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John Edwards Endorses Barack Obama

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John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama this evening in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was an endorsement which included much praise for Hillary Clinton.

I've clipped the endorsement, and posted it AFTER THE JUMP...

Part one on the left, two on the right.

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  1. Unfortunately I don't think many people are going to care about his endorsement at this point. It just looks like he's jumping on the bandwagon now.

    I still hope Obama pursues him as his running mate though.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 14, 2008 5:49:35 PM


  2. And that will do what? he4re's hoping he picks edwards as a running mate then will def know obama's judgement is poor.

    Posted by: ousslander | May 14, 2008 5:59:04 PM


  3. And that will do what? he4re's hoping he picks edwards as a running mate then will def know obama's judgement is poor.

    Posted by: ousslander | May 14, 2008 5:59:09 PM


  4. No more drama, vote Obama.

    Posted by: donsnyc | May 14, 2008 5:59:18 PM


  5. Lame...you obama supporters are makign a big deal ...Because you guys knwo it ain't gonna happen...he wont get the nomination, just because you want him to. That will do NOTHING> ...Clinton is proving to everyone...Just because she is a woman don't count her out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Obama OUT ...HILARRY TOTALLY IN!!!!

    Posted by: Bosie | May 14, 2008 6:10:02 PM


  6. Bosie,
    FYI: you have to be 18 to vote. Hang in there fella, one day your voice will count!

    Posted by: crispy | May 14, 2008 6:36:22 PM


  7. Obama/ Clinton 08

    Yes we can and Yes we will

    Edwards for AG or sec labor

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 14, 2008 6:36:36 PM


  8. I like the Breck Girl. VP will do fine with me.......

    Posted by: Mary, Really Late Dowager Queen of the British Empire, Ireland, Empress of India, etc..... | May 14, 2008 6:40:02 PM


  9. Edwards got a good chunk of the vote last night, and he wasn't even running... so Obama could definitely use the Edwards groupies.

    Posted by: A.J. | May 14, 2008 6:43:21 PM


  10. After listening to that speech I am more convinced than ever that Obama should pick Edwards as his running mate.

    With Edwards on the ticket all the "blue collar, hard working white voters won't vote for Obama" arguments will go down the drain. Edwards is the populists' candidate.

    I can't imagine any rational Clinton supporters holding out hope for her winning the nomination after tonight.

    It's time to come together and begin the fight against McSame.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 14, 2008 6:58:10 PM


  11. This is the "dream" ticket :)

    Posted by: Rafael | May 14, 2008 6:59:12 PM


  12. Oh, and I take back my doubts that his late endorsement would make any difference at this point. That speech no doubt won over many working class white voters.

    Posted by: Zeke | May 14, 2008 7:00:28 PM


  13. Zeke, the rationale to justify Sen. Clinton as a pick for VP, is based on identity politics and her women base. But it could be argued that women will stay behind the democratic candidate. Female voters will not support a candidate who actively seeks to revert Roe vs. Wade.

    If you saw Edwards' endorsement, there was a certain chemistry when Sen. Obama and Edwards stood together on the stage. More importantly Edwards brings comfort to the question marks surrounding Obama. He made a point of saying, that in the course of this campaign he got to know very well the top candidates, he is assuring the American people that there is nothing to fear and that it is time to move forward, I'm sure many got his message.

    Posted by: Rafael | May 14, 2008 7:19:32 PM


  14. Edwards bombed twice running for the nomination and did not help Kerry at all in his run for VP, not even carry his own state, granted Kerry was the main reason. If Obama is smart he will strengthen the ticket by picking someone who is strong where his is very weak, on national defense. Sen Webb is ideal. Not only conservative, worked in Reagan's administration, is from the military, his son is serving in Iraq and he's against the war, was from the start.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | May 14, 2008 7:31:23 PM


  15. yeah, that Edwards. He really helped clinch it in '04.

    Posted by: dc8stretch | May 14, 2008 7:31:33 PM


  16. I usually avoid commenting on politics, but I just lost much respect for Edwards. Having withheld his endorsement until there was a fairly clear frontrunner, it looks like he just wanted to position himself to be an obvious choice for running mate for either candidate.

    Posted by: sparks | May 14, 2008 7:43:15 PM


  17. There may be a better choice for VP, or there may not. We will rather soon know how this all unfolds. But it is also fair to state, that the Edwards we know today is positively different from the one who ran for the spot in the past. Much of this is due to the fact that we now know him a lot better, and that is precisely what is needed in the Obama ticket, someone we feel we know.

    Posted by: Rafael | May 14, 2008 7:45:24 PM


  18. Zeke

    I feel ya

    Months ago I would have been all a ga ga for Edwards as VP. His waiting so long really turned me off. I am still holding onto Obama/ Clinton

    Anyway; as far as endorsments go, NARAL endorsing Obama today does more than Edwards in my crazy opinion.

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 14, 2008 7:48:55 PM


  19. Although Webb would be a very strong candidate, the Democrats might not want to risk it (with a 51-49 Senate).

    If Webb resigns from the Senate to run for VP, the Democrats might lose that seat in Virginia. Warner's already running for the open seat this year.

    Of the state's three Democratic representatives, Moran and Scott are more liberal than Virginia in general. And Boucher's not charismatic in the slightest. Gov. Kaine can't very well appoint himself to the job.

    Posted by: John | May 14, 2008 8:20:02 PM


  20. John

    Hasn't Webb already stated that he doesn't want VP?

    I could have sworn he has.

    I realiy liked Andrea Mitchell telling Pat Buchanan over at MSNBC that he was out of date.

    That was worth it all :-)

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 14, 2008 8:23:37 PM


  21. The timing of this endorsement is to counterbalance Hilary's sweep in W.Va and the sense that Obama can't win lower middle class whites. Obama won't pick Edwards as his VP, nor will he pick Clinton (nor would she have it). He's gonna go for Kathleen Sebelius, the Governor of Kansas. She's female, mid-western, has the support of lower middle class whites. Covers all the bases.

    Edwards' endorsement is important only in that it shows the Democratic Party rallying around Obama and centering themselves behind a candidate instead of waiting through more primaries for the what now seems a foregone conclusion. Edwards helps put Obama on the national front and lifts him out of these state to state battles.

    Posted by: jesse | May 14, 2008 8:26:23 PM


  22. To Hell with you, John Edwards. I wish I could take back my vote for you.
    Go Hillary!

    Posted by: EnigmaticAnswer | May 14, 2008 8:41:25 PM


  23. If Obama has the balls to pick a woman (other than Hillary) for VP, he can say goodbye to all hope of getting Hillary's supporters.

    Women are not interchangeable. Sebelius was a wooden dolt in her response to Bush's SOTU speech.

    And to be fair, Hillary, if she was the nominee and chose a black man (not Obama) as a running mate, you can bet she'd have lost massive support from the AA community.

    Posted by: Noel | May 14, 2008 9:03:36 PM


  24. http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1284.xml?ReleaseID=1177&What=&strArea=;&strTime=0

    60% to 33% of Democrats WANT Obama to pick Clinton as VP

    Zeke per that list earlier. We can not deny such a number of our own dems saying such.

    That is a huge margin that wants Obama to pick Hillary VP.

    Time to heal and unite

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | May 14, 2008 9:14:56 PM


  25. Crispy:

    While I am almost certain that I've never agreed with your political views, that comment about being 18 to vote = F'N HILARIOUS!

    Posted by: silverskreen | May 14, 2008 9:17:55 PM


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