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WRAP Edwards drops out of presidential race

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AP Television New Orleans, Louisiana 1. Wide shot Edwards family walking towards stage 2. Close up Edwards walking onto stage 3. Wide shot audience in front of Edwards 4. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Edwards, former Democratic presidential hopeful: "It is appropriate that I come here today, 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." New Orleans, Louisiana 5. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Edwards, former Democratic presidential hopeful: (SOUNDBITE CONTINUED FROM ABOVE) "We will be strong, we will be unified, and with our convictions and a little backbone we will take back the White House in November and we will create hope and opportunity for this country." AP Television New Orleans, Louisiana 6. Pan shot of Edwards family 7. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Edwards, former Democratic presidential hopeful: "They have pledged to me that as President of the United States they will make ending poverty and economic inequality central to their presidency. This is the cause of my life and I now have their commitment to engage in this cause." AP Television Washington, DC 8. Wide and close up Leonard Steinhorn, political analyst 9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Leonard Steinhorn, professor of communications, American University in Washington, DC: "Edwards has been running on fumes, his coffers are just about empty. So, he doesn't have money to make this a sort of viable candidacy and I don't think he wants to be embarrassed on a nationwide primary, so for him he acquitted himself well. He gave it the good fight. He scored decently in a number of the primaries, came in second in Iowa. So, he should just leave it at that. There is no point for him to see his numbers sink throughout Super Tuesday, and he wants to be a player in this process, so he doesn't want to diminish his stature." AP Television New Orleans, Louisiana 10. Close up of supporter holding Edwards sign 11. SOUNDBITE: (English) John Edwards, former Democratic presidential hopeful: "And as I was leaving, one woman said to me: 'You won't forget us, will you? Promise me you won't forget us.' Well, I say to her and I say to all of those who are struggling in this country - we will never forget you. We will fight for you. We will stand up for you." 12. Pull out of Edwards and family on stage AP Television Washington, DC 13. SOUNDBITE: (English) Allan Lichtman, political historian, American University: "I don't think it fundamentally changes the race because, in effect, it was always a two person race. John Edwards never really made enough of a mark to compete with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama." AP Television New Orleans, Louisiana 14. Close-up John Edwards with son Jack building rails on deck of house STORYLINE: Narrowing the Democratic race for the White House down to just two candidates, former US Senator John Edwards bowed out on Wednesday, saying it was time to step aside "so that history can blaze its path." Ending his second campaign in a hurricane-ravaged section of New Orleans where he began it more than a year ago, Edwards said, "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." Edwards said both Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama pledged to him personally that they would "make ending poverty and economic inequality central to their presidency," he said before a small group of supporters. He was joined by his wife Elizabeth and his three children, Cate, Emma Claire and Jack. It was the second time Edwards sought the Democratic presidential nomination. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/7f28e473df5c57eed8ec8a2c5133c68e Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork