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. Barbo

    Isn't Edwards going to Vote? That's not a great message to send to the People!

    May 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. @americans

    I think the Edwardses have outlived their relevance!
    At this time, anything they say is just self-serving and they do not have any political clout whatsoever; even in North Carolina...Obama would have trounced Edward in his own back yard if he is still in the race...and definitely Hillarious will be getting a pounding there today!

    It would be better if the Edwardses just keep their mouths SHUT and enjoy their vacation wherever they are!
    If John Edward's plan was that good or if he had any substance, he would have been in the race today!

    ENUFF SAID!!!!

    May 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. PLJ

    Well I say, Your Endorsement means nothing at this point....To Much To Little To Late, for you Mr Edwards, Your Lime Light has gone out...

    May 6, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Clearly–he's holding his delegates and personal support for the clear winner.
    I suppose he actually may become the Poverty Czar.

    May 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. v.ananthan


    great symbolic thing to have an African-American who could be president.". "see more substance under the rhetoric"

    she "shows a real strength that's inside of her."



    May 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  6. Kevin

    It's not a powerful symbolic moment to have the first woman President be one who rode the coattails of her husband's last name.

    Unless, of course, you're looking for a symbolic moment that proves your theory that women can't reach the top unless her man has done it first.

    May 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Jeff

    I could care less who John Edwards endorses and even less about who his wife endorses, why does she get any clout?

    May 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Ayo

    John Edwards will ultimately endorse Obama because 60%-85% of his staff and supporters are already with Obama.

    May 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  9. SoCal

    None of my posts have made it through. Here it goes one last time.

    I guess the flip flopper in 04 was really Edwards. He was weak then and is weak now. We dont need his endorsement to win N.C. Who said that he would be v.p.? He couldnt even win his home state in the last election. Lets move on.

    Obama will close it out today.

    One more thing. Im starting to think CNN stands for CLINTON NOT NIGRO. I cant believe how they put Hillary's negative add yesterday and her speach in bashing Obama. But put a 2 minute clip off Obama and had all the so called experts say that Clinton has the momentum . Its over folks. Its been for a month now and cnn is trying to drag this on. She is farther behind today than she was before Pennsylvania. How much is she paying you to keep this going CNN?

    May 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. Maggie

    Bla...bla, same old stuff. I wonder if Sickle-Cell is covered under Obama's plan? If so, does it cover only children? Ya'll might check that out...... It would be covered for all under Clinton plan.....

    Go ahead Obama fans, Make the Wright choice for change.

    May 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    "... the race issue is greater than we want to admit. It's just true! People will often support people who look like them."

    Yes, like 92%+ of ALL Black Americans voting for the Junior Senator Obama!

    So, you see, the Junior Senator Obama is a UNITOR!

    He has successfully UNITED BLACK AMERICANS!

    NO ONE, especially the Juniot Senator Obama, has any idea how anyone is going to UNITE the rest of America; it's just the Junior Senator Obama & 92%+ of Black America, against the rest of the people in America!


    May 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. sharrell, dc

    Ask me if I care who they endorse.

    May 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. tidho

    Neither are superdelegates, so it really doesn't matter.
    I'm glad he stayed quiet (even though I think he preferes Obama). He'll be needed to help bring the party together when Hillary finally does go away.

    In an unrelated note...
    Why isn't CNN reporting Obama's superdelegate gains over the last couple days?

    May 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  14. Eric

    Probably the best reason why Edwards campaign never picked up. It is clear, and you only had to watch one debate to notice it, that he deeply despises Hillary. But a complete lack of courage and moral fortitude tied with personal ambitions prevent him from endorsing Obama. Edwards has the talk but when it comes to decisions, his political career, unfortunately, shows his unability to go forward.

    May 6, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. mminohio

    Judging by the spelling and grammar utilized in most of the Obama posts I see here, it is clear to me that his followers also include the uneducated.

    May 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. D

    Who cares what she thinks??? She has NO credentials to even have an opinion. And yes, being married to Edwards is not a credential we shoudl care about! And Edwards is clearly a wimp!

    May 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  17. Bob

    Obviously Elizabeth wears the pants in that family!

    May 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  18. Jones

    John and Elizabeth what is wrong with you guys?....Americans don't care what you guys thinK or say anymore......Bye, bye losers...............

    May 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Johnny

    You Clintonistas are pathetic. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story. There was no endorsement of EITHER candidate here.

    Wishful thinking. Just like the sniper fire, counting only the votes you think matter, and including states that broke DNC rules.

    She will lose. The only question is whether you will get line with the rest of us or cross over to McCain. You white collar votes that do can kiss any decent health care plan goodbye. That, and your job goes to China. The rest of us won't feel sorry for you.

    May 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Orange, purple collar, working male not for Dems

    Sounds like a couple of nutcases to me.
    Obama isn't African-American dweeb.

    May 6, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Terry

    It's kind of obvious to anyone who hasn't intoxicated themselves by drinking too much of Obama's Koolaid that he is unelectable in the main contest that will matter.. The Presidential Election. The Democrats need a viable nominee against McCain and that is Hillary. Obama has too many skeletons in his closet, not enough experience, and more rhetoric than actual ideas to fix all the problems that Bush made. Obama didn't realize what what going on for 20 yrs with his spirital leader, didn't realize it when the Youtube videos for the world to see were posted, and not until the crazy guy gave yet another speech filled with lunacy did he all of sudden start jumping up and down and "realizing" his oblivious nature against Wright? Maybe ecause he's down in the polls? Please... He wouldn't recognize a danger to our country being it foreign or domestic until it happened. Possibly not until it happened twice! Nobama... Vote for someone who obviously is willing to fight to make things happen, has plans to fix Bush's problems, and has more balls than both Obama and McCain. Hillary!


    Hillary 08!

    May 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  22. reason

    Edwards is a coward, plain and simple. Too bad that they disagree, but he's too much of a coward to do anything. Ridiculous.

    May 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. North Carolina Graduate

    Please black people. Dont start calling her racist. Im black and even I know that Elizabeth Edwards just had a difference of opinion.

    May 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. Ron-Canada

    Will-South Dakota

    Are you blind, or just an idiot?
    Wolf B. is African-American.
    Both their late morning and afternoon shows are co-anchored by a black man and a white woman.

    They also have Hispanics ( remember Soledad O'Brian?) and people of Oriental origin.

    May 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Lynette

    It appears to me that he is for Obama and she's a little unclear. I can't believe that John or Elizabeth Edwards like the lies that Clinton / Clinton put out there. He's always spoke out against that sort of pandering. Wait for it ...he'll eventually come out for Obama and so will everyone else.

    May 6, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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