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. Susan, Atlanta, GA

    Mr. Edwards' point is well taken. Hillary's stubbornness to admit defeat will ultimately cost her part the victory in November.

    May 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. Jill in Chicago

    That's great advice John, but some democrats, hillary supporters, feel that the race is a lot closer than "the math". What do you, Gore and Kerry all have in common? Endorsing a candidate that is going to ensure another 4 years of a Republican Whitehouse.
    Obama can't win.
    Democrats – support a winner, the Clintons are proven winners.

    Hillary '08

    May 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Tammy - KCMO

    I don't know that Obama has alienated Clinton voters anymore than Clinton has alienated people voting for Obama.

    I suspect when reading the comments on this site that a majority of the comments are being made by Republicans out to continue to cause trouble for the Democratic party.

    How about if everyone knocks off the divisiveness and unite to vote Democratic so we don't have another 4 years of total disaster?

    May 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. JM, OH

    Rachel, no one in Obama's camp met with Hamas. That was Jimmy Carter. Do a fact check before you spread false comments.

    May 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Valerie, Cleveland

    Gerry's right.... the primary objective should never be personal, i.e., whether one prefers Clinton or Obama. The primary objective is to make sure we don't endure 4 more years of Republican damage to our international reputation, economy, and environment.
    Above ALL ELSE, McCain must be beat.
    People who say they'll write in Hillary, vote McCain, or stay home in November need to think of themselves and their families first, not of Senator Clinton.

    May 12, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. solonc

    I totally agree. She's causing more harm!! She just needs to let go of the thought that she will win the nomination.

    May 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Canadian Girl

    Clinton is a perfect case study of a person in denial. Concede woman – its over.

    May 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |

    The superdelegates need to put her out of her misery. If she do get destructive, it is the superdelegates fault for allowing her to think she can win or for allowing her to think that she can just take this nomination from Obama when he has won it fair and square. He has already won, this race is over. If she damages him anymore than she already have she can kiss her career in politics goodbye, if she hasn't already with the dirt tactics she use during this election.

    May 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. MD

    Edwards is a coward. He should throw his support behind Obama, and be done with it.

    Hillary doesn't listen to anyone. She WILL ruin the Democrat's chances the best she can. Just wait and see.

    May 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. NC voter




    May 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. Jos/TN

    We teach our children about being a good sport, well look at the examples we set, Hillary go home and represent your Senate district.
    You will have another opportunity, look at McCain's age.

    May 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. jev

    I am your supporter , Edwards. I was supporting Hillary.

    If you think Hillary is damaging DNC- I will now support Obama too.

    I wish you were still in the race. You are anytime better than both of these candidates. You just got lost in between so -called first woman president and first AA President.

    But you have shown so much maturity in this race. Dropping at the right time, remaining neutral – you have earned your own position in the party.

    I sincerely hope Hillary does not lose that status in the party. You are right- when MAths is not working- you gotta leave

    May 12, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. Uncle Sam

    McCain Democrats to the rescue!

    May 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    All of the states have a right to cast their votes before this is over. Obama is the one who has cast the stones to create a problem. I live in one of the last states to vote and how dare he take my right from me to have my say. CNN is been very negative and opinionated about Clinton and the Obamanation groupies are making it very easy for me to vote McCain in November. Everyone says the party is divided but it appear the nation has DECIDED to split. My vote is my choice not his to make.

    May 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Alex in MA

    This is no longer a campaign to win the nomination. This is looking like a campaign to deny Obama a win in the general election and the SDs can see that!

    May 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. Eddie G

    Clinton also has to make sure she doesn't offend the democratic voters. Her inference that those voting for Obama are "not" hardworking americans was way out of line and out of touch. Just because someone is educated that does not mean that they do not earn living working hard. Just because someone is not "white" it certainly does not mean that they do not earn a living working hard. The only ones in this country that are not working hard enough are the politicians in Washington that divide the country. The party system is well in good for the election, but once it is over, the politicians, white, black, hispanic, asian, etc....have to work hard to make this country stronger, more proud and more unified.

    May 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  17. @americans

    Ed, I hope "desperate housewife" Hillarious listen to your advice!


    SORE LOSER!!!!

    May 12, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  18. tom in w.v.

    I am not suporting clinton because of or in spite of her being a woman . I feel she is the only one of the three candidates who is in tune with this nation and its people after all is not what a leader is supposed to do lead the people not a select few or special inerest groups.

    May 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. Holly

    One person met on their own and lost his position w/Obama's staff.

    He said Clinton can continue as long as she wants and that doesn't alienate her supporters. Her nasty tactics alienate his though and are worrying a lot of dems about November. Someone needs to gag her. Good for Edwards!

    May 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. right source

    Edwards, I totally agreed with you, but this has been Clinton's downfall throughout her campaign. She is full of pride and longevity, but she's mostly full of ........ For the sake of the party, she ready needs to pull out. The same adding she has been doing with her campaign funds is the same adding she's doing in regarding delegates. IT'S JUST NOT ADDING UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    It sure makes a statement , when you read all the Clinton supporters stating that they are going to vote for McSame.... Shows where they are really at!!!

    May 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. Jake

    It is pretty bad for Hillary when Edwards is more relevant than she is at this point in the race.

    May 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Paul

    Clinton supporters,

    We understand your disappointment about reports that Hillary's chances are running out. But please understand that if you vote for McCain, you're voting to keep sending our young men and women to Iraq. You're voting to overturn women's reproductive rights. You're voting to keep cutting taxes for people who earn a lot more than most of us.

    If you're really for Hillary, then vote in November for the candidate that shares more of her vision for America: Barack Obama.

    May 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. Simply_Amazed

    Barack is doing just fine to not pay attention to Hillary and focus on looking presidential. When we are in the fourth quarter and up by 50 there is no reason to continue the battle with starters. You can only do further damage to the team (if a key player gets hurt)...It's time to focus on the prize...The President of the United States, not the democratic nominee. The only thing Hillary can do now is futher damage the democratic party to help McCain to win the nomination in November.

    May 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. TGO in Connecticut


    The perfect ticket in the fall is: Obama/Edwards!!!

    May 12, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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