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. JDR

    Here's a guy who left the race after the first state – and they WANT his endorsement?

    May 6, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. S Mick

    Dear Mr. Edwards,

    I am so glad that you are no longer in the race. You had the perfect opportunity to show the world that you stood for something, and you blew it. Just so you know, tommorrow your choice will have no revelance. Shame on you for missing an opportunity to make a difference.

    Go Obama!

    May 6, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Latino 4 Obama

    I cant wait until Hillary is out of there so all of their supporters can it.

    May 6, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. DD

    People Magazine?

    Please! Speaking of rhetoric...John...I thought you had more in you!

    Obama '08

    May 6, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. shirley

    I am disappointed in John Edwards, he appears to be waiting to see which candidate is most likely to win the nominiation. I thought he had more integrity than this.

    May 6, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Superdelegates

    Superdelegates are probably afraid not to vote for Obama because of the threats of people like Sharpton that there would be civil war if Obama does not get the nomination. We cannot and should not be bullied into making Obama the nominee. He is not electible and the Superdelegates know that. So vote for the person who will win in the Fall – if not – then settle for John McCain.

    May 6, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. JBains

    To – Jewel Montgomery Dallas, Tx

    You have got to be kidding me! Are you oblivous? CNN has plenty of Non-white reporters/anchors/analysts,correspondents. –

    Christiane Amanpour, Sibila Vargas, Femi Oke, Alina Cho, Betty Nguyen, Lola Ogunnaike, Sanjay Gupta, Tony Harris, Alphonso Van Marsh, Eric Philips, Aneesh Raman, Richard Lui, Don Lemon, T.J. Holmes,

    THAT'S JUST TO NAME A FEW! There are plenty more!

    You would physically have to turn CNN on to see that, but instead, you blithering idiots would rather just rant and rave without the facts.

    May 6, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. WHATEVER

    That is sad that she rolled her eyes!!!!

    That actually is horrible.

    May 6, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. never little o

    Roland Martin...is so biased and i think he needs to go on a diet so he does not have a heart attack gettign so excited over little o...

    May 6, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Ding

    Obama you rock !!
    You don't want a opportunist's endorsement..
    You are honest and sincere... Your own light will guide you to the victory..
    Hats off to a genuine man,a true gentleman,
    An exceptional human being..
    Go obama yes you can

    May 6, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Terry

    No Change You Can Count On = Obama
    Audacity of Inexperience = Obama

    Hillary 08!

    May 6, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. honest

    CNN PLEASE POST MY COMMECT THIS TIME!!!!!!

    John Edwards is an opportunist and a hypocrite. He campaigned like a populist and a champion for the poor and also CHANGE so it was logical for him to have come out and endorse Obama once he dropped out but he kept mute and waited for the winner before he would jump on the victory bandwagon.
    Obama can win without John Edwards but we have seen his true color. I guess he prefers someone who looks like him colorwise so his rhetorics were all fake.
    God will help Obama win. Hillary your ego , just like your husbands, will get you nowhere!!!!

    May 6, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. chris

    I think John may be getting over his bitterness on how he exited,

    so he decide to stay neutral,

    But if he stays this way. all the way.. will no doubt cost himself a very TOP cabinet position.

    However John edwards.. although have yet come out and endorse was seen at a rally with Barack , so maybe there is something there, and barack just will spring HIM on us down the road.

    May 6, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Scott, Wichita

    Why is this news? It's just two more liberals who can't make up their minds. There's millions like them across the country.

    May 6, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Brandon

    Julie mn, please tell me you're not a hillary backer talking about integrity.
    Throughout time all subjugated people have spoke out about discrimination in society. The church being an integral part of revolting since before the civil rights mov't is a tradition. Now i don't completely condone wright's statements but u have to understand that his claims are not entirely baseless. There is truth to why people feel hopeless at time, i believe obama is the right person for America because he has a different world view than the ELITES that are HRC and McINsane. He understands what it is to struggle, he is a man of the people for the people.

    May 6, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Black Male Dem

    I live in NC and work in Chapel Hill, and I can't understand where this 1 term senator who declared a war on poverty but has done NOTHING visible to help the LARGE number of homeless population in Chapel Hill (his home town) gets his political clout from. I just don't get him

    May 6, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It sounds as if the couple is mixed over which candidate to vote for and endorse. I would hope that the Edwards go with Obama after the election so as to let the voters go and vote with little undue influence.

    May 6, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Kate Winkel

    While I say a daily prayer for Mrs. Edwards' health and hope for a miracle for her kids' sake, I have to admit that her response (rolling her eyes) was typical of a racist person in America. So sad... We will never be able to get over this and this time is happening before the entire world' eyes. No wonder they call us the racist Americans.

    May 6, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Ian

    Hmm... Elithabeth Edwards is a fine woman, but if I remember correctly it was John Edwards who run for President? John Edwards is a superdelegate, not Elithabeth? John, please go find your cajones pronto.

    May 6, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Franky, New York, NY

    I love the Edwards!...and the Edwards love Hillary!!

    Go Hillary 2008!!

    May 6, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Ron

    Absolutely John,. Sen Obama has no substance. I think the younger crowd is more impressed with his hoops and dancing rather then solving critical issues.

    May 6, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. TiffIn in Ohio

    WHATEVER! The Edwards may be nice people but I don't think they have the clout the press is giving them. John Edwards knows that once he endorses a candidate he fades from political site. This way he gets a blurb in the news once a month.

    I'm sending prayers up for Obama in both states.

    Obama 08!

    May 6, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. Rebecca

    Hillary is now saying the magic number is 2209 delegates to win the nomination. Whenever she falls further behind she tries to change the rules. Michigan and Florida knew the rules. Hillary had and still has name recognition while Obama is new. They were not allowed to campaign in either state. That gave Clinon a huge unfair advantage in both states. The vote was illegitimate. If they change the rules to help out Hillary it will not only be devistating to the Democratic party it will be illegal and corrupt. Something the Clintons are used to.

    May 6, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. ShirleyY - Seattle

    WHO CARES ABOUT JOHN AND ELIZABETH ENDORSEMENT. IT'S THE AMERICAN VOTERS THAT WILL DECIDE IF THEY ENDORSE OR NOT. I AM SURE THEY WILL GO FOR HILLARY ANYWAY. OBAMA IS DOING FINE, HE DONT NEED JOHN EDWARDS IN ORDER FOR HIM TO WIN.

    May 6, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. JOSH

    No Change You Can Count On = Obama
    Audacity of Inexperience = Obama

    Hillary 08!

    May 6, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
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