The Course of John Edwards’s Second Run
The man who spoke on the stump of “ two Americas” left his party with a two-candidate race yesterday. In Washington Post-ABC News national polls, Edwards’s support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents never exceeded 17 percent, hovering aro
Dec. 28, 2006
John Edwards formally enters the presi-
dential race from New Orleans. “This campaign will be a grass-roots, ground-up campaign, where we ask people to take action,” Edwards says.
that he “wasn’t “w done trying to make a dif- March 22, 22 2007 Elizabeth Edwards E announces that her cancer has returned in an incurable form.
“You can go g cower in the corner and hide, or you can be tough and go out there.” John Edwards Edwa says at the Chapel Hill, N.C., event. even April 19, 2007 Former Howard Ho Dean campaign manager Joe Trippi joins j the Edwards team, saying that John a and Elizabeth’s decision to
continue t the campaign made him realize
ference eit either.”
Sept. 27, 2007
Edwards says he will accept public
financing for his White House bid. Oct. 8, 2007 The Service Employees International Union, whose support Edwards had actively courted, announces that it will not endorse a presidential candidate and that local branches can back their own
candidates. Dec. 29, 2007 A few days before the Iowa caucuses, Edwards underscores his fighting message at a large Des Moines rally. “Like many of you, I had to fight to survive,” Edwards tells the crowd.
Jan. 3, 2008
Edwards finishes with 29.7 percent of
the vote in the Iowa caucus, ahead of
Hillary Clinton’s 29.5 percent but behind
Obama’s victory of 37.6 percent.
“Change won, the status quo lost, and the fight is on to see if we’re going to have the kind of change we need to save the middle class,” he tells his supporters. Jan. 8, 2008 Edwards finishes a distant third with 16.9 percent of the vote in New Hamp-
shire. In his speech after the primary, he
says, “I am in this race to the convention.” Jan 10, 2008 John Kerry, Edwards’s running mate in 2004, endorses Barack Obama for president, saying, “Who better than Barack Obama to turn a new page in American politics?”
Jan. 19, 2008
“I got my butt kicked in Nevada,” Edwards
says, after finishing with 3.8 percent of
the vote in the caucuses there. Jan. 26, 2008 Edwards finishes third in the South Carolina primary with 17.6 percent of the vote. “If you’re one of the millions of Americans who have yet to cast your vote in this democratic process . . . your voice will be
heard and we will be there with you every single step of the way,” Edwards says after the primary. Jan. 30, 2008 Edwards travels to New Orleans to withdraw from the presidential race. “It’s time for me to step aside so that history can blaze its path,” he says.