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

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  1. Sol

    I think Mr Edward should be commended for his fantastic contribution to the democratic process. Over the past several months, I've become a fun of the democratic process by listening and watching Mr Edwards, Obama and Mrs Clinton. I admire all of them and hopefully Edwards cause goes on. Thank-u guy's for making the world believe again in America.

    January 30, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Craig

    John Edwards hasn't trailed former first lady Hillary Clinton...he has trailed Sen. Hillary Clinton. The article showed Obama respect by referring to him as Senator...why not give Hillary the same respect? Obama wasn't referred to as "former lawyer"...

    January 30, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Ray

    I vote for Obama is a wasted vote. Wake up people!!! He will NEVER win the General Election..NEVER!!!

    January 30, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Christian, Tampa FL

    I'm so glad that John Edwards has stuck it out so far in the race. His presence has been very important to the presidential elections, and we should all thank him for his contribution to the campaign.

    January 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Gobama

    Gobama, please go away, I become nauseatic when I see you preach on TV. I can't handle the thought of you in white house, please for the sake of my health and millions others' please GO AWAY...

    January 30, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. Jeff;South Carolina

    This will provide Edwards the possibility of making a difference inside Obama's administration. I look forward to him supporting Obama and Obama destroying the republican candidate to gain the Presidency.

    This will also give Edwards more time to focus on his wife. Terminal Cancer can't be easy to live with. Hope all the best for them and their family.

    January 30, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. Scott, Royal Oak, MI

    Michael is all rhetoric. No examples to support his accusations.

    January 30, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. brandie tampa



    How DARE you TELL us how to vote!!!!!!!!!!! Typical catty girl comment.

    I don't care if ever other human being in this ENTIRE country voted for Hillary--I would STILL choose Obama----and I wouldn't be alone in fact....I'm sure there are a few other people who still have our OWN educated minds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We need to focus more on the education of our children-–so they don't end up growing up like Joe-Joe here. Not a leg to stand on. SO? Why is it, Joe, that YOU are voting for Hillary? I'd like to see your next post list the things she actually thought of and changed on her own-----don't confuse them with Obama's accomplishments now..............as he really IS all she talks about. LOL!!!!!!! ENLIGHTEN US JOE. WE ARE ALL WAITING.....

    January 30, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Spencer

    It may well help both of the remaining Democratic candidates firm up their support in their bids for the nomination. However, I think since John Edwards did generate a lot of support from rural America, I would imagine a lot of those voters may actually be turned off entirely and not participate in the Democratic nomination. I would not surprise to see at least some of these voters vote Republican in the general election.

    January 30, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. Amy

    Obama is a failure and is only running for President to try to get rich and famous, since he wasn't able to get rich and famous as a lawyer. People in his home state can point to nothing he has done for the people. Instead he has represented a slum lord who was just arrested and Obama has also admitted to illegal drug use. Stop trying to brainwash the American people and the world into supporting this admitted drug user!

    January 30, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Jannette

    Mr. Edwards is such an opportunist! He is making the Democrat party look bad, by trying to tell the other candidates what their agenda should be. All he is doing is jocking for a position. Just endorse a candidate and STOP looking out for yourself! I am so glad this man is not a viable candidate for President! He only thinks of himself and NOT what is best for our country. He comes off very slimy, yuck!


    January 30, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. truthmatters

    What qualifications does Hillery have?she ever run a company, met a payroll? Has she been a mayor, a governor, a company CEO, a CFO??? NO she hasn't. She does know how to expand big government, increase your taxes and whittle away at our ever decreasing freedoms. Electing her would be electing Bill again and if that happens, God help us all.

    January 30, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Niko

    About time!

    January 30, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  14. Don, Rochester, NY

    Thank you Edwards. You ran a good campaign and I have a great deal of respect for you. It seems that most Hillary supporters have always felt Edwards was a good man and would be their second choice. Obviously their views are more in line with each other than any other pairing. Support Hillary. Support the TRUE candidate of change. Change is brought about by working hard for it, not just by talking about it.

    January 30, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. me

    John Edwars, sorry to see you go, especially before the debate tomorrow night, you majestically confronted Obama from twisting his excuses for his record and made him confront them in real fashion, empty as usual!

    I hope you hold true and don't deface your campaign or your cause in backing the candidate who's major political patron was a well known slumlord!

    Remember your story about the woman in Kansas who couldn't afford both heat and rent, so she bundled her kids up at night in a bed to keep warm and prayed none of them would say anything at school the next day, for fear of losing them!

    If you support Obama, you make that womans existance and story worthless by endorsing a candidate who's entire political career was on the back of a slumlord who let his tenants freeze in the bitter winter of 1997 claiming no money for heat, while these people were going without heat in the deep freeze for 5 weeks this Obama friend had no problem funding a Chicago Senator's campaign!

    January 30, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Brenda

    Edwards, do the right thing go with Obama

    January 30, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. buffalo, ny native


    January 30, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Missy

    I would never even think to vote for Hillbilly Clinton

    January 30, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Democrat (MO)

    Denis, NJ January 30, 2008 11:03 am ET

    That's too bad. I was hoping for an interesting primary this February. Now there won't be anything interesting going on until November. Edwards was the only Democrat left standing who was not an establishment candidate.

    You think Barack Obama is establishment ??? How did you get that wrong impression ??? I like JE but Barack Obama will get my vote, the votes in my family and the vast majority of our friends – some of them are Republican by the way !!!

    Join the OBAMA movement !

    January 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Ken

    As of right now, the republican party is fractured due to there not being a candidate that embodies all the REPUBLICAN characteristics. The democratic party is heading towards being fractured for totally different reasons. There are signs of divisions. Progressives are seperating themselves from traditionalists and visa versa. Unfortunately, there was a bag that was opened in SC that no one can easily close. Whether it was intentional is up for debate, but the reality is here. The Clintons have created enemies in there own party and it may very well earn them the democratic nomination, but it could also hurt them in the general elections. Democrats and independents could be so disgusted with their campaign that they would consider not voting, voting independently or republican. One thing we do know, Very few republicans, if any, will elect to vote for the Clintons. So her general elections chances are very dim.

    January 30, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Stacy

    Mark thank you for informing me that Obama was half-black. If you hadn't pointed it out to me I would have continued toi think he just had a great tan.

    January 30, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Democrat (MO)

    Robert in Albuquerque January 30, 2008 11:00 am ET

    yahoo has a new poll out that states 4 in 10 of Edwards supporters would support CLinton, as to 3 in 10 for Obama.

    If you supported Edwards and run over to the Billaries ... then the only way to describe this is 'political prostitution'. How could one go from one extreme to the other ????

    January 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. jeff

    this is a good move for edwards, because he was sounding a bit like the grinch who stole christmas with his hopes of big time back room influence in a brokered convention.

    his message will carry more weight through his silence. he needs to learn more about the poetry of such a message anyway and less about how to argue for it as if in a courtroom.

    January 30, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. alfred, NY

    Edwards needs to endorse Clinton!!!!!

    Because both Obama and McCain have gained most of their support from independents. And If McCain wins the Republican nomination, Obama and McCain will split the independent vote, making it harder for Democrats to win the White House. Mrs. Clinton, whatever you might think of her, has much more support from true Democrats then Obama does, she can win the White House. Vote wisely!

    January 30, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Democrat (MO)

    Jack January 30, 2008 12:13 pm ET

    Mr edwards plz support clinton.

    I am a supporter for edwards but now i'll vote for clinton feb 5 ..Mr edwards plz support clinton.

    Edwards- clinton dream team 2008!!!They are the only duo to stop republicans.

    Hip hip hurrayyyy Edwards

    Gosh .. you fall easily !! Stand up for the Edwards fight and support Barack Obama. And Billary/Edwards would be 'political prostitution', nothing less.


    January 30, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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