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. SUSA

    so weird... the Hillary supporters on this website read the same comments as the rest of us, and get from it that they both support Hillary!!
    I don't get that at all. I think maybe Eliz supports Hillary, perhaps, but John Edwards supports Obama probably.

    I also think they will wait until there is a winner and then endorse. you know politicians, hedging bets as always.......

    May 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Brandon

    kind of tired of this back and forth. It's about time you know who you are backing John....
    i honestly think too much weight has been given to his endorsement.

    May 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. Dan in CO

    ""Elizabeth is for Hillary""

    All accounts I've read have indicated that, personally, Elizabeth hates Hillary's guts.

    May 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Amused, Las Vegas

    It's amusing how many people whose only voice is on this blog (and I know I am in the same boat) keep saying that people with a nationwide podium, such as the Edwards, are irrelevant.

    At least they are heard

    May 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. edward magee

    Should hillary win, would bill bring Monica back to the oval office.?

    May 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. JIM WHITTAKER

    Why in god's name would anybody with three brain cells care
    one wit what these two people say? John Edwards is a wimp,
    has always been a wimp, and will always be a wimp. His wife
    has always been the head of the household. He could never
    get more than 17% of the vote in any primary, and except for
    Iowa where he bested Hillary Clinton by less than one-percentage
    point, he always came in third after the rest of the field dropped
    out. He is a failed senator in his own state, and only ran for
    president because he knew he couldn't even win reelection in
    his own home state. And he couldn't even deliver his home state
    for Kerry.

    How did these people ever get to be on the national stage!

    They are the Britany Spears of American Politics!

    May 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. seitu

    Edwards' delay seems to be based on hiw wife's hesitation to forget the feminism and go with best cabdidate who happens to be a man.

    As a non american, watching with interest, it is clear the Rev Wright issue is just a facecard for whites who do not want a black president despite his competence. Instead of being called racist, they rather find another reason to vote against Obama.

    The rest of the world is watching America, hope you will do the right thing this time. We cannot afford another mistake such as the past 8 years, and i do not believe Clinton is the solution – sorry, the Clinton dynasty is very suspicious and lacking in credibility

    May 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. A. Harrison in Georgia

    What a pair. We Love you John and ELizabeth!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Kevin in Hanover, PA

    I want to hear...on the second ballot the next President of the United States – Al Gore!

    May 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Media Blackout May 15th

    Has The Gimmick Candidate announced she promised the Edwards to rename North Carolina to Edwardslina yet?

    Hillary Clinton, The Gimmick Candidate
    Bill and Hillary, The Gimmick Family
    Do and Say Anything ‘08

    May 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Allan

    He's for Obama but his wife won't let him say so.

    Maybe that's why the voters rejected his candidacy.

    We weren't sure which one of them was running the show.

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

    So if they counted Florida and Michigan, which Hillary won, what then? Would these Obama floaters be so high and freaking mighty? Probably. They seem like an unrealistic bunch, all up.

    May 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Hillary 08

    Perhaps they really would be happy if either candidate was selected as the nominee. There's no harm in that. He isn't a superdelegate so he doens't have to decide.

    Besides, he wants a nice cabinet position regardless of who it is, so why would he burn bridges? ha!

    May 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. A.M. Saqib

    Mr. John Edwards .. thanks but no thanks. We know now that you do not have the 'Back Bone' to stand on, how lucky democrats are that you decided to drop out early in the race, and how smart generally Americans are that they figured you out.

    It makes me sick, this kind of politics; double standards. Always searching to find the ways to please people and call that politics; while right in front of your eyes is the remarkable character of "Obama' to learn from him, the integrity, honesty, truthfulness, and second to none bening a visionary. It will be the blessed day for all of us, all Americans, the day he takes the oath of the office of president of United Staes; no two ways about that; Mr. Ex-Senator, John Edwards.

    A.M. Saqib
    Houston, Texas

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

    Since when is Elizabeth a super delegate?

    If they didn't endorse prior to NC, then they won't.

    With Kerry and Kennedy already out there for Obama, Edwards is holding back so that:
    1) he is grouped with Gore as one of the party elders who may have to step in and ask someone to cease and desist for the sake of the party.
    2) he has a prominent spot in the new administration.

    May 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. American Girl

    I've said it before
    Like the rest of the Dem. Party they are split 50/50
    She is for HIllary
    He is for Barack

    May 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. mimi de la cruz foe OBAMA

    THAT IS RUDE , THOUGHTLESS & PREJUDICIAL.

    EDWARDS JUST CALLED THE WINNER FOR THE

    US PRESIDENCY A TOKEN. HE HAS TO BE OUT OF

    HIS MIND.

    May 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. SPQR753

    John Edwards is absolutely right when stating that in regard to Obama he wants to see ""more substance under the rhetoric"".

    In other words: WHERE IS THE BEEF, Obama???????

    May 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  19. annamae bean

    Mrs Edwards, I wish you Gods strenghth. (sorry about the typo)

    May 6, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. JC

    It seems to me that the Edwards do not want to endorse Hillary, but do not want to take credit for being a Clinton traitor, either.

    May 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. mjc

    john edwards knows hillary is a better candidate, but he wants to be in on the fun of being on the obama bandwagon! he's like "aw man it would be so cool!" even though he knows hillary is a stronger general election candidate and more effective. elizabeth is right when she talks about their health care plans. obama's is not even close to covering everyone, not close to "universal" but is him trying to have it both ways to appeal to the center and to the right, meanwhile they won't deal with his plan and it will get chipped away at just like his legislature to protect illinois residents from toxic waste seepage, since the company was in his pocket. clinton has been working on health care all her legal and political career, and the gop demonized her for it during the 90's. if she gets in the white house, she knows how to get it done this time. there is a lot to be learned from experience, practice, loss, etc. she's ready to bring it to the table and that is what we need and that is why elizabeth supports her plan.

    May 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Jessie

    Funny to see Obama supporters turn into HATERS.

    Weeks ago it was all:
    Obama/ Edwards '08

    Then:
    Obama/ Richardson '08

    Elizabeth: We are ALL rolling our eyes at Obama the FRAUD. It is clear it will be

    Obama/Uncle Wright '08
    Yes, They are cons

    May 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  23. Kel in Auburn, AL

    Sounds like John wants to endorse Obama but his wife is keeping the pressure on him to shut his mouth so he won't hurt Hillary, who she's supporting.

    honestly, though, this is just stale news as everyone waits for tonight's primary results.

    May 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  24. White Independent

    "lot of the old politics" = corruption, greed and going to the highest bidder.
    highest bidder = New York senator accepts donations from lobbyists.
    But in record numbers, you came out and spoke up for change. And with your voices and your votes, you made it clear that at this moment – in this election – there is something happening in America.
    There is something happening when Americans who are young in age and in spirit – who have never before participated in politics – turn out in numbers we’ve never seen because they know in their hearts that this time must be different.
    There is something happening when people vote not just for the party they belong to but the hopes they hold in common – that whether we are rich or poor; black or white; Latino or Asian; whether we hail from Iowa or New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina, we are ready to take this country in a fundamentally new direction. That is what’s happening in America right now. Change is what’s happening in America.
    We are the ones we've been waiting for.

    May 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. mike

    The truth is coming, eventhough it taks time, sometimes

    May 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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