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. Dena

    Obama/Edwards 08

    January 30, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  2. RAY

    "0" COMMENTS THAT ALL

    January 30, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. RAY

    "0" COMMENTS THAT ALL

    January 30, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. Joss

    Finally. The kind of person who could even suggest we open our national parks to sport hunting has no business being in a position great power.

    January 30, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. LinnieFB

    Edwards is a good man with a genuine interest in helping the have-nots in society. I hope he stays on the national scene in some capacity so that his voice will be heard.

    I also hope he endorses Senator Obama, the only true hope we have from "government-as-usual" Together they could do great things for our country!

    January 30, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. Patrick

    Either Hillary or Obama better ask him to be a running mate to make sure they will be elected or at the very least put him in a cabinet post where he can be absolutely effective in their presidency.

    January 30, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  7. MooreM1

    His decision to quit is not a surprise..... it has been reported that Hillary and John may have an agreement for John to be the VP..

    January 30, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. Pete

    This is a surprise, I thought he would hold out thru next tuesday and see what happened. Now the question is, who will he endorse?

    January 30, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. Caroline

    Edwards we still love you!!!! I was going to vote for you. I will vote for Obama on Tuesday. Anyone but Clinton. I hope Obama can have you as a running mate.

    Obama/Edwards '08

    January 30, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  10. Doris

    Edwards – you are doing the right thing. We wish you well

    January 30, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  11. Wilhemina

    We continously hold your family and you up in prayer John Edward, God has a time and reason for all things, your time is not up, just delayed a little, your calling to serve your country is true. We love you John Edward!

    January 30, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. Cliff CA

    Sorry to see you go, John. Good luck to you and your family.

    January 30, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. S.

    Obama/ Edwards '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  14. Trish

    That's not fair!! I really liked Edwards, I was secretly rooting for him the primaries, although I support Obama. I really hope that he endorses Obama.. Edwards is a great candidate with awesome potential

    January 30, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. Anonymous

    NNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  16. nycFromGeorgia

    maybe he'll endorse Barack.

    one can only hope

    January 30, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. Up North

    Mr. Edwards should do the right thing and support the best Candidate in the Democratic race....OBAMA '08

    January 30, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. Marc

    ENDORSE OBAMA!

    January 30, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  19. s hayes

    North Carolina loves you John and think you are making the right decision.

    Best Wishes,

    January 30, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  20. John G, New York, NY

    Edwards realizes that the race no longer needs a "king maker". With Clinton and McCain's wins in Florida (despite no delegates on the Democratic side), and with momentum solidly on their sides for Super Tuesday next week, Edwards no doubt understands that the respective races could very well be over by next week. Neither Clinton (nor Obama, since he is behind in every major state) will need him to throw his handful of delegates thier way.

    January 30, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  21. bobbie

    IMG. Wonder what this means?

    January 30, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  22. Amy

    I am shocked. Edwards it is not over! See you at the general election Obama/Edwards '08!!!!

    January 30, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  23. Brad, Omaha NE

    a sad day for politics

    lets hope he endorses Obama.

    January 30, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  24. DA

    he was going nowhere with the same "I'm a southern boy from rural America blah,blah,blah" tiresome rhetoric, hope he backs and supports Obama....we want REAL CHANGE.

    January 30, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. Thomas Cook

    This is very disappointing news to me, as Edwards was the one candidate I trusted to take back our country from the special interests that have been dictating policy for so many years.

    January 30, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
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