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. Brian in Windsor Ontario

    It has all be said: Sen. Edwards clearly leans toward Sen. Obama but is still hedging his bets, while the same for his wife toward Sen. Clinton. Why should this couple be that different from thousands of other Americans?

    The up side is that they will be a force for unity once a clear nominee emerges, based on the decision of the super delegates.

    By the way, this does not mean "she wears the pants", and I am a guy. It does mean that women tend to view things more in terms of gender, which is neither a good or bad thing.

    Cheers.

    May 6, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. White male for Obama

    Hillary and Maccain will give you pennies and take away your hard earned dollars.
    Penny wise pounds foolish. ...! How can she say she thinks about the ordinary people, but with their $105. millions they failed to invest in any business. Instead to kept their money in banks getting interest and Bill is making million dollars in every major speeches.

    Why can't they put their money on the line establish company employ the ordinary people to make their lives different.

    They work everyday with lobbyiest who work for oil companies and she criticise the oil companies for making profits.

    Now she wants to help the oil campanies whom have donated to her campain by her idea. She wants to investigate oil prices and she knows why the oil prices is going up.
    Hillary if you stop taking oil company money the price will reduced.

    May 6, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Jenn

    SUE P,
    You cannot have cheap healthcare without the mandates.. If thats the case there will still be so many uninsured which will drive the prices up. If someone doesnt HAVE to get insurance until they need it (both plans say noone can be turned down) then why would anyone ever get it as a precaution.. then we will be stuck paying for all those that need medical once they are diagnosed.. THATS VERY UNFAIR!

    HILLARY 2008 (THE ONE WITH THE PLAN)

    May 6, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Tyrone

    From what I understand, John Edwards does not have a lot of influence in his own home state.

    I believe however, that they are both trying to garner some media coverage with the stance that they are taking. Elizabeth does not fool anyone, she is behind Clinton big time. The longer they take to "come out" the longer Elizabeth will have to coax John into backing her candidate, and the more dramatic their endorsement will be when it does happen They are not fooling the majority, they only think they are!!!

    May 6, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  5. Brian Michaels

    a real man would have stepped up and made an endorsement

    May 6, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Larry H

    I for one am tired of seeing both the old bag and the African Opy boy, both need to go by the wayside. To bad we can't loose both at the same time, so unfortunately for all of us we will have to put up with loosing only one at a time.

    May 6, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    North Carolina Graduate:

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but black people aren't the only ones that recognize racism.

    Racism is actually an irrational fear of someone who has a different skin color. In other words, it's a phobia! Not only can both blacks and whites be racists, but they can both recognize racism in any form.

    Frankly, I don't judge people by simple facial movements, etc. I try to get to know a person before I form any opinions.

    For instance, if someone were to only be concerned that blacks think that someone is racist, they themselves may have a problem and not know it.

    Fortunately, racism is curable. The cure comes in two forms. The first is education for both the racist and the victim of racism. The second cure comes in the form of accepting someone of a different race as a part of your family, or at least, your "inner circle" of friends.

    Then and only then will you realize that there never was a difference in the first place.

    May 6, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Jeff Illinois

    Old Politics? It could be said that a new way to fix plumbing is to hire an electrical contractor... certainly a new way. To fix the plumbing one hires a plumber, plain and simple. HRC/BHO. Next sixteen years please.

    May 6, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Jason - KY

    She does not have a Super Delegate vote so who cares?

    May 6, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Kirk in New York

    S*#t or get off the pot!!!

    May 6, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Andrea

    Well as an African American woman who once voted for John Edwards because I thought he brought new energy to the process, I am really disappointed that he would share such thoughtless comments . I thought both he and the Mrs. were different, boy was I wrong!!!! Is it sour grapes???

    May 6, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. michy

    Who cares what they think?

    May 6, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  13. Setting it straight

    First African-American? It's time to call a spade a spade – he's a mulatto – look it up.

    May 6, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Mike

    Reading these CNN comments over the last few weeks has saddened me when I see the overt racism in our language.

    Look around folks. America is multi-racial and multi-cultural. We need to get past the barrier of our eyes and minds. We are all human and feel joy and pain. Much of the rhetoric shows there is a considerable lack of empathy in America for people we consider as "others".

    Have we lost our relevance? What does America really stand for?

    May 6, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. billylee8

    I'm liking Edwards more and more.

    Shame he wasn't a "celebrity" candidate....

    May 6, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Alyn, Pennsylvania

    She rolled her eyes at the thought of the first African American president?
    WOW. That's pretty disgusting isn't it?

    May 6, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Derrick Martin

    John Edwards is a 1 term national senator (with no state legislature experience) who did not win re-election and I have yet to hear anyone speak about his inexperience. If Obama was in the same situation we all know how it would be.

    May 6, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. John doesn't wear the pants

    Have to agree I think Elizabeth should have ran since John is obviously not the man.

    May 6, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Yemaya for Obama 08

    their silence and lack of pro activity speaks a LOT..............

    Obama will win, no matter what CNN wants us to believe

    May 6, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. Women for Obama

    But here is the bigger question....Why is it so important for us to know who everyone endorses? Let's make up our own minds and vote accordingly. While I respect the Edwards', I frankly don't give a hoot who they endorse.

    May 6, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. sandy

    being a strong Edwards supporter in the last two campaigns. Iwould be really upset if HE endorsed Obama. My question is to everyone. If Hillary had been going to a church for 20 years and the minister spoke with the racial slurs that Wright used. Would the press and the people be so sympathic. I do not think so.

    May 6, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  22. John Tighe

    Just proves that no matter how successful, or smart you are guys, you will still do things that make your wife roll her eyes.

    May 6, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  23. Keith from Adam county Indiana

    Bill, Covington actually you sound like a fool because so many people have voted for Obama. Are you suggested they are all fool? Actually it's been proven the majority of people with at least a college degree support Obama. GET YOUR FACT STARIGHT fool!

    May 6, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. marilyn MD

    I have always liked john edward, liz is his boss. It seems like John is a slight bit younger than liz, if only in additude. I think john has a bit of the south him, while she is 150% old deep dixie south. Oh boy, does it show. If she has anything to add to this decision, Obama has nothing coming. At least John seems to be taking a man size stance in this issue. If you watched him and wife on the campaign trail, you know that she bossed him around.

    May 6, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Peter

    Hey, Pam and Catherine! A great many people care about who Elizabeth Edwards supports for president. Don't pretend you both wouldn't love to have her endorse Barry.

    As for you, "Come On John," plenty of us have chosen Hillary, not Barack "Who's Reverend Wright?" Obama, so don't pretend to speak for all of us.

    May 6, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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