January 22, 2008

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Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has been getting some much needed media attention lately, appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman last night and appeared on Countdown today and talked with Keith about the ongoing skirmish between the Obama and Clinton campaigns, Bill O'Reilly's ongoing homeless veteran nonsense and plans for his own campaign going forward.

Edwards admits he is the underdog, but believes he can pull in a good number of the undecided voters and that his populist message is resonating with a good number of Americans. Hillary Clinton said today that she believes when the Democratic nominee is finally chosen the party will unite and rally behind that candidate. Keith asks Edwards if he will make that pledge:

Olbermann: "...Are we at the state where it would help every candidate right now, all three of you in here at the top by saying you will support and you will encourage your supporters to support the Democratic nominee, no matter who it is, and that Senators Clinton and Obama should join you in saying so, maybe even before this vote is taken on Saturday?

Edwards:"Absolutely, I say that right now. You know, I intend to be the nominee so I'll hope to get the support of Senator Obama and Senator Clinton's supporters, but we should absolutely support the nominee."

Updated: (Nicole) It's a shame--and generally, I'm a fan of Olbermann--that Edwards is once again reduced to being boxed into the media framing of the horse race. Here was a golden opportunity for Edwards to once again push his populist focus--or FISA-- and force Obama and Hillary to follow his lead and instead, he's left to pledge that he'll support whomever the nominee will be.

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