Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Edwards Backs Obama

It's probably not much of a surprise but John Edwards has decided to endorse Barack Obama for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. Edwards is expected to make the announcement at an Obama rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan tonight.

From the New York Times:

"On the campaign trail in the past year, Mr. Edwards regularly attacked so-called establishment politicians like Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and teamed with Mr. Obama against her in debates.

His campaign sounded similar themes to Mr. Obama’s – both candidates positioned themselves as change agents who would clean house in Washington.

Throughout his second bid for the Democratic nomination, Mr. Edwards clashed repeatedly with Mrs. Clinton, criticizing her for accepting campaign contributions from lobbyists, a practice that he fiercely opposed.

And much of his campaign pitch centered on the notion that Washington politicians have become corrupted by the influence of lobbyists for drug companies, oil companies and other corporate interests.

“You can’t just trade corporate Republicans for corporate Democrats,” he told audiences frequently, an attack aimed at Mrs. Clinton."


WesternGrit said...

Excellent! Hope to see an Obama/Edwards ticket in November. I think it's pretty much a done deal...

The Mound of Sound said...

Yeah, the Obama/Edwards thing crossed my mind too. I think it would be an excellent package with Edwards able to work on his anti-poverty programme.

WesternGrit said...

Plus Edwards could win over a lot of the so-called "white vote" in states like the Virginia, Carolinas, etc.

The Mound of Sound said...

You're right on the mark WG. There's been talk that Obama should appoint a Clinton-loyalist governor - an olive branch - and that butthole Pennsylvania governor has been mentioned. I hope he doesn't go that route because it could mean surrendering his platform to change America.

LeDaro said...

It was quite a coup by Obama. Clinton won West Viriginia by a wide margin and she was flaunting it from newsnetwork to newsnetwork giving interviews. Then along came Edwards endorsement and that was the end of WG and Clinton news.

I must say that Edwards will make a good running mate for Obama. They share similar values and they look good and happy together. Edwards will also help to get the votes of "white-harding working folks".