John Edwards took what had to be a most painful step today. He withdrew from the race for the presidency. A son of a poor mill-worker, an incredibly successful trial lawyer, a decent senator for one term, he was a surprise pick for the VP slot, and in the process, he apparently got the bug. That rare, incurable, and sometimes deadly virus labeled the 1600 Penn-Ave bug.
If you take a course in celestial mechanics, one of the things learned is that there is no general solution for the motions of more than two gravitationally-bound objects. All other solutions – the “three-body” or the “four-body” problem – involve special treatment and successive approximation to get a solution under a specific set of parameters.
Democrat John Edwards bowed out of the race for the White House on Wednesday, saying it was time to step aside “so that history can blaze its path” in a campaign now left to Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.
“With our convictions and a little backbone we will take back the White House in November,” said Edwards, ending his second campaign in a hurricane-ravaged section of New Orleans where he began it more than a year ago.
Edwards said Clinton and Obama had both pledged that “they will make ending poverty central to their campaign for the presidency.”
Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, who focused his bid for the Democratic nomination on helping the middle class, will withdraw from the presidential race in a speech later on Wednesday.
A campaign official said Edwards would announce his decision to pull out during a speech in New Orleans at 1 p.m. EST.
Edwards has not won a single contest in the Democratic race for president, and lags behind front-runners Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in public opinion polls.
This thread is about voting for someone instead of Against someone. Please do not turn it into a Hillary versus Obama thread. And please keep it polite.
I am going to vote for John Edwards when our state finally comes around in March.
I realize that by that time it may be over. I realize by that time that John Edwards may be statistically out of the race.
But for once in this election year, I am going to vote FOR someone instead of AGAINST someone.
I can’t remember the last time I voted FOR someone, IF EVER!
Hillary Rodham Clinton is in trouble. Her husband is out of control, Obama is gaining momentum and her once-inevitable run for the White House is stuck in a sea of political mud.
So Hillary wants to do what the Clintons have always done in times of crisis: Cheat.
After agreeing with the Democratic National Committee’s decision to punish Michigan and Florida for moving the dates of their primaries up ahead of Super Tuesday, Clinton now wants the rules changed so she can claim delegates from both states.
Sen. John McCain won a breakthrough triumph in the Florida primary Tuesday night, seizing the upper hand in the Republican presidential race ahead of next week’s coast-to-coast contests and lining up a quick endorsement from soon-to-be dropout Rudy Giuliani.
“It shows one thing: I’m the conservative leader who can unite the party,” McCain told The Associated Press after easing past former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for his first-ever triumph in a primary open only to Republicans.
“We have a ways to go, but we’re getting close” to the nomination, he said later in an appearance before cheering supporters.
In the end, 9/11 wasn’t enough. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, once the Republican presidential front-runner thanks to his status as “America’s Mayor,” suffered a debilitating defeat in Tuesday’s Florida primary. He prepared Wednesday to quit the race endorse his friendliest rival, John McCain.
Giuliani stopped short of announcing he was stepping down, but delivered a valedictory speech that was more farewell than fight-on.