Edwardses Open Up About Dem Hopefuls

Elizabeth angered by John's excitement over a 'black presidency'
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2008 6:44 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful former Sen. John Edwards.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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(Newser) – John and Elizabeth Edwards chatted informally about the remaining Democratic candidates on the eve of North Carolina's primary today. John told People that he admires Hillary Clinton’s “tenacity,” but not her "old politics;” Elizabeth said she favors Clinton's health plan but loves Barack Obama's "fantastic" ability to motivate "so many young people."

Despite Obama’s push for “serious change,” John said he wants to see “more substance under the rhetoric.” But he praised the prospect of a historic black presidency—until Elizabeth rolled her eyes and gripped her chair. “What about the great symbolic thing about a woman?” she asked. The former hopeful spoke quickly: “It’s important. It’s important," he said. "I know it.”