May 14th, 2008
05:08 PM ET
14 years ago

Edwards to endorse Obama


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Edwards will endorse Obama, CNN has confirmed."](CNN) - CNN has confirmed that former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will endorse Barack Obama shortly at a Michigan campaign event.

The endorsement could help Obama reach out to white, blue-collar voters - a demographic group that Obama has failed to capture, most notably in the recent Pennsylvania and West Virginia primaries.

Edwards received 7 percent of the vote in Tuesday's West Virginia contest.

The former North Carolina senator had campaigned on the message that he was standing up for the little guy, the people who are not traditionally given a voice in Washington, and that he would do more to fight special interests.

After dropping out of the race on January 30, Edwards asked both Clinton and Obama to make poverty a central issue of the general election and a future Democratic administration, something both agreed to do.

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  1. macaddict

    Hillary will need jesus himself to come off a nailed cross to produce a win for her after this! Edwards brings in more superdelegate votes – how can Hillary win – the numbers dont add up!!

    May 14, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  2. David

    YES !!! Now if Obama will just offer John Edwards the Vice Presidential slot America will have a bright, effective future for all citizens!!!!
    Obama-Edwards '08 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. jujub

    If you are still going to support Hillary, then you'll need to move to New York.

    May 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Terry in New York

    I agree with other posters, this is a true DREAM TEAM I could get behind.
    Please Barack don't even consider Hillary.
    If nothing else it should move Edward's delegates he won over to Barack.

    May 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. G


    May 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. Linda

    Shame on all these endorsements, let the people speak. Oprah gave Obama credibilty. So many think that from her mouth to God's ear. If you cannot think for yourself and only follow then shame on you. So many waiting to see who Edwards was going to endorse. THINK FOR YOURSELF.

    May 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Mark Albright

    Perhaps Hillary Clinton's staff could schedule all of her future campaign appearances at Starbuck's. It seems like just about the only way to make her smell the coffee. ūüôā

    May 14, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Big John

    I have been wondering why this has taken so long because their policies are so close to the same... This is good timing after the good ole boys and girls from West Virginia showed their true racist colors by giving Clinton her big win. Living near West Va. its well know that if your black you don't want the sun to beat you out of many towns.

    May 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Dazed and Confused in DC

    He loses five out of seven primaries (loses Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and West Virginia while winning only North Carolina and Mississippi) and everybody oozes about how wonderfully wonderful he is. I just don't get it. The guy who loses California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Florida, and Michigan gets the nomination. Good luck with that.

    May 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  10. goodcardswin

    John Edwards, by remaining in the election as long as he did, ruined the campaign for Hillary. Now he endorses Obama. Might Edwards think he would be on the short list for VP? But notice Al Gore has not endorsed anyone. Might he be drafted from the floor of the Demcratic Convention? Statistics show that Obama will have a difficult if not impossible time winning a general election over John McCain.

    May 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. MaryK

    The Edwards endorsement should help.

    May 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. A New Mexican

    Listen to your queen and get behind Obama since he is going to be the nominee

    May 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  13. Anna

    Good News.

    Democrats need to stick together, no matter who is on the ballot, if we want to get back into the white house. it would be really unfortunate for us to gain a lot of congressional seats, but lose the presidency.

    Nothing would change if that happened.

    Obama/? '08

    May 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Kate

    Obama has a much better chance of beating McCain in the general election. There's too much Clinton baggage in this country. She's a money-maker for the Republican Party and would propel another Republican into the WH.
    Obama 2008!

    May 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  15. Djools from the Netherlands

    A wise move from Edwards.

    May 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  16. Alex

    That is great, Edwards. I wish you have done it a month ago. I know he was scared of Carville, the mad dog. Good timing Edwards, the teeth of the mad dog is dull now. He has beaten as hard as he can and nothing is left.

    May 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Ricardo

    It's appalling to me that Hillary supporters come in here bashing Obama. True Democrats are not evil or mean spirited people to be acting like this. If you're willing to vote for McCain, you're just as ignorant as all those that voted for Bush in 2004, or maybe you did vote for him in 04. Do this country a favor and stay home on election day. We need not another 4 years of ignorance and stupidity.

    May 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. AZ voter

    Why is the issue of Florida and Michigan still on the table? Those states KNEW what they were doing by moving their election dates up. NO one was disenfranchised because the voters KNEW their vote wasn't going to count. Hillary needs to get over it – Obama wasn't even on the ticket in MI, how can she think she EARNED those delegates?

    The votes will count in November because EVERYONE votes on the same day. No one will be disenfranchised for the presidential vote... Why all this posturing?

    May 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Frank

    So, is Edwards going to run a 3rd, a 4th, a 5th, etc... time for Presidency? This is a good guy, but hardly Presidential quality. But perhaps he can be Obama's running mate now, then lose the general election, and in 4 years, clear the path for HC to move into the White House. Not a bad deal; someone should suggest this to HC. But I do wonder what HC's exit strategy will be from the current race? Is she going to announce something no one expected or anticipated, for example deciding to run a independent and forming another political party, or ?

    May 14, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. Brad IL.

    Hello new Mr. President , John McCain from Arizona. Just can't you see the headlines from the press in November. How sweet it is going to be. I would not send another dime to this disgraceful party. The only thing this party wants is to have the first black man in office. Why can't you find one with at least with a little bit of brains. Clinton supporters don't fall for this loser, I beg you don't waste your votes on him. John McCain is going to be a far better candidate then this man. If we can't have Hillary , then let's show this party how true Democrats fill and let's switch and vote for John McCain. Go Republican in 08

    May 14, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. wrensis

    What were those West Virginia numbers again??? Is the real voter standing up? People who are working for a better life for their children, a government that supports them and experience to lead them thru the post Bush era aren't voting for Obama. Edwards is on the train that just left the station. Senator Clinton would be a much better choice and I suspect Elizabeth Edwards would agree.

    May 14, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. Ricardo

    We are ready to move on. Let the Clinton legacy live where it the past. We need change and a new approach to clean up our governement and fix the last 8 years of damage to our reputation

    May 14, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. Dave- Las Vegas

    One wimp to another!

    May 14, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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