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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

John Edwards Won’t Commit To Endorsing Hillary

posted by on November 14 at 14:47 PM

Posted by Ryan S. Jackson

Heading into what is expected to be another highly-charged Democratic debate tomorrow, John Edwards is already setting an aggressive tone. Last week, for example, he refused to commit to supporting Hillary Clinton should she emerge the Democratic nominee. As reported on the New York Times political blog, The Caucus, Edwards was twice asked whether he would support Clinton should she come out on top, and both times demurred.

The move has apparently done nothing to help his popularity among his peers. Chris Dodd responded:

This is not the same John Edwards I once knew. Of course, we should all come together to support the nominee. I wonder which of the Republicans John prefers to Hillary?

Obama weighed in too:

“I am a Democrat, and I would support the Democratic nominee,” he said. With a smile, he added, “I intend it to be me.”

Biden affirmed his loyalty to the party—and back-handed Giuliani (again!):

“Of course. What’s the choice, Rudy Giuliani?”

The debate is scheduled to kick off Thursday at 5PM on CNN. Check back for liveblogging details, and get ready for more Democratic fisticuffs.

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All great choices. I look forward to finding out which other Dem will be VP to President Obama.

But I'll be at Hale's Ales on Thursday with the 36th - gonna be fun!

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 14, 2007 3:02 PM

Okay, as much as I love to gratuitously hate on Edwards, I ... can't fault him for this. Come on. He just doesn't want to endorse Hillary because it's admitting defeat for his own primary campaign. Of course, he'll endorse her when the time comes.

Posted by arduous | November 14, 2007 3:04 PM

i know... you might as well start asking when he will concede. you know, if he starts doing poorly in the primaries.

Posted by infrequent | November 14, 2007 3:36 PM

Exactly, it's like 4204 - they never conceded and now they've won.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 14, 2007 3:40 PM

This post makes it sound like Edwards bad-mouthed Hillary. The reality is waht John Edwards actually said almost word for word what Barak Obama said and this post is not telling the real truth.

Posted by Seattle girl | November 14, 2007 4:14 PM

Nope, Obama said he would support the nominee and Edwards refused to say.
It's a standard question and it does not mean you are conceding defeat.

Edwards -- what an asshole.

Posted by unPC | November 14, 2007 4:30 PM

This is a fucking stupid post. While Slog is rightly making fun of the Weekly's blog for getting basic facts wrong, Slog is doing the same thing. Edwards clarified this more than a day ago:

Posted by lorax | November 14, 2007 4:48 PM

Man, Joe Biden cracks me up!

Posted by Soupytwist | November 14, 2007 5:25 PM

Wow, I seem to be the only one who likes Edwards. Keep in mind he's the only one to strongly advocate for the public transportation that you all love so much. I'm glad that he's not just saying that he'll go for a democrat. He should support whoever he wants if he doesn't get the nomination. I hate it when people pick a party just because it's a party. As we've seen with this congress, the Dems aren't as magical as we hoped they were...

Posted by UC | November 14, 2007 9:29 PM

Yes lets continue to make the story about the circular firing squad (or better yet, hand them bullets and suggest with your questions where to aim at each other) instead of asking questions about, oh I don't know, the ISSUES.... no, we have to keep the story about the race itself, blah blah blah...

Posted by Andy Niable | November 14, 2007 10:32 PM

obama said he would support "the nominee", certainly different from saying he would "support hillary". and it avoids the question just as much. it's just a more clever way of doing so.

Posted by infrequent | November 15, 2007 10:14 AM

Here's what Edwards said, "I fully expect to support the Democratic nominee and I fully expect to be the Democratic nominee."

Posted by Not a Hillary fan | November 15, 2007 10:29 AM

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