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  • Edwards ‘quits’ White House race

    by Leon
    30th January, 2008 at 3:05 pm    

    John Edwards has thrown in the towel in race to become the Democratic candidate for President.

    Democrat John Edwards is exiting the race for the White House after failing to win any of the four party nomination contests held so far, officials say.

    Members of his team said the former North Carolina senator had decided not to continue to Super Tuesday next week. He lost Iowa’s caucuses, came third in New Hampshire, admitted getting his “butt kicked” in Nevada and came third in his native South Carolina. [Via BBC News]

    He’s expected to make a statement at 7pm (our time) tonight but the big question is who will he endorse, Clinton or Obama?

    Update: Here’s his speech announcing his departure from the running.

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    1. Jai — on 30th January, 2008 at 3:36 pm  

      He seems to have a better rapport with Obama, which I felt was particularly noticeable at the recent CNN-hosted debate amongst the major Democratic candidates (the one where Hilary and Obama ended up arguing with each other).

      There was a moment in the second half (they were all seated by this time and a little more relaxed) when Obama was making some humorous remark about the candidates being “a white woman, a black man…..and John”; when he lightly tapped Edwards’ arm to indicate he was joking, the first thing that I thought was “Aha…..I bet Edwards is going to be his VP“.

    2. Jai — on 30th January, 2008 at 3:37 pm  

      the one where Hilary and Obama ended up arguing with each other

      Even more than they usually do. Ahem.

    3. fiz — on 30th January, 2008 at 4:07 pm  

      would be surprised if the endorsement goes to the Clintons

    4. Sunny — on 30th January, 2008 at 4:19 pm  

      I doubt he’ll endorse either to be honest. He did initially veer towards Obama but then switched to Clinton later.

      I have a feeling he cut a deal with Clinton ahead of Super Tuesday in return for something.

    5. Sid — on 30th January, 2008 at 4:35 pm  

      does it matter? does backing the right person mean the vice presidency seat?

    6. Leon — on 30th January, 2008 at 4:40 pm  

      I have a feeling he cut a deal with Clinton ahead of Super Tuesday in return for something.

      What makes you think that?

    7. Sunny — on 30th January, 2008 at 5:16 pm  

      Because, given that he had the potential to be a kingmaker at the Democrat convention, no one expected him to drop out, despite the low ratings. He’s been given an incentive to drop out. The question is, by who?

    8. Leon — on 30th January, 2008 at 5:19 pm  

      Sorry, I meant what makes you think it’s Clinton he’s cut a deal with?

    9. fiz — on 30th January, 2008 at 7:04 pm  

      i still think Obama is willing to relinquish more in return for edwards support. can’t really see the clintons cutting a better deal- they don’t need edwards support that much

    10. Leon — on 30th January, 2008 at 7:28 pm  

      The media seem to be saying Obama will gain the most from this; I must admit Edwards speech about one America had echoes of Obama and Obamas comments on him seemed the most sincere (Clinton just looks like a robot!).

      There’s obviously a lot of back room negotiation going on but I reckon he’s going to back Obama…

    11. Kesara — on 30th January, 2008 at 8:37 pm  

      John McCain FTW!

    12. Letters From A Tory — on 31st January, 2008 at 8:11 am  

      If Edwards gets behind Obama, it could signal a shift in balance for the Democrat nomination - but if he sides with Clinton, Obama will have an even greater struggle on his hands.

    13. faz — on 31st January, 2008 at 9:40 am  

      i also think Kennedys backing of Obama is a hugh boost for his campaign.
      Damn, need to get a ticket to fly to DC for super tuesday!!

    14. Sunny — on 31st January, 2008 at 3:11 pm  

      Lol, yeah I wish I could fly over for Super Tuesday too. Aaargh, I don’t get any good American news channels :(

    15. faz — on 1st February, 2008 at 12:03 pm  

      AGHHHHH!Just watched the CNN hustings and musch to my disappointment, Hilary was good. Far more knowledgeable on policy than Barack. After watching newsnight last night i think Greer hit the nail on the head- If Barack doesn’t win the nomination, its not the end of a revolutionary period of civil liberty - its just the beginning.

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