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. Don Brabec

    The correct spelling, for United States, is United States!

    January 4, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. lou

    You do not know the Clinton's.... Mr Edwards who crowned you?

    January 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Sophie D.

    John Edwards should stay in the race as long as he's able. His message is important to me and many others who are tired of the media coronating candidates. Only in the bizzaro land known as the Beltway could a second-place finisher be washed up while the woman who placed third, who's hated by half of the country, be deemed fit to carry on.

    January 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Homer Simpson


    January 4, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Cameron,

    C'mon people don't let the media headliners and oneliners re-write facts.
    So sad that most People go along with the Media Favorite and let the media dictate the political lanscape of this country the way they want it. Presidents are chosen by the will of the people, not by the corporate influnced media Giants and their so called Pundits and "journalist" who writes their opinions.

    January 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. concerned citizen

    Note....If John Edwards expects to win his partys nomination, then He has to start talking about Iraq again and reminding people about whats going on there and what president Bush and his party did and are still doing there..etc etc etc.. If he does this, I think that He would have a good chance to be the party nomination.. People forget.. The war in Iraq is what started the republicans on a down slide, But if nobody mentions this, then who knows who will become our next president..? If someone besides me is worried about this issue and doesn't want to have another four years of the same thing that we've had, then I hope that someone, will let Mr. Edwards know about this subject... I say this because not enough is being said on this issue and little by little It's becoming a non issue...

    January 4, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Of the three top contenders, Edwards is the best choice, for he knows how to identify the problems and solve them in the most efficient manner. As for Obama, he's too 'pie in the sky' and doesn't really connect in identifying problems and solutions. Besides this major issue, Obama will need 'on the job training.' As for Hillary, who can trust her to lead this Nation? She's too ill informed to be a Senator, so how could she function as President?

    January 4, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Hillary's comments from today reveal a very cynical politican; until last night she was courting every Tom, Dick and Harry in Iowa. Today she's downplaying Iowa and doing the same kiss-up in New Hampshire.

    January 4, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  9. danny

    Are you crazy? One little piss-ant caucus and she's out? DREAM ON EDWARDS!
    You'll be lucky to make her short list.... ha ha ha....

    I do think Hillary Clinton has a lot more stamina than what he suggests. And the Edwardians are just wishing it were so...

    I for one don't know any one who'd rather have Edwards over Clinton. I would say that he's far better than anyone the Republicans seem to have in mind.

    But the "bow-out" aria has yet to be sung. If he's wanting to hear it...he might just start warming up himself...New Hampshire is just around the corner...


    January 4, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Ducky

    Shouldn't countries be capitalized? IE: 4th paragraph, last line.

    January 4, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Ashley, Detroit

    John Edwards, while the most electable in the general election, is gonna die once South Carolina and Nevada embraces Obama.

    Unless: Edwards ties Clinton for 2nd in NH, which might happen, and then finishes a close 1st in Nevada (or win) and win South Carolina.

    A hail-mary scenario that I hope comforts some of the Edwards faithful

    January 4, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. quill

    It's funny, a week ago she was telling Iowa voters that they were crucial and that all eyes were on them–and now she's like, "Iowa's never been that important, everyone knows that lol."

    January 4, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    This is politics, and it will get nasty for a while boys and girls... these candidates sacrifice so much and they work so hard. may the best one win! actually I'm rooting for Hilary. There is hope for America people, we have a former Baptist preacher, a mormon, an ex-pow, a woman, an affrican-american, and a $400 haricut trial lawyer all in one race... wow! you can't write that script up ladies and gentleman...

    January 4, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Christian Democrat

    I like John Edwards, but comments like these are just so cocky! And hasn't he learned his lesson, after saying over and over again, on International media, that he knows "how to close in Iowa", and then coming in a distant second, that he shouldn't be saying these things BEFORE votes are counted?! I don't know, if I were in New Hampshire, comments like his would make me NOT vote for him, just to show him he can't be so darned cocky in my state! By the way, I'm in Oregon.

    January 4, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Dave

    Sounds like John needs another $400 hair cut to clean up his act 🙂 Maybe he and Mitt can take their mud slinging to the backyard – go wonder twins!

    January 4, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Robert Bell

    The Clinton News Network runs an article about "disgraced campaign contributor" Norman Hsu going to jail, WITHOUT MENTIONING HILLARY'S NAME EVEN ONCE.

    So as a public service, here is the dirt on Million Dollar Norman:

    Another friend of Hillary's behind bars. This is better than the Nixon Administration!


    REDWOOD CITY, California (AP) - A former fugitive captured in Colorado has been sentenced to three years in prison - after a judge rejected his bid to throw out a 16-year-old fraud conviction.

    Norman Hsu was convicted of fraud 16 years ago.

    Attorneys for disgraced political donor Norman Hsu had asked Judge Stephen Hall to dismiss his 1992 no-contest plea, saying Hsu's right to a speedy trial was violated because authorities were not actively pursuing him during his years as a fugitive.

    Hsu's lawyers said authorities could easily have arrested Hsu at one of the political fundraisers he hosted.

    Hsu fled California before being sentenced in the 1992 case. He turned himself in August 31, then fled again.

    He was recaptured in Grand Junction, Colorado, in September after trying to kill himself by overdosing on drugs aboard an Amtrak train


    According to the Wall Street Journal (now owned by Hillary Pal Ruport Murdoch):


    Norman Hsu is one of the leading political fund-raisers in the country this year. In fact, many fund-raisers say he is one of a small handful of people capable of raising more than $1 million - a major feat considering the maximum donation allowed by an individual for 2008 races is $4,600 per candidate.


    Norman Hsu also raised some money for Obama. About $4,500 when he was running for the Senate. Obama donated it all to Charity when he found out who Norman Hsu was.

    January 4, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Frank Rivas, Rockville, MD

    this woman, Clinton, does not get it and will never get it, because of her selfishness that borders – to put it mildly- into stupidity. her comments about New Hampshire being famously independent (after her bitter defeat in Iowa, of course) makes it sound that Iowans are a buch of cows that are always being lead to the slaughterhouse. I wonder what she is going to say about the folks of New Hampshire when she ends up in tenth place.

    January 4, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  18. Watchnwait

    US is still capitalized in most of the country.

    January 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Goody Eugene, OR

    There's no one who likes a good, hard-fought political race than the Clintons. BRING IT ON HILLARY!!!

    January 4, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. Maria, Houston

    Academic vs. fighter? After graduating from Harward Law School Obama chose low paid work as a community organizer in Chicago South Side. John Edwards chose to be a multi-millionaire trial lawyer. Yeah, very convincing...

    January 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. willie, united state

    Big O won in IA.... they freakout.... they cant type hahhaa... but they got big $ pay

    January 4, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. CB

    Why say that Obama's win in Iowa is historical because he could be the first black president. Wasn't his mother white?

    January 4, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. AJ, IL

    If John Edwards thinks Hillary is out of it, he more delusional than Mike Gravel (D)and Duncan Hunter (R). In terms of organization and money, Hillary will see the nomination to the end, likewise with Obama. Edwards is low on organization and running out of money (he took $10 million is public campaign funds back in 2007). Edwards is trying to stay relevant in this race, first with negative attacks against Hillary and now negative attacks against Obama. Edwards has very very little chance of being a VP for either Obama or Hillary. The best scenario for Edwards in the next few primaries is:

    NEW HAMPSHIRE – Edwards comes in distant 3rd behind Obama & Hillary
    NEVADA – Edwards is dead last behind Richardson.
    SOUTH CAROLINA – Edwards finishes distant 3rd behind Obama & Hillary or DROPS OUT!

    January 4, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Nancy Taylor

    John Edwards is out of it - out of money and he ought to be out of words by now. The amount of bashing that Hillary Clinton has taken is ridiculous. As a woman she is a breakthrough candidate, and I guess that is what happens when you're the first serious female candidate.

    January 4, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. m.

    Wow...Johnny sounds a little nervous. He's about as convincing now as he was when he debated Cheney. He's absolutely right though about the two choices: either vote for someone other than him or lose the election. The real question is can ANYONE from the Dems beat Huckabee/McCain?

    January 4, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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