edwards is hoping to transfer his Iowa momentum to New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: AP)

(CNN) - Democrat John Edwards seemed to suggest Friday Hillary Clinton's third place finish in Iowa may have rendered the New York senator effectively out of the presidential race.

Speaking at an early-morning campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Edwards pointed to entrance polls indicating Iowa voters overwhelmingly listed "change" as the most important attribute they are looking for in a candidate. That means, he added, there are now only "two choices."

"What is clear is that [voters] are not interested in status quo," Edwards said. "They're interested in change. They want to see a candidate of change, and so they now have two choices in making that decision, and this choice is somebody who will fight for the change that makes America what it's capable of being.

Edwards also continued with his campaign’s standard populist pitch in the Granite State, telling Manchester voters, "I am not the candidate of glitz. I am not the candidate of glamor; nor do I claim to be. But what I am - I am the candidate for president of the United States that is the peoples' candidate."

The former senator struck a similar chord at a Nashua event later Friday. And in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Edwards sought to distinguish himself as a fighter for change while rival Barack Obama's approach is more "philosophical" and "academic."

Most current New Hampshire polls were taken before the Iowa caucuses, and show Edwards a distant third behind Clinton and Obama in the state. It remains unclear what effect his second-place showing on Thursday might have among Granite State primary voters.

Meanwhile, Clinton downplayed Friday her third-place showing in Iowa, saying the Hawkeye State was always a difficult one for her to win. She also dismissed Iowa's ultimate effect on determining the party's eventual nominee.

"Iowa does not have best track record in determining who the parties nominate, everybody knows that," she said at an event in Manchester. "You know, New Hampshire is famously independent, it is a place where people want to make up their own minds - they're not interested in what anybody else has decided.

"They want to look us up and down, make that judgment, and I welcome that," She added. "I think that's exactly what the New Hampshire process should be about."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards
soundoff (528 Responses)
  1. Rocky falleti

    I would like to know how American voters could vote Obama as a candidate for the highest office in the country when his ties to The Muslim nation have never been seriously challenged and when he refuses to say the pledge allegiance? A man who has studied at a radical Muslim school in Indonesia and just recently joined a Christian church to show he is a Christian and a man who has admitted to being a drug user. It seems like the democrats are playing right into the republicans hands by possibly nominating a man who could no way win the office. What's your take on this?
    Rocky Falleti
    Youngstown, Ohio

    January 5, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. georgina, canada

    Once again the world is watching you, please don't continue on the same track you found yourselves on for the last eight years. It appears the Republicans have some embarrassingly stupid candidates out there as per usual, does this mean they are a shoe-in again? Why is it that as we observe from a distance we seem to see clearly the mistakes you make? We knew it was wrong to go into Iraq even when your government said it was right. We can see you are allowing your country to be taken over by crazed Christians turning you into another nation ruled by religion. At this point you need so desperately to find a candidate who can win against the corrupt Republican machine, try to unite in this cause. I think Hillary is the one who could lead your country out of the mess Bush has created, but I do not think she is electible running against almost any Republican. For whatever reason there seems to be a lot of animosity towards her (the silly schoolyard name calling is more than a tad immature, don't you think?). That said, if she is not, then find someone who can and support them, please!

    January 5, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. louise

    Here in California we have yet to vote....February 5th is a big DAY for alot of voters in alot of STATES dont count those voters out

    January 5, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. raj

    God please save US from Clinton & Bush family ,,,
    the main differance is Hilary Clinton already know how to do corruption and it will take time for new guy like Obama to learn how to do corruption ,,, how to favor corporate world,,,how to work in the best intrest of corporate people ,,,, so in the end inexperiencised person is good for a while,,,,,, initialy new guy will fear to do wrong thing,,,,,

    January 5, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. joni

    i agree edwards should drop out and so should clinton

    January 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. raj

    I hate first three democrate runner as they are Lawyer ,,,,

    January 5, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Rufus Chicago, IL

    I am a black Democrat and I am NOT ready to give the leadership of my Great Country over to some teenage gosple preacher!

    The only thing Obama has going for him is that he is black, and his skill as a teenage gospel preacher – outside of that, he is EMPTY!

    Hillary is the only candidate out there that can fix this country; stop demonizing her and really learn what this election means.

    January 5, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  8. Pedro, Las Vegas, NV

    CNN is beyond doubt or dispute the Clinton News Network. They deleted my comment–in which I outlined the reasons why the Iowa caucuses were of importance. Obama will win, and CNN doesn't want to face the facts. Boo hoo.

    Obama '08.

    January 5, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. mARILYN

    John Edward should give up. I am from the Carolina's and sick and tired of him talking about his mama, daddy, grandmama about hard time. A lot of people in this world had hard times and we overcame it. He needs to save his money and time concentrating on his sick wife. She should be the most important person in his life right now, not politics. Just sit down and shut up.

    January 5, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Rufus, Milwaukee, WI

    I have to strongly disagree with ALL of the comments here!

    This is a ONE WOMAN RACE!

    The hate mongering males, in this race, and even their male and female clone supporters, waste a lot of time and ink ATTACKING and disrespecting someone who is either DEAD or DONE!

    Obviously, this only shows how truly GREAT and RELEVANT our next President: HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON really is...

    January 5, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Stefan Flosbach

    Well, I am just an interested outsider lookin' in... Okay, there is this millionaire laywer who masquerades as a working class hero and pretends to run for president, but everybody knows that he does not have the money to last for the whole primaries... So he has to have good early results to qualify as running mate and he thinks that Obama is the surer thing. And he has to shout alot to hide that he is just doing a show. He has to get in the news by attacking his opponents, because he can't affort to buy the air-time.

    Never underestimate a determined woman, my dear Mr. Edwards. And never undererstimate her money coffers...

    January 5, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. dee

    "Iowa does not have best track record in determining who the parties nominate, everybody knows that," she said at an event in Manchester. "You know, New Hampshire is famously independent, it is a place where people want to make up their own minds — they're not interested in what anybody else has decided.

    now she's bringing down Iowa, you can't just do that Hillary, Iowans made up their minds.

    January 5, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. eNews Reference

    I think that might be wishful thinking on Edwards' part...the truth is he has a uphill climb if he want to win it in NH...The Clintons a re strong here... http://www.enewsreference.wordpress.com

    January 5, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. Krack-R-Jack

    Edwards is cooked. HRC exposed. Who will Obama select as a VP?

    January 5, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. TOM


    January 5, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. Brian, Des Moines IA

    It's funny that Edwards who "won" by 7 state delegates (744 to 737) would say a thing like this. People need to understand that the Iowa Democrat Caucus is VERY FLAWED!! At my precinct Obama had 189 people select him, Clinton had 101 select her, and Edward's had 74 select him (THERE IS A REASON THEY DON'T RELEASE THE NUMBERS, IT WOULD SHOW THE FLAWS!!). When it was all said and done Obama had 5 state delegates from my precinct, Clinton had 2, and Edwards had 2...so even though Clinton had 27 more people choose her at my precinct alone she got the same number of state delegates!! My prediction is that this happened a lot over the state of Iowa, and in a few places Edwards got 1 more than Clinton...even though the populous vote would have put Obama in 1st, Clinton in 2nd, and Edwards in 3rd...we in Iowa use something similar to the Electoral College!!! Moral of this is Edwards don't rely to heavily on your "2nd place" finish in Iowa, and THE REST OF AMERICAN DON'T PUT TO MUCH FAITH IN IOWA'S RESULTS....VOTE THE WAY YOU SEE FIT!!!

    One thing which was nice to see, and the rest of the U.S. should follow Iowa on, is the high turn out...I believe it was somewhere over 230,000 people on the democrat side along...normally I think it is more like 150,000 total!!

    January 5, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. Brian, Des Moines IA

    Wow...I should have spent more time proof-reading before I hit submit....sorry!!

    January 5, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. Eric, California

    Do not count John Edwards out yet. Just like the media did in Iowa, and then he came back and defeated the "inevitable" candidate, Hillary Clinton. I am sorry, inevitable candidates don't lose caucuses. John Edwards will be the next President.

    January 5, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Bob, Sacramento, CA

    Edwards' campaign is doomed and responsiblity for that lies partly with the media for portraying him as 'angry". We've been through miserable times these last 8 years with Bush and if you're not angry then there must be something seriously wrong with you. Edwards has stood up to Bush in an in-your-face way and has done what every democrat has complained Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid has not, yet he won't get the nomination. Sad.

    January 5, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  20. Tom Edwards Spring Hill Fl

    We need an intelligent person in the White House who can pick experienced people to advise him , and appoint CIA and FBI dotectors who are answerable to the People of the United States through OUR Constitution. That person needs to be free of IOUs' to anyone. Be aware of newspapers and current events. Be able to pronounce nuclear . Finish a sentence without stammering 10 times. Be on the job in person when an emergency erupts. Talk it out fully before punching away. Not taunt your enemies to " bring it on". Find Osama Bin Laden and punch his lights out for good! I could go on and on but let me just say we need Barack Obama--NOW! Edwards would be a nice Veep. And no one could have delivered his home state to Kerry other than Kerry.

    January 5, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Aaron James

    Is there anyone who has commented in this blog that is not illiterate? Maybe people will take your opinions seriously if you use correct punctuation and grammar....

    January 5, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. drdapo

    Clinton can never be out of it by virtue of her last name being "Clinton" unless Edwards himself drops out of the race and endorses Obama completely! If that is what he is trying to imply here...then we might as well say hello to PRESIDENT OBAMA!

    Otherwise, this one of going all the way down to the wire. See you guys on June 3rd in Montana/South Dakota

    January 5, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. GS

    Edwards should speak for himself. The VP nomination last time around has gone to his head unfortunately.

    January 5, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. lorna

    What can be more of a Historical change than a woman (Finally) in the White House! The Big Media men can chop Hillary up all they want but facts are still facts! She is the most intelligent- Has the most legal and political experience and
    She cares about the citizens of this country! She took a terrible blow by the Republicans when she went out on a limb back in the 90s trying to get everyone (Not just the Rich) affordable Health Care! It failed because the Rich didn't want to pay for the less Rich!! My daughter is Sick and in the Hospital as I write this. My husband is frantically trying to get enough Cash to pay her bill so they will keep her until she is well!! (She is 22 and just graduated from college) but she has no health care! I Want the 1990s again! This country was prosperous- safe and working!! A woman is what we need! A Clinton is what we need !! I pray people will not be fooled by a questionable – big talking- inexperienced guy with a funny name and a wife with a jive- talkin attitude!!

    January 5, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  25. Laurinda

    Here's another one of America's he-men running for the presidency. Just attach some strings to those hands, arms and head and we'll have ourselves a real live talking puppet. I bet his wife is proud to be seen in the public eye with that fool. I would love to rub a big wad of gum in his hair.

    January 5, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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