January 30th, 2008
10:40 AM ET
15 years ago

Edwards ends presidential bid, calls rivals

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/30/art.edwards.ap.jpg caption=" Edwards is getting out of the White House race."] (CNN) - Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, CNN has learned.

The former senator has told top advisors about his decision. It is expected he will announce it at a speech in New Orleans, Louisiana, at 1p.m. Wednesday.

Edwards has trailed former first lady Hillary Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in the early primaries.

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- CNN's Suzanne Malveaux, John King, and Jessica Yellin

Filed under: John Edwards
soundoff (561 Responses)
  1. mabel floyd

    i am so sorry. edwards got caught in the romance of the idea of either the first women or the first black becoming pres. either one is a great stride foreward for our country. it will be historic. being a white man with a great message would be enough in other times. today what would be for him–is against him. there are two needs today-change–and making history.

    January 30, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. observer

    Did no one see the news lat night? Hillary came out with almost 200,000 more votes than McCain without campaigning there. McCain had more votes than Obama. Now, tell us again, who can beat McCain?

    January 30, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. AnnAloha, Independent Thinker. PA

    Has CNN become so desperate that the blogs are even tainted with subjective and biased moderating?

    January 30, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  4. phillip

    I have not been this exicted about politics in my life! I am 32 yrs old i currently serve in the army(12 yrs) and i am ashamed to say that i have never voted in a presedntial race. Barack Obama has me excited about politics i mean i loved bill but he never made me get off my but and vote. I see change with Obama his story is the American story he really speaks for most Americans and i believe he will make a great Commander in Chief . i dont see Obama as a black or white man i see him as a man who can lead this great country back to its rightful place in this world. i think edwards should be his vp they would make a great team!!!

    January 30, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Colbert

    Thank you John and Elizabeth. Now that he is out, im voting for Clinton.

    January 30, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Minnesotan

    I hope Clinton offers the VP position to Edwards. A woman and a man on the Democratic ticket would provide a nice balance. If that means Obama has to wait until 2016 he will have ten years more experience in the Senate. This will make him a more viable candidate. I'm old enough to remember what happened to Jimmy Carter with his lack of experience. Yes, I voted for him (and our favorite son Walter Mondale). Yes, we elected a leader who was "untainted" by Washington politics and brought a radical "change" to the politics of Richard Nixon. But we also ended up with runaway inflation and hostages held in Iran. Experience counts and you can't "learn on the job."

    January 30, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  7. cliff ruby

    Now that John Edwards has withdrawn his Presidential bid, the Democratic race is now down to just Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama. The Republican race appears to be John McCain's to lose. And now is the time for Democrats to start looking at the best possible ticket to win in November.

    If Hillary is the nominee, I think she should look long and hard to do what's best for the party and ensure her historic election by burying the hatchet with Obama and name him her running mate. This would be the most dynamic ticket the Dems could put forth. It's a win-win for both Hillary and Obama. Hillary would gain all the inspirational good-will that Obama has generated and hopefully keep all of his new young supporters enthused enough about the election to turn out in November. Hillary is going to need something to overcome her high negative numbers and counteract the head-to-head polls with John McCain where she loses or is tied with him. This November election is too important to let personalities interfere with what's best for the country. I could not imagine another four to eight years of Republican rule. A Clinton-Obama ticket could sweep its way into the White House.

    For Obama, taking the VP slot is not as bad a thought as it first appears. Obama instantly becomes the Democratic heir apparent. He's young enough that he'll still only be in his mid 50's for 2016 (two terms for Hillary). He gains an enormous amount of experience and seasoning and learns politics from some of the best the Dems have to offer, the Clinton machine.

    If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination she should take a hard look at what will give her and her party the best chance to win in November.

    January 30, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. Dusacre

    Mr. Raph Nader is only one person.. If none of us joins him, then he will remain one person.

    January 30, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. Jim ( Independent )

    I look for Edwards to endorse Obama tomorrow and there will be no stopping the Obama train.

    YES WE CAN !

    January 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. James

    To all who make comments. Although you will have no problem using Hillary's FULL name, do not use Barak's FULL name as the moderator DOES NOT LIKE THAT.

    I wonder why???

    Just more CNN bias. CNN shame on you.

    January 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  11. Yes, she did campaign

    Why are you Clintonites such haters?

    January 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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