Just 24 hours after Hillary Clinton won West Virginia by over 40 points, John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama. Only days before, Edwards had said he would likely stay neutral. His endorsement of Obama seemed by many a response to Hillary’s win and not a direct play at Vice President on Obama’s ticket, a slot on the dream team that increasingly includes Hillary’s name. Edwards flatly denied wanting to be VP.
During his endorsement speech, Edwards had strong praise for Hillary:
She is a woman who, in my judgment, is made of steel, and she’s a leader in this country not because of her husband but because of what she has done.
An interview with both John and Elizabeth Edwards in last month’s People Magazine pointed to a divided household, with Elizabeth especially admiring Hillary’s healthcare plan. John Edwards is not a super delegate, but he is well respected in the Democratic Party and helps make the case that the nomination is all but wrapped-up. The last primary is in less than 2 weeks.