Ex-Rivals Vie For Edwards' Backing

Hesitation may indicate problem for Obama: blogger
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2008 5:35 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopefuls Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., left, greets former Sen. John Edwards, right, as Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., watches before the Democratic debate sponsored by CNN...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are chasing John Edwards' endorsement, and Obama should be worried by their ex-rival's cold feet, Washington Post blogger Dan Balz writes. Edwards may seem a good fit for the change candidate, and the two often teamed up against Clinton on the campaign trail, but "outward appearances suggest he is genuinely torn," Balz writes.

Clinton and Edwards met last week; Obama canceled a meeting today, citing scheduling conflicts, CNN reports. Some tensions were evident in Edwards’ attacks on Obama's health-care plan, and he has met with Clinton several times recently. "An Edwards endorsement of Clinton would be an implicit statement that he believes she is more ready to be president," Balz writes.