May 6th, 2008
12:40 PM ET
14 years ago

John and Elizabeth Edwards speak out

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(CNN) - Need more evidence John and Elizabeth Edwards are torn on who to endorse in the Democratic presidential election?

In an interview with People Magazine, their first joint interview since John Edwards bowed out of the presidential race in January, the Democratic power couple sound off on what they like - and dislike - about both remaining Democratic hopefuls.

When it comes to Hillary Clinton, John Edwards praised the New York Democrat for her tenacity, saying she "shows a real strength that's inside of her." But the former North Carolina senator also said Clinton represents a "lot of the old politics."

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Edwards said she is a strong proponent of Clinton's healthcare plan, though is disappointed the New York senator accepts donations from lobbyists.

As for Barack Obama, John Edwards said he wants to "see more substance under the rhetoric." But he gave Obama praise for wanting to "bring about serious change and a different way of doing things."

Elizabeth Edwards said she is impressed by the fact Obama has "motivated so many young people to be involved," though she does not like his healthcare plan and said his advertisements on the plan have been "misleading."

John Edwards later added he thinks it’s a "great symbolic thing to have an African-American who could be president."

That sentiment, People reports, caused Elizabeth Edwards to roll her eyes:

"What about the great symbolic thing about a woman?" she asked.

"It's important. It's important. I know it," Edwards said.

Their endorsement could have proven pivotal ahead of today's contests in Indiana and North Carolina, though by the looks of things, the two need a little more time to decide.

soundoff (366 Responses)
  1. Jeff

    Sounds like they HAVE decided – and disagree.

    May 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. mk

    Sounds like Elizabeth may be the boss in the family. Why didn't she run?

    May 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Lee WV

    I think that a big win in NC today will sway them and others to the Obama winning team!!

    May 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  4. Jerry

    I wondering why Elizabeth roll her eyes

    May 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Tracy

    I truly like Edwards and, of course, I admire Elizabeth's courage and intelligence. However, they should have endorsed one of the candidate's immediately following his depature from the campaign trail.

    May 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. MB

    Old news move on already...

    May 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Baby B

    Sound like they are for HILLARY all the way!

    May 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Tricia

    Of course he is not commenting until he sees who gets the nomination.

    May 6, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. liar, liar, pants on fire

    A roll of eyes? This is reflective of how many whites feel. She could have said it was a great symbolic thing for both...female and African American, but the race issue is greater than we want to admit. It's just true! People will often support people who look like them.

    May 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. HEDGERS

    I LIVE IN NC. THEY DO NOT HAVE THE CLOUT THE MEDIA WANT US TO THINK THEY HAVE.

    May 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Navy Vet.

    I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Edwards, and with him being a potential VP for either candidate I can understand why he is playing his cards close to the vest. Whoever wins the nomination, would be lucky to have him as a running mate because he would strengthen either ticket.

    May 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Mike, Raleigh

    Sen. Hillary Clinton has facts and Sen. Obama has acts.

    This is clear endoresement for Sen. Hillary Clinton.

    Mr/Mrs. Edward are great. Thanks

    May 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. R

    He doesn't need more time to think. He's just waiting to endorse the winner. Sad, but true.

    May 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. 58 white old ladies for OBAMA

    SYMBOLIC ?

    PRETTY MUCH WHAT BILL CLINTON SAID.

    THAT STATEMENT PART OF THE OLD POLITICS.

    JUST MADE YOURSELF NOT ELECTABLE TO ANYTHING.

    NEVER THOUGHT WE WOULD HEAR THAT FROM EDWARDS.

    AND WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE EDWARDS RUN FOR THE

    PRESIDENCY? A LOT LESS THAN SYMBOLIC

    May 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Will-South Dakota

    How come CNN doesn't have any people of color reporting as anchors instead of the ALL WHITE anchors? To me it seems they interpet the results of voting for only the white voters and they don't reflect the fast growing minority views/votes at all. We're not not all white bread and butter out here in America,

    May 6, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Jim in Florida

    Goodness, true elitist like John Edwards is wishy washy – one reason why he has never been nationally that successful (aside from the fact he is an ambulance chaser)

    May 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. obama supporter

    who the hell cares what the edwards say. obama will survive with out them. hillarys health has been in the spotlight for 15 years and went no where. john e run for office and failed, there you have it. he is waiting to try to see who wins so he can jump in for vp.which i feel he would not be capable of being a vp. i am suprized hill did not offer it to him just to get his vote, but he proubly knows she would change her mind. people he is not the decider in this. the people have spoke

    cnn please post this,i doubt you do

    May 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Mike

    Edwards, make-up your mind already!

    Go Hillary!!!

    May 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. JN

    John is just waiting to see who wins so he can be picked to have a place in that administration. He was never going to come out and endorse a candidate anyway.

    May 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. MW - Cali

    I am a middle aged Black Woman who thinks both would be a "great symbolic thing:" However, an African American to win and be seen as just 'An American' would be the bigger prize.

    Obama 08-12

    May 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. James

    Edward is for Obama

    Elizabeth is for Hillary

    This is the reason why they are holding back. Elizabeth would kick John Edward's butt if he goes out to endorse Obama.

    May 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Mike

    Well, that's not a decision at all – sounds as if thay would endorse both..

    May 6, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Rob

    time that they came out. Now I would like to hear who they endorse.

    Obama with no substance? lool. exactly right. hehe.

    go Hill...

    May 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Carolyn Louisiana

    NO ONE NEEDS THEIR ENDORSEMENTS NOW, AND THEY WERE NOT THAT IMPORTANT TO BEGIN WITH.

    May 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Steve B, NewYork. NY

    rolling her eyes !
    wow
    Mrs. Edwards just lost my respect.
    Sometimes actions speak louder than words

    May 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
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