As politicians come to North Carolina, Edwards goes to Disneyworld

April 29, 2008

While Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton criss-cross North Carolina hunting for votes ahead of the May 6 Democratic primary election, one prominent resident of the state is missing: John Edwards.rtr1wh8r.jpg

He’s gone to Disneyworld, for a long-planned vacation with his family.

Edwards, who withdrew from his second presidential race in January, has not yet endorsed a candidate, though both Clinton and Obama have wooed him.

Though they’re supposedly away from the political infighting while at Disneyworld, Edwards’ wife Elizabeth is keeping her feet wet.

Elizabeth, who has had a recurrence of breast cancer, is now a senior fellow at the liberal Center for American Progress, specializing in health care. While at Cinderella’s Castle she took a  break for a phone call to talk with colleagues about Republican John McCain’s health care plan.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Lee Celano (Edwards waves as he walks with his family before announcing he would withdraw from U.S. presidential race) 


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To have the megaphone John Edwards has to affect the outcome of this primary and not to wield it for good is simply unfathomable.

The 15 million uninsured hope you enjoy your stay at Disney, John.

Posted by steve | Report as abusive

Or perhaps it wasn’t about the issues after all.

Perhaps it was all an ego trip.

Posted by steve | Report as abusive

Well, if Elizabeth can take calls, John can make one. Lots of people work while they’re on vacation.

I do understand Al Gore not endorsing anyone yet, but I hope Edwards will. It could prove to be the final nail.

Posted by Susan | Report as abusive

John Edwards and Barack Obama belong together fighting for the American people.

Posted by judith rocchio (like Pinocchio) | Report as abusive

I think he’s more inclined to endorse Hillary Clinton because they both strive to fight poverty, help the working class, and give the U.S. universal health care. It’d be the ultimate betrayal for him to back Obama.

I hope he endorses before the May primaries; Hillary has already cut the lead significantly and can continue to with the governor’s endorsement, but Elizabeth or John supporting her could push her closer to the win.

Posted by Jen | Report as abusive


It’s time for everyone to face the truth. Barack Obama has no real chance of winning the national election in November at this time. His crushing defeat in Pennsylvania makes that fact crystal clear. His best, and only real chance of winning in November is on a ticket with Hillary Clinton as her VP.

Hillary Clinton seemed almost somber at her Pennsylvania victory speech. As if part of her was hoping Obama could have proved he had some chance of winning against the republican attack machine, and their unlimited money, and resources.

But it is absolutely essential that the democrats take back the Whitehouse in November. America, and the American people are in a very desperate condition now. And the whole World has been doing all that they can to help keep us propped up.

Hillary Clinton say’s that the heat, and decisions in the Whitehouse are much tougher than the ones on the campaign trail. But I think Mr. Obama faces a test of whether he has what it takes to be a commander and chief by facing the difficult facts, and the truth before him. And by doing what is best for the American people by dropping out of the race, and offering his whole hearted assistance to Hillary Clinton to help her take back the Whitehouse for the American people, and the World.

Mr. Obama is a great speaker. And I am confident he can explain to the American people the need, and wisdom of such a personal sacrifice for them. It should be clear to everyone by now that Hillary Clinton is fighting her heart out for the American people. She has known for a long time that Mr. Obama can not win this November. You have to remember that the Clinton’s have won the Whitehouse twice before. They know what it takes.

If Mr. Obama fails his test of commander and chief we can only hope that Hillary Clinton can continue her heroic fight for the American people. And that she prevails. She will need all the continual support and help we can give her. She may fight like a superhuman. But she is only human.

Sen. Hillary Clinton: “You know, more people have now voted for me than have voted for my opponent. In fact, I now have more votes than anybody has ever had in a primary contest for a nomination. And it’s also clear that we’ve got nine more important contests to go.”


Jacksmith… Working Class :-)

Posted by jacksmith | Report as abusive

Good for you John!
Stay out of this mess. Let things sort out, then, work hard to ensure the election of a Democratic president.
Elizabeth is working on health care; she prefers Hillary’s plan. That’s enough for me to endorse Hillary.

John would have been the right choice; too bad we are left with two wounded candidates.

Posted by Inessa | Report as abusive

Considering the fact that neither Clinton (who half of the country hates) or Barack Obama (who most of the country won’t vote for) has any chance WHATSOEVER of being elected in November, I’d say that the ONE DEMOCRAT WHO THE REPUBLICAN OPERATIVES FEARED (John Edwards) is spending his time well by being in Disneyland.

Screw the Dumbocrats falling for media hype every year (Dean and then the “electable” Kerry in 2003-4 and the Clinton v. Obama circus in 2007-8).

Enjoy your trip, John and Elizabeth.

Posted by framecop | Report as abusive

And why shouldn’t he go to Disneyworld with his young children? They all certainly deserve a vacation after pushing so hard for so long. I don’t see any reason for the Edwards to endorse anyone. And who knows? Maybe he’ll be the president after all. Anything can happen this year.

It’s far from over.

Posted by suswah | Report as abusive

They deserve a vacation after all their hard work on behalf of those less fortunate. Who knows how much time is left to them to be together as a family. If John Edwards didn’t value his family enough to take this time to be together, he would be just like the Republicans who talk about “family values” but don’t value their families enough to invest time with them or to work at being married.

Posted by E. Brown | Report as abusive

Either Obama or H. Clinton has a shot at winning in November, but there is no gauruntee.

Edwards was my choice and would still be if there were any way he could be the candidate. Still, I can’t blam him for staying out of the fray. I don’t envy anyone deeply embedded in this election process. It is messy, sometimes ugly, and always tiring for those involved.

Posted by Kirk G. | Report as abusive

Hillary is beholden to lobbyists and corporate interests which J. Edwards is firmly against.

Obama is too big of a man to bring out Hills lobbyist connections or her fraud case with Peter Paul. can still have an impact. You said you would continue to fight for the poor. Please do so by endorsing Obama. You can show us you have class one more time. Please..Obama needs your help..the American people need your help.

Posted by Wayne | Report as abusive

Keep fooling yourself, Kirk. Karl Rove and company popped open bottles of champagne when Edwards dropped out because they got two candidates who they knew would be easier to defeat than even Kerry was.

Posted by framecop | Report as abusive

And Obama doesn’t have corporate interest? PLEASE, spit out the kool-aid and follow the money. You can’t raise the millions a month he does without Goldman-Sachs and the rest of the slime that make up Wall Street. It’s all at Follow the money and you’ll see who controls the candidate. They are the same. I hope they both burn out at convention on the first ballot. Leaving delegates to choose others on the second ballot. Why choose from the lesser of two evils. Call your delegates tell them to nominate the only true candidate who can unite the party. GORE/EDWARDS ’08!!

And people wonder why neither has endorsed.

Posted by 24hrlib | Report as abusive

Where is John Edwards Now? Hiding? How could I trust him if he has no gutes to take a side? Political calculations again?

Posted by Jenni Rowe | Report as abusive

So much for the poor!

Posted by Albert | Report as abusive

Sorry, Jenni Rowe, but apparently Edwards has ENOUGH SENSE not to take a side.

Posted by framecop | Report as abusive