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Elizabeth Edwards Says It'll Be Close

By Garance Franke-Ruta
NEW YORK -- Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic presidential candidate and vice presidential nominee John Edwards, predicted that November's contest between Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain would be close.

Interviewed by Skype video before an audience at the Personal Democracy Forum 2008 conference in the Time Warner Center here after weather problems prevented her from flying to N.Y. to speak at the annual gathering, Edwards predicted, "We are going to need to fight for every vote. This is going to be a close election."

Trusting in "all these things that would seem to say we can just sit back and eat chocolates between now and November" would be a mistake, said Edwards, seated on a floral couch in her North Carolina home for what interviewer and conference organizer Andrew Rasiej called a "live-vlog." Her husband, John Edwards, made a surprise cameo on the screen and joined her briefly on the couch toward the end of her interview.

"I said I would work as hard as I could to make sure he is the next president," said Elizabeth Edwards of Obama. Electing him president "is enormously important," she said, "but I don't think it is by any means assured."

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 23, 2008; 6:52 PM ET
 
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How right you are, Elizabeth Edwards. The closer we get to the general election, the more the American public will get to see beyond the illusion that Obama so carefully portrays. If you want spin, appeasement and division, vote for Obama. If you want honesty, courage and true bipartison unity, vote for McCain. Country first: vote for the All-American Hero, John McCain!

Posted by: FlLady | June 25, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

She's right. It's close to a complete shutout but McCain may hold strong in Arizona and Alabama.

Posted by: Grover Norquist | June 24, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

addendum: every comment in this section that is riddled with spelling errors is from a right-wing type. Apparently the morons are all pro-McCain...

Posted by: jsmith | June 24, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain abandoned his first wife (after first running around on her) after she lost her beauty in a car accident. After playing the field, he settled on rich bimbo Cindy.

See this article: (the wife John McCain callously left behind):

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1024927/The-wife-John-McCain-callously-left-behind.html

Posted by: Jsmith | June 24, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

There is no truth in Obama. He is a joke of a presidential candidate.

McCain 08

Posted by: Lwill | June 24, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Karela, you and Elizabeth Edwards are right on the money. Summer's usually a great time of year to kick back and take it easy, but this one is different. We've got lots of voters to register and other volunteering to do from right now through November to get a chance at the White House -- taking no vote for granted. Hope to meet you out there.

Yeeearrgh! (That was an attempt at a Howard Dean scream, not sure how to spell it.)

Obama 08.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | June 24, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I love John and Elizabeth Edwards and I admire the things they stand for. I agree that it is unwise to take things for granted. That is why, though many did, I never slacked off on Obama campaign donations through May. We really can't afford to. Yesterday we learned that the same people who published the swiftboat ads, and the book that falsely attacked Kerry with such success, are coming out with an attack book against Obama on August 4. Like the others, it will be filled with lies, innuendos, half truths and chopped up quotes, but they must be addressed promptly. It's a good thing that Obama kept his options open by opting out of public financing so that his supporters could help with the fight. There is no time to take a break. The wealthy businesses and corporations who have greatly increased their wealth during Bush's administration, while the middle class and poor slid further behind, will surely not be taking any breaks. They won't give up their cash cow without a mighty battle. If ordinary Americans are going to get a fair shake, they're going to have to fight for it. Donate to Obama's fight, register some new voters, engage people in calm and reasoned conversations about the issues. It's time to take our country back from the people who think it's reasonable for Warren Buffet's secretary to pay a higher rate of income tax than Warren Buffet pays. Even Warren Buffet thinks that's nuts. Republicans in the White House and Congress for the past eight years think it's what they deserve. Take a stand. Fight back. They can only steal our country if we let them. There are a whole lot more of us than there are of them and we've let them steal our votes by letting them trick us with lies and fear tactics. I bet I'm not the only one who's sick of being manipulated with lies and fear mongering. Go get 'em!!!

Posted by: karela | June 24, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

voting for Macain is like suicide, there is no hope , only more wars , more recession in economy, poorer health care and more squeeze on the middle and lower class. the choice is clear if you look at the candidates , one is dumb not even able to remember what to say and the other who has very broad perspective. don't kill yourself and please don't kill others. VOTE FOR OBAMA

Posted by: for,to & by the people | June 24, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

WELL I SEE THEY SET OBAMA STRAIGHT ON THE PRESIDENTIAL SEAl(HE SAID IT WAS FOR JUST ONE TIME) YEAH RIGHT, HE TOOK A COPYWRITED SYMBAL AND CHANGED THE WORDING ON IT! LAW SUIT!!!!NO THEY WOULD NEVER DO THAT TO THE PERTY BOY! OABAMA THINKS THEY ARE GOING TO HAND HIM THE PRESIDENTCY LIKE THEY DID THE PRIMARIES! I HOPE SECURITY AT ALL THE POLLING IS TIGHT! DON'T WANT ANY OBAMA NUTS STO SCREW MCCAIN LIKE THEY DID HILLARY!
SAY NO TO OBAMA! GO MCCAIN

Posted by: JABBER | June 24, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

im amazed how we americans can forget that the republicans only want to give tax cuts to the wealthy and tax the working class voters more than the wealthy.

Forget race, this is a class war. Vote for your pocket. Not for make-shift issues.

Posted by: alyd311 | June 24, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

I have nothing but admiration for Elizabeth Edwards, but I am disappointed she choses to toe the party line on BO. He has no principles, no record, no experience, and is not qualified to be president. American voters get this, even if the DNC thinks the presidency can be bought.

McCain 08. Hillary in 2012!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

I don't see how anyone could vote for McCain. Obama should take hin up on those town hall meetings, this way McCain dont have his pals around to feed him information about what goes on in our government. The only thing McCant knows how to do is sing Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran. Check out this FOX CLIP their trying to program our minds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSAOQuLxSdY

Posted by: HemiHead | June 24, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

So how is Obama a scam artist. I could wright a book about McCain. Maybe you would like to see three more buildings come down, and a few thousand more people killed in Iraq for oil. If Obama's a scam artist your little red riding hood.

Posted by: HemiHead | June 24, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully Americans will stop drinking the koolaide and come to their sense's.

That way more will see Obama for what he really is a scam artist and a speech.

He has not done anything for his country or the people in all of his career.

His voting present and running for office is his main political career.

A democrat for anyone but Obama.

Posted by: seah | June 23, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Let's get to work Elizabeth. We don't need interviews, we need some hard campaigning in the rural areas of North Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia, and Kentucky on behalf of Obama.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | June 23, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is lucky to have both Edwards in his corner, and would be well advised to utilize their talents in his administration.

Posted by: Susan | June 23, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

That is the only way to look at it. Take nothing for granted.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

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