Edwards Drops Out

John Edwards will end his presidential bid today in the city that symbolizes the animating impulse behind his message, New Orleans.

His staff was notified of the decision early this morning. As of last night, spokesfolks denied "rumors."

Edwards will be joined on stage by Elizabeth Edwards and his three children.

After the speech, he and his staff will work together on a New Orleans Habitat for Humanity project.

He does not plan to endorse any presidential candidate in the near future, advisers said.

Advisers say he worries that Obama isn't ready to be president and that Hillary Clinton represents too much the old way of doing business... and both concerns weigh heavily.

By dropping out in NOLA, he hopes to force his rivals to take up the mantle of anti-poverty efforts that he began his race by talking about.

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Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

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