February 10th, 2008
10:38 PM ET
15 years ago

Edwards meeting with Clinton, Obama on endorsement

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/10/art.coe.cnn.jpg caption="Sens. Clinton and Obama, and former Sen. Edwards before the CNN Democratic debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C."]
(CNN) — CNN has learned that former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards met with Hillary Clinton Thursday in North Carolina, and is meeting with Barack Obama Monday, to discuss a possible primary endorsement.

The Thursday meeting, which took place at Edwards’ home in Chapel Hill, was followed by a Saturday night session during which the former North Carolina senator and several longtime advisers discussed many issues, including which candidate he should endorse.

The Obama campaign is enjoying a weekend of positive news, after winning four contests in Louisiana, Washington, Nebraska, and Maine. An endorsement by Edwards would provide additional momentum going into the next round of primaries.

At a Chapel Hill party yesterday for Edwards supporters, he gave no indication who he might endorse, or whether that endorsement is imminent. Some advisers are encouraging him not to endorse.

The former candidate is weighing a number of considerations before making his choice – including electability, and who will best promote his ideas.

There are policy considerations at play: there is a sense within the Edwards camp that Clinton's policies could be better for working class Americans. But Obama's anti-lobbyist proposals are more aligned with Edwards’ politics.

In response to a CNN report that Elizabeth Edwards may favor Obama over Clinton, sources close to the Edwards family flatly deny that she favors one candidate over the other.

soundoff (297 Responses)
  1. Achille

    "Yes We Can", even without Edward's support.
    The change is in motion in this country neither Edward nor "Billary" can stop it.
    The only choice Edward can make to appear not bigot like the Billary is to definetely endorse Barack who has beaten The " BIllary " without his support.
    Now Barack needs his support to defeat the Billary In Ohio,Texas and Pennsylvania which are delegates-tanks.
    "Yes American Can"
    "Yes America Is Ready for a colored President"
    "Yes American Could Remain the World Leader"
    "Yes America Trust God"


    February 10, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. lc

    I hope the Clintons do not use Maggie Williams as a conduit for any racist remarks.

    Personally, I think a comment is racist whether it comes from Bill Clinton's lips or the lips of their newly promoted surrogate-who happens to be black.

    I pray my thoughts are wrong about this ploy- BUT I SIMPLY DO NOT TRUST THE CLINTONS.


    February 10, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Thomas

    I just don't understand it. If HILLARY were a caucasian male, there would not even bea contest. She is clearly the qualified and experienced candidate. Obama is just another George Bush, except he is a democrat. He will be in complete reliance on someone else's brain power when it come to coming up with solutions to the problems that we face at home and abroad. He knows nothing about foreign policy, nothing about the economy, and he had only 1 year of national political experience before he began to run for president. I just don't get it. Why should the leadership of the entire free world be turned over to an inexperienced, unqualified man? Is it just because he is a man? This is a sad commentary on the American public. They are attempting to overlook Hillary because she is female. It does not seem to matter that she is qualified, capable, experienced, prepared, and tested. I just don't get it! I HOPE that we come to our senses before it is too late. This should really be a no-brainer. She clearly politically superior to him and she actually understands the issues and has shown us detailed solutions to address our nation's problems. I just don't get it!?!?

    February 10, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Josh

    I am an Edwards supporter, and if he backs a candidate, then so will I.

    February 10, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Shae Smith

    Wow, I hope Edwards can keep his "fight" mentality up against the arm twisting Clintons. They are reknown for their dirty tactics. Les we forget, they asked Ted Kennedy to keep quiet if he was not going to endorse them. Wonder what Edwards will do....methinks is SILENCE IS SAYING A LOT. Think about it. We know where he labor unions went. Rage Against The CLINTON Machine. Do the Right Thing Edwards.

    February 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Nana

    This guy should not be wasting the time of teh candidates. If he wants to endorse, he should go ahead without these useless interviews that boost his ego.

    February 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. vic

    john edwards would be a great attorney general for clinton. i voted for edwards, & wil now vote for hillary. she has experience, & he is bright, quick & very aware of the problems in this society. He also would be a great vice president for hillary. i think they would be the best choice.

    February 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    GO with Obama the best with the Edwards Plan To go on And seems like they can work together

    February 10, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. pam,s.c.

    this could be a dream ticket obama/edwards. this ticket is what alot of us especially in s.c. have prayed for. remember john edwards clinton has not always been union friendly. hillary and bill release your joint income tax return. go edwards go obama.

    February 10, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Roy Ashing

    I think he should split it down the middle cause either way i believe that the democratic primarys will go all the way to the convention without a clear decisive winner and i like it this way it is keeping party politics fun to watch

    February 10, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. IllinoisIndie

    wow... is this really a question and maybe the edwards supporters have already weighed in on who he should support and for anyone who hasnt been paying attention that would be Obama. I think it would be bad for him politically to endorse clinton. And as a side note for those who think that endorsements dont matter, make an exception in this case, with edwards endorsement comes 26 pledged delegates and in a race this close those must certainly matter

    February 10, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  12. VA voter

    I bet he doesn't endorse someone. He doesn't want to risk not getting the VP nod if he endorses the person who does not win the nomination!

    I'm hoping for a Clinton/Obama ticket myself.

    February 10, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  13. Josie

    John don't sell out to the Clintons' dirty politics. I would suggest to hold your nomination for now. Hillary continues to do what she can to win at any cost and will promise you anything. Go with the honest broker if you have to, but Hillary and Bill have proven that its not them.

    Hillary will be faced with her husband's impeachment and extramarital affairs. She can't use his record and excuse his infidelities. Its either all or nothing and the Republicans will go no-holds-barred against her.

    Now that I have heard both candidates speak time and time again, Hillary continues to change her message to that of what Obama has proven the American population takes most interest. She hopes to be elected on her health campaign alone, but there's more to the Presidency than that.

    February 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Robert Bergley

    If he has aspirations to a future career in politics, he'll choose the candidate of the people and not the candidate of his peers.

    February 10, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. BETH


    February 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Dorothy

    I hope the right choice is made for the betterment of our NATION... Both Hillary & Obama have the right ideas. We need the American people's voices heard. Senator Edwards PLEASE MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR OUR COUNTRY. I LEAVE IT UP TO YOUR OWN INTUITION.

    Thank You.

    February 10, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. dick

    He's playing 2 ends against the middle to see which one offers him the most.
    He'd be wise to endorse neither one.

    February 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. Bryan C

    I think Edwards needs to stay out of the race. No need for more press for one or the other canidate.

    February 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Dorothy

    I believe Hillary has the most experience.

    February 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. jimdon

    im not against Obama: if he's the nominee,i'll support him,and will work in his campaign,because we dont need another Bush..we'll soon be in Iraq 5 year's.with a cost of 3,958 brave soldier's,,and over 30,000 with mangled bodys and minds.

    but i am concerned that his young followers,will want him to join the GOP type of Social Security Program,which will mean the end SSA as we know it ,they also wont buy health insurance,because they think they are infalible,,therby no health insurance for them....were'nt you young once upon a time?.....

    im not concerned about African American's,because we take care of our own.but i am concerned about whether the college students who will no doubt be in the business world.thus,they will be against union's who will demand good pay,and other benifits..

    we need to get our thinking caps on, and vote for the candidate who will best serve our interest's,it's along time till 2012, when changes can be made,,think about it..

    February 10, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. tomdavie

    He is going to endorse Obama

    Its the TRENDY thing to do.

    February 10, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. Oscar Francis

    What does John Edward's endorsement matter to either candidate now anyways?

    February 10, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. m

    Edwards will make a good choice even if we disagree! I am in it for obama! but i would vote for either who wins the primaries

    February 10, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. Joseph DeSousa

    Everyone can go ahead and go with Obama and remeber this name CARTER..

    It's amazing how we all forget that no matter what the intentions are we need an insider to get things done or we may have 4 years of Obama followed by 12 years of republicans.

    And don;t kid yourself America... many skeletoms are due to come out on Barack Obama in the fall.

    If you thing America is ready for a "Barak Obama" as president you all kidding yourself.

    Bottom line is anyone that looks and talks too good is a failure in the long run.

    February 10, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Sam

    If Edwards endorses Hillary then Edwards will have lost two times in this campaign. Because the Clinton ship is sinking fast.

    February 10, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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