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. Mike C

    So very dissappointed in Mr. Edwards. We see now that he is looking to be Obama's VP. What a waste of a semi-good politician.

    CLINTON 08 – if not McCain 08. NOBAMA! NO WAY!

    May 12, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. N.M.

    If the math is that hard for her to make up then support Obama. I personally would like for him to be Obama's running mate but he hasn't put himself out there enough inorder to be selected. Maybe he's afraid of the Clinton political machine still?

    May 12, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Jasmyne

    I agree completely with John Edwards. She can stay in as long as she wants and loan herself all the money in the world. Nobody really cares unless she starts going negative again and screwing with our chances in November.

    May 12, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. LaLa in KCMO

    Edwards needs to either get off the fence and bring this to an end OR be quiet.

    Obama 2008 and 2012

    May 12, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Posn

    She already has.

    May 12, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. oil rules

    Shouldn't he be getting another $400 haircut?? This guy is so irrelevant, but it is sad how he is still dreaming of the White House as a VP. Barack Hussein and John

    May 12, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. A. Harrison in Georgia

    Talking too much again. Let's hear from you in 3 weeks, no sooner.

    May 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Jo Ann

    Hillary, please take John's advise and don't destroy the party because of pride. Just gracefully bow out you're only 60 try again in the next eight years you will still be young enough. Please don't destroy the party and cause the democrates to loose a lot of voters in november.

    May 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. Peace

    Thank you Edwards. I was a Clinton supporter myself but realized sometimes you have to face reality. I am now shifting my support to Obama. No I am not Judas. I am facing reality. I wish other supporters do the same. This is not just about us but our children and grandchildren. Social Security is almost obselete. Our children will have to work until they are 70 which is not fair. Don't make them pay for our mistakes.

    May 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Seam, Florida

    Hillary has to stay in the race to pay off her debts. As long as her moron supporters continue to donate, she will stick around and annoy the hell out of Democrats that are eager for this to end. People need to donate to their own personal finance instead of helping a millionaire politician.

    May 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Erin

    I think the issue is that Sen. Clinton is less interested in the "damage" she may do to Sen. Obama or the Democratic party and is more interested in positioning herself for a future run in 2012 if McCain is elected. Based on her comments, her actions, and many of her supporters – the "backup" plan appears to be "Get McCain elected for only 4 years so that she can run again in 2012".

    As much as Edwards advice seems to make sense, if he really wanted to help out this situation, he should have chosen to endorse Sen. Obama back in February – when it actually mattered. Sitting on the fence to see who the winner will be and rushing out to shake his/her hand as they cross the finish line in hopes of a VP spot or cabinet position seems wishy-washy at this point in the game.

    May 12, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. I> Walter Jones

    Edwards is right in his comments about Hillary. The math do not lie. If she damage the Democratic Party or Obama she will be known as the woman from Arkansas who was not a team player.

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

    Edwards – Put your money where your mouth is – Time to endorse.

    May 12, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Timothy


    Please stop with the selfishness. This is larger than you and Bill. We need Healthcare, jobs and to bring the troops home. You are actually urging your supporters to vote against these things in the fall. Your ego is enourmous. You have lost. You cannot win this. You are going deeper and deeper in debt. You know this and so do your supporters. If you truly care about us as you say, you would stop trying to divide us and bring us together so we can acheive the things this country needs. My mother desparately needs healthcare, but thanks to you she may not get it. People are not against you becaus you are a woman. They are against you because you are you. The thing you do and say. Stop the tantrum and show some nobility for once in your life. It's not cute anymore.

    May 12, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. An Agnostic Democrat

    Again, everyone but Hillary speaking the truth.

    May 12, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Chelsea

    Great advice, Edwards. I like Hillary but I think she's right now in a state of denial. She needs time and space to suck in what's happening. She might have under-rated Obama. Poor Hillary. Politicians learn history but they fail to learn from history.

    May 12, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. Michael

    Uh-oh, it's an article about the primaries! Quick, everyone start posting caustic comments about other candidates in a way that's completely unrelated to this John Edwards article!

    May 12, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. KMAN

    Math is obviously NOT Hillary's strong suit ... as she has said so (too) many times ... she IS a fighter! The problem is ... we don't need a 'fighter" to continue the same old politics as usual which is blind and hate-filled partisanship accomplishing next to nothing year after year ... we NEED a hard-worker and someone who will work (not fight) to bring some civility and decency to Washington ... neither Clinton nor McCain can do anything more than offer the same BS as usual. They are both political relics and McCain pretty much embodies the past more than anyone else the Republicans put forth this time around!

    May 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |

    Wait until we add Florida and Michigan and then see who needs to be careful. We are a nation of 50 not 48.

    May 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  20. Margareth-FL

    Go Obama.........We love you

    May 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  21. edna

    I think Hillary is in the denial stage, and some one should tell her to quit. like her husband Bill.Why keep fighting running up huge bills? I don't understand her logic anymore.sunds like she's had abreakdown.

    May 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  22. gerald strother

    Hillary and bill dont care if they continuing to take jabs at Obama. It is all about HILLARY !!! They know it is over . again they have no SHAME!!!!!!! i it is time for the superdelegate to end this and i think they will soon!!

    May 12, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. Robert

    John, you talk about HRC being in a very tough place...what place are you in? Why haven't you announced your support for Obama as yet??
    Your judgement on this is effecting our judgement of YOU.
    I wanted to see you and Obama on the same the ticket at one point, but I'm having second thoughts as you evidently don't want to be the VP.

    May 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Kathy


    May 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  25. julian, nw england

    clinton ought to stay in the race but should run a more positive campaign so as not to damage the party come november. every effort has to be made to keep mccain out of the whitehouse.

    May 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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