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. Fort Lauderdale, FL

    The math was skewered in favor of Barack Obama at the beginning of the primary season by disenfranchising the voters of Michigan and Florida. In fact, the Democratic Party and Howard Dean have manipulated the electoral process to the end that the Party insiders and the Superdelegates under pressure from Mr. Dean have chosen the candidate instead of the people. In fact all of the big democratic states voted for Hillary. The result is that the Party has damaged itself, irreparably. Many of those who voted for Hillary will now vote for John McCain, and Mr. McCain would do well to continue his fundraising efforts in Michigan and Florida because he is certain to get a lot of votes as well as a lot of money from those states.

    May 12, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Wendy, South Carolina

    Hillary what are you proving to the American People. Always put your heart before mind on doing evil, because it will come back to hurt you.

    Pride in this campaign can make or break you.

    May 12, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Lenore Z.

    John Edwards, your statement is too little, too late. Day late and a dollar short. Where were you BEFORE Hillary began damaging the Democratic race against McCain?

    May 12, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Ro

    Clinton supports remind me of ‘so called sports fans’......they are die hard fans when their team is winning, and the biggest hecklers when their team is losing......

    You are either a democrat or your not. You either support the party or you don't. You either support the winner or you don't........

    You are either going to help the country by voting democrat in November, or you going to hurt it just for spite.

    May 12, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. Joanne

    How HILLARIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary is not a child. Do what you got todo. I would... Ram what you have to ............Hillary we have your back.........

    The race card is played big time.... The AA vote is all for Obama for all the wrong reasons.............. the color of his skin does not make the man become the nominee however, this is what has happened. stop pretending who give a dam what Edward's thinks'. He didin't have the guts to endorse. He is a HIPOCRIT big time.......Lou Dobbs is the man who is not bias and will say it like it is.

    Hillary you have already won ............your loss was the AA who really no longer count in my book................I am a typical white persone sick is that.........................look at those who are endorsing OBAMA.....are they WHITE>>>>>>>>one or three LOL all AA. What is that all about. I would not stand tall Obama you are the race card player and God help you down the road,,,,,,,,,,MCCain all the way....................

    hillary 08

    May 12, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Jean

    Ha HA all these hillary fans are losers!!! Go ahead and cry cause your poor little candidate lost. Boo Hoo I hope all you people who are going to vote Mcain Or Hillary "racist people" go ahead have fun We need to know what the tru democratic party looks like without all you stow-aways. Please do us a favor and walk the plank and sleep with the fishes LOSER!!
    ps. Ding dong the witch is de@d the witch is dead Hooraay!

    May 12, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Jamey Columbus

    Obvious Split in the party... Obama cannot win... Howard Dean will be fired by the end of the year for securing absolute defeat....

    May 12, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Brenda

    For all of you who say you will vote for McCain if Obama gets the nomination, GO AHEAD and do just that, because IF Hillary had won, which she did NOT, McCain would still have won. The Republicans will NOT allow the Clintons to get in to the White House again ... this you can take to the bank, and THE CLINTONS, since that's who the African Americans are up against, CAN NOT WIN, nor any other candidate without the African American vote. Watch ... why not try to bring the country together as Obama has stated and give the man your vote!

    America, the land of the FREE? Is it really? It's one racist country!

    May 12, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Debbie,NJ

    Only a fool or a Rep. will vote for McCain. I guess you like paying high gas prices, paying high taxes while the rich and corps. get tax breaks, pay outrageous money to go to college, if you can get a loan to go, pay Iraq in money and lives and more to come, paying more for food. There's not enough hate in the world for me to hurt myself, my family and the future of this country.

    May 12, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Jeff, Hampshire, IL

    ATTN: all "never obama types"

    Hillary has no chance of winning as a write in or an independent- you know this! It would just spoil the vote like Nader did and we will all be stuck with another 4 years of the same failed policies and 3 wars (Iraq, Afganistan and the was on the American economy). PLEASE don't be foolish! UNITE!!!

    May 12, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Marv...

    I don't think many realize that the FL and MI issues have been settled. Hillary can stay in the race until the end, but it's not going to change the outcome. What's really scary is the continued belief that some Clinton supports have about Hillary being the better candidate. America has spoken. Why do you, who criticize the supreme court decision to put GW Bush in office, want to do the same thing with-in the democratic party? What does that make you? The Party has put its support behind Obama, stop the madness and unite.

    May 12, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. James Ripley

    Ya Obama has got this one there are so many new numbers. ya the numbers say Obama loses but do you really think all these people that didnt vote before actually take surveys sorry thats bull. I dont do any surveys and i am a new voter. STAOP the hate 08

    May 12, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. California Voter

    I agree with Edwards, Clinton should continue. The democrats have such a crazy primary system and crazy leadership (eliminating voters entirely from Michigan and Florida) that who knows what will happen. Obama and Clinton are just to close for anyone to concede.

    GO HILLARY 08 or McCain

    May 12, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. Bill

    Clintons are just closet Republicans. Notice how Hillary's dead-end campaign benefits McCain?? The Clintons and McCain are close friends. Why else would Hillary loan her campaign millions? Must be end game that benefits the Clintons. Hillary's Mark Penn (the pollster, whose firm is still on her payroll by the way) and McCain's Charlie Black are both from Burston-Marsteller which could explain the obvious coordination between these two campaigns. Think about NAFTA costing so many American jobs, Bill Clinton accomplished more for Republicans than any card carrying Republican. And Hillary was FOR NAFTA before she was against it.

    May 12, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. Frank TX

    You democrats are so pathetic. With how poorly Bush has done these last eight years, you could stick a vegetable up there and get him elected. But, noooooo.. You already control the Congress and have a chance to completely dominate Washington politics for the next 4-8 years. Instead, you allow Hillary to continue to campaign after she has LOST. You are going to continue to do so all the way up to the Democratic Convention, and then manage to piss off roughly half of your party-base, regardless of who you choose. At the same time, the G.O.P. (which once was in shambles thanks to Bush's incompetency) is now once again united (and has been for months now) behind McCain. You are going to have roughly 5 months once this fiasco is over to get yourselves together for the general election in November. And to make things even funnier, you are claiming you will vote for McCain (or just not vote) if your candidate doesn't get the nod. Like I said before, pathetic. You are so wrapped up in your narrow goals of creating history with this election that you've missed the bigger picture. And now McCain is going to laugh all the way to the White House.

    May 12, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Zoltan

    Before Hillary started losing, I thought "Well, she's my least favorite candidate, but I'll support her if she wins".

    Now I'm thinking that she's no longer running mate material, and she's even poison for the next election.

    What is Hillary thinking? Other than her die-hard supporters, the rest of the nation sees someone who put her own lust for political gain ahead of the party and the nation. I'm disgusted.

    May 12, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Independent

    It is too bad, but her determination to try to steal this election will make it impossible for her to drop out with dignity. Now her camp is once again changing the rules to manipulate the system. It is time for the Super Delegates to step end and end this nightmare. She is nothing but being redundant – it is MY Turn, and I WANT IT NOW! Go away Hillary, you are eally turning off the Democratic party!

    May 12, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Rich

    Again there are so called democrats on these boards who are willing to put another Bush in office if Hillary is not the nomination. A bit childish in my opinion. McCain used to be a prominent republican I would have voted for in '04 but now he appears to be a tool for the current administration. I think it's time to move ahead. If Obama is the official nomination both Bush and the Clinton empire will be left in the rubble that they both created. The rest of the world is looking to see if we as a people are going to make another mistake. I also have a question for all of you. Whoever the nomination is don't you think it's up to us to take hold of our future as well? What I like about Obama is he inspires people to act not just complain, I can say that for myself. And maybe Hillary supporters can explain to me why they would vote for McCain if she is not nominated (In a coherent and intelligent reason please). I would like to understand because I don't.

    May 12, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Sue in PA

    Democrats. Wake up. If Obama is your front man and it looks like he will be, you're going to lose in Nov. Michigan and Florida are not behind him, neither is Ohio, Penna, NY, NJ, Calif. and Texas. What are you thinking? The sad thing is that this has come down to RACE. and one race is holding the party hostage. The dem leaders are so scared that the black vote is going to stay home in Nov. that they are going to lose everyone else. WAKE UP!!!! ITS NOT HILLARY

    May 12, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Tony Ward

    It occurred to me this morning that Hillary Clinton, who refuses to budge, admit mistakes and execute a diplomatic and positive exit strategy for her own presidential campaign might not be the person we should entrust with budging, admitting mistakes and executing a diplomatic and positive exit strategy for the war in Iraq.

    Obama '08

    May 12, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Glenn Norton

    Did anyone read the AP article about Hillary fundraising to pay of the personal loans? Under the law, she can only fund raise while she is still in the race. If she hopes to pay herself back, she must get enough money before she quits the race. I wonder how her donors will feel when they realize that their contributions are only going to pay her back and not to get her elected?

    May 12, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. John

    I still hope our nominee Obama will ask John to be his VP. Hillary is done put a fork in her. There isn't room for Obama and Her in the same Kitchen.

    May 12, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  23. Paul

    I see a lot of the HRC supporters care about this country just as much as she does – this has always been about her selfish need to be president at any cost – if you think by voting and electing McCain to fufill a third GWB term in November will be a good thing for this country... You finish that thought.

    See, had I been given the option of Hillary or McCain, I would probably bring one of those airplane baggies with me but still vote for Hillary – I've never seen a difference between the two of them(other than one is a corrupted angry white man, the other is a corrupted angry white WOMAN) but there's almost no way Hillary could have been as bad as McCain, is there?

    May 12, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. 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 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 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Jayant

    Many have asked her to drop out as maths do not work in her favor.

    She is still insisting and adamant.

    By some miracle, she gets nominated and wins in November – guess how arrogant she will be towards all other opinions and advice.

    May 12, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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