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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soundoff (323 Responses)
  1. Walt

    Please, plese, please anything but Hillary as VP!!! MY guess (and hope) is a block of superdelegates including Edwards, Carter, and Bill (I had to throw that in there!!!).

    May 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Chris Banner

    Way to go Edwards !
    It's about time

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

    He's dropping out? Great!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. HILLARY 08

    Hey everybody... I'm Obama. I need to help CNN get some ratings tonight. Tune in, ya'll... I'm going bowling and drinking a bud light in Michigan. See, I can come down to the working people's level...

    Did I say bitter. I meant stupid and racist.

    May 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. GrannyRyan53

    Well its about time!!!!!!!

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

    ****YES WE CAN******YES WE CAN*******

    May 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Jack Slicer

    He's chosen his running mate, and it's not Hillary Clinton.

    May 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Sue

    IT'S EDWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Bobby

    He waited long enough! John Edwards for Vice President!!!

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

    Interesting... Looking forward to this!

    May 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    Bye Bye, Billary!

    May 14, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Texas Independent

    He got Bill Richardson to shave his beard

    May 14, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Debby

    A loser in the general 4 years ago endorsing another loser coming up. They will make a good losing team. LOL

    May 14, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Ron, TX

    Go Obama!!!

    May 14, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Jeanne

    Cool! That's a step in the right direction. Of course, it already looked like he was leaning in that direction.

    May 14, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. JR Veteran from New York City, NY

    MY only gues is to proclaim: Senator Chuck Hagel as the VP

    May 14, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. faye, NV

    We are very proud to have you Mr Edwards. You have made my day.
    Thank you.

    May 14, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  18. slack

    who cares about edwards' endorsement?????? at this point, anyone would be stupid to endorse clinton; what kind of an endorsment is it when you're already the nominee? please obama do not pick edwards as VP. pick the governor from kansas.

    May 14, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. yen

    I have no idea what he will talk about. While I admire Hillary for all that she is, she is just over staying where she is at. She should be working with obama and not against him.

    May 14, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Steve


    May 14, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. susannah jones

    et tu brute?

    May 14, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Paul

    Mr. Edwards you made a wrong choice, I thought you cared about America. Your wife likes Clinton's healthcare plan better... hmm

    Hillary we love you and support you all the way!!!
    We need a Clinton to restore our broken economy

    FLA and Michigan must count, they are Americans

    Obama can be your VP until he learns how to do the job. He might eventually be ready in the future.

    Hillary 08 – Yes you will!!!
    Puerto Rico, Florida, Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky & Oregon for Clinton!!!
    Vote Democrat- Vote for Clinton

    May 14, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. John San Francisco

    I have prepared this Blog for the Democratic Party.

    We must cease our bickering and divisive politics of pulling down our 2 great Democratic Candidates Ms. Hillary Clinton and Mr. Barak Obama. I present to the Great People of America

    “United We Stand”

    May 6th 2008 is this Country, the United States of America historical date in History.

    On this day, the 2 most qualified Democratic front runners Ms. Hillary Rodam Clinton and Mr. Barak Obama has ended what will be considered by most Political Historians, the most exciting Political Campaigns exhibited in the history of the United States of America.

    Today we set aside our differences and come together for a higher purpose. On this day, what is required and is at this most urgent time in the history of this country, the United States of America.

    It is for every Man, every Woman, every National Group, White American, African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, Native American, and Americans of all National Backgrounds.
    This day is the day that we reclaim our true course in history to restore this great Country to the calling for which its very existence came to be, Yes, today is our day, all Democrats, all Republicans, all Independents, all who love this great Country, today we come together and pronounce this Country mantra, “United We Stand”

    Yes, United We Stand. This great Country of ours, the United States of America can not afford to delay another day, another hour, nor another moment of division of National Groups that make up this great Nation.

    Today, the Democratic Party has chosen to move forward with our task to bring this Country together to fight the Fight of Faith.

    This Fight of Faith will require for all Americans to put aside their personal fears and personal difference.

    Yes this Fight of Faith that we as a Nation is called to at this very moment of time, a time where this great Country, the United States of America may be on the brink of dissolution. Yes, this day is a day that we, the Citizens of this great country that has from the time of its existence has cried out for Freedom.

    Today, that very declaration of Freedom is at risk for each and every American.
    As we move into a Globalization of a Global Economy where we must as Americans compete to stay on the World scene as the Leaders of a Free World, we must on this day say loud, say proudly “United We Stand”.

    Today, we the Democratic Party must reach out to our brothers and sisters of the Republican Party and reconcile our partisanship that has been the wall of division that has hindered the progress of this great Country.

    Our fight is not with each American that holds claim to the proclamation of our great forefathers, who with vision foreseen the need of a Constitution our Declaration of Independence to guide this great Country during times of Peace, but at best during times difficult Trials, that at worst threatens the very existence of this great Country the United States of America.

    We must now stand behind our Democratic Nominee and move forward to take our place in History.

    Yes we face the uncertainty of tomorrow. We have an Economy that has left thousands of American men and women unemployed and unable to provide the basics needs of food, housing, and other basic needs that require us to provide for our families.
    We are in the middle of 2 Wars that has cost this country Trillions of dollars that should have gone to the greater good of the Citizens of this great country to create jobs, invest in the rebuilding of our infra structures, and rebuilding of our children’s schools.
    As a result of our division among Political Parties and National Groups, thousands of American jobs are being shipped out overseas to other countries. Our children are last in all fields of academics, and many families at this very moment are facing the prospects of losing their homes.

    Who will come to our sides at this time of urgency? A time, where in the next 12 months, China will proclaim to be the New Primer World Power and will continue to abuse the Free Trade that the United States have out of fairness and trust, was willing to open our country ports to the material that China has made and sold to the people of this great Nation.

    China continues to flood our ports with defective and dangerous products that we as Americans consume to take care of our families.

    We are Proud, We are Americans

    Are we to be left behind after over 200 years of embracing the God given rights of Freedom for All men, all women, and all children of this great Country?

    As a Democrat, today I proclaim my Independence; I declare our right to continue to exist as a Free Country, a Country that we all have given our love in devotion to in order to uphold our belief in a World of Democracy..

    Today I ask each American to take a stand today for the very future of our existence depends upon one basic principle “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”

    God Bless America.

    See all my fellow Americans at the Voting Polls in November

    May 14, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  24. Tom

    If indeed it is "John Edwards" would that mean Obama would get his delegates?

    May 14, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. Democrat

    Great – the sooner this thing ends the better – we need to go after McCain HARD!!!

    P.S. Clinton did a wonderful job on her interview today. She was gracious and thoughtful – made me re-think she'd be an excellent VP.

    May 14, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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