Breaking News: Edwards to Quit Race

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Edwards expected to drop out of race
Presidential candidate steered his rivals toward progressive ideals
BREAKING NEWS
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22913001/
The Associated Press
updated 9:43 a.m. ET, Wed., Jan. 30, 2008

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, according to The Associated Press and NBC News.

The two-time White House candidate 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 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.

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 in advance of the announcement.

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 reigned 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.

Loyal following
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.
And then there were two
 

Ego

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He might make a good Vice-President. It'd certainly be better than seeing both Hillary and Obama in office.
 

TheDrip

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What helped form that decision? I'm guessing the fact that there hasn't been a story mentioning his campaign since November.
 

demonseed

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He will most likely be the vice presidential candidate. WHether its Clinton or Obama getting nominated, I cant see either of them asking the other to be there VP candidate.
 

Razor Roman

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Edwards won't be the VP candidate. Look for him to endorse Obama if Obama agrees to make him Attorney General if he wins. Dude wants to be Bobby Kennedy.

But where's Sirhan?
 

sbrainb

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Hey baggers.

I haven't been posting in like a week (been sick and whatnot). I just watched Edwards' drop-out speech and he didn't endorse anyone yet. Such bullshit. He might as well just get it over with. I have a feeling he'll end up going with Obama and Obama will either make him his running mate or promise him a big cabinet job like Attorney General or something like that if he gets elected.
 

sbrainb

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oh... didn't see what Razor said -- but yeah x2 to what he said. Although I still think he might make Edwards his running mate.
 

Vyce

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Hey baggers.

I haven't been posting in like a week (been sick and whatnot). I just watched Edwards' drop-out speech and he didn't endorse anyone yet. Such bullshit. He might as well just get it over with. I have a feeling he'll end up going with Obama and Obama will either make him his running mate or promise him a big cabinet job like Attorney General or something like that if he gets elected.
I've seen it hypothesized that he might be waiting until after Super Tuesday next week, to see which way the wind is blowing. There is the rumor out there that there's a deal in place that Edwards would get an AG spot if he throws his support behind Obama, but Edwards strikes me as a supreme political opportunist - I could see him siding with Hillary if it looks like she could be on her way to taking the nomination a week from now.

I have a friend who's actually worked as an adviser on political campaigns before, and her take on who is helped by Edwards' dropping out is interesting:

Hillary. Edwards ran an angry populist campaign, ranting and raving about big corporations and "the rich" stealing money from starving poor folks. It was the same "two Americas" act from 2004, just louder, nastier, and more desperate. People drawn to him for that won't gravitate towards Obama's soft-soap can't-we-all-just-get-along, let's-change-the-tone bullshit as much as they will towards Hillary's REPUBLICANS BAD, ME GOOD approach. Any of his remaining supporters will most likely split the difference, since despite what they may say during the farcical debates, there really aren't that many substantive policy disagreements between Hillary and Obama. They might tend to favor Obama, either out of reaction to the race card as played by the Clintons in SC, or the fact that he's simply a better campaigner overall, despite the fact that he's a complete airhead.
She also has an astute remark about who she'd take, re: Hillary vs. Obama:

I'd go with Hillary myself, if I were a Democrat. I'll take evil over stupid any day.
Pretty much why I support Hillary in the Dem race.
 

BIV

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If Hillary or Obama are smart, they will NOT take on Edwards as a running mate. Either one needs to take a moderate, southern white man with lots of grey hair.