THE TALK

Monday, May 12, 2008

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said it is likely Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) will be his party's nominee, and he warned Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) against hurting the party's chances in the fall by staying in the race.

"I think it is likely, certainly at this point, that Senator Obama will be the nominee," said Edwards, a two-time presidential candidate and former senator from North Carolina.

He added on CBS's "Face the Nation": "[S]he has to be really careful that she's not damaging our prospects, the Democratic Party, and our cause, for the fall."

Edwards said Clinton has been making "a pretty compelling case for her candidacy" but "you can no longer make a compelling case for the math." Obama on Saturday took a lead among Democratic superdelegates, and he already led among pledged delegates.

Edwards said that when he got out of the race he believed "it would accelerate the process of one person pulling away." He added, "I was obviously dead wrong about that."

Edwards would not give any clues about whether he will endorse a candidate, saying it's not a "big deal."

Elsewhere, Obama aide David Axelrod virtually ruled out transferring funds to the Clinton campaign, as a way to cover her $20 million debt and ease her transition out of the campaign.

"I don't think even under any scenario . . . that we were going to transfer money from the Obama campaign to the Clinton campaign," he said on "Fox News Sunday."

By Zachary A. Goldfarb


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