April 25th, 2008
02:54 PM ET
13 years ago

Blitzer: Could John Edwards finally pick a candidate?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/03/art.edwards.gi.jpg caption="An Edwards endorsement could make a difference."](CNN) - With the North Carolina Democratic presidential primary coming up, the pressure will increase on former North Carolina Senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards to endorse either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

A formal endorsement from Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, potentially could make a difference in that May 6 primary, especially if they decide to go out and campaign aggressively throughout the state during their final days. Both Edwardses remain very popular among the state’s Democratic base.

There have been intriguing hints that both John and Elizabeth Edwards are leaning in favor of Clinton, but they have avoided any formal announcement. John Edwards has declined most interview requests since dropping out of the presidential contest.

Earlier this month, Elizabeth Edwards, a cancer survivor, said she supports Hillary Clinton’s health care plan over the one put forward by Barack Obama.

“In order to ensure that we have universal coverage, we need to say everybody has to join,” she told ABC News. “So, for that reason, the mandates that Sen. Clinton is talking about, I think are going to be more successful in achieving the goal.”

She added: “I just have more confidence in Sen. Clinton’s policies than Sen. Obama’s on this particular issue.”

Still, she and her husband have stopped short of offering any formal endorsement though some of their former campaign aides also seem to be leaning toward Clinton.

So let’s see if they change their minds and endorse a candidate before the primary. If they do, that could have a real impact.

Filed under: Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. McCain Sucks

    If Edwards endorses Hillary, he will shoot his political career in the foot!

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Edgar - Orlando, Florida

    No Edwards would not lose credibility – Edwards would actually get everyone off the Obama Kool aid drink their on and see that he is to new to be President!!

    Wakeup America if this primary is over today – McCain will stil beat Obama!!! Rev. Wright and other things we have learned yet because we know nothing about Obama would hinder his chances in GE.

    You complain about HRC tactics wait until the real deal come i.e Republicans

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. judy

    I hope Senator Edwards endorses Hillary as she is the one who could win the election for the Democrats. Thoughout the campaign, Hillary has been very substantive in speaking to the issues. She knows how to articulate her ideas and her positions on the issues, and she, as President, would know how to work with men and women in Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, in bringing about solutions to the various issues facing U.S. citizens today.

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Greg

    Wonder who Wolf is for in this campaign.

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. Robert Mpls

    Edwards called Hillary "Bush/Cheney Lite" at some point.

    If he endorses her, he really will be the phony he's always seemed to be.

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Stupid Americans

    ===it doesn't matter, i dont like it when people just follow the wind..
    as american he should've made up his mind by now===

    April 25, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  7. Ca Native

    John does whatever his wife tells him to do. Yall should be asking Elizabeth whom SHE endorses.

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Annamica, OH

    Let's go Edwards! Join the team that can actually take on the GOP in the fall, not the one who "hopes" he can.

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  9. Joyce in Florida

    I don't believe that John Edwards would lose any credibility if he endorsed Hillary Clinton. Just because some of his followers are endorsing Obama doesn't really tell anyone that his decision would be the same. Why can't people just leave him alone and he will make up his mind when the time is right for him. The decision is for John Edwards and him alone. Of course, I would be disappointed if he chose Obama, but I truly believe that there might be a chance for endorsement of Senator Clinton. Either way, we have to wait on his decision. You know what they say about being too hasty. Will wait anxiously and hope he makes the right choice from his heart. GO HILLARY 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  10. Alan Boyer

    They'll go with Obama. Just trying to announce at the perfect time. Clinton wouldn't want Edwards as vice president, the spot he really wants now.

    April 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. so ironic

    The ultimate irony for the Obama supporters (the smart, educated people) to ponder:

    IF Obama is the democratic party nominee it will be because the Washington Insiders that he speaks against (Super delegates) GIVE it to him.

    It will NOT be because he convinced the electorate with his inspiring message of hope and change.

    Hillary Clinton has done as well without the hype of hope and the media bias and the celebrity bandwagon.

    April 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Tim from Florida


    April 25, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  13. Betsy

    Gotta love Johnny!! He was so cute on the Colbert Report:-)

    And Elizabeth is awesome!! Love that lady!

    I respect their choice whatever it may be (though I really really wish they endorse Clinton). 😀

    April 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. A. Harrison

    We all know he "MAY" say Obama....

    Elizabeth Edwards however indicates she likes Hillary's Health care plan better (Due to it being similar to Johns).

    Who knows and who cares. All the endorsements and defections over to camp Obama has done nothing but motivate the Clintons, you can't get rid of em and that's who we need as our President.

    Go Hillary!

    April 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. ladybmore

    I hope he endorses someone that isn't a liar and makes up stories to justify her a win, and a husband that thinks, because he helped people out they owe them something.

    April 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. jl

    AS A NC VOTER, if Edwards endorses Clinton, WE WILL NOT FORGET!!!


    EVEN IF HIS MEETING DID NOT GO WELL WITH OBAMA- It is hard to deny that Obama is better for this country than Clinton-even though they favor her healthcare policy.

    April 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Nov

    The voters will have the last say in Nov. It doesn't matter what the big shots do now.

    April 25, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Marilyn

    I suspect John Edwards hasn't endorsed anyone yet because he knows if he endorses Clinton he will be accused of racism. Anyone who doesn't like Obama is accused of racism!!! The Obama people just cannot accept that some people just don't like him and don't want him to be the nominee or the president!

    April 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Deb, IN

    John Edwards is a smart man he will support the right candidate.....and I believe that's Hillary Clinton.

    April 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Barb Canada

    I think he enjoys holding the power his endorsement would have!! Anyone who hasn't endorsed by now should waive their right to vote!

    April 25, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. Ana in L.A.

    I'm sure he'll support Hillary...

    April 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. tony, Mount Vernon, NY

    I think Edwards is trying to play it safe. He's leaning toward Clinton but probably wants a good cabinet position should Obama win. Clinton needs Edwards in North Carolina, Obama doesn't. It'll be interesting to see if he comes out. If Clinton has him she'll play him next week to get maximum impact.

    April 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. NC Primary MY TURN!

    many of Clinton supporters are bigots. that is why we shouldnt support Clinton

    April 25, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Cammi317

    Hillary has ridden on the coat tails of her husband's presidency. Obama, a virtually unkown, has ridden on Hope and Inspiration and carries a little more than half of the country. Why is that she cannot close the deal?

    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  25. DJ, LA, CA

    Yes make up your mind already John! Quit playing it safe and tell us.

    April 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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