Democrat John Edwards withdrew from the presidential race this afternoon, returning to the hurricane-ravaged neighborhood in New Orleans where he launched his second bid in December 2006 and emphasizing the issue -- poverty in America -- that animated his campaign.
"It's time for me to step aside so that history can blaze its path," he said with his wife Elizabeth, who is battling cancer, and his three children at his side. "Our Democratic party will make history. We will be strong, we will be unified, and with a little backbone, we will take back the White House."
Edwards said he listened to Americans across the country talk about their problems and their need for economic justice.
"We will never forget the heartache and we will always be here to bring hope," Edwards said against a backdrop of houses being rehabilitated in the Ninth Ward. - Boston Globe
Another eliminated candidate drops out.