January 8th, 2008
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Edwards: Obama will come under scrutiny

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(CNN) - Democrat John Edwards told CNN Tuesday that rival Barack Obama is likely to come under heavier scrutiny now that he appears to be the frontunner for the Democratic nomination.

"He's newer to this than I am, or Sen. Clinton," Edwards told CNN's Jessica Yellin at a Manchester polling station. "I've been through a national campaign. I've been vetted by a national campaign. And Sen. Obama is newer. I think he's going to be tested. And we'll see what happens."

Edwards is set to hit several events in Manchester as Granite State voters head to the polls. The latest polls indicate Edwards is in a distant third behind Obama and Clinton in the state, though the former North Carolina senator pledged in the interview to keep his campaign going through the convention no matter what the result.

"This is not about me, I've mentioned me being the underdog candidate. But I am nothing compared to the underdog that's the middle-class and low income families in this country," he said.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. Phil Memphis, TN

    My problem with casting a vote for Obama is that he is a stranger. We have no track record to base that vote on. What are his motives other than he has always been grooming to be President. Why? I don't want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but there is something going on under his veneer. We have not yet seen the complete Barack Obama, and until I do I have to look elsewhere to cast my vote for the most powerful position in the world.

    I am beginning to lean towards that vote going to Edwards.

    January 8, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    There was a mistake in this story. "That" not "hat" in the firs sentence. It happens!

    January 8, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Wayne, Greenville TX

    I get the feeling that the closer people look at Obama, the better he will look.

    January 8, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Shirley Evans

    It is amazing how Barak Obama is not being held to the same standards as Hillary Clinton. Hillary appears to be required to explain her emotions, her competence and her will in one short breath. On the other hand, Obama can simply say the words change, change and change and many uninformed Americans cheer. What’s up? People, stop making decisions based on your emotions. Hope is somewhat of a chance, something you muster up. Faith is true belief. Do you really believe that hope trumps experience? If so, good luck.

    January 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  5. James

    Edwards is trying to reinvent himself yet again. ... He should take a page from John Kerry and just move on. ... We still see him as a lawyer who made his millions suing doctors

    January 8, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Mario

    Edwards you are right, you are nothing! so just disappear!

    Go Mitt!

    January 8, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Dan ~ Longview, WA.

    Where is Ron Paul CNN?

    Huckabee was on Leno, your handlers said "JUMP"!

    Ron Paul was on Leno, your handlers said "stand down".

    As a citizen of the USA I demand equal coverage of all of the cantidates from all media outlets!

    Go RON PAUL!

    January 8, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. T56tyu

    Obama can't win the electoral college- this will be revealed during the general election- the majority of Americans that vote are moderate and middle class. Look on Obama's website- his views won't fly- too many black men are being wrongly accused and put into prison, non white children are being trapped in failing schools so they drop out, in favor of amnesty for illegals that have broken into the United States. Obama has no sense of a philosophy of personal responsibility. The Democrats were stupid not to pick a moderate like Clinton. Now they will lose in the general election. Thanks.

    January 8, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Split this Ticket

    Edwards is a big Kitty (think about it) fluffing his hair, living in mansion with an indoor squash court, fathering an illegitimate child (allegedly). But Barry Hussein Osama as the nominee will ensure McCain wins the race. Our first African-American Muslim president, sure to protect you from terrorism.

    January 8, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. framecop

    It takes 2,100+ delegates to win the nomination.

    Why in the world wouldn't John Edwards continue?

    Obama hasn't even won TWENTY yet!

    I'm sick of this stupid media in this country so eager to get Edwards out of the race, and to crown Obama, just because the corporations that own the media and want a GOP President, know for a fact that Obama is a surefire General Election loser on the Democratic side, and that John Edwards is the strongest "GENERAL ELECTION" Democrat out there.

    January 8, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. xtina chicago IL

    But John's plan to help those lower income Americans is simply to force higher income Americans to pay more taxes to give the money to those lower income Americans. That doesn't instill in the lower income people a sense of responsibility, personal accountability, ambition or motivation to work harder- it only puts money in their pockets. Giving businesses an incentive to stay here in the US and employ Americans gives those lower income people jobs, not just hand-outs.

    January 8, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    The candidates need to better promote what they might accomplish.

    Bringing agencies or better the agendas behind the agencies of FEMA and NOAA into the Federal Constitution as regular departments under the federal power of the President. With such, engaged Acts can hold proper weight with lawful authority under an article of the Constitution.

    Just as the President is given charge of Postal routes in the Constitution so to does every federal agency require a constitutional pre-arrangment for its legality.

    Understand however that Congress would truly acheive such things, while the President would only sign them into official law as amendments. Attempting to correct the methods of the Federal Government is the duty of an active President.
    To Uphold and Defend the Constitution.

    January 8, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Craig Carlsbad

    Edwards continues to be the only one that is talking straight about the basic problem that effects all others: Our system of legalized bribery called lobbying. After the euphoria a serious debate will start.

    January 8, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. CJ

    America wake up, now is the time for all Americans to come to the aid of their country men. We have History in the making and we can say that we were part of that History. We can elect a man that will bring a change to our Country and make us loved again and express love to all Nations. We can do it as Americans and we will. I was told by a wise old man that we are all the same color under the skin, so lets show the rest of the world that the wise old man was right and lets put the right man in the high office and let god be his co-pilot. America we can do it.

    January 8, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Eric

    Go John Edwards! We love you man!

    January 8, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. A. Douglas

    Keep fighting for us John!!!!

    January 8, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Ryan, New Jersey

    Well, they've been saying this for more than a week now....so what?

    January 8, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. roger, conway sc

    Edwards was my 2nd choice behind Clinton until he started using his wife to do his negative work to belittle Clinton....Obama also went negative first against Clinton...Now Edwards & Obama both seem to forget that they started the negative crap....I hope Clinton survives and is the nominee, I am not sure if she is not if I will vote at all or vote for the republican candidate if it is McCain.

    January 8, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  19. Surfermaw

    How true the word's , he has been bashed for a hair cut any lawyer could afford and a house that he probably built large enough for both of the Edward's older parents, I know he added a gym, but that nothing for people in the Carolina's who can afford to add a gym which to me is an excellent idea for a Presidential Candidate with two small children especially if one is a boy. In Carolina we have many AAU basketball team, bet you he is getting ready for both the children to sign up, I understand that in the area of UNC-CH there are some very knowledgeable coaches.

    Now lets get back to the comment, both Edwards and Hillary have been tested, going to have to wait and see what is in store for Obama

    Run John Run

    January 8, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. new york

    I think Hillary Clinton will come back and it will be BIG.

    January 8, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. NJ

    Obama will be tested and than will how much change he will bring.

    January 8, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Vijay Naik, Kahului, Hawaii

    Regardless of which one is nominated, the Democrats have three seeming acceptable candidates for the presidency. I hope it will be Hillary, but I can also support the other two clever and compassionate candidates, Obama or Edwards, in spite of my doubts about their knowledge of the world and their totally unproven skills in dealing with our own congress.

    But what has happened to the Republicans ? Can even Shaun Hannity explain that)? Romney is too busy playing Ronald Regan and he is a poor actor. He is not midstream and has his religion and his social views are against him. Juliani of 911 fame has so far proved to be only that and and has not articulated any political vision or ideas. Huckabee is a an oldtimer, a fundamentalist in views and attitudes and ignorant of the world in which we live. McKain has intelligence and integrity but no vision for the country,no an economci program ,no firm plan on how to handle the illegal immigrants into his native state. not even a vision for the futre role in world affairs for the United States.

    Where are thr promising, honest and dynamic republican leaders? Why have they not jumped into the presidential race?

    If this is the best our major political parties have to offer to the American voters, we are doing no better than America has got talent (what talent?0:

    Vijay Naik

    January 8, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. The Saint

    Thank you, Sen. Edwards, for being the people's candidate. You stick it to the corporate candidates and take America back for the people!

    January 8, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. shane

    we have too many problems to gamble on a president with very little experience, like barack obama. he needs to spend some more time in the senate, or even as a vice-president before moving into the oval office. unfortunately, edwards doesn't have much experience either. that leaves clinton; and, let's face it her and bill did a hell of a good job of running this country. i can't understand why people seem so eager to throw all that experience away.

    January 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. jgriffith, Chapel Hill, NC

    Edwards is so full of himself. He was a one term as a no-show senator that could not get Kerry the South and lost. Edwards saying "this isn't about me" is such a load. Everything Edwards does is about himself. I know. I am from North Carolina and know all about John Edwards. Edwards talks a good game, but its what Edwards doesn't say that will get you – he is a con-artist and a snake.

    The only thing Edwards is qualified to discuss is hair care and hair care products.

    Give it john, you're a fake and a phony.

    January 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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