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    John Edwards to quit presidential race - Yahoo! News

    By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer
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    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, The Associated Press has learned.

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    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.

    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, 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.

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    he can still be vice preznit though.. right?
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    He's the only one I would have voted for.

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    ^^
    I hope so.
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    I hope he doesn't announce his endorsement of Hillary or Barack. I hope he lets it play out at least through Super Tuesday before he does. Some Hillary supporters are thrilled because they feel he has been pulling more votes from her than from Barack. Who knows what people really think?

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    he can go back to getting his 400 dollar hair cuts without being bugged by the press.
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    I'm sad about this. I would have voted for him. I think he got lost in all the Clinton-Obama drama and couldn't get much attention. I hope he's someone's VP candidate.

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    I like John Edwards, but he never really had a shot to begin with. People weren't really taking him seriously, and that had nothing to do with Hillary or Obama getting attention. If he was a strong enough candidate he would have been able to make himself heard.

    But I think Edwards and Obama are brokering some kind of deal. I was watching an interview with Obama and it was being hinted at in the interview, by Obama and the reporter, that Edwards was going to toss his support Obama's way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quazar View Post
    I hope he's someone's VP candidate.
    Maybe, but I'd be a little surprised if he took it at this point. Anyone know how his wife is doing? Last I heard, it wasn't looking good at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimmlok View Post
    he can still be vice preznit though.. right?
    Yes, if someone chooses him as their running mate. Barack, perhaps??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    Maybe, but I'd be a little surprised if he took it at this point. Anyone know how his wife is doing? Last I heard, it wasn't looking good at all.
    I read an article a few months back about Elizabeth Edwards. She's doing well, but realizes that this cancer is terminal. Still, she could live for five plus years. She was worrying about not being able to see her younger children grow. Very sad.

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    Well I hope for his sake that Elizabeth gets better. It must've been hard for him to be on the campaign trail while she's sick.

    I would've voted for him too, he seemed to be the only person that had a message about fixing the economy. Hopefully he can be a VP in whoever wins (preferably Obama).

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    I'd like to see Obama and Edwards on the same ticket, because they would balance each other out. I used to think Obama and Hillary would make a good fit, but with the way the Clinton campaign has constantly tried to make Obama's race an issue I don't think that'll work.

    My only concern about Obama having Edwards, or any other white male, as his vice-president is that some moron might get the idea to take Obama out so that the vice-president can take over. And considering that we've had assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy, and an attempted assassination of Reagan that's not outside the realm of possibility. Bush was safe, because NOBODY wanted Cheney to be president.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    I'd like to see Obama and Edwards on the same ticket, because they would balance each other out. I used to think Obama and Hillary would make a good fit, but with the way the Clinton campaign has constantly tried to make Obama's race an issue I don't think that'll work.

    My only concern about Obama having Edwards, or any other white male, as his vice-president is that some moron might get the idea to take Obama out so that the vice-president can take over. And considering that we've had assassinations of Lincoln and Kennedy, and an attempted assassination of Reagan that's not outside the realm of possibility. Bush was safe, because NOBODY wanted Cheney to be president.
    Edwards said that he will not do the VP thing this time, he's done it before. He said that he will take some time to think about who he is going to endorse, and that's it. He said his main focus will be working on poverty... I think he is going to endorse Clinton...
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    The Clintons were injecting race? This is Obama's co chair right after he lost NH. I don't think he says Hillary didn't shed a tear for the Katrina victims enough.lol
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