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. Karen

    I was orginally for Edwards. It was a hard decision to make after he dropped out but I ultimately decided on Obama. Clinton just doesn't seem trustworthy and I am tired of the old politics. I wish Edwards would have endorsed someone before now but I think he just wants to wait awhile.

    May 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. MO in NC

    NO to vote pandering and political gimmicks !
    NO to cowboy diplomacy !
    NO to manipulations and Sniper Fire !
    YES to true judgement on IRAQ !
    YES to a new, principled, and non-partisan dynamic in Washington !
    YES to honor, and uniting and transcending race and party !

    Lets Get Real, and Close the Deal !!! Obama.

    May 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Jenni IL

    I enjoy most of your articles CNN, but please learn how to spell (plan instead of "plane").

    May 6, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Chuck

    Read between the lines. There is an Obama endorsement there.

    May 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Mike

    Go Obama!

    May 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Sue P / PA

    Exactly John Edwards...Clinton equal SAME OLD POLITICS!!! Period.

    as for health care...I dont want the government telling me what I need. with Obamas( health care) I have a choice and a lower premium..appx 210$ a month. THATS REAL.

    CNN POST THIS!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Dan from california

    CNN please explain how Obama now trails Clinton in Super Delegates by only 14 but not one story has covered this change. That amount of SD's erases HRC's delegate gain in Penn. Why no coverage on this, looks fishy from an independent's viewpoint. Please could someone help explain this.

    May 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. John in PA

    Elizabeth said it herself – Obama is misleading the public. Some "Change" agent he is. Clearly, the Edwards endorse Hillary.

    May 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Sharon Minnesota

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

    Other people have said this too only in more specific language, such as: He (Obama) is attracting white guilt and black racism. This is why he's so popular among the "new and very liberal democrats".

    May 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. Dandelion.

    He's for Obama, she's for Clinton.

    May 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. Montana is Obama Country

    I hope John is not being self serving. I would be disappointed in him going with the status quo of Washington. Seems timing is intersting for them to get their points out the day of the primary vote and sounds like Elizabeth wears the ants in the family. hmmm..??

    Barack should make him head of the health care industry.

    Barack Obama/Joe Biden

    May 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. The truth

    It sounds like John Edwards is a yes man. His endorsement now is to late to make a difference so people should just stop worrying about it.

    Go OBAMA!!!

    May 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  13. georgia

    The Edwards' seem to have too strong a moral base to be a part of the Clintons shameless,soul selling pattern of life & politicking. Can't see them telling their children this is behavior to emulate.

    May 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Laura Andre

    Mrs Clinton is representing the old politics, while Obama is encouraging the young voters to come out in abandance. I think Obama has good idears. The Gas Holiday is a bad thing we need to reduce the price not a temporay break.

    Laura Andre

    May 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Greg, NY

    What a misleading headline. Makes you think they've come to a decision, then you read the article and there's no substance.

    This happens all the time on the news. Like yesterday, Wolf announced something like "Want to know who McCain wants to run against in November? Stay tuned for his answer!"

    Then after like an hour, they finally get to the story. McCain's answer? "No comment at this time."

    Great. Thanks.

    May 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. SharonR

    So lame he loves Hedge funds and didn't win his home state in the last president election

    May 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. gerald strother

    who the hell cares "" go obama

    May 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. 60 old white lady, Mo

    If you don't make up your mind today just be quiet... What the Hell are you waiting for...?

    May 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. john

    you want me to believe what these two people, who made millions and milions by suing doctors and hospitals and then become high paid hedge fund opportunists have anything to say about???

    May 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Dave

    GOBAMA!!!!!

    Please...end...this...primary season so we can go after Grampy McBush!

    May 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Ross from Texas

    Seeing as how Obama's going to win, he should throw in his cards with the big boys and endorse him.

    I know that, for all it's proclamations of unbiased news coverage, CNN is very, very biased. We've all heard about the Wright controversies, but what about the current Clinton controversies that are going on right now? I have yet to see a CNN article about that.

    May 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Gerri

    I have a lot of respect for the Edwards. From what I read in their comments is they are for Obama, but love Senator Clinton and know she has no chance of getting the nomination.

    Another thing. Remember how many people jumped out of windows when the Stock Market crashed in 1929? I wonder how many will jump when Obama is elected president.

    May 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Tina

    Edwards seems to be afraid of the harpy (Hillary) and prefer to wait after the Indiana – N.C race before endorsing Obama so he will have less explaining to do to that shrew.

    May 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  24. Simp FL

    They are going to endorse Clinton, I don't know why they keep on dragging it on personally I could care less who they endorse. Who is Elizabeth Edwards anyway to even give her opinion. John Edwards seems to be a ok politician, but I think this is all a front because he has known for a long time who he was going to endorse. I really liked him when he was in the race, his views seem sincere.

    May 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. OB

    I think John want to endorse Obama and Elizabeth want to endorse Clinton. It must be difficult for them.

    May 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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