May 12th, 2008
09:55 AM ET
13 years ago

Edwards says Clinton must be careful

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(CNN) - John Edwards still says he is remaining neutral in the Democratic presidential race, but the onetime candidate all but said Sunday it is impossible for Hillary Clinton win the Democratic nomination, and warned the New York senator not to damage the party in the primary campaign's final stretch.

Appearing on CBS' Face the Nation, Edwards said Clinton has to be “has to be really careful that she’s not damaging our prospects," with continuing to take jabs at Obama.

"She doesn't need my advice, she knows this full well," Edwards said. "If she makes the case for herself, which she's completely entitled to do, she has to be really careful that she's not damaging our prospects, the Democratic Party, and our cause, for the fall."

Edwards also praised Clinton for the "strength and fortitude she has shown."

"I know how hard it is to get up and go out there every day, speak to the media, speak to crowds, when people are urging you to get out of the race. I mean, it's a very hard place to be in," he said. “But she's shown a lot of strength about that."

But the former North Carolina senator all but said her chances for winning the White House are over.

"The math is very, very hard for her," he said regarding her deficit in delegates to Obama. "The problem is, I think, you can no longer make a compelling case for the math.”

According to CNN's latest estimate, Clinton and Obama are now dead even in superdelegate support and Obama holds an overall 167-delegate lead.

Asked directly if Clinton should quit her White House bids, Edwards said, "I think it's a judgment that she has to make. And I think she's in a very, very tough place.”

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  1. John Sullivan

    Edwards DOESN'T endorse Senator Clinton because his wife prefers Clinton to Obama. Very simple.

    May 12, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Stuart

    I'm floored by all the alleged feminists who would rather place another opponent of Roe v. Wade in the White House to make Supreme Court appointments than reconcile with their fellow Democrats. In fact, it's sickening.

    I'm reminded of an old slogan from the Byzantine Empire when I read these comments. The defenders of Byzantium used to say, "Better the infidel than the pope" - in other words, better to deliver Constantinople into the hands of its Muslim enemies than reconcile with its Christian allies in the West. What did that get us? 500 years of oppression and slavery in the Balkans, whose legacy we still live with today in Kosovo and Bosnia.

    May 12, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Robert

    Hilary knows it's over, she isn't stupid. She is staying in as she needs her $10 million plus interest back and she's positioning for a VP spot. People keep touting how she can beat McCain, blah, blah, blah... Why have primaries then? Obama has her beat on all measures that count. And to those who will vote McCain because Hillary isn't the nominee, don't come crying when you lose your home, lose your job, don't have healthcare, and your children are sent to fight a useless war in Iran.

    May 12, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Anthony - San Antonio

    If Hillary was a stronger canidate to beat McCain in November, then she should have run a better campaign in January 08 and February 08. The only person she can blame for this colossal mismanagement of time, talent, and money is herself. Her campaign raised over 200 million dollars in fundraising contributions, but she now has to loan her campaign 12 million to keep the ship afloat? If she cant run an effective campaign against a one term senator with no name recognition, very little experience, and very little money, them how could she compete or beat John McCain? so Hillary, please stay on the campaign trail as long as you want.....It's going to take a very long time for you to come to grips with the fact that even though you thought you were entitled to be teh democratic nominee, the american people thought otherwise. You should have run in 2004?

    May 12, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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