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Headline: John Edwards Announces End to Campaign

John Edwards has just formally terminated his campaign in New Orleans. He began this, his second White House bid, in New Orleans a little more than a year ago. He kicked off his campaign by announcing in the middle of the Ninth Ward his quest to end corruption in Washington on behalf of the dire and downtrodden.

Speaking again today from the Ninth Ward, after a disappointing third-place finish in his home state of South Carolina last weekend, Edwards dropped out, saying this of his crusade to help those who he says government has forgotten:

"We didn't turn our heads. We turned and looked them straight in the eye and said we hear you. We see you . . . and we will never forget you."

Credited by some as the force that brought specific policy discussion to this campaign, his presence certainly shaped the discussion and will continue to affect the outcome.

Do either the Obama or Clinton campaigns show the potential for compassion that was the hallmark of Edward's bid? What will the campaign be lacking without Edwards willingness to fight for those who struggle? Will Edwards disappear, or do you think he will endorse a candidate? If so, who?!

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ashopaholic ashopaholic 9 years
no surprises here...the light has been solely focused on obama and clinton for the past few weeks, he was just a shadow essentially. thought im guessing this is not the last we have seen of him, i look forward to seeing what his next move is politically..
I was supporting him, and have no idea who I'll support now. Luckily, Texas primaries aren't until March, so we really have no weigh on the decision. I do think he'll be the Vice President to either candidate that makes it.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I read on that it was expected that 60% of his voters would go to Obama, but I think it's pretty much up in the air at the moment. Ed-Bama for the winning!
raieven raieven 9 years
Man I was going to vote for him on Tuesday!
onabanana onabanana 9 years
I think VP would be a good place for him.
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
I hope that all his supporters turn to Obama.
thatothrgirl thatothrgirl 9 years
I would love to see him as a VP on a Dem ticket, however, I think that he would make a fine Attorney General. I think being the AG would be a better personal move for him, tho.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
I am soooooo sad :-( He was my guy! Now I can't even vote for him in the primary on Super Tuesday. I agree that an Obama/Edwards ticket would be pretty cool, but polls show that half of his former supporters will go to Clinton while a quarter go to Obama. I think that if he doesn't endorse Obama soon, it could be like an unsaid endorsement for Clinton. . . which makes him a less likely choice for Obama's VP. One can "have the audacity to hope," though!
amers230 amers230 9 years
aw i'm crushed!!!! hopefully he'll be the VP on the dem ticket though. i think this campaign is just going to get dirtier and dirtier now.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
An Obama Edwards ticket would be MAGIC! Think of how much potential our country has! I am keeping my fingers crossed that they will join together!
nancita nancita 9 years
Now I'm just crossing my fingers for an Obama-Edwards ticket.
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