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. s.b.

    Look the people in WV, Kenn, PR, SD, Mon, are voting anyways. Her name is one the ballot. Also the issue with Fl and MI is yet to be resolved.

    She should continue to campaign. There is no reason for her not to.

    May 12, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Susan Missouri


    We highly respect you, and had hoped you would be one of the candidadtes.

    We strongely feel Hillary Clinton will win the nomination. It is obvious she is a fighter. She is experienced, for all the people,

    The people of the upcoming states will show she can win.

    Hillary 08!!

    May 12, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. tim from Ravenna, OH

    It is really too bad that I must support McCain this time around. Obama will damage the Democratic party much worse than McCain will damage the country. We cannot afford to have 4 yrs of ineffective administration from Obama only to have 4 or 8 more yrs of Republican rule.

    May 12, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Done

    Folks, history is unfolding before you. The world is watching especiallu you dems. If these blogs are dominated by you which they appear to be by me....then how do you think your party is perceived.

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

    I used to have lots of respects for the Clintons but I do not understand why being this desperate. This should not be Hillary and Clintons' birth right. .
    For those that do not want to vote for Obama, let's face the fact, you are hurting yurselves and being of disservice to this country. If you go for 4 more years of bush, I will like you to explain your support to those families that had their young ones killed in Iraq... explain your support to families that got their jobs taken out of the country,..... explain the state of the economy to your children and so on....well, we are all in it together, and posterity will judge you all.

    If Hillary has enough support, she w'ont be at the bottom, so that shows she cannot even muscle as much support as Obama can. and she cannot make it by herself. So, for posterity sake, let her do the reasonablre thing.

    May 12, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. DK

    I am another one of those Democrats that will vote for McCain if Obama gets the nomination. Obama's arrogance reminds me of Bush. I cannot stand to see another arrogant male in the White House. Who are these idiot Super delegates anyway?

    May 12, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. SlimSista


    May 12, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Samuel

    How can Hilary Clinton say boldly that she like and cherish the democratic party and yet she is damaging the party propects of winning the white house in the fall? Let us face it if Obama were to be in her shoes rightnow he will have done the right thing, which is concede defeat. Hilary, please do same for the sake of your beloved party.

    May 12, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. proud army and navy mom

    hillary has shown time and time again that her judgment is poor. her mismanaged campaign, her mismanaged husband, her mismanaged staff, misspeaks, miscalculations.............

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

    People need to chill she can continue to campaign if she wants. Barrack needs to be careful not to continue to allienate Hillary's supporters, and he should make sure no one else in his camp meets with hamas like they have been.

    May 12, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  11. Grant

    Like she is going to listen you John!!! If you want to stop this, then go out and endorse Obama and add another super to his totals, not go around the talk show circuit...put your money where your mouth is! This guy is getting annoying! His state overwhelming went for Obama, all of his supporters have endorsed Obama, his staff is working for him...what a drama Queen! Typical trial lawyer!

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

    Oh, how I wish he would have stayed in... He's an amazing man. I hope that Obama approaches him about the VP slot. Together they would make a formidable pair.

    Hillary, it's time to step down and encourage your supporters to support Obama. We NEED to win the Whitehouse. Our country can't take another 4 years of Bush which is what we'll get with McSame.

    Obama/Edwards '08

    May 12, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Romulus, Michigan

    Mr. Edwards is right and she is on the fence and if she falls Senator Clinton may impale herself and the Democratic Party.

    CNN it is my opinion that your moderators have intentionally allowed some of the most racist statements through to your political tickler blog. They also, stop statements that really point out Senator Clintons sever weakest. Senator Clinton has shown an inability to take responsibility for her decision to support the war in Iraq and continues to blame her decision on a President that more than 30 million Americans of all races did not trust. Her out right lies, Bosnia, after her first lady calendar was made public she could no longer use experience to an advantage. There is a mistrust of her felt by all world leaders. She had a great ability to hide her true racism until she became so disillusioned about her chances of becoming the nominee; she had to show her true feeling. I am sure many West Virginians are not racist, but Senator Clinton seem to think they are and will exploit everyone of them to win. I am still not sure Senator Clinton is not really a republican; after all she was when she entered college. Honestly, I would be afraid for Senator Obama if she was the Vice President. President Johnson became President by!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. Mel in Montana

    It is what it is, Senator Clinton.

    Let go and let the party come together as a united front. The forces that have driven this country for the past eight years must be swept from the White House.

    Yes We Can!

    May 12, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Reality Check

    Can't wait to see what HRC's cult of personality has to say about this...

    May 12, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  16. Republican for Obama

    I am an Obama supporter but I have to say that reading all the hateful and spiteful remarks on these blogs from both sides causes me to lose faith in human decency and the belief that people really do want to change things. Come on people show a little maturity and community to come together and get things done !

    May 12, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. Ludovic


    May 12, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Ron, TX

    I bet if Edwards was still in the race, the racist white vote in WV would go to him and not Hillary Clinton.

    May 12, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Paul

    To those "democrats" who claim they will never vote for Senator Obama and would rather vote for mccain...who do you think Hill, Bill and Chelsea are going to vote for in November?

    If "your" candidate is more important than the welfare of your country or international stability going forward the next several years, you really need to consider a new "hobby" apart from politics. United we stand.

    May 12, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. FLORIDA Voter for Barack Obama

    No one is paying attn to her anyway John. I can't wait until June 3rd. Someone please press fast forward.

    May 12, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. jp/michigan

    All the states have not yet voted. The DNC made it impossible for Michigan and Florida to be counted. Howard Dean has not been a good chairman of the DNC. The nomination is now only judged by 48 states not 50. As a voter from Michigan I am angry, bitter with the DNC and Howard Dean. It will affect my decision in the fall as to who I will vote for. Edwards is to late his endorsement means nothing.

    May 12, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. ALECO1


    May 12, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  23. R.O.B.

    Well at this point it really doesn't matter anymore. Obama is going to take it all. I still have a lot of money to donate to the Obama campaign for the General Election. The Democrats are going to unite, because it doesn't really matter how mad some are about who's candidate didn't win the nomination. That situation is petty in comparison to letting the Republicans take keep control of the White House. With gas prices continuing to rise and the price of food going up, healthcare unaffordable, it's no way democrats are going to let the elitist win again this time around. Republicans have a train of thought that is far off base and way out of touch with the average American citizen, take Mitt Romney for example.

    OBAMA '08

    May 12, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. DoneWithDems

    Dems....we need a president that has experience, is not delusional and can stand firm on the issues. When the enemys of freedom look at our leader I want them to see a bulldog and I want them to be very afraid.

    Come on over Dems. It's time.

    May 12, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. JC

    To late, Mr. Edwards. The damage had been done and a lot of people will be voting for McCain.

    May 12, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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