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. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Not, Edwards will endorse Obama if he plans to stay in politics.

    April 25, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. 60 years old White Lady

    Frank, Missouri... you absolutely right...

    April 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Claire

    But CNN give the whole story – 50 of Edwards' prominent supporters endorsed Obama this week, including his former National General Chairman.

    April 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Shannon from Washington


    April 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. lyn-nj

    John E. should lean towards Hillary since he and his wife are close on the issues.

    John E did not make any racial comments YET he got LESS black votes. More wites have voted for Obama yet Black's stick to blacks.
    This does show racial divide within the black community.


    April 25, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. google_this

    ahhhh!!! his an idiot!

    April 25, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. George

    See how Blitzer is desperate. you have endorsed John MCcain. why do you worry about democrats. American people are smart.

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. KD

    I can't stana a liar ..... hence, I am for Obama.

    April 25, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. bad idea

    John is having trouble who he want to endorse...What will democrat supporters feels if John endorsed John Mccain?

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. L.M.,Arizona

    Gop negative ads will have more of an effect then an Edwards endorsement.

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. aliou salam FL

    We will know if edward was sincere on change when he does endorse.

    April 25, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Mac

    I believe John Edwards will support Hillary if he supports either candidate.

    He is a very smart man and, like Hillary, truly understands the issues our country faces.

    He is a very caring man, like Hillary, who wants to bring up ALL the people.

    April 25, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. aliou salam FL

    He should come out with obama to campaign in NC.

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. aliou salam FL

    Ed your silence is costing the party more than your hair do.

    April 25, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Oregon is Obama

    Edwards is pretty much a non factor whoever he ends up endorseing.

    April 25, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. Stan

    I think he will and I am hoping he picks HC. With a win in Indiana and NC will definitely send a message. Come on John...

    April 25, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Suz

    I think that Edward should make a decision soon. The longer this democratic spat goes on, the more likely a republican will win the presidency.


    April 25, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Travis-NC

    I don't think he is leaning towards Senator Clinton at all. There's no question in my mind that he will endorse Sen. Obama. He should have done it a long time ago.

    April 25, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  19. AF

    Frank, Missouri-You don't deserve to call yourself an American. How dare you to say being president is only for whites.

    April 25, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Gideon, Chicago, IL

    I can't see either John or Elizabeth letting the details of the health care proposal trump the lies and negative tactics coming from Clinton.

    And I want John as AG – NOW!

    April 25, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Sure

    Sad the democrats don't let the people decide who they want to run for president.....instead they leave it up to the "super delegates"

    April 25, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  22. Phong Nguyen

    It is probably better for S. Edwards to stay neutral to avoid dividing the party even more!!!

    April 25, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. shirley

    John Edwards is a decent man so I have no doubt he will endorse another decent politican, Senator Obama.

    April 25, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Hoosier Values


    If you are reading this, stay true to your core and back Obama!

    Hoosier Values

    April 25, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. atoin from california

    They better endorse Hilllary, the best choice.

    April 25, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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