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Edwards Announces He is Re-Running For Pres

From his fans at the Associated Press:

Edwards shoots for White House again

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer

NEW ORLEANS – Former vice presidential nominee John Edwards said Thursday that he is a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, promising "a grass roots, ground-up campaign where we ask people to take action."

Clad in blue jeans, an open-necked shirt and with his sleeves rolled up, Edwards chose the backyard of a victim of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans’ devastated 9th Ward for his unorthodox announcement.

"We want people in this campaign to actually take action now, not later, not after the next election," the former North Carolina senator said, sounding as much like a recruiter as a presidential campaigner.

"Instead of staying home and complaining, we’re asking Americans to help," Edwards said. "Most of the good that has been done in New Orleans has been done by faith-based groups, charitable groups and volunteers."

Edwards — who is calling for cuts in poverty, global warming and troops in Iraq — chose the site to highlight his signature concern of the economic disparity that divides America.

"I’m here to announce I’m a candidate for president of the United States," Edwards told NBC’s "Today Show" earlier Thursday, one of three back-to-back interviews by the candidate on morning news shows. "I’ve reached my own conclusion this is the best way to serve my country."

Edwards, 53, 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."

And the next president must restore America’s leadership in the world, he said.

"It’s absolutely crucial that America re-establish its moral authority and leadership role in the world," Edward said on CBS "Early Show."

Edwards’s campaign got a little ahead of itself Wednesday and announced his intentions online a day early. His Web site briefly featured the logo "John Edwards ’08" and its slogan, "Tomorrow begins today" — literally, in this case — before aides quickly removed them

Ever notice how our watchdog media never mention that Mr. Edwards was defeated when he ran again for the Senate From North Carolina?

When the people who know him best won’t vote for him, why should the rest of the country?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 28th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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