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.”

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards
soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Gerry In Toronto

    The fact is, this race has been over since Missouri. It's now time for all Democrats to unite under Obama in order to start the fight against John McCain.

    May 12, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. bigben

    Edwards is a loser just like obama

    May 12, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  3. Lee WV

    Why doesn't he go ahead and endorse to try to speed things along.

    May 12, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Kel in Auburn, AL

    so, reading between the lines, he's basically saying that she should leave already and not slam the door when she does. I agree.

    May 12, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. sky

    Atleast she has stopped the nasty campaigning.

    May 12, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Ivar

    While I feel Edwards is a good guy, i cant help but think that he falls into the same old politics of not being transparent. Why not justy come out in open with his support for one or the other candidate. Why thi9s suspense ( specially after his state has decided which way do they lean).

    He is not doiung his image any favors by holding out any longer

    May 12, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. melisa

    yeah she will soon beat him

    May 12, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  8. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    Edwards is just stating the obvious. Everybody knows that Hillary is done. He must have a reason to actually say it publicly, especially since he's irrelevent. He's not even a superdelegate, so he's useless.

    May 12, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. sheila

    John Edwards is a pandering fraud. He is playing both and leaning leaning towards Obama as his future job prospects are better. Shame on John Edwards-who do you think you are???. It comments such as his and rRchardsons which are impacting the party-not Hillarys.

    May 12, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. MC, Pa

    Only one explanation: She is determined to destroy the party. This woman is an evil.

    May 12, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. JPK

    Adward, why don't you just take side? Are you a chicken? Mrs Clinton doesn't need your advice but your endorsment. Go ahead be explicite and throw your support behind Obama.

    Obama for 2008

    May 12, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Jenny, TX

    How could the Dems keep saying that Hillary is damaging the party while she is a more stronger candidate who can beat John McCain in November???

    May 12, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Jillian, NY

    Math doesn't matter when you are selfish. Hillary will go on no matter what–sad.

    May 12, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. After further review,Texas

    Keep driving a car with a flat and soon the rim gets damaged or comes off all together.Sounds like someone I know.

    May 12, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. Edwards

    Is the epitome of a tool. As are most obamanites.

    May 12, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. 60 year old white female, Mo

    Hillary listen to your Democrats colleagues... If you don't listen to them how are you going to listen to us American People? Just get out of the race? You are not electable... You lose the popular vote, Numbers of States won. Delegates counts...!! Electability+ numbers of Delegates, Sates and popular vote won... American people don't want you... if they dis you should be on top of everything...!
    For the good of the party go away... Its not your time... Wait for 2012

    May 12, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Pol

    Looks like Family is having fun for their own pleasure and their own money (which you may be want to reimburse to them to keep at least round 100,000000 $). It is understandable: when again? – NEVER.

    May 12, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. robin

    Edward needs to back off and let Clinton continue

    May 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Kris from AZ

    Edwards is on the money. How is Clinton going to land this thing without hurting the parties standing. We must unify to stop republicans from hurting our domestic and world standing.

    May 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Bobby

    Edwards keeps telling HRC to stop running for the DEM. nomination. HRC needs to WAKe-up and face defeat! Then the unification of the DEm. party will begin!

    OBAMA 2008

    May 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. Freida NYC

    I will never ,ever vote for Obama, even if Hillary is #2 on the ticket. She is my only number 1, McCain is my number 2...NEVER OBAMA! I wil never forget the unfairness of this campaign and all the anti-Hillary media coverage. I hope all of the Hillary's supporters turn to McCain in November.

    Hillary is our only hope!

    May 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. -d

    I've always admired John Edwards.

    May 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. matt

    So we know his wife voted for clinton
    he voted obama


    May 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. fred

    So what does he know???? Go Hillary!!

    If not Hillary...then McCain!!

    Run as an Independent Hillary!!!

    May 12, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Cammi317

    In otherwords, to take a verse from Madonna

    Take a bow, the night is over
    This masquerade is getting older
    Lights are low, the curtains down
    There's no one here
    [There's no one here, there's no one in the crowd]
    Say your lines but do you feel them
    Do you mean what you say when there's no one around [no one around]

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