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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soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Observer

    In as much as I admire the fighting spirit of H. Clinton, I feel that she is not seeing the trees for the forest. I believe she is having a hard time accepting that a Clinton can loose to a newcomer in politics.

    Fellow Americans, what at stake here is the integrity of America. The world is watching America, waiting to see if they will elect Obama.

    If Americans elect Senator Obama, then they will proof to the world that indeed, they are commited to democracy.

    If they dont elect Senator Obama because he is 'not 100% White', how then can we claim that we want to spread democracy around the world while we are still prejudiced against our own here at home.

    May 12, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Chizo

    I really hope that Democrats will lick their wounds and get behind the nominee so that we can win the election. It is quite disturbing reading some of these blogs of who won't vote for who. Very few blogs actually have facts to support their "non-vote, McCain vote" Simply emotions. It's not productive to bite your nose to spite your face.

    May 12, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  3. Raindog

    Why should Clinton be careful? She should be as careful as the party hacks who have thrown her under the bus for Obama. She should be as careful and show as much loyalty to the party as those flip flopping super delegates have shown her. She should show as much loyalty as Richardson as shown. No Hillary is not the one to "BE CAREFUL" It is the rest of the party and Obama who say one thing and then send their supporters out to do their dirty work. Hillary should show the same respect to the party that the party and Obama have shown her. Drink the KoolAid kids....when Obama has lost the general election....don't even try to blame it on Hillary. It will be the fault of the super liberals once again dragging this party to defeat. How sad.

    May 12, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  4. yes we can

    Edward is quite right,its painful, everybody knows but she should not take it as personal thing.first its about Americans,and ofcourse the image of the democrate party.who wants to loose? nobody but sometimes one as to aggreed when its time to stop and give up.she can continue but not in the negative way.normally she has to start attacking Mccain not other way round given Mccain all the opportunity to harm Obama.God bless America

    May 12, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Peter R

    ...and this guy wanted to lead our country?

    May 12, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Tom in Austin

    We must move forward with Obama. He is very electable and will make and excellent candidate to run against McCain. We need to ensure we no longer distance the democratic party. There has to be a second place in this race for the Democrats. Hilliary, please tell your constituents it is OK to let go. We will need every democrat to win. Stop prolonging this blood bath, it only helps the republicans. Let's unite and win this presidency.

    May 12, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. sj

    John Edwards is just telling it like it is. If the cards were reversed, I would vote for Hillary despite the fact that I don't think highly of her ethics, integrity or ability to run her campaign (which is already shown to be a disaster).

    But I could not put my feelings above the best for our nation. Hillary supporters - please stop and think for a minute about what you hope for this country.

    Do you want Americans to continue to suffer through tax cuts for the rich, Supreme Court appointments who will take away a woman's right to choose, more war, war, war! Because if you vote for McCain or sit home, this is what you will get and you will have to sleep with that every night. Picture a military official going to someone's door to inform them of their child's death in Iraq. If we don't vote for change from that, that will be on our collective consciousness.

    Remember – Hillary and Barack really are not so different in their beliefs.

    May 12, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Andrew

    If Edwards came out for the Clinton camp, you all would have talked about how genuine he was, how he made a principled decision, etc. But no, he doesnt even come out for Obama, he doesnt even pose an opinionated answer, he tells the truth about the situation and you sell him down the river as biased and insincere. Could you be any more phony? Give me a break. If you love Clinton, well, thats your prerogative, but come on, the democratic party was great before Bill Clinton, and it's been great after him. Life goes on.

    What happened to being fair about the will of the people and counting all the votes? Now you're talking as if that was all just some strange ridiculous exercise and the Superdelegates are crazy. They're voting the will of the people. The people said they want Obama, not Hillary. Get over it, she lost.

    May 12, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Peggy Munro


    You are correct. Your comment says it all. Obama haters don't be misled by emotions. He has said time and time again that he and Senator Clinton are friends and remain friends. If he wins, she will support him. If she wins he will promote and support her. Enough said.

    May 12, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. TRW

    I like John Edwards, and I like both Hillary and Obama.
    I will vote for the Democratic nominee. I will NEVER vote for McCain because, unlike some people, I don't vote against my own interests.

    May 12, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  11. Jamie in NC

    Is this a CNN post or FOX Noise? There are so many ignorant posts here.... Yes, lets nominate Obama and then we can all complain in November when McCain wins. Its great to "hope" but we have to be realistic as well. I fear we Democrats were done the minute we discarded Edwards for these two media darlings. I know that is an unpopular view among liberals, but the numbers show Obama will not carry any GOP voters to our side; at least Hillary does well in GOP strongholds. In NC, Hillary won all the counties that traditionally vote GOP. That, and a little thing called the popular vote, is what we should be concerned with in these primaries.

    May 12, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Charles Cager

    Freida, NYC it sounds like you are looking at the man based on race. if I am correct the clintons intoduuced the race card

    May 12, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Jean

    Any of you guys saw the saturday night live skit of Billary? Hilarious stuff mostly because it is all true. Hillary has the support of idiot racists and she knows it. She even acknowledges that she has more support from white uneducated supremists than any other candidate. It's so funny to me I mean pure comedy. I hope all you die hard Clingon dummies donate to fund you losers joke of a campaign. You guys are already to stupid to pick a winner so mught as well throw your money in the trash right alongside of your brains .

    May 12, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. OA

    Edwards just needs to come out and endorse someone; very soon his opinion/endorsement won't matter anymore. Honestly, I think his silence does speak to his xter and him just being more of the same.

    May 12, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. Greg

    When my kids were little and they got in trouble, it was never their fault. There was always someone else to blame.

    Cheating husband gets caught and it's a "vast right wing conspiracy."

    Get caught lying to the American people not once but three times and it's a "misspeak due to fatigue."

    Losing the primary – Lord, where to begin...

    The press is biased.

    The DNC is biased.

    Howard Dean is biased.



    It appears there is another group that is biased against Sen. Clinton as well.

    The voters.

    May 12, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  16. Toronto Observer

    Frieda in NYC is an example of the type of false Democrats that appear so willing to hurt the Party. Your choice to vote for McCain reeks of immaturity, selfishness, and dishonors the fabulous hard work put in by both Hillary and Barack. They've changed the way we all look at things and short-sighted people like you who would so easily throw away your Democratic ties, insult them with your narrow-minded threats. I remind you that the United States was built by people who at the end of the day were able to put aside their differences and come together for everyone's benefit. If that didn't happen the U.S.A. wouldn't have happened. I wonder what they would think of your choice to betray your party because you are basically a sore loser? I bet they wouldn't be too impressed.

    May 12, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  17. Hillary supporters

    Obama fantics will have you forfeit your vote for what they think is right. Their interests are their own. Never vote for a party, vote for a person, a cause. Believe in something rather than follow their directions, Clinton is not the same as Obama, not even close. Obama is an extremist, and Hillary is quite moderate, much like John McCain. I won't ever tell you who to vote for as that is pretentious and arrogant, all I ask is you research each candidates and think about who you think would best represent you, and your ideals for generating a better America.

    May 12, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Hillary No More

    Hillary needs to throw in the towel. Is this the kind of President we want that throughs more of her own money at a losing cause? Sounds like a familiar ring with Bush and the war in Iraq.

    The old, we will just out spend them attitude. It sounds like Hillary has somewhat of a gambling addiction as that is basically what she is doing with her money.

    May 12, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Scott in NC

    Can someone please explain to me how you can be for Hillary and McCain at the same time? They have completely polar opposite viewpoints as to where this country should be headed in terms of the economy, the war and healthcare. There is almost nothing similar between them, but almost all of the basic ideals of Clinton are shared by Obama.

    I can think of no other reason than racism to run from Hillary straight into the arms of McCain.

    May 12, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. elvispresley

    »»Aaah!...Well said,John Edwards. Hillary "SO Annoying" Clinton is PATHETIC!!...and she is DAMAGING the Democratic Campaign!!!»»The great Barack Obama already WON the nomination!!!...

    May 12, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Tabitha in Minnesota

    By empowering Hillary Clinton’s mission of divisiveness, we are hindering the ability of future generations of women to inspire greatness in this country.

    May 12, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Mike


    May 12, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Anonymous

    He waffled to Kerry in hopes of becoming his VP. Now, he's looking to NObama for the same thing but probably a little more hesitant because of the Kerry outcome. He has proven time and time again that he cannot make a decision, much less a sound one! You people that support NObama really think he has a chance? Well, think again. The power states are already on board for McCain – therein lies the problem.

    Tick tock tick tock, NObama's time is short. Let him revel in what time he has left though I, for one, am sick of watching his cocked head every time he is on TV or in a photo. Can the man hold his head up straight? Doubtful when one is "looking down" on his so-called peers.

    May 12, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. MBC

    You covered it all so well. Hillary needs to depart. I question her integrity & intentions. Let's keep supporting $ Obama since his campaign will need it.

    May 12, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. Kerry NN,VA

    For those you of that are threatening to vote for McCain if Hillary does not get the nomination, that is childish and selfish and you have no regard for the situation that this country is in. Obama won the votes fair and square. The people voted for the best candidate. Hillary lost this campaign on her own by being over confident and arrogant. She made some fatal mistakes in her campaign. We do not need John McBush in the White House. This country needs a new attitude and so does Hillary supporters. We all need to rally around Obama so that we can bring America back to what it is suppose to be. I think most of you are scared that Obama will make a change and you do not want to give that credit to a black man. This is the kind of thinking his campaign stayed away from. We are all Americans regardless of race or gender. I respect Hillary, but think that Obama can get the job done if given the chance. Lets change or attitudes and get our minds on making this country a better place. We have to much riding on this to be at odds.

    May 12, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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