A couple of days ago the buzz was (as I reported here), that John Edwards was soon to endorse Hillary Clinton. Maybe not…
Politico reports that “John Edwards is unlikely to endorse either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton before the nomination is decided, according to interviews with several members of the former candidate’s inner circle.”
Citing at least “three individuals who have recently spoken to Edwards” Politico reports that they “expect that he will choose to stay out of the fight, though they warn that no one other than his wife, Elizabeth, can be certain of his thinking.”
“My gut instinct, at this point: He’s probably going to remain neutral and sort of try to play on that Al Gore status as party elder,” said a former Edwards operative who is in regular contact with the former North Carolina senator and who asked that his name be withheld.
“There is a real space for him to be an advocate for the issues that he cares about but also to play a role as a party elder,” he continued. “I think he is, at this point, probably going to take the route of ‘We got two great candidates, let the people decide.’”
Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, is coming to believe that “silence is the better part of valor,” another former top adviser said.
On Thursday evening as Edwards was preparing to appear on NBC’s “Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” the “political media began to buzz over a possible Edwards endorsement.”
Though Edwards spoke kindly of both candidates, he withheld his endorsement.
Watch the video of John Edwards on The Tonight Show: