From NBC/NJ's Athena Jones and NBC's Chuck Todd
In light of the secret Edwards-Clinton pow wow last week in Chapel Hill, Clinton's pro-Edwards comments yesterday in Lewiston, Maine, become that much more interesting. NBC News also confirmed that Obama will meet with Edwards there tomorrow.
Ever since the former North Carolina senator dropped out, both Clinton and Obama have been making a point of hailing his campaign against poverty and his work to bring the issue to the forefront of American politics again. Yesterday in Maine, during the question and answer session, a former Edwards supporter said she's supporting Clinton now because she's "a fighter" hopes Clinton will support some of Edwards' policies. Clinton said she'd ask Edwards to be part of "anything I do."
"Let me thank you for your support and let me also compliment Sen. Edwards, who is a fighter and really made poverty an issue that our country has to deal with again," Clinton said. "We haven't had a serious conversation about it in quite some time.... There is a lot that John and I have in common, and I hope he'll fight. And I intend to ask John Edwards to be part of anything I do … when I'm in the White House."