January 26th, 2008
10:28 PM ET
14 years ago

Edwards concedes, looks forward to Super Tuesday

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Former Sen. John Edwards urged his supporters on
to the Super Tuesday contests following a third-place finish Saturday in his native state's Democratic primary.

"Now the three of us move on to February 5 where millions of Americans will cast their vote and help shape the future of this party and help shape the future of America," Edwards said in a short speech after finishing behind Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in South Carolina.

"Our campaign from the very beginning has been about one central thing, and that is to give voice to the millions of Americans who have absolutely no voice in this democracy."

Filed under: John Edwards • South Carolina
soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. Matt Harrington

    What a joke! The white liberal media gets guilt tripped (guilty conscience syndrom) into shilling for Obama and giving him a free ride. Meanwhile Clinton haters like Joe Scarboro and Tucker Carlson provide daily tirades and barely concealed glee in their mysogonistic rants. Look at the cutsie Mika Brisinski and her toady subservient role in the Scarboro show – pathetic! Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to be President. Caroline Kennedy – this is not 48 years ago when the Country was inncoent before your family, the Nixons and the Bushes got through with it. We all now know that they all were/are horrible frauds and disappointments just like Obama. This Country can ill afford another fraud like any of the people you admire. Give me a work horse over a show horse any day! A concerned American.

    January 26, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. Full of Hope

    What would it take for him to drop out of the race? Clearly an extremely sick wife isn't enough. This is the only thing that truly bothers me about this man. He has lost once. What is driving his 'need' to be President? Being the son of Mill worker doesn't get any sympathy from me. He is a millionaire and has crossed the great picket line of poverty many times over.

    January 26, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  3. James Izzard

    CNN has annoited Obama the winner of the Democratic primary. Tonight, not every single commentater was a blatant Obama supporter.

    I don't understand their hatred for Bill Clinton and their extreme love for
    George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

    This should be a warning sign....

    What democrat in their right mind would listen to Bill Bennet?

    When Carl Bernstein writes a tell all about Obama too, I might listen....but he is just another bitter old white man. Gross

    January 26, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  4. chevyk

    Im sorry edwards its over just concede to Obama and sent a real leader into the white house please

    January 26, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  5. Diego

    If after Florida Edwards does not come in in at least 2nd place he should consider dropping out . His biggest hope is to become running mate of Clinton or Obama.

    January 26, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  6. Another Steve

    Thankyou John. As an independent I do support what your doing for the working families of our country. I do favor Obama as he has a much better shot of defeating Hillary Clinton and the contiuation of the dynasty mentality. I can only hope when push comes to shove you support the change this country could see with you and Obama. You both inspire us to believe we can overcome.

    January 26, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  7. LfromTulsa

    John, do yourself a favor buddy, get out before you go broke trying to keep up with Obama (Mr we need change, dont worry about the details!) and the Hillary.
    If McCain clinches the GOP nomination, you coud not stand a chance against him. It is time to be with your family (esp your wife during this time). I think you gave it a good try. You should get back into the senate, you would make a terrific senator once agin. Run buddy while you still have a few dollars left in your pocket

    January 26, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  8. Brasileiro


    January 26, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  9. angelina_ MN

    I just wish he and Obama teamed up............they could do amazing things for the people of this courtry in ways we never dreamed of.

    January 27, 2008 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  10. Hillary HATES CATS

    Hillary hates Cats so she won't win.

    Kerry is just not in the race.

    Bill Clinton has gone too far.

    America owes Hillary nothing.

    January 27, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  11. Magliovelli, Menlo Park CA

    The only person needing John Edwards to have a voice is John Edwards. The rest of us are quite happy with Obama and Hillary.

    January 27, 2008 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  12. Hello

    I think Edwards is an ok candidate, but I think to make for more of an accurate Democrat Primary winner he should now step out of the race.

    January 27, 2008 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  13. SF, CA

    Edwards, please drop out of the race.

    You couldn't even win your native state. Sounds like another Al Gore to me.

    January 27, 2008 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  14. Beefeater, Houston TX

    I like Edwards, but maybe he should begin backing Obama to help defend against the Clinton attack machine; he will not become the nominee and will certainly not be selected by Hillary for VP

    January 27, 2008 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  15. Steve Banny Toccoa GA

    Look at the bright side John; you thumped Kucinich and Dodd!!

    January 27, 2008 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  16. Independent in IA

    So Edwards plans to "...move on to February 5..."

    The man is turning into the Ralph Nader/Pat Paulson of the Democratic Party. Doesn't have the slightest chance of winning an election, but willing to play the "spoiler" to the 'nth' degree, in the fervent hope that whoever comes out on top will pick him for VP.

    January 27, 2008 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  17. MM

    Edwards needs to step aside so that the Democratic party can get a better sense of who is more electable in November – Clinton or Obama. I like Edwards though, but he won't win.

    January 27, 2008 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  18. ASD


    January 27, 2008 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  19. Mark

    John please stop here your campaign...Barack Obama is the real change!!

    January 27, 2008 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  20. Mark, Wilkes Barre PA

    And to think,,,, you let David Lettermen play with your hair for these results ????

    January 27, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  21. Go forward america

    Edward is such a looser. America does not want you. The polls show that. Go back to your mansion and help the "little people" where you live....first.
    You are just a fake and phony. " 200000 Veterans under bridges"??????

    January 27, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  22. steve

    Go home Edwards!

    January 27, 2008 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  23. ken bankson in kansas

    if both clinton and obama would announce that either would be used as a their vice-presidentak running mate,s both candidates could be victors in this election.

    January 27, 2008 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  24. Gigi

    I would like to know what all the hoopla is about Obama. If you will check the delegate count Clinton is still almost 2 to 1 ahead of Obama. John Edwards is still gathering delegates and as he does this, neither one will have enough to get the nomination.
    I hope that John Edwards' message will start to resonate with the American public because he is the one we need now . . . not someone that will polarize us. Obama is getting a block vote from black voters (80% in SC will tell you this) and Clinton and Edwards are getting a split in all other votes. Even then, I doubt that he will have the magic number of delegates to get the nomination.
    By the way CNN, I will continue to harp on you for not giving fair and balanced coverage to all candidates. I watched you on Friday night before the South Carolina primary, and in just one hour long program, Obama and Clinton had over 3/4 of the time. You may have squeezed in about one or two sound bites about John Edwards. Do you call that fair or balanced? I think not!!!

    January 27, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. michael

    america so dumb voted for bush the last 2 time, wake up..hillary will bring us back to glory

    January 27, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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