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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soundoff (561 Responses)
  1. Pen

    He was a little fighter, but come dude. You suck

    January 30, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  2. NYC Democrat

    Hats off to John Edwards for a well-run and principled campaign. As an Obama supporter, I shared his desire for change and his desire to address the growing disparities between the "Two Americas." I believe that Obama is the candidate best able to bring these two Americas together. I hope John Edwards will work with Obama to continue to play an important role in this process.

    January 30, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Ron, TX

    I think this will help Obama a bit. Edwards is the only other change candidate.
    Hopefully, Edwards will endorse Obama soon! He's probably waiting post-debate, as that would give the endorsement a longer stretch over the weekend and into Tuesday.

    January 30, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  4. DP, Jacksonville, FL

    Something no one ever talks about is the "good enough" factor of politics. Voters seem to align themselves with a single candidate, with the belief that that individual is the only one qualified to do the job. A good leader will surround themselves with smart people, and the force of the Administration as a whole will lead the country where it needs to be.

    Edwards had the experience to be "good enough," and he didn't seem like an overly polarizing candidate. The moral vaccuum left by the current Administration in Washington, DC will be filled with smart people, we only need someone to bring everyone together. Whoever we elect to office in November will only be a small part of the solution.

    The Federal Government, as broken as it is, is too large an entity to simply start erecting barriers and demanding immediate change. Clinton and Edwards seem to understand that better than Obama who, I believe is full of wonderful ideas but lacks a sense of reality.

    I would love to see Edwards on Clinton's ticket in August. Bar some unforeseen slip up, those two would be unstoppable in November.

    January 30, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. Sabi Kanani, Dallas TX

    A good day for the Obama campaign.

    January 30, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. Peter Parker

    A good decision by John Edwards. He shouldn´t feel bad about the race at all. Mr. Edwares has been a very good candidate, very effective speaking about the issues and showing that he is a mature polititian.

    Wish him well...

    January 30, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Karen

    Will he endorse Obama ?

    January 30, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Michiel

    So now, the media are paying attention to John Edwards. Now there are letting everyone know that John Edwards was the first to offer a plan for Universal Health Care, the first to call on Congress to pull funding of the war, the first to call for CHANGE in Washington with regard to lobbyists and the power they have. Too bad the MEDIA didn't do this kind of coverage earlier. Then people might have realized John Edwards was the best hope for the future of this country. This is a sad day for America. Just another example of how this democracy has declined into nothing more than a popularity contest, decided by money and media.

    January 30, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. pol08

    Good Luck Edward, God bless you and your family.
    I think this helps Hillary?

    January 30, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Frederic Lumiere

    Politics is like acting. The less acting you do, the better you are. Do you homework, be genuine and people will respond.

    Edwards is out because he loves to hear himself talk.

    Giuliani didn't do his homework.

    Thompson didn't do his homework and he loves to hear himself talk.

    Romney tries too hard and loves to hear himself talk.

    Hillary will loose because she isn't genuine and many see right through it and she's plane annoying (no charisma). But she is the best at 'politics' and this why she's done so well.

    Huckabee will loose – he's genuine but loves the sound of his voice, did little homework and only appeals to a small section of the population.

    Obama & McCain will be the last ones standing because they seem genuine. They know when to pause, when to listen and they seem to understand the value of humbleness.

    Politics is a lot simpler than some make it out to be. Be real.

    January 30, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Nicole

    Guess i'll vote for Obama now..no way i'm voting for a Clinton

    January 30, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. JDS N.C.

    Can you say Attorney General? Edwards will endorse the winner and get the AG job.

    January 30, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Wayne

    Though I'm a Clinton supporter, I none the less, was impressed with the Edwards campaign. I wish he and his family well. And Hillary should consider him for the Attorney General in her administration.

    January 30, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. Robert Scofield Columbus, Ohio

    If only this could have happened sooner!

    January 30, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. David, Gilbert Arizona

    It seems that all of the democrats that are best suited for president have dropped out of the race. Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, and now John Edwards. A lot of voters complain each election year that we have to choose between bad and worst. Well, we really only have ourselves to blame for that.

    January 30, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Susan

    Now the rules of the game get mudded. If Oprah tells the blacks to vote for Obama, Now says to vote for Clinton, hawks to vote for McCain, religious fanatics to vote for Huckabee and Mormons to vote for Romney, who will the Edwards supporters support?

    January 30, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Pen

    Roxanne, why because she is a woman? You are already voting Hillary. You can't have two votes. But again you would vote for any woman. I bet you chant ,Woman Rule,Women Rule,Women Rule!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Bukky

    And I appreciate that he had the sense to do it before super tuesday. This way he wont throw a monkey wrench into everything and we may have a clear front runner after 2/5.

    Endorse someone and run for vice again... Obama/Ewards OR Clinton/Edwards would be a good ticket either way

    January 30, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. John, N.H

    Good for john and America...... Without John, we will see who' s got real substance in the coming debate....... just keep your fingers crossed

    January 30, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Steve B.

    I donated to his campaign and was going to caucus for him in MN. Real bummed about this. I predict a bump for Obama. That's the way I'm now leaning.

    January 30, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  21. Patriot

    Johnny is a great man. I wish him the best...

    January 30, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  22. Cheryl

    My choice was always Edwards or Obama. Edwards is sincere and put Americans interest first. I am a woman and minority, and i've got no complaints toward Edwards. However, i was not sure if he could beat the Republican candidate. I wish him and his wife the best. Now, will/or who will he endorse? I would love to see Obama/Edwards ticket. But i have a feeling the WINNING ticket will have to be OBAMA/CLINTON. Obama and Clinton are going to have to stop their childish bickering in order to beat the Reps in 11/2008. Someone on CNN said, people that were voting for Edwards could not choose between a black man or a woman, so they chose Edwards.HA Now where will you go, tell us.........

    January 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  23. Peace

    Good luck John Edward. We will remember your skill in debating.

    January 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  24. dee

    Edwards learned from his experience as a senator and was about
    For Change of the status quo one party polititian

    What we need

    Obama is the only other Change Candidate

    Hillary voted for war with Iraq
    Hillary voted for war with Iran, 2007
    Hillary Economic stimulus plan fell short, Her econ. adviser had to revise it to look like Obama.

    Who wants more of the same

    Day one getting right for all America

    Obama 08

    January 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. Steve

    This has been in the works for a while. If Clinton wins the nomination, Edwards will be her VP. The fix is in.

    January 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
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