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Book claims Edwards tried to cut deals with Obama, Clinton for VP nod

Posted November 18, 2009

A senior adviser to former North Carolina senator John Edwards approached representatives for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in an effort to secure a vice presidential nomination during the 2008 election, according to a new book by Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe.

Edwards’ adviser told the Obama campaign that the former trial lawyer preferred him and wanted to know if the pair could run as a ticket, Plouffe writes in “The Audacity to Win.”

The conversation took place shortly before the South Carolina primary in January 2008, in which Edwards finished third. A week later he exited the presidential race.

After Obama would not cut a deal with Edwards, Plouffe said, the Edwards’ adviser said he planned to take the proposition to the Clinton campaign.

Obama went on to win the presidential race. Clinton was appointed U.S. secretary of state.


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  • unc70 Nov 19, 2009

    The book does not claim that Edwards was involved or even aware of this action by an unnamed aide. Joe Trippi has said that he was not aware of this conversation.

    Keep in mind that Plouffe has admitted that the Obama campaign was behind the "haircut" story, that they had "FOUND" the haircuts that were billed to and paid by the campaign -- timing suggests that the Obama campaign knew of this when it happened (possibly from someone working in the Edwards campaign), not later when it was made public in the FEC filing.

    Plouffe also admits that they had worked behind the scenes to block efforts to solve the Florida primary date issue, thus preventing Clinton gaining a large advantage in delegates from that state.

    You may now return to your bashing of Edwards.

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  • mgratk Nov 19, 2009

    Hopefully Edwards will go back to chasing ambulances already. Hopefully he knows his 15 minutes is long over.

  • MakoII Nov 19, 2009


    ouch, but brilliant post. You're just so right.

  • jgriffith3792 Nov 19, 2009

    For those asking why this is news, it is very much news. The reason being it shows more of the lying nature of Edwards. While John - and Liz - are out telling everyone there is no interest in the VP slot, his staff are bargaining for the very position with BHO and Hillary. More lies and deceit by the Edwards'.

    This is proof in point of the nature of John Edwards. Two characteristics of Edwards are here. One, his ability to look people, or cameras, in the eye and tell a convincing lie. Two, the arrogance to believe that he has "leverage"?!? He can deliver the White Southern vote? Ask Kerry how that worked out for him. Amazing the arrogance of this man.

    The ability to tell convincing lies and unbridled arrogance. The two biggest qualities that made John Edwards the "excellent" trial lawyer that he was.

  • TheAdmiral Nov 18, 2009

    I did not vote for Bush or Gore or Bush or the second whacko.

    But I can tell you I would never vote for any Democrat. In fact, I would never vote for a Republican, either.

    If you vote straight ticket - you are part of the problem, not the solution.

  • iwideopen Nov 18, 2009

    GoGreen said: "I mostly vote Democratic."

    How you, or anyone else can in these days and times is beyond me. You and the rest of the dem voters need mental help


    From someone that voted for BUSH ? Give me a break will ya.

  • p02h03 Nov 18, 2009

    GoGreen said: "I mostly vote Democratic."

    How you, or anyone else can in these days and times is beyond me. You and the rest of the dem voters need mental help.

  • james27613 Nov 18, 2009

    Our former do nothing Sen. Edwards is a joke.

    He spent more time in Iowa and New Hampshire then in
    North Carolina and collected a paycheck !

  • 1Moms_View Nov 18, 2009

    Why is this news? It's not like people didn't already know this. Edwards is an ambulance chasing lawyer who helped drive insurance rates up in this country, as well as medical costs. Want to know why healthcare is in such a mess in this country? Look no further than the likes of him. All those huge cases he won paid for his high dollar hair cuts and manicures, his mistresses and his huge home next to the trailer. Bet the people foolish enough to hire him didn't collect nearly as much as he did off those lawsuits.