The Lady Speaks

It’s Official: John Edwards Announces

Due to a ‘glitch’ with his website that gave everything away, today’s announcement from the still-devastated 9th Ward of New Orleans wasn’t quite a surprise, and it didn’t have quite the impact in the media as it was supposed to have, because of the death of President Ford.

Still, he’s one candidate I can support – unless Al decides he’s running, that is.

From the Associated Press, via

Two years after his hopes for a Democratic takeover of the White House were narrowly dashed, former vice presidential nominee John Edwards said Thursday that he is making another run at the presidency.

Edwards — who is calling for cuts in poverty, global warming and troops in Iraq — scheduled his kickoff in New Orleans, still devastated from last year’s Hurricane Katrina. He chose the site to highlight his signature concern of the economic disparity that divides America.


Edwards said the difference between his message to voters in 2004 and his 2008 presidential bid is that, “I’ve learned since the last campaign that it’s great to identify a problem … but the way you change things is by taking action.”

And Iraq is one of the biggest issues facing the country.

“It would be a huge mistake to put a surge of troops into Iraq,” Edwards said on ABC’s “Good Morning America. “It sends exactly the wrong signal. We can maximize our chances for success by making clear we are going to leave Iraq and not stay there forever.”


In his message to supporters, Edwards listed five priorities to change America. Among them: “Guaranteeing health care for every single American,” “Strengthening our middle class and ending the shame of poverty,” “Leading the fight against global warming,” and “Getting America and the world to break our addiction to oil.”

In 2004, at the Democratic National Convention, John Edwards talked about the ‘Two Americas’. Today – as a direct result of the re-election of Chokes-on-Pretzel – the disparity between the two Americas is even more pronounced.

Want to ask John Edwards a question? He’ll be live-blogging today from noon Eastern (9a Pacific). Join the conversation at

Read the transcript of the ‘Two Americas’ speech.




December 28, 2006 - Posted by | America, Democrats, Edwards, Election '08, Government, White House

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