Breaking: John Edwards to endorse Barack Obama (Update) Video and VP speculation added

After months of speculation about a possible Edwards endorsement, the news came down just minutes ago that Edwards will be endorsing Barack Obama, which probably isn’t much surprise since Obama’s nearly the presumed nominee.

The report from Fox News:

Ending months of speculation, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards plans to endorse Barack Obama at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Wednesday evening.

The announcement is expected at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Edwards is not a superdelegate, but his endorsement has been persistently sought by Obama and Hillary Clinton ever since the former North Carolina senator dropped out of the primary contest at the end of January.

Until now, Edwards has given only scattered clues to where he might lean. Even when his state of North Carolina voted last Tuesday, he kept his name out of the mix.

Fairly expected since it seemed clear Edwards was holding out for the presumptive nominee.

We’ll have the video up after the endorsement at 6:30pm eastern time.

More as it develops…

Update

Here’s about a minute of video from MSNBC:

Update

Story from the New York Times on Edwards VP speculation and the endorsement:

At a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Wednesday evening, John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama, who was on the stage with him, to be the Democratic nominee for president.

Sounding a theme of a nation divided into parts by walls, Mr. Edwards said, “The reason I am here tonight is that Democratic voters in America have made their choice and so have I.”

Mr. Edwards then went on to say, “There is one man who knows in his heart that it is time to tear down that wall and make one America, Barack Obama.”

Mr. Obama, who had introduced Mr. Edwards as “one of the great leaders we have in the Democratic Party, ” responded by saying he was grateful to him for coming to Michigan and giving his endorsement.

Mr. Edwards also noted how Mr. Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, had emphasized health care as an issue that is of primary concern, then said it would be a major issue in his administration.

The endorsement comes at a time when the appeal of Mr. Obama appears to be lagging among white, blue-collar voters, a group to which Mr. Edwards openly appealed.

Mr. Edwards’s endorsement also brings in tow 19 convention delegates he won in early party selections. He could certainly urge them to give their support to Mr. Obama, though they would not be obligated by party rules to do so.

Mr. Edwards had campaigned for the Democratic nomination for 13 months before dropping out of the race in January. He had been the first major Democrat to declare his candidacy.

Although Mr. Edwards had declined to endorse either of his rivals, there were signs that his political positions were more closely aligned with those of Mr. Obama than Mrs. Clinton. Most of Mr. Edwards’s former staff and advisers, including David E. Bonior, his former national campaign chairman, declared their support for Mr. Obama after Mr. Edwards left the race.

Here’s the bottom line:

Mr. Edwards has carefully played down his aspirations for an administration role. In an interview in January, he said he would not accept a vice-presidential spot or Cabinet position. “No, absolutely not,” he said, shaking his head emphatically when asked.

But privately, he told aides that he would consider the role of vice president, and favored the position of attorney general, which would appeal to his experience of decades spent in courtrooms as a trial lawyer in North Carolina; and his desire to follow in the footsteps of Robert F. Kennedy, one of his heroes.

So in actuality he’d accept a VP or AG spot it seems. More video and information as it develops.

Update

Longer video on the endorsement:

  • Sion Griffiths

    This is hardly a surprise, maybe Edwards wants a significant position. It seems likely since he lost in 2004 and with his failed attempt again this year, he’s jumping on the band wagon and endorsing Obama.

    I can’t see this being too damaging to Hillary, however, it is going to a butter pill for her to swollow.

  • Mmmm…Butter pill…
    I knew Edwards was going to hold off on endorsements until it came pretty clear who the nominee would be. I like Edwards, I just think that this is nothing more than him securing his political career for the next 4 years. I’ve said it before on this site that the whole endorsement game is nothing more than just old politics. Cause really, do you think Edward supporters haven’t been able to come up with a decision till now? So there’s really no point is there?

  • No point perhaps, except Edwards hoping for the Vice Presidential nod? I doubt it, but anything is possible.

  • attorney general…in all likelihood, is the most prudent route for Obama and Edwards

  • Cameroon

    Cyndie McCain,John McCains wife,sold off more than $2 million in mutual funds whose holdings include companies that do business in the African nation.

    The sale on Wednesday came after The Associated Press questioned the investments in light of calls by John McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee, for international financial sanctions against the Sudanese leadership.

    McCain, who was campaigning in Ohio, said neither he nor his wife were aware of the Sudan-related holdings But are selling what they did not know.Maybe she was hidding to disclose her finances because of this.

    “Obviously, we didn’t know about it and I didn’t know anything about it until I saw the story, because I don’t have anything to do with her finances,” John McCain said.Who will believe this.This is not Rev. Wright who has only been Obama’s Pastor for 20yrs but a woman you’ve been making love to for hours, days, months,and years?

    Last year, in a speech on energy policy to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, McCain cited China’s investments in Sudan as an example of regimes that survive off free-flowing petro dollars in Africa.

    “The politics of oil impede the global progress of our values, and restrains governments from acting on the most basic impulses of human decency,” he said. “There is only one reason China has opposed sanctions to pressure Sudan to stop the killing in Darfur: China needs Sudan’s oil.”

    On Wednesday, Rogers said: “Senator and Mrs. McCain remain committed to doing everything possible to end the genocide in Darfur.” After they’ve done with Sudan.

    For the McCains, the Sudan-related investments are among scores of different investments listed in his financial disclosure documents.

    Last week,she said she would never make her returns public even if her husband becomes president.

    The Sudan-related investments illustrate the hazards for wealthy American presidential candidates whose vast holdings undergo thorough scrutiny during a presidential campaign.

    God Bless America
    God Bless me.

  • Debbie from Modesto, Ca 56yr young w/female

    And the flood begins. Lets see how many Obama raps up by Friday. I’m sure he will be able to claim victory after Oregon.

    Turn out the lights, the party’s over. You have to wonder under which light Hillary is looking.

    Can’t wait to campaign for Obama

  • Christopher Schwinger

    Where will Hill go? Will she team up with McCain?

  • Dem ’08

    Wonder how many people who would normally vote Democrat in November will vote for some other candidate other than Obama? If we voted today I would not vote for Obama even though I would not vote for McCain either. May have to vote for Paul or Baldwin!

    Obama is not real bad on his policy but you people will see that his “let’s not talk about it” attitude toward this Obama/Wright relationship is one that will come back. Fact is that if he had no idea how Wright was after 20 years then he has no chance dealing with radical nations. The crazy leaders in some places will fool him and we will all pay for it. If he did know then he must not disagree. Either way he is dangerous. He may win but this wiil come back. Either way he will not get my vote and many people share this view.

  • Christopher Schwinger

    I like what you’re saying, Dem ’08. You must be dissatisfied with all three of our spoon-fed choices. The media wants us all to believe that only the Democrat or Republican parties can win. Both have taken on candidates who despise the Constitution, in actions if not in words, and my conscience will not allow me to be constrained by partisan lines. I will go with the Constitution Party if something drastic doesn’t happen at the GOP convention. And REALLY drastic–I am not going to accept that Huckabee scoundrel or that flip-flopper (CFR-appointed man) Mitt Romney. I want an honest candidate. I daresay the majority of America is dissatisfied.

  • Frank

    Dem 08,

    ” Fact is that if he had no idea how Wright was after 20 years then he has no chance dealing with radical nations. The crazy leaders in some places will fool him and we will all pay for it. If he did know then he must not disagree. Either way he is dangerous.”

    Your so completely wrong here Dem 08. Obama understands that if you want to get things done in the world, not talking to people isnt the solution. Obama will talk to ‘crazy’ leaders beceause its of utmost importance to the security of the USA. Off course he will not be fooled by them just as he isnt fooled by Whright.

    Off course he knew how Wright was. He just didnt think that it would be such a big deal(Which i think isnt). That you and the media go on about it shows how bad your priorities are set when it comes to judging a candidate.

    The fact that you, Hillary and many other people wont talk to ‘crazy’ leaders shows that you dont have any clue about whats going on in the world.
    They are only called crazy in the first place beceause they dont agree with America on certain issues.
    Second, Ahmedinejad and Hamas are crazy but the only reason they get elected is beceause of Americas agressive behaviour in the region and their constant support for Israel.

    Obama isnt dangerous. Bush, Clinton and people like you are beceause you think that America has the right to do what they want in the world.
    The Government tortures people, does nothing about the 40 million americans in poverty, doesnt care about the environment, has left trillions of dollars of dept (to be paid for by future generations) and is constantly pissing of moderate muslims by its arrogant behaviour.

    Conservatives have had their chance to make America a prosporous country. They failed. Its time to give intelligent liberal people a chance.

    Why are you so afraid of someone with a differend perspective? Why are you afraid of senator Barack Obama, who has shown judgement and remained calm under all the attacks fired at him?

  • Dreadsen

    Frank

    All Dem 08 can talk about is Wright. Dem 08 has no other argument.
    She would rather play videos of Wright day and night on all news networks and never move on. There was a thread that spelled out McCain’s welcoming and sought out endorsement of two men who make Wright look very humble. Dem 08 was no where to be found on this topic. No matter what topic there is on there it could be about giving food to the homeless. Dem 08 will come in the thread to talk about Wright again. There have been polls supporting that people are SICK of wright.
    There are people who believe Obama is a liar and are still going to vote for Obama.
    There are people who feel Obama is truthful on wright and are still going to vote for him. Constantly talking about Wright in the media non stop is helpful. It shows the bias and agenda to take him down on something which every candidate has had similar affiliations or even worse. No media except for Sean Hannity from what I’ve seen has talked about the clintons over 40 year relationship with a REAL racist KKK member. Even giving him an award. There was another reason for giving him the award but giving him any type of recognition should have been spun like the Wright issue.
    Frank. The more media and Dem 08 make it obvious that all they care about is taking Obama down at all cost no matter how hypocritical they are helps. People have sympathy for a victim. I have encountered people who aren’t voting for Obama who have finally came to the conclusion that he is being unfairly targeted on an issue which is also evident in other candidates but ignored.

  • I still don’t buy into the “Wright will bring Obama down in November” argument. I don’t believe that it will become the focal point during debates and during the voters decision making process. We only saw Wright and other irrelevant topics because Hillary and Obama’s stances are almost similar on every issue and after 20ish debates you start to venture into character and past relationships.

    Just by comparing McCain and Obama’s views is all the ammo you need for a heated discussion. They’re going to want to talk about the Iraq war, health care, taxes, they’re going to want to talk about their differences in foreign policy and past experience. This is not to say that you won’t hear about Wright and other off topic issues cause believe, Rush and other sensational pundits will bring it up. I just don’t think majority of voters are going to vote on that alone, they’ll vote on whether to continue this war, whether to have some form of universal health care, and other issues that matter to them and both Obama and McCain know this and that’s why you’re already starting to see them move above this level of politics.

  • Josh

    This election year has become a reality T.V. show, with people like Dem08 as the absent-minded contestants. The way our country is running nowadays makes me sick, and not so proud to be American anymore, because nothing here depends on intellect or experience, it all depends on whether or not the sh*tkickers like you or not, and they’re not about to actually research anything. Even in the mart of private employment, it doesn’t matter how smart you are, or how good you are at your job, if you don’t think exactly like everyone else, you’re screwed. If McCain gets elected, I’ll strongly consider moving away and not coming back…

  • Christopher Schwinger

    Dem ’08, maybe you’ll have to change your user name 🙂 ! You’re not absent-minded as Josh says. I think you have sense for not dogmatically voting for a Dim. I’m not dogmatically voting for a Republican, either. Both parties have been hijacked by Marxists.

  • Stalin

    Josh,

    Is life really that bad? Where would you move that would be so much better than America? Try sitting back for a moment and think about how truly lucky we are to live in this country. Be thankful that you don’t live in Burma, where the government is so concerned about losing control that they are willing to let their citizens starve while sitting in their own filth. It makes you put things in perspective.

  • Frank

    Stalin,

    America has all the capabalities to be a great nation. To certain extend it is a great nation. The problem is it only looks back to its great achievements and not on its mistakes. How many wars have to be waged to convince people that war never works?

    Look at this new rule from Bill Maher.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcz_NHAFGS0

  • Stalin

    Frank,

    If you could have convinced Hitler that war never works, we wouldn’t of had to enter WWII. You have a very naive view of history and the world. Next to Bin Laden, there is probably not a person in the world that I dislike more than Bill Maher. He is a sarcastic anti-American, anti-Christian piece of garbage. I would recommend that you don’t use him when trying to futher any of your arguments.

  • Babs

    The Revolutionary War sure worked, Frank, that’s why we’re here. *LOL*

  • Frank

    Stalin,

    I understand if you dont like Maher but dont you agree with him there?
    But okay next video
    Heres the whole speech from John Edwards when he endorsed Obama. Look at this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzkAjd3xQ7w&feature=user

    I really got emotional when i saw this. Edwards is a great honorable man who talks about the 37 million americans that wake up in poverty everyday. He and Obama wont have an easy job beceause of the problems Bush brought us in but they CARE aout people.
    Please fellow americans, OBAMA 2008

  • Stalin

    Frank,

    I don’t agree with anything that Maher says. Please explain how 37 million people in poverty is Bush’s fault. Do they not have some responsibilty for themselves?

  • Frank

    Of course its not just George Bush’s fault. Im saying that he has done nothing about the issue. It isnt impossible if you look at the billions spent on defence and the war on terror.

    And of course its also the responsibility of the respective people who are in those situation. But the government can at least provide them with affordable healthcare and education so their chances on a succesfull life increase.

    Obama and Edwards promise to do something about it and i believe they will.

  • Babs

    Stalin, I’ve recently been reading the philosphy of Saul Alinsky (of which Obama is a student). This poverty brainwashing theory seems to be just part of the movement. Now that I’ve read some on it, I’m amazed at how much of Obama’s platform is built around it. Convince lower class people they’re in poverty and miserable and that it’s the fault of the middle class. Somehow that’s supposed to start a revolution of “change” that results in an accumulation of power. Wild.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/01/obamas_alinsky_jujitsu.html

  • Frank

    Babs,

    The fact that their are 37 million americans living in povery everyday is morale disgrace. Obama, Edwards, me and other people who care arent blaming this on the middle class. In fact, the middle class are heaving problems to pay their bills everyday to.

    Babs, do yo really deny the poverty in america as an important issue? if so why?

    ‘povery brainwashing theory’ omg, i cant believe what i just read.

  • Babs

    Frank, of course there’s poverty in America, and there has been since its inception. Obama doesn’t have a magic wand to make it go away, and neither does Edwards. And unless you have a big fat check ready to finance a soup kitchen your caring isn’t going to change it either, Frank. There are two levels of poverty in this country. One is self imposed poverty, nothing we can do about that short of cutting off welfare to create incentive to change that sector. The other is caused mostly by lack of education, illness, or job unavailability. Yes, it’s a moral disgrace. Volunteer at your local Salvation Army to cook in the transient kitchen and deliver groceries to needy families. I do. Donate groceries, blankets, and pillows to homeless shelters. I do. What are you doing? Waiting for Obama to save the world? Not going to happen, my friend. People are starving in the streets everyday, and there’s no less of them on the streets of Chicago today for Obama having passed through.

    If you bothered to look at the link I posted you would understand exactly what I meant. Brainwashing people in poverty to believe its all the middle classes fault. It’s a philosphy, one written by Saul Alinsky, taught by Alinsky, and studied and retaught by Barack Obama.

  • IndiMinded

    How enlightening, Babs! What a great smear site. You know as it happens Clinton was a “student” of Alinsky too. But people who actually like Alinsky and embrace his ideals think both Obama and Clinton have more or less entirely broken away from and disowned his school of thought, and feel discontent with both candidates.

    http://prorev.com/2007/03/clinton-obama-alinsky-myth.htm

    My god though… a poverty brainwashing theory. That does sound pretty scary when you put it like that, doesn’t it? I wonder if he’ll start running on a poverty brainwashing platform in the primaries, or if he’s saving it up for the general. When you think about it, what DO we really know about Barack Obama?!

  • Babs

    Wow Indi, that link isn’t very kind to Obama:
    “The Obama story is different. He actually worked for several years on Alinsky oriented projects. But that was a long time ago and to present him as a present day disciple of Alinsky is just plain false. He is today your run of the mill liberal politician who doesn’t want anybody mad at him and wouldn’t even be a card in the race if he didn’t hold the race card.” I won’t quote the rest.

    I’ll add the link to my file, though. From what I’ve read, he’s a little wrong on the Clinton angle, apparently the White House administration forced her to put the thesis under lock and key when her husband became president. Alinsky also offered her a job which she turned down. He was already dead when Obama came along.

    Alinsky was a real character though, very interesting reading all the way around.

  • Whobody

    One of the propositions by Obama is to set up 20 “Promise Neighborhoods” in high-poverty cities throughout the US. (These would be modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone if you want to look into it a little more.) His plans do look into ways of helping at the community level. It’s not a magic wand that instantly wipes it all away, but there are noble ideas that can help get communities involved in aiding these people from a grassroots level like you spoke of yourself, Babs. He was a pretty successful community organizer in Chicago, so you may at least want to give the actual details of his plans to help the impoverished a closer look.

  • Michel

    Stalin, you said:

    “Is life really that bad? Where would you move that would be so much better than America? Try sitting back for a moment and think about how truly lucky we are to live in this country. Be thankful that you don’t live in Burma, where the government is so concerned about losing control that they are willing to let their citizens starve while sitting in their own filth. It makes you put things in perspective.”

    I say: Burma? How about Canada, Germany, Australia, U.K., France? Burma is you example? Wy didn’t you bring up Ethiopia? If you’re going to compare, then compare it to first-wolrd countries, not countries where poverty takes its tally into the government’s politics. That would have made some impact in the argument.

  • IndiMinded

    Exactly Babs, Alinsky lovers give Obama two thumbs down. They don’t like him. That was sort of my point – this isn’t Obama’s core philosophy, if that’s what you were trying to say. Alinsky’s just another example of people trying to invent deep dark undiscovered monsters to lurk within Barack Obama’s soul. Turn on a flashlight and: oh look, it was just a blanket draped over the rocking chair 🙂

  • Babs

    *L* No, IndiMinded, that was what the articles and reports were saying, not me. From what I read, I know Clinton opted for working within the system and turned from Alinsky. Obama may have, too, I just haven’t found that in print yet. 🙂

  • Stalin

    Michel,

    I wasn’t talking to you, but since you brought it up…

    Those are all fine countries that you brought up and I have traveled to all of them, but they all have significant problems of their own. Josh is certainly welcome to move to any of them, but I think he would soon realize how great of a nation that we live in. Everytime I travel overseas I realize how lucky I am to live in the United States. We certainly have our problems, but I’m not going to run away.

  • Michel

    “We certainly have our problems, but I’m not going to run away.”

    And who is? I can’t spak for Josh, but I want to live in a country where criticism and free speech isn’t harassed by allegations of un-patriotism. Where somebody call another one “anti-american” or “unpatriotic” (or to advise him to move out of the country) just makes my blood boil… anyone who cares enough about his country to point out supposed problems and give out alternatives can’t be unpatriotic. Karl Rove is as patriotic as Bill Maher, or the writers of South Park.

    So, I beg you, don’t tell anyone they should move out of America or even imply they’re “unpatriotic”. There’s a very fine line between patriotism and chauvinism, and the latter is as harmful to a society as anythng you can imagine.

  • Stalin

    I didn’t tell anyone to move out of the country so shut your pie hole. I wasn’t talking to you in the first place so why don’t you mind your own business. You go off on these self rightious rants that aren’t even germane to the topic. Please stop posting for the sake of posting.

  • Babs

    Michel, Stalin never told anyone they should move out of America. Try reading before you open your mouth.

  • Babs

    *ROFL* I could have saved my breath, Stalin, you were on him at the same time.

  • Michel

    Stalin, if you don’t know how to talk about an issue without insulting, then you have a big relationships problem. I’m very sorry for you.

    I don’t think you need to invite me to a conversation so I can state my opinion about it. Ther’e no rule about it, as far as I know.

    I know you didn’t told him to move out of the country. Did I say you did? I think not, but I apologize if I implied that.

    What you said was:

    “Josh is certainly welcome to move to any of them, but I think he would soon realize how great of a nation that we live in.”

    And I took that sentence of your to adress a problem that is common here. It was meant to some posters like O_S or Dem’08, who do say that explicitly. I’m just making a point about not trying to denigrate another country in a comparison with the U.S. I say this because it’s unrespectful to the country and because it’s chauvinistic to say the U.S. is the best country in the world. You don’t know that, and while we have a heavy inmigration towards this country, is true that other countries, specially in Europe, have less but better educated inmigration, and many of them have better social standards and quality of life than a lot of regions in the U.S.
    I was born here and I love my country. But I also respect many other countries and to state this is the ebst country in the world is a sin of misinformation and prepotency.

    Didn’t mean to be unrespectful, and I apologize if I implied that you were telling someone to get out of the conutry.
    Whjat you actually did was suggesting someone that his solution to his unconformities about America would be to go to any other countries… and then he would miss the U.S.
    You don’t know, it may be untrue, and it’s disrespectful to other countries. And that’s a trend that can be piccked up easily by people like O_S and Dem’08.

    Of course, you are free to tell anyone what you want. I just think you can understand what I mean and even agree with me at some degree.

    If you dont, well, there are worse things going on.

    Babs, always a pleasure. “Before you open your mouth”? I did read, and you sure come out very touchy everytime with debate. There are about two or three other threads where I’m waiting for your replies. Take your time.

  • Babs

    Hold your breath. 🙂

  • Whobody

    Babs is a politician at heart. She is good at evasion and distraction. 🙂 — just pickin’ on ya, Babs.

  • Michel

    Don’t pick on her. I actually like these displays of humor 🙂 . They don’t make me laugh at the moment, but I do laugh everytime I see her post something like “Let’s all have a discussion without sarcasm”.

    It just cracks me up. 🙂 In fact, she’s my favourite poster.