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. linda from South Dakota

    to will from south dakota? cnn does have black reporters,, u just arent watchin at the right time,, watch more, and you will see,,,,, GO OBAMA!!!!!

    May 6, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    This is SO typical of John Edwards-never making a commitment and being wishy-washy. He is VERY unpopular in North Carolina; a crummy ex-senator perceived as being a phony opportunist. He would have never carried another election in North Carolina. What he really cares about is his money and his hair...

    May 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  3. Carl

    Blah.. Hillary doesn't count – she was married to a President. For it to be symbolic a woman has to make it on her own and not because her man gave her experience. I'm sure that comment will upset many people but It's my opinion – and I think she will say or do whatever she has to to get elected and then not do any of it.

    Obama on the other hand is much more trustworthy and candid. Is it so wrong for a President to be honest these days?

    I am ashamed the Edwards didn't endorse, it shows that he is looking for some sort of political security.

    May 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. carmen

    At this point, who cares what these other "poor" people think? Are they just waiting to see who will win before they endorse and figure out how they can milk it? Explains why they're not in the race

    May 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. PA Dem


    I am scared of "how far we have come" if you are representing this country.

    It's difficult to take anything you say seriously with so many spelling errors, so therefore, I will consider your statement to be "rhetoric".

    May 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Gerald from Hoboken

    OK – we get it, Obama stands for change...well, so do I. The fact is, Obama has not told anyone what this change is going to be. What is he going to do different?

    Will change the carpet in the oval office? Perhaps he wants to change the fact that his political career began in the very church that the likes of Oprah and others fled, due the the "hot air" that was coming from it.

    May 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. CNN=FOX

    Who cares what she thinks. Thats the reason the democrats didnt win in 04. The wrong people wearing the pants at home. Kerry's and Edwards wife should have been running instead.

    May 6, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Jason - KY

    Neither of them had the backbone to endorse anybody, so who cares what they think or say.

    What Edwards failed to understand is now that the voting as began he only has the power of 2 votes, his ballot and his Super Delegate vote.

    If he had endorsed somebody he could have harnessed a great deal of undecided votes. Looser!!!!

    May 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. jay nyc

    Edwards is holding out for a VP job. We ALL know that OBAMA will have the MOST delegates and the lead in popular vote. The only way hillary could win is if super delegates CROWN her –and that's not even about to happen. Why? Because since super tuesday in February, most super delegates have SUPPORTED OBAMA....and that's a fact....OBAMA will be the next PRESIDENT of the USA!!! He makes us all proud to be Americans!

    May 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  10. Maggie

    ....And the truth shall set you free.........

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

    Mr and Mrs Edwards, with all your talk of wanting to help the down and out, I think you would be ready for some change in Washington, But by reading your interviews I feel that you are the same Ole Staus Quo that is located in the Clinton camp. Your hesitation to jump on the change band wagon scares me and makes me believe that you are the same as the Clintons.

    Democrates, Dont loose the young vote....Vote for change or you will loose the young vote forever..........take this from an older person...

    May 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. elm, Georgia

    Tell John & Elizabeth go sit down somwhere. The Dem don't need them at this point when the race is over. John is looking for a free ride to the Whitehouse.

    May 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. Russell

    Reading that makes me so happy they won't be in the White House. Loser

    May 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. Jodie, Idaho

    Those of you who support Clinton should support your own message. He should vote for who wins his state. Right?

    May 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Truthiness

    Old Style Politics is Obama lying about everything and anything.

    Change without a plan is the same old same old politics as usual.

    Hillary's style has effectively brought change for 30 years.

    Nothing wrong with methods
    Everything wrong with verbal BS and no experience of Obama and Obama no experience of effectiveness.

    What exactly has Obama accomplished other than marketing himself?

    May 6, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. a middle aged white woman in SF

    I love John Edwards. It is the media who drove him out of the race. They ignored him in '04 and they did it again this time around. John & Elizabeth deserve the best and if they don't want to endorse anyone, well, so what?!

    OBAMA '08

    May 6, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Craig in Ontario

    Will-South Dakota:

    Statements like "How come CNN doesn't have any people of color reporting as anchors instead of the ALL WHITE anchors?" prove only one thing. You obviously don't know what you're talking about. It may also say that you are a racist, or at least looking for evidence of racism wherever you can.

    I watch CNN alot. And I mean ALOT. There are plenty of non-white reporters such as Fredricka Whitfield, Betty Nguyen, T.J. Holmes, Tony Harris, Roland Martin (not an anchor but on CNN constantly), Rick Sanchez, Ali Velshi .... I think you get the point.

    Why can't you Americans actually try to get past this whole white-black race issue from half a century ago. The only thing that keeps it alive is constant racist remarks like these.

    Anyone that doesn't watch CNN and know that they have plenty of white, black, oriental, indian, etc... anchors may actually think you know what you're talking about and may take a stance that CNN is a racist network.

    Grow up, move on and be at one with all your brothers and sisters.

    May 6, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. Chut Pata

    Mr. Edwards on Hillary: "Clinton represents a lot of the old politics."
    Mrs. Edwards on Hillary: "disappointed the New York senator accepts donations from lobbyists"

    Hillary belong to Republican party!

    Billary/McBush = dream ticket!

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

    Obama Health Plan is a Good one. Hillary haven't being able to put one in real affect. I trust that Obama will do right by by his health plan. His website has all the information. Besides, it's not what the Edwards say. It's what we the voters say.

    May 6, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Denise Duplessis, Jamaica,

    Talk is cheap! Senator Obama doesn't offer anything substantive to ponder about and the saddest part is people fall for it. I can understand why the Edwards are hesitant about making up their minds. Hillary is the one, please.

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

    How funny, some here say they are endorsing Hillary, some say Obama. They all ready know who they are endorsing but will not say. She should say Hillary, he should say Obama, but it kind of sounds like he is saying, I will endorse whoever (mrs. Edwards) tells me to endorse.

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

    To anyone who hasn't voted today, vote for Obama. Today's newspaper reports that Shimon Peres, the President of Israel stated that peace treaties are attentionable with the Palestinians. He further stated that military action will not be necessary to dissuade Iran from proceeding with its nuclear program as long as the world takes a determined and united diplomatic stand against the government in Tehran. Senator Obama has been talking about diplomatic approaches from day one!! If you are not safe, it doesn't matter who
    "fixes the economy." Senator Clinton's comments about obliterating Iran are outrageous at best and downright foolish at worst. Escalating conflict serves no one, particularly the Israelis. The United States needs a politican who understands the importance of diplomacy, not one who things that threatening people works! Look at Bush! P.S. who cares what the Edwards do!

    May 6, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. linda-Texas

    I would sure like someone to explain the "new politics" that seems to be all the rage. From what I have been able to determine it has no more substance than the hype of the "new economy", and we all know how well that worked out for us.

    Politics is politics. Politicians come and go but the game has been the same throughout history.

    May 6, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. close hi lies piehole

    The Edwards quotes tells the whole story.

    NOT being able to make up his mind in months and still setting on the fence "does that sound like what we need in the oval office"?
    Elizabeth rolling her eyes ?????
    We have had enough Clinton lies,figments of McClintons imagination from Monica to Bosnia to the gas pump farce.

    Go Obama 08

    May 6, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  25. CNN=Hillary Clinton

    ohhhhhhhhh he can't make up his mind by now???!!
    then, there must be something wrong w/ him...
    i never liked him, anyways......
    his hair cut cust $$800.00............r u kidding me?

    he ran twice and didnt even win his own state........

    he is not important, anymore................

    May 6, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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