John Edwards New Orleans Speech Thread
by Todd Beeton, Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 08:01:11 AM EST
John Edwards is scheduled to drop out of the race at 1pm EST during a speech on poverty from New Orleans.
John Edwards will not be endorsing "at this time" and reportedly called both Hillary and Barack to ask them to make poverty central to their campaigns and administrations. They said they would.
Isn't it amazing how the media seems to have finally discovered John Edwards now that he's leaving the race? On both MSNBC and CNN, they're talking about how he was the first to propose a healthcare plan and an economic stimulus package "even before George Bush." Makes you wonder, where the hell have they been?
Update [2008-1-30 13:6:58 by Todd Beeton]:CNN anchor: "rumor mill" is that Edwards would at some point endorse Hillary Clinton. David Gergen pushed back on that, saying it would actually make more sense for him to endorse Obama as he's been running against the status quo in Washington that both he and Obama have been making the case Clinton represents. In her response to John Edwards's decision to drop out, Clinton has been playing up their similarities, namely that both of their health care plans are universal and don't "leave anyone out."
Update [2008-1-30 13:26:9 by Todd Beeton]:CNN anchor just asked a financial reporter if John Edwards's dropping out would affect the markets. Wha-? I switched to CNN because MSNBC sucks so bad but now CNN is almost making me want to flee to FoxNews.
Update [2008-1-30 13:28:18 by Todd Beeton]:"The Democratic Party will make history. We will be strong, we will be unified and with a little backbone we will take back the White House in November."
Update [2008-1-30 13:34:7 by Todd Beeton]:"We passed under a bridge where 200 homeless Americans sleep every night. We got out and talked to them...one woman said to me 'You won't forget us will you?' To all those who are struggling, I say we will never forget you."
"This Democratic Party hears you."
Update [2008-1-30 13:38:3 by Todd Beeton]:"I am suspending my campaign for the presidency...Thanks to all the people who've come up to me in the last few days and said 'Don't forget us,' let me tell you, you almost changed my mind."
Update [2008-1-30 13:51:38 by Todd Beeton]:CNN stopped covering Edwards so I'm back to MSNBC and Tweety literally called Edwards "radical" three times. Sigh.