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PostSubject: Edwards to drop out   Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:02 pm

Edwards expected to drop out of race today



DENVER - Democrat John Edwards is exiting the presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voters' sympathies but never diverted his campaign.

The decision came after Edwards lost the four states to hold nominating contests so far to rivals who stole the spotlight from the beginning — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

Clinton said Wednesday that Edwards called her to inform her about his decision.



Obama told reporters that Edwards was exiting the race in a “classy” way. “I think he’s run a great campaign,” said Obama, who aides said also spoke with Edwards on Tuesday night and asked for his endorsement.

In a statement from his campaign, Obama said Edwards “spent a lifetime fighting to give voice to the voiceless and hope to the struggling, even when it wasn’t popular to do or covered in the news.”

“While his campaign may end today, the cause of their lives endures for all of us who still believe that we can achieve that dream of one America,” the statement said.

The two-time White House candidate earlier notified a close circle of senior advisers that he planned to make the announcement at a 1 p.m. ET event in New Orleans that had been billed as a speech on poverty, according to two of his advisers.

The former North Carolina senator will not immediately endorse either candidate in what is now a two-person race for the Democratic nomination, said one adviser, who spoke on a condition of anonymity.

Four in 10 Edwards supporters said their second choice in the race is Clinton, while a quarter prefer Obama, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo poll conducted late this month. Both Clinton and Obama would welcome Edwards’ backing and the support of the 56 delegates he had collected.



Family duty
Edwards waged a spirited top-tier campaign against the two better-funded rivals, even as he dealt with the stunning blow of his wife's recurring cancer diagnosis. In a dramatic news conference last March, the couple announced that the breast cancer that she thought she had beaten had returned, but they would continue the campaign.

Their decision sparked a debate about family duty and public service. But Elizabeth Edwards remained a forceful advocate for her husband, and she was often surrounded at campaign events by well-wishers and emotional survivors cheering her on.

Edwards planned to announce his campaign was ending with his wife and three children at his side. Then he planned to work with Habitat for Humanity at the volunteer-fueled rebuilding project Musicians' Village, the adviser said.

With that, Edwards' campaign will end the way it began 13 months ago — with the candidate pitching in to rebuild lives in a city still ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Edwards embraced New Orleans as a glaring symbol of what he described as a Washington that didn't hear the cries of the downtrodden.

Edwards burst out of the starting gate with a flurry of progressive policy ideas — he was the first to offer a plan for universal health care, the first to call on Congress to pull funding for the war, and he led the charge that lobbyists have too much power in Washington and need to be reined in.

The ideas were all bold and new for Edwards personally as well, making him a different candidate than the moderate Southerner who ran in 2004 while still in his first Senate term. But the themes were eventually adopted by other Democratic presidential candidates — and even a Republican, Mitt Romney, echoed the call for an end to special interest politics in Washington.



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Edwards' rise to prominence in politics came amid just one term representing North Carolina in the Senate after a career as a trial attorney that made him millions. He was on Al Gore's short list for vice president in 2000 after serving just two years in office. He ran for president in 2004, and after he lost to John Kerry, the nominee picked him as a running mate.

Elizabeth Edwards first discovered a lump in her breast in the final days of that losing campaign. Her battle against the disease caused her husband to open up about another tragedy in their lives — the death of their teenage son Wade in a 1996 car accident. The candidate barely spoke of Wade during his 2004 campaign, but he offered his son's death to answer questions about how he could persevere when his wife could die.

Edwards made poverty the signature issue of both his presidential campaigns, and he led a four-day tour to highlight the issue in July. The tour, the first to focus on the plight of the poor since Robert F. Kennedy's trip 40 years earlier, also was an effort to remind voters that a rich man can care about the less fortunate. It came as Edwards was dogged by negative coverage of his personal wealth, including his construction of a 28,000-square foot house, his work for a hedge fund that advised the superrich and $400 haircuts.

But even through the dark days of summer and as Obama and Clinton collected astonishing amounts of money that dwarfed his fundraising effort, Edwards maintained a loyal following in the first voting state of Iowa that made him a serious contender. He came in second to Obama in Iowa, an impressive feat of relegating Clinton to third place, before coming in third in the following three contests.

The loss in South Carolina was especially hard because it was where he was born and he had won the state in 2004. But Edwards performed well enough to pick up 58 delegates.
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PostSubject: Re: Edwards to drop out   Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:03 pm

I liked Edwards. I wouldn't necessarily vote for him but I still liked him. It's just too bad that he's totally overshadowed by two power houses.
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PostSubject: Re: Edwards to drop out   Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:06 pm

Seems like a good guy. Never had a chance though. He'd be better served trying to catch on as VP.

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PostSubject: Re: Edwards to drop out   Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:14 pm

That's what I was thinking. but, do you think someone will pick him up?
do you think the two power houses will join forces? if hillary wins, think she'll make OB her VP? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

it woulda been funny if gore ran, won, and made hillary his vp. Gore/Clinton 08 COME ON! haha.
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PostSubject: Re: Edwards to drop out   Wed Jan 30, 2008 1:57 pm

I don't know if Obama would want to be VP. I would like them to team up though. Would be interesting.

The way they've been acting lately I doubt it, however.

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PostSubject: Re: Edwards to drop out   Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:26 pm

Huh, I didn't follow Edwards too much, but my dad was convinced he'd be the Democratic nominee.
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PostSubject: Re: Edwards to drop out   Thu Jan 31, 2008 6:11 am

Every time I see his name, I think of that pyschic who talks to dead people. I have to correct myself everytime.
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PostSubject: Re: Edwards to drop out   Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:55 pm

I like Edwards. It is smart that he is not officially out, thus controlling his delegates. If Hil and Obamba are close going into the convention, he could give his delegates to whoever he chooses.

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