2008-01-30

John Edwards dropping out

What?! John Edwards is dropping out of the race today. I couldn't believe it when I saw the news. If you're interested, you can visit the 2008 Democratic Convention Watch's post titled "Edwards out" for a great summary of what happens with his delegate counts.

I'm posting Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's statements about this news below. I find it rather interesting that Clinton never had such nice things to say about John when he was running against her. You can watch the video I've included below to see for yourself.

Hillary Clinton:
"John Edwards ended his campaign today in the same way he started it - by standing with the people who are too often left behind and nearly always left out of our national debate.

John ran with compassion and conviction and lifted this campaign with his deep concern for the daily lives of the American people. That is what this election is about - it's about our people. And John is one of the greatest champions the American people could ask for.

I wish John and Elizabeth all the best. They have my great personal respect and gratitude. And I know they will continue to fight passionately for the country and the people they love so deeply."


Barack Obama:
"John Edwards has 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. At a time when our politics is too focused on who’s up and who’s down, he made a nation focus again on who matters – the New Orleans child without a home, the West Virginia miner without a job, the families who live in that other America that is not seen or heard or talked about by our leaders in Washington. John and Elizabeth Edwards have always believed deeply that we can change this – that two Americas can become one, and that our country can rally around this common purpose. So 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."


It's always interesting to see what the remaining candidates have to say about someone when they leave, but I find it more educational to hear what the candidate leaving thinks about those who remain. With that in mind, the video belows shows what John Edwards had to say about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama when he was running alongside them both.


Direct link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hUW27EJFL4
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