May 6th, 2008
12:40 PM ET
15 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. White male for Obama

    John and Elizabeth you should know that no one is perfect and if you realized that, you have to make up your mind who to endorse.

    Your endorsement really matters today or hold your peace for ever.

    No one is perfect and you can't make everything workout for because one man meal is another man's poison.

    Choose or foreget about it.
    God Bless America and the bold once.

    May 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  2. sean

    well, i hope they're matter who they WOULD'VE picked....after today, no one will really care...

    May 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. chill out

    like the Edwards,.......chill out, lets see how all this plays out tonight!!!!

    May 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Philadelphia, PA.

    I love the voter who said John Ed. comments were a clear choice for Hillary. Your just as delusional as she is. He definitely played the fence on his comments, no candidate neither mine (Obama) or yours (Hillary) can claim an endorsement. Be honest. By the way i sure hope the races today end this charade and Hillary goes home to bake brownies while dodging sniper fire.

    May 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Marco

    I was duped to vote republican in the last election. I want to vote Democrat this time, but the negativity of the race is just turning me off. Enough already, select a candidate and lets get this country moving in the right direction once an for all.

    May 6, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. I wish

    I wish it were to be Edward instead of Obama running against Hillary. Edward is so much better than Obama.


    please do the right thing. Hillary will be a great president.

    May 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |

    They'll secretly support Hillary. Don't want to be scrutinized for their decision.


    May 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  8. sacto joe

    You know, so much has been made by the Clinton supporters about the fact that the black community is supporting Obama because he is one of them.

    But the silence is deafening when the subject comes up of women who are supporting Clinton BECAUSE SHE'S A WOMAN!!!

    And last time I checked, there were a LOT more women than blacks in this country.....

    May 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. Tee

    Mike- Raleigh- What facts does HRC have? She has been wrong so many times. Is this what you call experience? She was the front runner from the beginning, lost it. Picked the wrong people to run her camoaign. Had all the advantages. She shouldn't be in this position.

    May 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. Typical latina Patriot n proud voting for OBAMA

    John & Elizabeth Edwards it is time for you to GROW A PAIR !!! iT was this lack of decision making early on which made it impossible for you to win. Now it is time to respect the party and make a decision.


    Obama 08

    May 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. maya

    Seems obvious to me- they BOTH like Hillary, but JE has his political career to keep in mind and has to be cautious.

    EE rocks!

    May 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. hrc4sure

    It comes down to who can win the national election and that is Hillary Clinton. Obama needs time to get some actual experience, some time to decide that if he is a uniter then he should not have long term relationships with dividers such as Rev. Wright and William Ayers. Michelle Obama needs to realize that we want someone in the White House who is proud of our country but wants to improve it.
    Hillary Clinton in 09

    May 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. ken

    "O.H decides, Texas decides, no, its P.A that decides....and oh yeah, if the Edward's pick me then I am definitely the better candidate." Can you guess who would say such ridiculous things? If you say Hillary, YOUR RIGHT ! Tell the contestants what they won BoB !

    May 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Addis - observer

    they r waiting to see the clear winner. shame!

    May 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. annamae bean

    To the Edwards, A power couple indeed. Thank you for the wonderful public service to America. Mrs. Edwards, I wish you Gods strength to you. Annamae Bean

    May 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  16. SUE, Michigan

    I truly hope that once this is done, and Hillary emerges, the Obamaites can rally behind her. I also pray that the illiteracy I see here is not from Democrats, but from Republicans trying to stir things up and make us think Democrats are stupid. The Edwards' are wonderful, caring people, and I think he could be an excellent VP choice for either one.

    May 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Rudy NYC:

    For the record, Barack Obama himself has referred to his race as African American. Usually, when someone is of mixed race, if they look black, they call themselves black.

    For instance, what would you call Tiger Woods? He's all three races.

    May 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. Raindog

    John hit it on the head. Everyone is wanting to prove how far we have come. What a great statement."why we are so togther now we voted for a black man!' What crap. Face it folks. People are using anObama vote to make a statement. Why not vote for the candadate who truely can bring about change and not just empty speaches. The only candidate strong enought to take on McCain is Hillary. A vote for Obama is a certain vote for McCain. Obama is way to cloudlike to ever stand up against the Republican Attack Machine. Oh well the super liberals will just make certain we lose again. Remeber the out of touch Kerry?....SO sad that the people are being taken in by this snake oil huckster.

    May 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  19. Jewel Montgomery Dallas, Tx

    I agree with Will from South Dakota. CNN has selected the last president and oh what a job they did. Look at the results. They were pro Bush. They are equal to FOX.

    May 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  20. Frank in Missouri

    They missed the train ... not more than opportunists

    May 6, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. World Angel

    Why would anybody say RACE is the biggest factor in voting for one of the Candidates. I find that hard to believe, because OBAMA is both White & Black, he has the advantage over his Opponent. He can use this to his advantage. I feel sorry for African Americans who think that they are voting for OBAMA only because he's black. When he becomes the President, don't say this isn't the person that I voted for, he's the same person with multi-personalities WE ARE GOING TO SEE BOTH SIDES. WARNING!!!!!! WATCH OUT!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  22. Donj, NJ

    Can McSame stop reading from the teleprompter! Gosh, he sounds just like Bush and is more boring than boring itself...I guess he's too old to memorize them.

    May 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Obama for sure

    Come on Obama..
    Edwards will not endorse either candidate untill he knows who will be the clear that he can join in..
    To the path of becoming VP..
    Don't ever expect edwards helping anyone he's helping himself

    May 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Kate

    rolling of the eyes? sorry but despite Hillary being a woman she would not represent change for me. She is the same old politices just dressed in a prettier outfit. Her last minute negative and misleading ads demonstrate how she relies on the old way of doing politics. How about NOT attacking your fellow democrat? How about telling us what you WILL do and not what your opponent will NOT do? How about NOT resorting to cheap fear tactics with ads that have Osama bin Laden images? How about NOT pandering to the financially struggling public with a ineffective plan to suspend oil tax? As a woman, I would love to live to see the day of a Madam President but just not this woman. OBAMA represents change!!!

    May 6, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  25. argieman

    I want to remark on numbers how many superdelegates have endorsed each candidate since the democratic primaries and caucuses began on January 3:
    Barack Obama: 130 (68.5 %)
    Hillary Clinton: 60 (31.5%)

    Go Barack GO

    May 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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