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May 15th, 2008
02:17 PM ET

How does Edwards’ endorsement affect Dems’ nomination battle?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

John Edwards has joined the growing chorus of voices who think the Democratic nomination battle is all over.

In his endorsement of Barack Obama yesterday, Edwards emphasized that it's time for the party to come together behind Obama. The timing of Edwards' endorsement was absolutely perfect. At a rally of more than 12,000 cheering Obama supporters, it was a masterstroke that literally wiped Clinton's big West Virginia headlines out of the news.

And, there's already some pay-off for Obama. He's now picked up eight of Edwards' 19 delegates. This puts him 180 delegates ahead of Clinton and just 127 short of clinching the nomination.

Edwards' endorsement goes a long way toward quieting the voices that say Obama can't win working-class, blue-collar voters. This is Edwards' constituency. Edwards has particular credibility on "issues of poverty and the plight of working people."

Actually, Obama may not need as much help among these working-class voters as some people think. Today, the United Steelworkers union – all 600,000 of them – endorsed Obama. It's another big loss for Senator Clinton as she had been aggressively seeking their endorsement.

And finally, Obama picked up three more superdelegates today – two of them influential members of Congress. Henry Waxman heads up the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and Howard Berman, who chairs the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Here’s my question to you: How does John Edwards' endorsement of Barack Obama affect the Democratic primary race?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Barbara from Ft. Myers, Florida writes:
It's huge, Jack. John Edwards represents all those white, working class Americans that Hillary said she owned. Already those delegates are coming out for Senator Obama. Basically the race is over and the only people who don't realize it are Hilary, Bill, Terry McAuliffe and Howard Wolfson. It's gone way beyond the sad point.

Bill from Tennessee writes:
Jack, Edwards’ endorsement of Obama has made you as giddy as a 12-year-old at a Mylie Cyrus concert! I was a John Edwards supporter until he dropped out and I now support Sen. Clinton. His endorsement of Sen. Obama did not change my mind about Obama and it will not change the minds of lots of other voters. Just because Edwards is now supporting Obama doesn't mean working class blue collar voters are suddenly going to jump on the Obama bandwagon.

Bob from Richmond, Virginia writes:
Well, it did accomplish one thing: nobody is talking about the West Virginia primary any more.

Bud from Miami, Oklahoma writes:
Jack, It probably does not change anything except the talking points. Edwards waited too long to endorse, which makes him appear to be making a politically expedient decision. But, his endorsement may give political cover to other supers who have yet to publicly endorse.

Craig from Hiram Rapids, Ohio writes:
Jack, Not one bit. Hillary expects the Mad Hatter and the Seven Dwarves to announce for her shortly. Barack is losing ground with Disney characters and Hillary is the only one who can carry them in the general election. She's in it to win it!

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  1. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    I'm voting for McCain, but I'd say just about everyone was looking for this as the final sign that the Democratic primaries are finally over

    May 15, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  2. Ryan, Champaign IL

    If the primary was a cake, Edwards would be the frosting. The cake had been baked and cooled long ago, however.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  3. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    It has no bearing on the race. Hillary had lost it some time ago and now we are going through a long drawn out recognition of that fact.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  4. douglas gengler

    its the nail in the clinton political coffin. doug knoxville arkansas

    May 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  5. Carol c.

    As much as people in the news are saying it is "much ado about nothing", I believe it truly does. Check the candidates who were running initially and dropped out. All who have given endorsements have given them to Obama. I think these guys know something and saw something in Sen. Obama that they recognize as a leader. He has taken the high road in the election as much as he could without getting slaugtered by Sen. Clinton. He is a candidate with integrity and his campaign shows truly that he knows how to surround himself with smart people. He will do the same thing in his cabinet and FINALLY this country can heal. John Edwards has a message that resonates with the American people and if his endorsement did not count, why did Sen. Clinton seek it so aggressively??

    Carol
    Knoxville, TN

    May 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  6. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    I don't think it has much of an effect. Edwards just ends up looking like an opportunist who is just looking for the best deal for himself. Yesterday obama showed us his arrogance and smugness toward the American people. Neither obama or Edwards are men of the people. They are elitists,pure and simple.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  7. Marie

    It's a nail in the coffin for Clinton. He timed it smartly. Now she can't say Obama didn't earn the nomination or that they ganged up on her.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  8. Chuck B Coastal NC

    I believe that it takes the wind out of Hillary's sails..... You may be looking at Obamas running mate in Novemeber.....

    May 15, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  9. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The words that come to mind are big, large, gigantic and monsterous. He is a great campaigner and is going on the road to help Obama so now would be a good time for Clinton to stop trying to shoot a 3 pointer and get with the program.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  10. HEIDI

    Jack,

    Do you read your on networks reports? This endorsement is uniting the party even the more. Already we have learned that six of Edwards eight delegates have stated they switch their support to Sen. Obama.

    The Pittsburgh Steel Workers have also thrown in their support.

    My thought is you knock one out and the rest will fall in line...Hillary included.

    Heidi
    Charlotte, NC

    PS. I heard through the grapevine that Bill Clinton is considering backing Sen. Obama...nah just joking today...we'll see tomorrow

    May 15, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  11. Joan Buch

    Edward's endorsement does not mean much as those of us who are intelligent know that he was offered Attorney General or the like for the endorsement – that's politics. That's why he waited so long – and some men don't want a woman to be President.
    When Obama is the presumptive candidate and has lost the last 6 of 8 primaries – appears we are heading for a Republican win in the fall. The voters have decided on Obama – the ones that matter in Nov.
    I'd say bring back Ross Perot myself.
    Joan B
    Midwest

    May 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  12. Angelus

    It will help him with blue collar workers. Voter that liked him will follow his lead. When he left the race a lot of peoples were waiting to see who he was coming out for.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  13. Rob -BC,Canada

    I think it is cranking up the pressure on fund raising for the Hillary campaign and causing all sorts of rash decision making.Yesterday she was taking $400 bucks from an 11 year old boy in W Virginia.Now the party organizers are spinning that into support from the hardworking white lunch money demographic.No president has ever won the Presidency without that support.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  14. Drew, Central FL

    According to CNN's estimate, Obama now has 291 superdelegates to Clinton's 274. How's that for effect, Jack?

    May 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  15. Paul from Columbia, SC

    John Edwards carried out the role of the fat lady in prime time. Looks like Edwards has a chip in the big game now. This super delegate business is a hell of a deal. You get to place your bet AFTER the winner comes in and then you go directly to the pay window.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  16. Jenny

    Jack,

    As someone who is a John Edwards fan, it makes me absolutely giddy that I can finally vote for him. I detested John Kerry so much that I could not vote for im last time even though I reallly like Edwards. I think Edwards will help Obama witht the blue collar voters he has that Bill Clinton thing going (salesmanship) and integrity. Someting that neither Hillary or Bill have.

    Jenny Rome ga

    May 15, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  17. Don Ocala, FL.

    John Edwards endorsement, while important, will not hasten the end of this primary process as Hillary has pledged to see it through to the finish. It does though add to the inevitable outcome of an Obama victory and enhances his chances of a Cabinet appointment under the Obama administration.

    May 15, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  18. dennis, NY

    It does not affect it at all. Hillary is not going anywhere until all the states have had a say. She is waitng to make a 3 point shot at the end but she's down by 100 and all that equates to is a nice try. Everyone knows the nomination is Obamas including Hillary but I think she has not worn all her pant suites yet and what a waste that would be!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  19. Nancy, Tennessee

    I don't know how Edward's endorsement affects the Democratic primary race, but I do know how it affects me. It makes me ill. I thought Edwards was made of better stuff than this grand-standing. Now, I think, he must have cut a deal with Obama for the VP. Obama must have been worried after her West Virginia win to offer the VP to Edwards for his support. How many days until that announcement? I think, when Hillary has a win in the Blue Grass state, KY. we'lll hear who Obama wants as his VP. This stuff never ceases to amaze me!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  20. William

    It doesn't much. What will affect/effect Obama is if he selects Hillary as a VP. He should not assume that all of us people who supported him, would support her with him. I would not. It is time the Democrats wake up that, many of us are voting for Obama because we don't want another 4 years of Bush. But Hillary is even worse, if he doesn't realize that, then I fear he will lose.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  21. Tom Bumgarner

    The Edwards endorsment doesn't mean much except to show Edwards prostituting for a vice presidency. Leave it to trial lawyer to wait until he thinks the winds are blowing in his favor and then position his services for a price. Did you see that hair style yesterday. Not a hair out of place. Good for another $400.00. Neither of these phonies will win.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  22. Chris from Wausau, WI

    The bottom line is the working class voters are coming out in droves to hear "her" – Obama dumped the working class voters in W.Va., she's the one that shows up, looked into their eyes, shakes their hand, listens to the voters, & is working till the end of the campaign. He's quitting cause he thinks he's got the nomination sewed up. Before I retired, making a call made the sale, not just a referral from another customer. Edward's may make a referral, but she's building relationships.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  23. Joshua P. from North Carolina

    Practically ends it Jack. He is the last of the Democratic presidential contenders to endorse and like all the rest of the them he selected Obama. The Edwards endorsement helps Obama in building a three fold collation with Gov. Richardson, NARAL, to help take back blue collar workers, latinos and women respectively no matter what Sen. Clinton does after the race.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  24. JOHN PORTELLI

    It has no effect. Edwards has limited appeal but his supporters,
    few as they are, will vote for Hillary. That's why Hillary will win Kentucky
    over the empty suit Obama despite Edward's meaningless
    endorsement.

    John Portelli Albany, NY

    May 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  25. Rick-Westlake, OH

    Like most endorsements, it probably has marginal meaning. But let's see if it makes any difference in Kentucky next week. By the way Jack, I'm a member of the United Steelworker's Union and I didn't endorse Obama. So I guess the real figure is 599,999. It's gonna be a very big effort, Jack, but you really need to find a little objectivity when asking these entirely rhetorical questions, particularly when you cite "facts."

    May 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  26. Roland Fonjie

    Jack, Obama needed him earlier. maybe he wants VP.
    Roland, from Cameroon.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  27. Helen

    It's a done deal for Barack Obama. Senator Clinton needs to show fiscal responsibility, and leadership and gracefully drop her bid now; if she expects anyone to help bail her out of debt. She can not win this nomination, she can only attempt to steal it.

    Helen
    Wasaga, Ontario

    May 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  28. Matt - Ft Wayne Indiana

    It doesnt. With Obama having a lead in every category and superdelegates waiting until the last primary elections are over to cast their final say in the matter (for Obama), the only person affected is Edwards (surprise, surprise). Superdelegates will endorse Obama eventually, so if Edwards didnt endorse him soon, he would miss out on his moment in the spotlight. Nobody cared about Edwards- except the disappointed voters who had faith in him.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  29. Mel Bakuy - Rancho Mirage, California

    Jack, the primary race is over and Obama has won. Edwards endorsement can cost Obama votes in the national elections. If Hillary beats Obama in Kentucky even though the blue collar vote getter John Edwards campaigned for him , this will have terrible consequences for the Obama campaign. The lady in the pantsuit is clearing her throat and getting ready to sing but at what cost to Obama's national campaign?

    May 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  30. Indpendent

    Not at all! I am dissapointed that he came out with such an indorcement as Hilary was speaking on all the networks reguarding west virginia. However it didnt surprise me, obama has interuppted Mrs. Clintons thunder before, I find it very unbecomming like his sweetie remarks. I think there will be buyers remorse once people see that obama is old school. He needs a senator on board as a running mate to win key states. So unlike the new politician everyone thinks he is, He will choose someone who will help him WIN, and not someone who will inspire or bring change to the ticket. Shame on Obama. Edwards compromised his integrity by endorcing him, since his health care is nothing like edwards and Hilarys. Tells me theres lots of favors hes going to owe if he gets nominated. I know you love this guy Jack, but its just more of the same.I am still voting for H.C even if she isnt the nominee.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  31. Allan,Cameron Park, Ca.

    I dont think much, I question the timing. Obama still has some charges hanging over his head in Illinois, this may surface at an inopertune time for him.
    I do not see how he gets the support he gets. He has no record of accomplishment, he voted 40% "present" in Congress, which doesnt show his position on anything. He is an empty suit.
    The RNC will "swiftboat " him to death if he is the candidate and hand the election to McBush.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  32. Darla

    Hopefully it will get everyone pointed in the right direction, I like Hillary but I also can except the Inevitable . Although Jack I think George Bush should be thanked by every Democrat because he will and has done more to bring us together than all the endorsements in the world.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  33. Deborah from North Port, FL

    Edwards' endorsement probably means nothing. His anti-poverty message has been the first cogent argument since Bobby Kennedy championed the destitute 40 years ago. Sadly, it's not been a "hit" since, and it didn't resonate with primary voters this cycle either, judging from Edwards' miserable showing. Unfairly or not, Democrats see Edwards as an also-ran. Obama could, however, benefit from this endorsement if he touts Edwards as leading his short list for Attorney General, so Edwards can go after all those big corporations that profit off the backs of the poor.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  34. Sandra from Dallas,Texas

    What Democratic primary race? Everyone including Hillary and her supporters know this thing is over. Edwards endorsement is just another attempt to make it stop.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  35. Dave

    How the message that Edwards' supporting Obama took the wind right out of Hillary's bags in her victory in West Virginia was the real message. If timing and Edward's endorsement wasn't meaningful, shouldn't Hillary's win be more newsworthy? It isn't because Edward's endorsement was meaningful and Hillary's hope isn't anymore. What momentum Hillary may have had in a millisecond was lost upon Edward's statements and his timing which was probably orchestrated. Obama is in the driver's seat all the way to Washington, sans McCain as a viable opponent. A new wind in Washington to blow out these corrupt republicans can't blow too soon for me!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  36. Mark

    Hi Jack

    I don't think it means much, anything is possible at this stage of the game. Could we have forgotten the year 2000.

    And by the way, all this talk of Reagan...has Ollie North been paid to go into hiding so that we wouldn't remember some of that mess.

    Boca Raton, Florida

    Hey Jack, I drove you to work one morning in my cab / NYC years ago.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  37. Martha

    Edwards endorsement goes a long way and is very good for senator Obama.Clinton should get out she is finish and is hurting the party,she is so selfish......

    May 15, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  38. Greg form Mechanicsburg PA

    Edwards' endorsement is the exclamation point for Obama's campaign. This will make it easier for other superdelegates to pledge for Obama and the United Steelworkers have a strong grass-roots organization that can put a lot of feet on the ground to drum up blue-collar support for Obama's campaign. While Clinton's attempt to win the nomination is futile, it is a good thing for Obama. It would look bad for the anointed nominee to lose big in Puerto Rico to a person no longer in the race.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  39. A Kraft Naples, FL

    It helps bring the party together, it took momentum away from loser Hillary and rejuvenated people with uplifting rhetoric...maybe we can move on and win this election

    May 15, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  40. Kel from Auburn, AL

    Jack,

    It's huge and you know it. Its going to help Obama on two fronts: getting support from working-class, white voters and getting support from superdelegates. It's already paid dividends as he picked up the endorsement of 6 of Edwards' delegates and the endorsement of the SteelWorker's union. He's moving up in every category. I think its time to unite behind the democratic nominee.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  41. David Natchez, Mississippi

    Hillary doesn't know how to quit. Obama could be endorsed by every trade union every delagate and have every voters support and this old nag just won't quit. Maybe she has a Shaman somewhere telling her she can win but my guess is she has had her way for so long and been so spoiled by politics that her brain is fried. Remember the commercial with the fried egg, this is your brain this is your brain on politics.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  42. Steven

    Jack, John Edwards endorsement of Senater Obama give him a big political boost. I was behind John Edwards and was hoping he would have been the nominee, after which I joined the Obama camp. I am so glad to see John endorse Senater Obama. This really removes all doubt in my mind that Senater Obama will be our nominee. Senater Obama has been attached from every politcal angle and has survived the punches.

    Steven,

    Kentucky

    May 15, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  43. Franklin

    In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter much since this race has effectively been over since late feb, but what it did was derail the Clinton delusion train before it started to pull out of the station and drove that last nail into the coffin of this candidate who has had more comebacks than Freddy Kruger. She's dead Jim, break out the holy water.

    Franklin
    from
    Hackensack

    May 15, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  44. Jeremy - Chandler, AZ

    John Edwards said it himself last week on a radio interview... endorsements don't matter. At this stage in the game, an endorsement is not very helpful for either candidate, unless they are a superdelegate, which Edwards is not. Had Edwards come out within weeks of his dropping out, he may have swayed his constituents towards a candidate, which could have made a big difference in ending this race much sooner. But now, it was too little, too late, and a huge waste of time.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  45. Ellen W. from Florida

    It sickens me to see Edwards endorse Obama rather than Clinton!
    We feel sure Obama is a fine man, however, we never even heard of him until about a year ago and his inexperience scares me with the mess Bush/Cheney has made for us. His time will come, it just should not be NOW when we need desparately to have someone
    just like Hillary.....strong, intelligent, years of experience and knows all the workings and definitely will be ready on Day One to start cleaning up this mess. "SHE'S STILL THE ONE" and we wish she'd make that her theme song!!! Go Hillary!!!! (What is wrong with these sissy-pants
    delegates, anyway?)

    May 15, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  46. John in San Diego

    Jack, there is no longer a "primary battle" – it's now just Hillary shadow-boxing.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  47. Marlye

    Not at all if he was really for Obama he would have already came out for him. His a politician he`ll do anything for his own future, like back stabbing Hillary. That is one thing that`s so bad about people following Obama so blindley he is the same, just like Hillary and the rest of them. It does look like it is going to be Obama Farrakhan in 08 with Rev. Wright as Sec. of State I hope you coolaid drinkers are happy.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  48. Deb McMahon

    The endorsement by john Edwards could not have come at a better time. They say timing is everything and this announcement certainly proves it. It overshadowed Clinton's win in West Virginia, demonstrated that Obama and company know how to play to the media and energized others to jump on board the Obama Express!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  49. Robert in Toronto, ON

    *singing* Turn out the lights....the party's over.....

    May 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  50. Frankie

    This endorsement by Sen. Edwards has proven that it is time for the party to come together and that Clinton can not steel the nomination from Sen. Obama. I am not saying the race should end but it is time for Clinton to rally these member that support her and shift them in a positive way to Obama.

    I was a Clinton fun when I first heard about her running for President but I strongly feel that her time was four years ago. She missed her window now it is some else turn. I have her back but not in this race.

    Single mothers for Obama '08

    May 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  51. Bill in New London, CT

    Will it gain him votes? Will it give him inroads into the demographics he has had difficulty with? Probably not. What this endorsement really will become is a symbol. It is the beginning of the annointment process for our nominee. It means we can let the general election begin and in doing so, begin a historic march to Washington - one that would impress even Dr. King.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  52. Ralph, Long Island, NY

    I think Hillary's made it clear that the DNC will need security to remove her from the convention after she rejects any nomination vote that doesn't make her the winner.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  53. pam

    i think it is quite obvious, since he is now within 126 delegates of the nomination....."billary" needs a reality check and just "check-out" of this race before they can do any more harm..........

    May 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  54. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    It doesn't affect the primary much, just lowers HRC's hopes, which were already buried in the Mariana Trench.

    However, I believe that it will affect the general election quite positively, come November. Edwards was virtually everyone's second choice, has offended few, and is by any standards quite capable, intelligent, and persuasive. His voice blended with Obama's will convince most of the Hillary supporters to join the Democrat's efforts.

    Sen. Obama should announce soon just what role John Edwards will play in the Obama administration. I hope for VP, but expect a cabinet post or UN Ambassadorship (now wouldn't that help world opinion a mite?)

    May 15, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  55. Betty---IN.

    It doesn't effect the race that much. Most people for Hillary were never for Edwards anyway. You can be sure Obama made some "Big Promises" to Edwards in return for his endorsement–like maybe Attorney General or V. P.–People will & do rem. that Kerry/Edwards failed before & how poorly Edwards did in his on campaign for this same election. Was Edwards working to help the Poor & middle class while he was getting a $400.00 hair cut?? Maybe Obama & Edwards share the same Barber!!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  56. Chicago Bob from Illinois

    The endorsement was a nominating speech. The race has been over for a while and Edwards is coming on the bandwagon to try to help connect the candidate with the blue collar and rural folks that are a group that Edwards has been the candidate of choice for.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  57. Steve - Lanai City, Hawaii

    The endorsement of Barack Obama declared the end of the Clinton campaign and the beginning of the fall campaign. It also delivered the Steelworkers endorsement and it may deliver some of the populist appeal Obama still needs.

    However, the most important endorsement needs to come from Hillary Clinton. She needs to do everything she can to ensure that Barack Obama is the next president or its likely John McCain will win in the fall.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  58. Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    Edwards is huge. Although never achieveing the nomination for president, he has always faired well and liked by just about everyone in the party. Even those wouldnt vote for him before seem to respect him.

    I don't know if there is such a thing as a nice, down to earth guy in politics...but John is the closest you'll find.

    If clinton had gotten his endorsement, she would have been singing and dancing.

    You can bet she had a panic attack when she heard this!
    I'm not sure she can even get the VP spot at this point.
    She better start kissing up to Obama if she wants back in the White House.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  59. kamenwati

    Hillary will still be campaigning and praying for miracles when Obama is being sworn in on January 21, 2009.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  60. dieter, Toronto, Canada

    The endorsement by John Edwards and by the United Steelworkers send a strong message to the party: time to get off the fence and look proactive.
    Decisive action now would give the "change" message more credibility.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  61. sarah, Indiana

    it is important only for the fact that it verifies my belief that the democrats are devoted to putting a man (any man- even the unqualified, unelectable, uber-liberal with poor judgement) on the top of the ticket. God forbid they let a woman get anywhere near the title Leader of the Free World. i thought edwards was better than that.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  62. Mike, Ohio

    I hope it opens up the flood gates of Superdelegates and ends this thing Jack. I can’t take much more of this!

    May 15, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  63. Robert , Deerfield Beach, FL

    "Elvis has left the building,!" and we can finally put this three-ring circus to rest. Given Americans' short-term memory , everyone will forget about this bitterly-battled primary season, will have another 5-6 months to reguirgitate the gruesome fight to come between the Democrats & Republicans by the national media.

    I just hope that nobody will forget the irreparable damage caused by the current administration; in just eight years it was able to set America back a millennium.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  64. Terry, middle-aged white guy in Manassas VA

    Edwards' endorsement will not appease bigoted whites, nor should Barack Obama be concerned with doing so. Bigots will vote against him whether he adds a white man to his ticket, pins a flag to his PJ's every night, or spends summer days chucking hay onto a wagon with a pitchfork. They don't CARE that he's half white–for them the glass will be "half black" no matter what he does. The sooner Dems forget about appeasement or for that matter, red and blue states, the faster we can test out the new electoral map. It's about "community". Those who want it can vote democratic. Those who mourn the passing of "separate but equal" can stay home or console themselves with Bob Barr.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  65. Marlene Emond

    I think John Edwards will help unify the Democrats. He spoke highly of Hillary and Obama mentioned her in his speech too. Obama has never attacked her. He has had to answer different attacks coming from her. I think this is why she has lost votes. Too negative. I heard someone say that Edwards didn't like it when she seemed to be playing the race card. Her comment on the white blue collar people was a bad idea.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  66. Forest N.C

    Not much because Barack Obama would win even if Edwards had endorsed Hilary Clinton.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  67. Bonnie

    It doesn't matter. Kerry & Edwards lost the presidential election and Edwards couldn't even get close to getting the nomination this time. I don't see the value of Edwards to any Democratic candidate.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  68. Shirley-Ohio

    I do not believe it will have any affect on the campaign it just pretty much a closer for this Democratic race. A lot of the superdelegates that carries a lot of power behind will now start to select there candidate in way to say, I waited until we had clear knowledge of who the candidate would be, so the neither of the candidates could say in the end, you voted for your candidate to soon therefore causing lots of other people to follow your lead. People should not be upset by the powerful superdelegates that chose to wait until the end. This was a tight race and if Hillary was perceived to be the nominee believes me he would have endorsed her. It is going to take the American people along with the entire democratic supports win this race in November.

    May 15, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  69. Mike--East Nassau, NY

    Jack–it basically means that the guy who has been losing luster, credibility, and votes over the last two and a half months is going to be allowed to limp in to the finish line by the usual gang of losers in the Democratic party. Let's see, Kennedy played a big role in Carter's failure to get a second term. Kerry still can't understand why dressing up in camoflage and carrrying a dead goose around didn't get him the presidency. Gore–rumor has it his Obama endorsement is just around the corner–decided to run on his own "personality" rather than the overall successes of his and Clinton's own administration. Dukakis is apparently still lost in the wilderness somewhere riding in his tank. Yeah, hello President McCain.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  70. Ed North Carolina

    Not at all.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  71. Michael

    My father belongs to the Steel Worker's union you mentioned and he does NOT support Obama, so your number is wrong... should be 599,999. Could you please have at least one hour in the Situation Room where you and the rest don't kiss Obama's hind end? Well, at least Lou Dobbs still has his head on his shoulders.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  72. Bellma Houston

    The Edward's endorsement is a necessary first step in the National Democratic Party elders comming together and showing some backbone by letting Hillary Clinton understand that she cannot keep redefining reality, having temper tandrums and everyone co-signing it.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  73. Glen-Atlanta GA

    Edwards' endorsement helps to the degree that it sends a message to Hillary Clinton "enough already!" It also releases his delegates so that Obama can inch closer to the required number of delegates to clinch the nomination. I must say Edwards' late nomination was no profile in courage; it doesnt take a genius, a maverick or a brave person to jump on the winning band wagon.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  74. Dan

    This endorsement doesn't affect the primary. Obama has already won. What this does is begin to end the primary and unify the party. Edwards spent a few months praising both candidates, and became a neutral voice in this divided primary battle. That gives him credibility to extend the olive branch to Clinton voters in a way that other friends of Obama couldn't.

    Obama doesn't need Edwards for the primary. But he can definitely use him for the general. The 600,000 steelworkers that were loyal to Edwards were just the tip of the iceberg. If Obama puts Edwards to work, he can appeal to rural voters and working class voters and absolutely dominate McCain.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  75. lee

    Who cares if Edwards endorses Obama. McCain is going to win. The Republicans who voted for Obama are going to vote Republican. Obama may win but I don't think it is going to be a land slide. Obama is not a proven canidate. I will vote for Obama only because I don't want the republicans to win but, Obama was not the best choice we had to choose from Biden, Dodd, Clinton are much better. I hope he does not choose Richardson for vice president. If he does he will loose the nomination considering how people feel about hispanics.
    I think Hispanics will vote for McCain.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  76. Devon Beckford

    Hillery clinton is smarter than all you idiots and thats the reason you all is trying to bring her down,you white people cant read the writing on the wall,Barak Obama,s own black people are voting for him and you all voting against Hillery, barak is only winning because every black people who can cast a vote is voting for him, you all need to turn around and vote for your white sister, if barak becomes president what ever happens he will call louis farrakand and the rest of his black posse and have 20 million black people to march around the white house 7 times without a stop until the wall fall down,white people you dont know how to take a hint, am a black man from hartford conn and am voting for hillery because she is pleasantly smarter than you all

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  77. Kara

    Jack – I believe that the endorsement of John Edwards is huge for the Obama Campaign. John Edwards is very strong on poverty and has support among blue-collar workers. With Obama signing on to Edwards plan to cut poverty in half in 10 years will resignate with alot of people, especially for the millions of people that support the fight on poverty, not just in the US but around the world.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  78. Ginny

    It's going to bring the blue collar votes to Obama come election time. Edwards has been the voice of us, the blue collar workers of America, as well as the poor. Obama is as well, but isn't as well known as Edwards. Edwards' endorsement is telling us -i believe in this man, we share ideals, and he will do for you what i want to do for you. He is saying that he believes Obama is the candidate to actually put your TRUST behind.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  79. Lorrie Schow

    The endorsement of John Edwards will in no way help or hurt the Obama campaign.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  80. Gloria Florez

    Not at all. People are more inteligent, with more common sense and specially more mature what than you think. Edwards , like many others are just opportunist looking for some publicity and a post in Obama's scheme. On the other hand, no matters who endorse Obama, he'll still be naive and inmature and really not ready to be the president of USA.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  81. PW

    This was obviously orchestrated to steal thunder from Clinton when it was needed, and that worked well.

    Now the real question is, does this mean Edwards is the running mate? That's a tighrope because it might win working class voters at the expense of more conservative and moderate Independents, who are more likely to defect to McCain. If that is the concern, Richardson would be the best choice because he would fill in all the foreign and other experience gaps the GOP will try to play up after nominations.

    The key will be whether Hillary's ego and ambition will let her bow out early in June and line up with the Obamarama. I think a lot of voters have Dynasty Fatigue and believe our best shot as a nation is to wrest the White House from the two families who have held it for more than two decades now.

    Just as Shrub is no HW, Hillary is no Bill. Hopefully we as a nation will never again make the mistake of voting for a last name and getting skunked. But at least Hillary isn't a pig in a poke and has actually succeeded at something before now. And I think she was better than a C student at Wellesley.That has to be an improvement if she does manage to pull it out somehow.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  82. mike from CA

    This is yet another sign that Hillary is wasting her time. John Edwards couldn't support her anyways because he didn't want to get hit by sniper fire.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  83. Julius

    Edward endorsed Obama to get Clinton out of the RACE. Hillary Clinton is mean and very political. She's trying to ruin the party by staying longer and wishing for OBAMA's to blow it–that will not happen Clinton. Her husband coundn't do all what she's promising now, what make you think you're good leader?

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  84. Karl in CA

    It pulls the plug on Hillary's respirator.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  85. Patty in Watsonville, CA

    I meant Kentucky on that last email ... please fix it.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  86. Eric, Maine

    Edward's endorsement shatters Clinton's ego as well as her hopes and dreams for becoming the nominee. Maybe Hillary will finally be able to wake up from her fantasy world and come back to reality...the reality that she has a huge campaign debt and sufficitently lacks the numbers to even think she could win (or swindel) the nomination. Maybe Hillary should consider brushing up with a math refresher course after she quits the race.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  87. Mike

    Edwards' endorsement and the growing list of important super delegates and labor unions that are jumping on his bandwagon should seal the deal for Obama. And any lingering doubts I had about voting for Obama are being erased today as Bush, McCain and the whole dishonest, corrupt Republican smear and fear propaganda machine ramps up its dishonest, bullying efforts to discredit him.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  88. Ezequiel

    Jack,

    Edwards endorsing Obama changes NOTHING!

    As a clinton supporter I can tell you that she will not stop, she will go until the last vote is cast and counted! That is the American way, for those democrats that are scared of playing the game till the end maybe they should leave the court!

    Hillary was endorsed by four former Kentucky governors, endorsements are just that an endorsement of someone by someone. Voters vote on policy and Hillary is the most experienced on the issues.

    Thank you and cnn for reporting for the OBAMA campaing, I cant believe that FOX is being FAIR!

    Ezequiel,
    Dumfries, Virginia

    May 15, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  89. ber6964

    It's a beautiful thing to see young virile democrates standing together to form a better future for America and the World.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  90. Vandon, Toronto, Ontario

    I think that this shows how Obama is the stronger and the right canidate for the democrats! It will also help Obama with the blue collar votes. Him and Edwards will work with together to win West Virginia, Indiana, Pensylvania Ohio and the presidency! Go Obama!

    May 15, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  91. Candy West Virginia

    A man of class and integrity supports another man with class and integrity. As far as i can see it is a winning combination.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  92. Jean

    Damage control is the way to describe Edward's endorsement. Wag the dog is another way to phrase his endorsing of Obama. The timing is suspicious and questionable. He was simply trying change the subject after the tsunami defeat Obama suffered in West Virginia, which expose the lack of support he's receiving from essential core democrat voters or what may be his inability to win the white votes in key electoral states.

    J. R.
    Miami, FL

    May 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  93. L.A. Boston

    Jack:

    By coming out last night, Obama raised the bar. He better win Kentucky now that he has John Edwards, man of the people!

    I wonder where Elizabeth Edwards was. She is the member of the Edwards family America admires. I heard she didn't care for the Obama healthcare plan. She herself believes in Universal Healthcare.

    As far as John's endorsement. Everybody made a big deal when Ted Kennedy endorsed him...then what? Fizzle!

    If he is on the ticket as Vice President, he again would be running with a candidate perceived as an elitist. He did nothing for Kerry not even carrying his home state and he was an active Senator then..now he's been out of the limelight for a long time.

    So to me it's just another endorsement!

    May 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  94. vic nashville,Tn

    $ 400 hair cut = Bitter

    May 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  95. Dexter

    Come on Jack! You and I know if this democratic nomination were a basketball game in the fourth quarter. It would be the equivalent of Obama taking out his starters and putting in the bench, to finish.

    May 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  96. scott crocker

    How in the world can the dummies at DNC tell all the veterans in Florida that their vote doesn't count?
    WW2 , Korea,Vietnam the Balkans and Gulf wars, even the peacetime vets that insure our right to vote! Its downright un- American!
    I am a Florida native, a vet and in Missouri. I might not be able to vote for a Democrat like I have the last 7 elections. You get judged by the company you keep and the DNC is looking awful dumb!
    Sincerely, Scott from Troy, Missouri

    May 15, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  97. Allen of Northeast GA

    Jack, if Barack Obama needed a knockout blow for Hillary Clinton, John Edwards threw the punch. Edwards’ support crossed party lines like no politician has for a long time, and if Independants or Republicans needed an excuse to support Obama, Edwards gave it to them.
    Allen
    Hartwell, Georgia

    May 15, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  98. Dominic Haberman...Hattiesburg,MS

    This endorsement was the last nail in the coffin of Hillary's desperate nomination bid. I was glad to see she regrets "repeating" information from the AP article while claiming the uneducated white vote somehow forms her "coalition," but the damage has been done, and John Edwards wisely intervened to stop her from doing more damage to her own party. You have to love the hypocrysy, though, she will cherry pick exit polls about white voters in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and demand the results of Michigan and Florida count, but she of course wants us to ignore the results of white voters in Iowa, Virginia, Wisconsin, Missouri, and all the states with similar proportions of white voters to West Virginia and Ohio because it doesn't fit her last desperate argument to hold the nomination hostage.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  99. Laurie Ross- nyc

    my comment to mr bush

    Mr. Bush-
    on the heals of your speech in Israel- to discredit the democrats in regard to speaking with terrorists- You have kept up many communications with the Saudis- THE SAUDIS- THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR 9/11.
    unbelievable!

    May 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  100. Mack Combs

    As an uneducated white man in West Virginia, I'm surprised I could even find your website. You media pundits have pulled out every stereotype of West Virginians in your commentaries on why Clinton won in West Virginia. We are stupid hillbillies because we exercised our constitutional right to vote!
    Since the demographics are so important to you people, take a look at this one. In West Virginia–a 271.2 per 100,000 population violent crime rate. District of Columbia–a 1,371.2 per 100,000 population violent crime rate. Take me home!

    May 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  101. Nicole A from Florida

    Hey Jack

    What makes working class white voters so special. I work 12 hour days. Why are the now special class of citizenship so herald.

    Why so much rhetoric about WV, Kentucky, Ohio. The truth is if these people stated the race was important...Then no matter what THey will not vote for OBama. because no matter what some people will only see black or white. It is that kind of thinking which have us Americans bent over the barrel( of oil). Take not if she champions the white working class, then she ain't got a prayer with young gifted white black and brown of this country.

    Edward you rock.

    May 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  102. Le, Delaware

    And Obama states he is about change! Looks like the same old politics to me. He became very arrogant as well during Edward's endoursement which I believe is his true elitist personality showing through. I'll tell you what, if HIllary doesn't get the nomination I'm wiritng her in anyway at the General Election!

    May 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |