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Edwards to Press on Despite Loss

Posted January 8, 2008
Updated January 9, 2008

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— Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards took his third-place New Hampshire finish in stride on Tuesday, pledging to carry his battle forward despite difficult odds. "I am in this race until the convention," he told supporters.

The former North Carolina senator and 2004 Democratic vice presidential contender finished second in Iowa's Democratic caucuses last week.

"Two races down, 48 states left to go," Edwards said.

Edwards congratulated Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, the primary winner, and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, who came in second.

Still, said Edwards, "I intend to be the nominee of my party."

"Up until now, about half of 1 percent of Americans have voted. Ninety-nine percent plus have not voted. And those 99 percent deserve to have their voices heard because we have had too much in America of people's voices not being heard," Edwards said.

His wife, Elizabeth Edwards, who spoke before Edwards, said, "This day, we have taken steps. Not as big steps as we wanted. But ones of which we're enormously proud."

"You never get anything if you don't work for it," she said.

Edwards campaigned long and hard in the state in the days before Tuesday's primary, up one side of New Hampshire and down the other, including a 36-hour stint over the weekend.

"I do think it's likely that as we go forward that all of us, particularly Senator Obama, will be looked at very carefully by voters," he said in an interview earlier Tuesday with The Associated Press.

In 2004, Edwards went on to win the South Carolina primary.

But he faces tougher odds in this year's January 26 contest in South Carolina, where he is trailing both Obama and Clinton in polls.

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  • hdvoodooqueen Jan 9, 2008

    Where would you predict he could win?

  • Justin T. Jan 9, 2008

    Edwards could still win this thing.

    My idea: wear one of those Nascar-style jump suits with all of his hair product sponsors plastered all over it. He would get tons of money in endorsements.

  • IzzMad2016 Jan 9, 2008

    Amen Mr. Keeping It Real. Amen.

  • hdvoodooqueen Jan 9, 2008

    That would have been Reagan.

  • beachboater Jan 9, 2008

    You know, it really is sad. When was the last presidential candidate that was really presidential? Seems like I've been voting for the lesser of evils rather than someone I wanted for a number of years now.

  • beachboater Jan 9, 2008

    If John Edwards were to be elected president, and were giving a speech on the White House lawn. If an ambulance came by with the siren blaring, would he:

    a) finish the speech and kiss babies.

    b) knock the first lady off the stage chasing the siren

    It doesn't matter, cuz it ain't gonna happen.

  • TheAdmiral Jan 9, 2008

    Now that they are imploding the democrats are running for the door to blame everyone else for it's failure.

  • TheAdmiral Jan 9, 2008

    "No the problem is how the Social security and Medicare were set up in the first place basically relying on the a larger currently working generation to pay for the retirees instead of retires saving for it them selves."

    Thanks for pointing that out. The system(s) were set up by.... Democrats.

  • gordonbabe Jan 9, 2008

    iamforjustice... This is a forum for opinions on the subject, not each other and I was merely voicing mine. The problem with Edwards, Obama and everyone else running is that we never hear "point blank" what their platforms are. All we get is mudslinging and pointing fingers. Where they'll spend the $ to fix the problems that are already there, but not what to do to to actually CHANGE the dynamic of the situation so that the country as a whole isn't facing the same problems in 4 years as we are facing currently. I've watched the debates and am personally sickened by the back and forth banter. No one actually answers the questions answered with a forthright commentary based on anything anyone could understand. They merely circumvent the issue until we're all dazed and confused and can't even remember the question.

  • Mr. Keeping It Real Jan 9, 2008

    Wonder why he just doesn't give it up? Nobody wants "to quit" but I was also taught not to beat a dead horse.

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