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
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  1. Brian - Ohio

    A two way race going to Super Tuesday. An even more interesting day! Of course, it is obvious that Edwards will endorse Obama since the two of them are anti-Clintons! My prediction is that Hillary will win Super Tuesday anyways Look at Florida where, yes, Obama did not campaing, but neither did Edwards or Hillary and she still got over 250,000 more votes than Obama and over 65% of the Hispanic vote!

    I wish Elizabeth the best and hope she can win the battle against cancer.

    January 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Christiaan, Norman, OK

    Senator Edwards,

    I want to thank you for this decision. Even though you're not, at this time, endorsing any candidate, you know as well as I that as a candidate strongly dedicated to changing this corrupt political system your supports will vote of Obama. You may well have just handed this race to him, and for that I cannot thank you enough.

    It's unfortunate because I don't think any of we Obama supporters doubt that you would make a great president. Your commitment to the poor and disenfranchised, your sustained polemic against the vile corporate interests seeking to subvert the American populace for their own selfish benefit, and you upstanding good character have earned for you an enduring place in my heart. However, this was simply the wrong moment in history. Your somewhat lack-luster performance cannot be, I don't think, attributed to any failure of your own.

    The American people are simply looking to distance themselves as much as possible from the history of the last 7 years. To demonstrate to the world that we, even if our politicians haven't quite yet, have moved beyond the legacies of racism and sexism that have tainted this nation's history from the outset. To show that we, as a people, negate that legacy for which George Bush and company are such perfect exemplars. As much as I want to say we've moved past racism and sexism, a white male simply could not have won this race. If only for the symbolism, we have to do something different. But do not think for a moment that we will forget you.

    Edwards 2020!! 😀


    January 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  3. Andrew K

    I agree with you Roxanne. I do wish him the best though. Now about those delegates...

    January 30, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. Paul GA

    CNN, what with all of sudden you calling Hillary the form first lady,,,, she is the senator from New York... Nice try in minimizing her role in the country. Bigger role in this country than any other canidate running...
    John Edwards will see his dreams for the poor recognized through Hillary Clinton efforts in the white house and I am sure she welcomes his help.

    CNN stop the slight of hand reporting....nice try though

    January 30, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. z,new york, ny

    Now we can see if there is a permanent effect from Hillary's race-baiting. If most of Edwards's (white) supporters go to her even though Edwards's message is more in line with Obama's, then she has effectively turned this into a blk vs. white race.

    And that would be absolutely disgusting.

    January 30, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. karl

    John...you have made many people sad with this decsision...We all thought you were coming stronger in every debate...The voice down the middle, with sense and reasoning always coming out of your mouth. Sad to see you pull out!..

    Now you can devote much more time to your wife, I wish you lots of quality time with your wife and family.. Thanks for everything karl

    January 30, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. Milton, Harrisburg, PA

    Obama will pick up the lion's share of his voters. This means a real street brawl between Hillary and Barack. Now if Huckabee drops off on the Republican side, we'll see another real contest between Mitt and McCain.

    January 30, 2008 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Kimberly

    Thank you and good decision.

    January 30, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. California Independent

    Has anyone seen Obama's new commercial? He's whining again, in spanish none the less. He says he knows what it's like to be used as a scapegoat just because of his origin and last name. Oh yeah, it would have been rough to go to all of his elitist schools and get a Hahhhhvard education. It must be difficult to live in a multi-million dollar home. He's pandering to hispanics by touting his support for drivers licenses for illegals again. He's just annoying.

    January 30, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. batty

    I supported Edwards. Now that he is out, I will support Obama. Obama represents change and vision, like Edwards. I hope Edwards will endorse Obama very soon. I will miss Edwards, though.

    January 30, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. John Smith,GA

    I don't think Edwards will endorse Obama. Obama has John Kerry already.Edwards is going for the VP position so he can be more efficient. I strongly believe that Edwards will endorse Hillary. That was disgusting what happen in SOUTH CAROLINA. 55% OF Black vote from his home state and he had only 4%. Edwards witnesses him that Obama rhetoric is not real. Edwards will be a great VP to Hillary.

    January 30, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Dem

    I can't imagine an endorsement for Clinton. If he practices what he preaches (change, new kind of politics), it should/will be for Obama.

    January 30, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Earl

    Nice job, America. Enjoy your cook-cutter candidates. I am an Edwards supporter, and I will still be voting for Edwards. Obama lacks a health care plan that goes far enough, and Clinton ... don't even get me started.

    I may have to hold my nose and vote for McCain in 2008.

    January 30, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. joli

    sorry to see Edwards leave. I dont think Edwards will endorse anyone I think his supporters will split most going to Obama.

    January 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. Earl

    Roxanne – nice job kicking a guy when he is down. You have no shame. If you really think Obama or Clinton are going to go all out for the poor, you are living in lala land.

    January 30, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. AJ

    j-rock – Dream on. The exit polls showed that he and Hillary were splitting the white vote. Make no mistake, this election is about race. In both South Carolina and Florida the numbers are about the same, Obama is taking 70-80 percent of the black vote while Hillary and Edwards were splitting the white vote. In the begining I think Obama could have pulled this off without it being about race. But the minute he announced the Oprah endorsement it became about race, his penchant for campaigning at black churches only solidified this. For all of you who want to claim that the Clintons were the first to play the race card, take a look at how things really happened. If you cant see that, you need to go ask the wizard for a brain.

    January 30, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Sam


    I SMELL A RAT!!!!!

    He's definitely gonna endorse Hillary!....

    January 30, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. GaryO Virginia Beach

    It looks like the news media is having its way so far.

    Edwards was arguably the STRONGEST candidate against the Republicans in the general election.

    But the news media didn't see much potential in Edwards. Edwards doesn't do much for ratings.

    The news media, especially CNN, decided to focus its energy on Obama. Now, Pro-Obama bias is the status quo. Obama is a fascinating candidate, he's the Black Guy who inspires a cult following.

    At any rate, the press sees MONEY in Obama. Obama is exciting and will generate high ratings.

    It will be interesting to see just how gullible the American public is. Will the press have its way and successfully manipulate millions of people?

    I'm wondering if there might be a backlash toward the press. The press is arrogant in thinking that we American are not smart enough to think for ourselves.

    The press dismissed Edwards, gave him little positive attention, and made him drop out.

    Don't let the media push you around.

    VOTE NO TO OBAMA ! ! !

    January 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Tim Calhoun '08, Moreno Valley, CA

    Edwards ran an excellent campaign and fared especially well in the debates. He worked hard and never got a fair shake from the media. Sad to see him go, but it seems inevitable.

    It will be very interesting to see if he makes an endorsement and where his supporters will turn.

    January 30, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Chris in FL

    We wish you well John, and pray for the health and wellbeing of your family. Thank you for being a champion of those who have no voice.

    I encourage you to throw your support behind Hillary Clinton, who is in the best position to influence change in Washington and take on the issues about which you care so deeply.


    January 30, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Jay

    Good. Now he can stop siphoning votes from Obama.

    January 30, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. carol

    We love you and your precious family!

    Hillary/Edwards '08 and '12

    Edwards '16 and '20

    January 30, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Bob, NY

    Didn't John just say that he was in it for the long run, now he's out before super Tuesday? Hmmmm, why do I smell the clintonian stench all over this one??

    January 30, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |

    So much for all the talk the other day about staying in the race until the convention.

    January 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. joli

    Whats really sad is that of all the topics and issues he could have been afforded attention for that the media has chosen this one... And even on this topic all the media can talk about is who he may or may not endorse or where his supporters would fall... sad and desperate...

    January 30, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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