Democrat John Edwards has abandoned his bid to become candidate for the US presidency. With primaries already underway, the former North Carolina senator has failed to win a single state: “It is time for me to step aside so that history can blaze its path. We do not know who will take the final steps to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but what we do know is that our Democratic Party will make history,” he said.
It was his second bid for the Democratic presidential candidacy. After running and losing to John Kerry in 2004, he was chosen as a running mate by Kerry.
His decision to pull out leaves New York senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton pitted against Illinois Senator Barack Obama. Neither emerges as the clear front runner.
After winning in Florida on Tuesday, Clinton has resumed campaigning ahead of next week’s crucial Super Tuesday when around half the nation’s states will vote in the presidential primaries.
Strengthened by the recent backing of JFK’s brother, Massachussets Senator Ted Kennedy, Barack Obama is also staying focussed on the ballots ahead.
On the issue that has become the focal point of the
campaign – the economy – Obama told voters they could trust him rather than Clinton, who has portrayed herself as the best qualified to steer the country out of its woes.