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John Edwards Boosts Obama

Former Senator John Edwards who ended his own presidential hopes a few months ago, gave a strong endorsement to the Barack Obama campaign by telling a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan: “There is one man who knows in his heart that it is time to create one America, not two, and that man is Barack Obama.” He told the audience: “The reason I am here tonight is the Democratic voters in America have made their choice and so have I.” John Edwards already has garnered the support of several dozen delegates to the convention and Obama hopes those individuals will follow the lead of Edwards and back his candidacy.

The Edwards endorsement together with four more super delegates coming over to the Obama camp is welcome news after his crushing defeat in West Virginia. Edwards is popular among white working groups and he undoubtedly will be campaigning this fall for Obama in working class areas.

Hillary Clinton shrugged off the Edwards endorsement and insisted: “We don’t have a nominee yet and until we do, I’m going to be making my case.”

Edwards Drops Out–Who Can Catch His Followers?

John Edwads dropped out of the Democratic contest for the nomination as candidate for the presidency but left in his wake uncertainty as to who would capture the voters he was attracting. His departure places new pressure on Clinton and Obama to address his issues of poverty and concern for the underclass of America. Edwards refused to indicate who was his choice for the presidency, but undoubtedly his exit requires Clinton and Obama to come up with ideas that would capture the support of those who were voting for the fromer senator.

Barack Obama continues making a connection to the legacy of John F. Kennedy, a figure who is in the minds of Baby Boomers. However, Obama fails to realize for the elderly of this nation, the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman is much more significant than the brief interlude when Kennedy was president. Edwards understood union people connect with New Deal legislation which finally gave freedom for unions to organize workers against the power of corporate interests. Edwards knows how to speak with a working man who dislikes the “guys in the suits,” a different conception than what Obama argues when he calls for people to come together. It is the men in suits who wield power over the lives of working people and John Edwards knew how to arouse that feeling. If Obama wants that group, he will have to change his words and program.

Hillary Clinton is gaining the support of the elderly and union members. Obama is most probably gaining the support of youngrer Democrats and Baby Boomers. Unfortunately for Obama, a higher percent of the elderly and union people vote in primaries and that is why Clinton won in Florida. Will Obama be able to address those people and their needs? If he does not, he will not gain the nomination.

John Edwards Bows Out Of Presidential Race

Senator John Edwards will announce today his decision to exit the presidential nomination process and, most probably for the moment, end his political career. He endeavored to inject concern during the nomination process in issues related to the needs of poor people, but apparently his message was not strong enough to be heard by the American people. His announcement will be made in New Orleans where his original intention was to make a speech about poverty.

It is quite clear to John Edwards after failing to make a strong showing in South Carolina and now doing poorly in Florida that his chance to obtain the Democratic Party nomination for president is not merely a long shot, it is an impossible dream. He bows out with his head held high and in knowledge he, among all candidates, attempted to focus on the needs and aspirations of poor people. In this day and age, the underclass of America is not in the minds and hearts of people. The only remaining question is whether or not Edwards will endore Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.