Edwards Dropping Out of Race

DENVER (AP) - 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, The Associated Press has
learned.

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. EST event in New Orleans that had been billed as a speech on
poverty, according to two aides. 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 condition of
anonymity in advance of the announcement. Both candidates would
welcome Edwards' backing and the support of the 56 delegates he had
collected.

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.

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 was the first to focus on the plight of the
poor since Robert F. Kennedy's trip 40 years earlier.

But even 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.


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  • by katie Location: perry county on Feb 4, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    I have no idea why he dissed to levae the race maybe he just could'nt handdle the heat.
  • by ROMNEY 08 on Feb 2, 2008 at 08:28 PM
    John Edwards who? CHIRP CHIRP CHIRP CRICKET CRICKET CRICKET CHIRP CHIRP CHIRP!Lets hope McCain no brain does the same.
  • by NATHAN Location: Frankfort on Feb 2, 2008 at 06:52 PM
    People won't vote for John Edwards because he is young man and has a lot of experience to catch up on. It's not that people don't like him and maybe some do hate him. Either way that I guess is the excuse for not voting him.
  • by Democrate Location: Lexington on Feb 2, 2008 at 01:05 PM
    Hey Zatoichi, I guess you think George was a hardworking laboror before he bullied his way into the White House. Why don't you tell us about his personal residence(s). Get real, they are all rich...since when does that a difference in politics? Oh, by the way, if you are going to post, you should at least know how to spell the names of the people you are slamming. That would be Barack OBAMA and HILLARY Clinton.
  • by Tracie Location: Lexington on Feb 2, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    This message is for Rose. Barack Obama is not a muslin. He is a christian. I would love to know where you heard that rubbish. Before you continue to spread such garbage, I encourage you to get your facts straight! Why don't you pick up a book and read it instead of listening to the noise pollution being broadcast by the right wing hate mongers? Why don't you start with Baracks book? Statement such as this just make you look ignorant. And as far as making Hillary look good goes, she is doing fine on her own. Your beloved George Bush makes Satan look good, so watch that throwing stone when you live in such a fragile glass palace. I don't seriously believe that there is anyone who could do a worse job that George has done!
  • by johnny Location: ky on Feb 2, 2008 at 05:53 AM
    i think edwards would have ben the only candidate that could have beat the republicans in the finals obomba can not do it.i am a democrat but i will not vote for obomba.that is a man we do not need runing our country.so i guess i will haft to vote republican as bad as i hate to
  • by i am for hillary Location: pike county on Feb 2, 2008 at 05:19 AM
    Dont complain to much as long as long as BUSH is out and MCCAIN is not elected in office.HILLARY or OBAMA are hopefully our next president.go HILLARY.
  • by ScareCrow Location: Oz on Jan 30, 2008 at 06:41 PM
    Rose of Knott Co, It was not Oblammo who refused to hold his hand on the bible, it was the muslim Rep Ellison from Minnesota (hand on the evil Quran). Oblamma did put his hand on the bible, he just does not wear a US Flag emblem on his lapel or cover his heart when the National Anthem is played. He said he has other ways of showing his patriotism, like seeking guidance from his racist minister and having Nation of Islam folks on his office payroll.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 30, 2008 at 06:35 PM
    Now let's hope Obomba and Hellary drop out as well. It is amazing so many of you folks posting here can be fooled by a personal injury trial lawyer. maybe he might invite y'all to that 35,000 sqft home of his in NC..I kind of doubt it tho.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2008 at 02:00 PM
    they all tell you they will do this do that tell they get in office.then it changes.
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