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. Dan, NJ

    Anyone have any idea where his 15% is going? Anyone in that group that would like to say what they will do now?

    January 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Rob

    What happened to Edwards' pledge to stay in the race until the convention? He's been pressured out by the party hacks in order to ensure that either Clinton or Obama will win a majority of delagates before the convention. Now that the Republicans are trending toward McCain it's obvious that the Dems need to hurry and choose someone. Too bad – I was enjoying the fun. Now both parties will doubtless engage in lemming-hood going into Super Tuesday.

    I wonder what Edwards gets out of the deal?

    January 30, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Ewards didn't caucas in Florida or Michigan due the DNC ruling. Ewards is a true democrat and will not endorse Hillary.

    January 30, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  4. tracey

    Dear Mr. John Edwards,

    I have always considered you and your wife good people and hope the best for you and your family.

    PLEASE...Do the right thing and sponsor Hillary Clinton. You will make a great VP and and in the future you will be President.

    I know You are more in line with Hillary Clinton's views. I believe you will do the right thing.

    Thank you,


    January 30, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    It's pretty doubtful that Obama will pick-up his supporters. Even if he was to endorse him, the damage done is done. Obama and his surrogates alienated whites,women and hispanics. Edwards' departure only adds to Hillary's support.

    January 30, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Kevin

    He forced the other two to talk about the economy before they wanted to, and it gave the entire party a leg up on the GOP with independents.

    January 30, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Jamie

    Edwards, please endorse change and endorse hope. Endorse Obama.

    I think all of America would benefit from Attorney General John Edwards in an Obama administration.

    January 30, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. DJ

    Obama has already picked up mine – he and Edwards were the closest in vision throughout the entire process. Hillary is the status quo that Edwards was fighting so hard to stand up against. Well...go Obama!

    January 30, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Jack

    In my opinion, Edwards is/was? the best candidate. The only one who truly understands the power structure in our country and the absolute control international corporations have on our society. He led the other two first tier candidates on every issue. To their credit, they followed, if not as vehemently, but they followed, nonetheless. As each new announcement came from the Edwards campaign in the early days of the race, Clinton and Obama adopted much, sometimes, all of Edward's positions. He demonstrated real leadership in this campaign. The "talking heads" will point to Edwards' decision to accept public financing as a reason for his lack of success. Others will say the stridency and aggressiveness of his rhetoric turned voters off.

    Neither is true. Edwards was simply outgunned by the historic idea that a black man or a woman could become president. I have no doubt, that if everything was the same; personalities, positions, and rhetoric, and his opponents were both white males, Edwards would be the presumptive nominee.

    January 30, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. Michael

    I really regret that he and Bill Richardson didn't do better, 'cause I'm convinced they both would have made a better president than Barack Obama and a way better president than Hillary Clinton.

    January 30, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Vote

    Now Hillary can pick up Edwards Delegates!!!

    Go Hilllary 2008

    January 30, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. Rick

    hmmmmm, the day after the so-called "meaningless" Florida primaries? Interesting!

    So it would appear that Florida DID have and effect, depite what the mainstream media would lead us to believe.

    January 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. JJ ATL


    January 30, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Patriot

    This may go to a brokered convention.

    January 30, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. david

    your man of honor to do the right thing edwards now endorse obama to keep the fight for the poor alive my man!

    obama 08

    January 30, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Charlestonbill

    This is a sad day!! John was the only sunlight in a sea of crap!!!! Is it too late to find someone else or maybe start looking at out sourcing our government to say China or India? Would be nice to see a displaced US Senator saying "Welcome To Walmart". !!

    January 30, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. Karl Charleston SC

    BIllary this news sucks for you. FACT!

    January 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. dee

    Oh Yes!

    This is big news!

    Hillary fake win in Florida will be put on the back burner

    Florida should get its delegates. Whom ever wins the nomination at this point should be awarded the delegates. The candidates were put in an bad situation.

    All Candidates should have been able to spend more thier campaigning. Thanks to Howard Dean, The time candidates spent in other states was a boost to the local economy.

    Howard Dean has the Dem party at the breaking point.

    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

    January 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Marc

    Thanks you John! now endorse Barack Obama Please!

    January 30, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. matt chris

    JRE is awesome. He will be missed. John should now endorse Obama right before Tuesday to give him a push past hillary. Obama/Edwards '08

    January 30, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. chad atlanta

    he was a great guy

    January 30, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. S. Hunt

    He had a lot of great ideas. I expect to see him in the next administration, maybe he'll be HIllary's vice-president.

    January 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  23. Gayron Taylor

    I see that Obama and his people believe that this move will help him gain some ground before super Tuesday. I guess he begged Edwards to drop out of race so he can hedge some of his losses. It will not work, we see right through that move Obama and Edwards.

    January 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  24. RealityKing

    Edwards' voters were mostly white, that's good for Hillary, not Obama.

    Remember that little side bar conference he and Hillary had after the last debate. Whump! There it is...

    January 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. Philip

    I have to say that you guys at CNN have analyzed this in a strange way.

    In response to Bill Schneider: Let's not overlook the fact that Edwards changed his tune a little bit recently from wanting to fight off, a more general, "special interests" to wanting to fight off "entrenched special interests". He's also removed himself from the last, potentially, divisive debate; he's done this one day before it would occur. I think he's trying to undo some of his clash with Clinton. Let's remember that you may take his comment about representing the "mature" branch of the democratic party to mean that the others were bickering (and he was bickering too, let's face it), or you may take it to mean, simply that he's more mature in general. That distances him from Senator Obama.

    My opinion, albeit as a result of over analysis (sound familiar?), is that he's not leaning toward a nomination of Obama at all. In fact, I think he's much more likely to make a lot of leading comments and not endorse anybody. At the end of the day, the very far to the left Senators Kerry and Kennedy have probably annoyed him. Kerry came out and endorsed a candidate that was not his choice as a running mate in 2004? The man that he thought best equipped to replace him, if necessary. That had to burn for Edwards, and I think he's more likely to resent Obama as a result. He's not going to join ranks with Kerry.

    Of course, after all is said and done, this party desperately needs to come together at the convention. They're resilient folks, in fact, the Clintons sort of define resiliency.


    January 30, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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