May 12th, 2008
09:55 AM ET
12 years ago

Edwards says Clinton must be careful

Edwards says Clinton needs to be careful.

Edwards says Clinton needs to be careful.

(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. John in KY

    Hillary is still going strong Mr Edwards (NO THANKS TO YOU) you wouldn't speak up before now. even though her policies are most like yours, so let the GENDER CARD go. Nobody wants to hear your opinion now!!!!
    GO HILLARY 08!!!

    May 12, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Dave

    Interesting. John Edwards thinks Hillary should stop but doesn't endorse Obama. What is he saying here? Vote for McCain? Before he casts stones at Hillary for hurting the Democratic party perhaps he should think about how much this course he is on does.

    May 12, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Chut Pata

    John, I still love despite you loosing your spot as VP for late endorsement. So shut up and endorse Obama. Maybe he will still nominate you as VP to get the blue collar votes.

    May 12, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. Paul

    It cracks me up that all these presidential losers have so much advice for a woman whose tenacity and strength puts them all to shame. Line up behind Obama if you wish, just be prepared for the other shoe to fall with Rezko or another event. Then where will the Dems be? I'm considering switching parties already.

    May 12, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Jan

    thanks, CNN for not posting any of my comments supporting Hillary. The MSM does not elect a president-the voters do. You will lose 50% of your clients as has oprah, for being so biased and controlling. Edwards has lost my respect, as has Kennedy and Donna Brazille who does" not need" hard-working people to win for Obama. Good luck in Nov, CNN

    May 12, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Tony Z- MD

    Lets stop getting mad at people. We all want what is best for America. Our views may be different. We need to learn to respect that part of the conversation.

    If HRC wants to stay in the race let her. If she wants to continue to say she is more electable or whatever argument she is using today than let her. If the democrats do not win the White House in November- let her accept that same blame.

    Hopefully, America will prove me wrong about not being racist or sexist.

    May 12, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Kirk in New York

    I think his hair color is a bit too dark for this spring season....he should only have been charged $350.

    As to the actual topic...should anyone vote for McCain in lieu of Obama when he gets the nomination – that's perfectly fine – there have been hundreds of thousands of new registered Democrats who can replace those who turn away from the party in a temper tantrum.

    Good riddance...the party will be all that stronger for not having you snot nosed brats around.

    May 12, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Kiv A

    Alright, now let's point out the real people who are going to damage the party.

    All the idiots out there who have become so polarized over this democratic nominee race that they will refuse to vote for the democrat if the candidate they support loses, and will end up voting for McCain, those are the people who will ruin this party and this country.

    May 12, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. lol

    hillary you don't need them, run independent your loyalist will follow. the democrats treated you like dirt, during the primary process. run as an independent you will win.

    May 12, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. michelle

    WHINE, WHINE, WHINE...... WHAT IS BO AFRAID? THE ELITIST MEDIA/POLITICIANS/LIBERAS/SUPPORTERS CONTINUE TO RUN THIS CAMPAIGN FOR BO. HE'S SURELY NOT EARNING HIS VOTES...THEY'RE BEING GIVEN TO HIM ON A SILVER PLATTER, UNLINE HRC WHO IS EARNING HER VOTES.

    GO ALL THE WAY, HILLARY...... AND CONTINUE TO DO WHAT'S NECESSARY TO WIN THE NOMINATION.....IT AIN'T OVER YET UNTIL YOU SAY IT IS. IF BO CAN'T HANDLE YOU, HOW CAN HE HANDLE MCCAIN? YOU CAN BEAT MCCAIN..... CAN BO????? THANKS FOR NOT TREATING BO WITH KID GLOVES LIKE EVERYONE ELSE HAS.

    WITH YOU ALL THE WAY SENATOR CLINTON..... YOU'VE INSPIRED MANY OF US

    May 12, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Tol

    This contest is over with. If Hillary keeps this up, she'll lose what respect she has left, and any remaining political future. Know when to stop!

    Obama/Sebelius '08

    May 12, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. A CANUCK

    Clinton must be very careful not to fuel stupid prejudices that could rob Americans of a President who could improve their lives and bring dignity to the USA in the eyes of the world. She will be doing herself and her country a diservice if she continues this diatride.

    May 12, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Independent in Florida

    It is really funny that no one can figure out why Hillary is still running? But it is nice of Bill to lend her $11.5 mil and may be even more. I would not do it.
    Well, Bill does not strike me as a happy man. Perhaps this is why he is so angry.

    May 12, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. ne, Pa.

    If you vote for McCain because Hillary loses, then you are cutting off your nose to spite your face. McCain is polar opposite on issues.

    May 12, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  15. HSNP

    Earth to John: The damage is done AND HILLARY CLINTON DIDN'T DO IT!!!!!!

    May 12, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Mark in Minnesota

    Obama has been a model of patience and perseverance. He has been consistent and steadfast in his message of change in America. He sets his course, stays his course, and does not re-set his sails for short-term political advantage. The same cannot be said for Hillary. The Mirror of Truth has been thrust in front of Hillary; yet she refuses to gaze into it. She is afraid of what she would see and hear. She continues to delude herself as the one and only Star Spangled Champion of the American People. To Hillary true, red-blooded Americans could not possibly vote for anyone but her. To Hillary, a vote for Obama is unthinkable, unconscionable, and unpatriotic; tantamount to an Act of High Treason. There is little left for Hillary to cling to; and she is too selfish to comprehend that her much-coveted coronation will not happen. She will ruin the Democratic Party beyond any hope of unification.

    May 12, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. a bunch of WHACKOS

    NO, NOT CLINTON, NOT OBAMA, NOT EDWARDS, NOT POLOSI,

    YOU PEOPLE WRITING IDIOTIC STATEMENTS MALIGNING CLINTON OR OBAMA OR EDWARDS ETC. WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM FOLKS. PEOPLE ARE ENTITLED TO THEIR OPINIONS AND WE SHOULD KEEP IT CIVIL. WHAT COUNTS IS THAT WE DEFEAT MCCAIN AND THE GUYS ON THE OTHER SIDE THIS NOVEMBER. A SUGGESTION OTHER WISE IS AN ACT OF SELF OBSORBED PETTINESS.

    May 12, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. jimmy

    Clinton supporters – Payback is grand. Our canididate and her supporters were trashed in this process. It's time we teach the Obama hateful and arrogant supporters a tough and hard lesson.
    Vote McCain and we'll see who destroyed the democrats chances.

    UNITE and VOTE McCain – Hillary will have her day in 2012!!! Not to get even but to prove you have to earn the presidency, not demand it.

    May 12, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Deborah

    It is time for John Edwards to put his hat in the Obama camp. I was an Edwards supporter from the start, am a tarheeler, and I cannot stand this Clintonian "do or die" attitude, because she's going to take it all down with her. She's already done enormous damage to the Clinton "legacy," her own future. We need a Clinton INTERVENTION – and Edwards, with his kind, gentlemanly ways, is just the guy to take charge of that. Tell her to go John!

    May 12, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. JA Cook

    I have to agree that she has the right to continue – and – if she can lay off the negative approach, she's actually helping get more voters involved.

    I have to wonder though if the Clinton ego-mania can handle a non-destructive mode.

    May 12, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Dan (TX)

    John,

    So how about releasing your delegates to Obama as a sign of unity then?

    Actions speak louder than words!

    May 12, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. G in NH

    I don't understand why so many Hillary supporters would rather vote for McCain. What does he have that Obama doesn't? Hillary and Obama are very very similar with regards to policies and goals. I voted for Obama because I think he's just the better leader. McCain might be a good leader (not sure with that temper of his) but would you rather take someone you like who's going to do the opposite of what you feel this countries needs or someone who you think is a dink but will work for what you believe in? I don't like Hillary, but if she was the nominee I'd sure as hell vote for her.

    May 12, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Jtorre

    Given their outrageous conduct on the campaign trail, the Clintons should be purged from the Democratic Party!

    May 12, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Nick

    For all of those Clinton supporters that are stating that they will not vote for Obama in November, what do you support at all?? It makes no sense to vote for McCain over Obama if you had previously supported Clinton. And don't give me some nonsense about media coverage or what you might think Obama is, in the end it is SUPPOSED to come down to policies, and Obama and Clinton are almost identical in that front.

    You are the reason 1/5 of Americans can't locate the United States on a map and the reason that poor girl from the beauty pageant messed that answer up. My fellow Americans cannot be that stupid.....can they??

    May 12, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. David Minneapolis

    So many Clintonites loved Edwards, remember all the Clinton/Edwards supporters? Now that he is making sense and realizing what time it is and thinking about the best interests of the party he has fallen from grace. It would not surprise me to hear many of you calling him a traitor when he finally comes out for Obama. Which he will, in large because of the damage he sees Hillary doing to the party in the name of her own ambition.

    May 12, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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