May 14th, 2008
05:16 PM ET

Edwards to endorse Obama

David M. Reisner
360° Digital Producer

Hey Bloggers,

Breaking News: John Edwards is to endorse Sen. Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate for President...The Obama campaign tells us the announcement will occur tonight in Grand Rapids, Michigan.



We'll have the story at 10p ET. Please join us.

Filed under: Barack Obama • John Edwards • Raw Politics
soundoff (231 Responses)
  1. seah ohio

    Edwards Just insulted all those people who voted for him.

    May 15, 2008 at 9:10 am |
  2. Kent, Illinois

    Truly amazing how Democrats turn against their own. You know, one thing about the Republicans is they usually stand by whoever they nominate. If Democrats could learn this they would always win the White House. This country has way more Democrats than Republicans.

    May 15, 2008 at 9:00 am |
  3. Lucille Fuller

    Do you honestly think Obama can win over Michigan when he went out of his way to stop the votes being counted or another primary?

    May 15, 2008 at 7:59 am |
  4. L Daniel, Loganville, Ga.

    Great Great NEWS!! I am so glad that even with some differences Sen. Edwards felt that Sen. Obama is deserving of the Nomination!

    May 15, 2008 at 6:06 am |
  5. Pat Hamilton

    I wish that people would be logical and fair about the Michigan and Florida "problem" of its deligation.

    At the start there were RULES and if people did not like them they should have spoken up at the time the rules were made. I mean Cinton here. As a Florida resident I don't hear people worked up about "not having our votes counted". Mrs. Clinton is the one worked up, now that she desperately needs them.

    In Michigan Obama was NOT on the ballot. You can't be serious when you want to count her votes and say too Obama...play by the rules and you get screwed or are you planning to give his the none of the above seats!

    In Florida, people showed up for the vote because there was a tax referendum that affected HOME OWNERS. Many renters stayed home.

    Indeed people all over the state showed up on Super Tuesday to vote which was AFTER their voting day occurred. They found the polls were closed and they were misinformed about their voting day.

    As a Florida resident I can tell you the state "never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity" to do anything correctly. Remember the hanging chads!

    The only way one can get a fair outcome to all this is to really tell these to states that they made their beds and now lie in it, or pay to have a new election and allow the voters of both states have both Clinton AND Obama CAMPAIGN THERE AS THEY HAVE EVERY WHERE ELSE.

    The failure of these two states to step up to the plate and do the latter only leaves the former.

    Grow up you two states and and learn what every 5 year old learns on the recess playground ......if you want people to play with you, you need to play by the rules! You remember those... the ones you were told would apply before the game began.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:33 am |
  6. Alan T.

    I am a democrat and If hillary is not the nominee I am going to vote for McCain. We need someone who has experiences not just some unralistic "Hopes" and "change" without a solid, realistic plans. anyway, sounds like most of you here are a obama supporter, but I am going to vote for McCain even tho he is a republican, at least he has more experience than obama who only being in the senate for like what? 2 years. he is going to mess up our country, just wait and see. sigh... this is really sad that we are forced to vote for McCain.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:32 am |
  7. Paula

    Hill we are right with u to the end!!!!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:29 am |
  8. peter

    as a canadain looking in, its clear hilary and her supporters are sore losers.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:17 am |
  9. Shellie

    I am another Hillary supporter, who will not vote for Obama. Yes, I fit those dreadful demographis that everyone seems to think can just be written off – female, 54, Hispanic, Catholic and have worked all of my life. I keep hearing the pundints, speculating how all of us will just fall in line and vote democratic. Well, I really beg to differ. With the challenges facing this country, we cannot afford to have an inexperienced person in the top job. Honestly, and I never thought I would say this, but the Democratic party has really lost it's footing and has now become the party of the very liberal left and African Americans. Working people have somehow been forgotten and that was the reason I became a democrat to begin with. Please tell the guy at the map to quit counting on California for Obama. It could very well go Republican.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:07 am |
  10. Valerie Jones

    Obama and Edwards........now let's get it on

    May 15, 2008 at 1:47 am |
  11. Peter Foxworth

    The super delegagates known it.
    Hillary knows it.
    Edwards knows it.
    McCain knows it.
    60% of White Americans know it.
    80% of Black Americans know it (Though they are in denial)
    Rev. Wright knows it.
    The media knows it.

    Obama can not win a general election for president.


    May 15, 2008 at 1:09 am |
  12. Extinct Snipe

    Hi Anderson,
    You had a really good show tonight, but I have to be just a little critical on how you guys are handling the Obama/Clinton stories. You showed Hillary’s speech about four times, mentioned how Edwards spoke better for Hillary than Obama, compared Obama to a monkey on a t-shirt and then blamed it on the racist who came up with the idea, and profiled Bill holding a baby. Compare the coverage for Obama to Clinton and you guys are definitely Clinton supporters. Of course you guys have got to be for somebody. No problem. The rub is that your message seems to be presented underhandedly and oftimes not too objective.

    May 15, 2008 at 1:07 am |
  13. IIn Wonder

    Finally someone said it. I have been wondering when the truth was finally going to be told. Hillary Clinton is getting the "white" votes because she is "white". Not because she is a better candidate.
    The people that support her in W. Virginia and the so called "swing states" are older – white people who would not want a Black person as president if his name was John McCain.
    It has nothing to do with Barack. These people will never change their minds about that – they are still living in the past – and always will. In 2008 we still have people who believe in "Slavery". How sad is that.
    Barack has to move on without them – he will have to depend on the young people to make the change in this world. The old people are too set in their ways – it's like trying to make terrorists stop being terrorists – it's embedded in them – it's too late for them. That's is so sad.

    May 15, 2008 at 1:06 am |
  14. Judy

    5/14/08: re comments by Mark, Gloria, & Joe about Dem race: I'm a very well educated, 64 y.o. Caucasian female, Democrat. My first 2 choices were Biden & Richardson, but I now support Clinton. I support her for the same reason I supported B & R – experience. The more I hear her speak, the better I like her. I'll certainly vote for Obama if he is the candidate, but I see him as lacking leadership experience and life experience. At my age, I'd make a much better president than I would have when I was Obama's age. His vision of a "system" which is more inclusive is admirable and much overdue, but it won't always be possible to develop consensus, and occasions will arise when the pres. will have to knock heads. Also, I have a difficult time envisioning him going toe-to-toe with Putin, Kim Il Jong, the president of Iran (whose name I can't spell!). etc. Democrats will come together around their candidate more easily and with less animosity if the process is perceived as being fair, i.e. politicans and pundits should let the primary process play out without trying to truncate it by calling for Clinto to step down. She is the only appropriate person to determine when she will stop campaigning. As Maureen Dowd, no fan of HRC, said in a recent columln, "anyone who hopes to be elected the leader of the free world should be able to outlast a 60 year old woman". Political journalists, pundits, and the like are much too quick to "call" the election, perhaps because they find the process boring and it's just too much of a hassle to travel to Sioux Falls or Billlings from D.C. to interview voters who can't possibly be as bright or know as much as they do. Another problem, especially in TV, is journalists who cover the candidates in Washington often cover them on the campaign trail. Thus, they are more likely to have developed an opinion about the candidate which may or may not be relevant to the person's ability to govern. At the beginning of the Kerry campaign, one young ABC reporter said she had heard Kerry speak 20 times while covering him in the Senate and he was so boring. What kind of objectivity would she have brought to his campaign coverage? (She wasn't assigned to cover him.) Reporters, journalists, and anchors should just relax and report the news, not try to make the news.

    May 15, 2008 at 1:04 am |
  15. Denise

    I am very disappointed once again in a former candidate who comes out to endorse Obama only to appear as another backstabbing politician in the Democratic party! I am in fear of Obama because he has not really said anything that I hear as a solid commitment to fixing any of this country's big problems. I don't really believe he is in charge of his own self but his very mean wife Michelle is. I sense he is living with a very controlling women who calls the shots for him . I think she got him involved with that church and has an inferiority complex as well as a persecution complex, that she tries to include Barrack in. I read part of her graduate thesis, on line and I have heard those same sentiments over the years growing up in California by other Black women. She has really gone out of her way to say that the America that we live in today is still as it was 20-40 years ago. I don't buy it as I have seen black women who have truly had it terrible and they are of a different mind set as they have realized the good this country has offered them and the majority of the Black community. Barrack is just talk and those who are tripping over his phony attitude will one day realize that Pastor Wright was trying to tell everyone that Obama knew very well who Wright was and is.
    I can't vote for him if he becomes the nominee. I feel very ill about my vote going to him. I know the country needs a Democrat in the White House but I will let others vote for him if that is what everyone decides.

    May 15, 2008 at 1:02 am |
  16. Marie

    Media bias. Very little being said about Clinton's win CNN folks replaying over and over the endorsement. Play up the win. At least try and play fair. Stop that stupid counting with the big board and the numbers just let people vote. Stop trying to sway voters. Please remove the large lettering below breaking news and about the endorsement and replace it with large letters display the point spread of Clinton's win. At least try and look like you are not bias.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:58 am |
  17. Tiger

    Who is John Edward? Oh,,, he is that guy who was running for President of the United States. Did the public already not have their say about him? The man who was going to fight poverty, healthcare, unite Americans.
    I guess he has come out of hiding to line up at the “Slop Tray” for handouts. He is going to help Mr Barrack Obama with winning the vote of the hard working class people, the same people he could not convince himself. Shame Shame Shame. I guess he is after all a “Politician”. Would anyone have expected anything different? Well, hopefully John Edwards will provide the same help he did to John Kerry, to help him fail. Isn’t this also John Edwards second time to fail as well? Enough said.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:52 am |
  18. ann

    Obama is not a true American: his father was a Kenyan and a muslim.
    Obama is just a loud mouth, arrgant politician. we need a true blue American for our president.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:52 am |
  19. Karen

    What a snake in the grass J. Edwards is! He came out many times saying that he would eventually endorse the candidate who could most effectively speak to and for the people HE cared about: blue collar, hard working, low income Americans. Then, the day after Hillary's 40+ point massacre of B.O., in a state comprised almost totally of "his people," whose exit polls show precisely why they neither trust, share the values of, nor believe B.O. would make their lives better–and, why they believe Hillary DOES share their values, WILL work on their behalf, and IS someone they can trust and believe in–he endorses his buddy. Two liars. Two empty suits with good hair cuts. Two hypocrites–a perfect pair! Unless Hillary wins the nomination, this will be my first time voting republican.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:51 am |
  20. Luis M

    The audacity of a Woman President. Barack your such a sweet talker, Meet the new math [(Florida + Michigan)] plus the popular votes, x integrity, + motherhood, + a son of a real democrat RF Kenndey Jr. As a running mate = VICTORY IN 08 for the DEMOCRATS

    May 15, 2008 at 12:50 am |
  21. AB

    Sorry for trying to air out my disappointment in some of these blogg-
    ers who seem to be so hateful. By the way, Edwards is one of the
    members of the good ol' boys's club. Would'nt be able to stand a wo-
    man to be the next President of the United States.I thought that his
    healthcare plan was more in line with Hilary- whatever.He is just one
    of these guys who are trying to push her out. They might as well dec-
    lare Sen.Obama as the president already without doing the complete
    primary or election democratic process. Thanks!

    May 15, 2008 at 12:49 am |
  22. Kevin

    John Edwards has lost EVERY ounce of respect I had for him. John Edwards, like every single Obama supporter, is an idiot.

    The blind following the blind. If Obama wins the nomination (and I pray to God he doesn't), then America is headed to hell.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:46 am |
  23. Linda

    I am sorry to see Edwards' endorsement of Obama at this time; it feels like playing the gender card. I am a psychologist and have just read the news regarding Obama's second incidence of calling a woman "sweetie"; this time a reporter in Michigan. He apologized, but what is this about? Sounds like the old boys club to me, and should be explored in depth, actually. Thank you.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:45 am |
  24. JT

    Now Obama can have a parade losers endorsers.

    Losers do not realy like to endorse winners because of jelousy.

    Hillary is a winner.

    Hillary 08!!

    May 15, 2008 at 12:41 am |
  25. Shirley Wright

    Again, CNN, you are losing my support for your network. I thought yours was the only network that was not biased. Obama is so easily manipulated by anyone that most politicians are glad to have him. After all, it is so obvious that Michelle Obama dictates the issues. I am truly disappointed in John Edwards; he wants to be Vice-President. How could anyone not see how intelligent, knowledgeable about the issues, caring about the middle man and the American people that Hillary Clinton is. I will not vote for Obama if Clinton is not the candidate. Why is that picture of Clinton supporters not clear to the voting public? McCain will undoubtedly win the election.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:36 am |
  26. Miguel

    I cannot believe some people. Don't let the media fool you. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's voting records are 90% identical. They're both out to help the middle class rural or urban. At least Obama and Clinton are proposing ways to help the economy as opposed to that other guy.

    Experience? President doesn't make decisions alone. Experience or no experience foreign relations or domestic issues is a difficult task. A President always has help from EXPERIENCED ADVISORS and without the approval of the Senate he or she can't do diddly.

    Let's all calm down. We are democrats, some of us more liberals than others, but we all know that without the democrats economy for middle class will only stay the same.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:31 am |
  27. Edith

    I am heartsick over John Edwards decision. Obama is dragging around a lot of scary, baggage. How long does the hard Left believe that Barak Obama's relationships with militant, anti-Amercian activists and outspoken racists will stay comfortably under the threshhold of a majority of voters' patience? I did respect John Edwards. I believed he really cared for the poor and middle-class Americans. I am wary of his motives now. I'm so disappointed in his decision to endorse a man who has little more substance in his message than a gift for lavishing honeyed words on his distressed countrymen. I'm a California Democrat. I will not vote for Obama should he win the nomination. I may not vote for anyone who has supported him. That is how strongly I feel about the disasterous possibility of Obama as our next President. I think he is dangerous. I support Hillary all the way. She excites me, and gives me hope again. I believe she would put this country back on its feet. I have no doubt about her ability to do that.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:31 am |
  28. MavTx

    I'm glad Edwards endorsed Obama. I voted for him when he was running for President in 2004 and when he was part of the Kerry/Edwards ticket. I think had that ticket been reversed, he'd have won.

    Yes, they do look good in a picture together as both are super easy on the eyes. However, I think Edwards is better suited to be a Cabinet member such as Secretary of HUD or even better Attorney General.

    In my humble opinion, I feel the best VP selection is Senator Jum Webb from Virginia. He's super sharp, articulate, ex-military (Viet Nam), son is currently in the military, a renown novelist, and ex-Republican.

    I hope Obama picks soon to be retired Republican Senator Chuck Haig as Secretary of Defense and see if he can get General Colin Powell as Secretary of State. I know Powell did that stint once before under Bush, but realized he was lied to and duped and gracefully bowed out.

    While I know Hillary supporters would like for her to be on the ticket, I think she should use her capital to head the Senate. It can be most influential position and says a lot to have 2 capable women (Pelosi as House Majority Leader and Hillary as Senate Majority Leader).

    May 15, 2008 at 12:30 am |
  29. Luis M

    Senators Kennedy, Richardson, Kerry, Dodd, Biden, McGovern, Carter and now Edwards, are getting on a bus with Barack driving to another loss for the democratic party, this elitist left are making a complete circle to another loss.

    Dream ticket? How about this dreamers? HRClinton/RFKennedy Jr.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:30 am |
  30. ophelia/FL

    Hillary suporters are terrible looser. It's not about her or him, our lives are at wrist, come on yall. Do yall have to say something bad about everyone!

    May 15, 2008 at 12:30 am |
  31. MD in Los Angeles

    I agree with Beverly that the picture looks great. I hadn't even noticed it.

    May 15, 2008 at 12:29 am |
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