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Obama Visits Edwards in Chapel Hill

Posted February 17, 2008
Updated February 18, 2008

— Barack Obama visited with John and Elizabeth Edwards at their Chapel Hill home Sunday.

The meeting came about after the Illinois senator had to cancel an afternoon campaign trip to Kaukauna, Wis., due to bad weather.

Aids said Obama and former Democratic presidential candidate Edwards discussed the state of the campaign and the pressing issues facing American families.

Edwards dropped out of the Democratic presidential nomination race just before the Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses on Feb. 5, leaving the field to Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Edwards has remained silent as to whether he will endorse one of his former opponents.

Before leaving the race, Edwards won promises from both Clinton and Obama to make ending poverty central to their campaigns for the White House. Both were quick to praise him the next day at a debate in Los Angeles.

Edwards' adviser John Moylan said Clinton came to Chapel Hill over a week ago to meet with Edwards. After her private meeting, Clinton flew to Maine and told voters she intends to ask Edwards to be a part of anything she does in the White House.

Edwards spent much of his presidential race criticizing Clinton, however, and at times teamed with Obama to criticize her for accepting donations from lobbyists.

As of last Thursday, The Associated Press delegate count stood at 1,276 for Obama and 1,220 for Clinton. It takes 2,025 delegates to win the nomination. Some organizations count the delegates differently.

Before leaving the Democratic presidential nomination race, Edwards had won 26 delegates. Rules require six to go to Obama, while Clinton gets four. Edwards decides to whom the other 16 will go.

Typically, by the time the North Carolina primary rolls around in May, the front-runners are a foregone conclusion.

This year, though, the tight race between Clinton and Obama could keep either from holding a majority of delegates by the state's May 6 primary.

If so, the state's 134 Democratic delegates could make all the difference.

Both campaigns are also furiously lobbying for support among the Democratic Party's nearly 800 superdelegates, who will be free to support whomever they choose at the convention, regardless of the outcome of the primaries. Superdelegates include all Democratic members of Congress, Democratic governors and other party officials.

North Carolina has 19 superdelegates. Two will be elected at the state convention in June. Nine are Democratic National Committee members. Seven are members of Congress, and one is Gov. Mike Easley.

The Republican Party also has uncommitted delegates at its National Convention. However, most analysts expect the primaries will have determined the GOP nominee before then.

None of the other former Democratic presidential candidates – Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, Bill Richardson or Dennis Kucinich – have endorsed Obama or Clinton, reflecting the party's split over who would be the best president.


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  • colliedave Feb 19, 2008

    Edwards cares more about his hair than he cares for the poor. He probably has spend more on hairspray than he has given to charity,

  • shep8851 Feb 18, 2008

    Just something to chew on folks. It would be about the best political decision that Obama could make to pick Mike Huckabee as his VP. Oh--I hear the screams,the snickers and outright laughter now. Democrat President, Republican VP. Don't be too quick to laugh though--its happened before. Think: Obama/Huckabee would bridge the racial lines; they would link the North and the South; Huckabee would bring Republicans who don't like McCain over to Obama's side; Huckabee as a Conservative would balance Obama's liberal tendencies. Huckabee's pronounced Christian beliefs would simply give more credence to Obama's claim to being a Christian rather than a Muslim. But, as I said, this is just an idea.

  • Chevelle Mackaroy Feb 18, 2008

    "People sleep peacefully at night because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf". Rough men like Sen.Obama. Obama will be really tough on terrorists. I am sure the terrorists will be really frightened of him.

  • Through a glass darkly Feb 18, 2008

    Americans are notoriously bad at selecting presidents. You'd have to go all the way back to Eisenhower to find a really good choice for president (can't tell about JFK -- he was still growing in office when he was murdered).

    On the other hand, maybe we get what we deserve.

  • drnc Feb 18, 2008

    B. Hussein Obama on Tar Heel soil. Now that is hallowed ground!

  • roe Feb 18, 2008

    like I said before he opens the door for other black men to enter........Fact

  • Marc3939 Feb 18, 2008

    "Not sure how much I like McCain either, but he's got long Senate experience & he's a vet." - Animal Lover

    And he wants to give amnesty to illegal immigrants. Face it conservatives, McCain blew any shot of winning when he said staying in Iraq for 100 years would be fine with him. Don't believe his back pedaling when he said it was taken out of context. Watch him say it yourself;


    Show some respect to our next president(Obama) and vice-president(Edwards). :)

  • imback Feb 18, 2008

    "you fear a BLACK MAN"

    No, I fear people like you. Actually, I feel sorry for people like you. But, here is reason 23 why I wont vote for Obama. We all know that anyone who isnt black will never be allowed to critisize him, make fun of him or challenge his positions because if they do, they will be called a racist. We all know that will happen. Do not vote for Obama.

  • CestLaVie Feb 18, 2008

    I'm not necessarily an Obama supporter; the comments here are borderline ignorant-racist about his race & his church. He attends a black church-OMG-what church do you think he should be attending? What country do you think his black church should support-Israel, Mexico, France??? What should Romney's Mormon church support, other than all the Mormons they have around the world?

    What I DO find interesting is the other article's wording about this same subject under "politics": "...The former North Carolina senator is concerned that Obama may not be ready for the presidency..." And just how much experience do YOU have, John Edwards?? Your time in the Senate was probably even more limited, since you started running for the Presidency almost immediately upon reaching the Senate. Just how did you represent us in the Senate & gain knowledge & experience to handle the country's affairs?

    Not sure how much I like McCain either, but he's got long Senate experience & he's a vet.

  • rogerkneebend Feb 18, 2008

    Who is the favorite in NC you think? Hillary or Obama?