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Edwards Pushing the Positive in Iowa

Posted December 6, 2007

— Polls show John Edwards still sitting in third place among Democrats headed into next month's Iowa caucuses. This is the former North Carolina senator's second and possibly last shot at the White House.

As he races from campaign event to campaign event across Iowa, Edwards' core message remained constant.

“I'm running for president on behalf of my father who worked in mills all his life,” Edwards said.

But, with high-profile opponents like Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama stealing his spotlight this year, Edwards sometimes ditched his down home style. In a recent debate, he went after Clinton.

“Will she be the person who brings about change in this country?” he asked. “I believe in Santa Claus. I believe in the tooth fairy, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

Four years ago, Edwards was “the upbeat candidate,” according to David Yepsen, a political columnist with the De Moines Register.

“He was kind of new, fresh and sunny,” Yepsen said. “Now there’s much more anger.”

Yepsen said he thinks that strategy can backfire in Iowa. Edwards' aggressive tone coincided with his drop in the polls in Iowa. Now, less than a month before caucuses, he has shifted back to what worked for him four years ago.

“I’m out here talking to you and listening to you every day,” Edwards said. “You are as good and strong as the American people have ever been.”

When asked if Iowans are tired of the bickering, Edwards said he thinks they are “really interested in our positive vision for America.”

The former North Carolina senator is now quick to separate himself from the fray.

“The Clinton and Obama sniping over the last 24 hours is really fascinating to listen to,” he said.

Pushing the positive, Edwards' plans to pull out of Iraq, create universal health care and rework trade agreements has impressed many caucus-goers.

“As one of the signs said here, I trust him with my grandchildren,” said Jana Root.

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  • winchester73 Dec 7, 2007

    It's over for John. Turn out the lights.

  • melmika Dec 7, 2007

    I have a question about the Democrates.

    There were 2 countries in the Middle East where the government were terrorizing the people. Bush goes in and takes out those governments and helps the people of those countries create a better society for themselves through troop support and money until those countries can stand on their own.

    The Democrates and their supporters have from the very beginning have been chanting 'This is Bush's War' , 'Oil for Food', 'Bring them Home' ect...

    My question is this. Do the words and actions of the Democratic Party and their supporters sound like anti Muslim attacks?

  • wcnc Dec 7, 2007

    “I'm running for president on behalf of my father who worked in mills all his life,” Edwards said.

    Too bad people don't research his life to see the truth of this. Wasn't his dad the mill manager?? That's a different situation than what Edwards wants people to think.

    It is bad when a former Senator's home state can't stand him. Too bad people don't clue in on that. They could sure learn a lot from what we have to share about this guy.

  • Deb1003 Dec 7, 2007

    Let Iowa know how most of the voting public of NC feel about their former "Senator". I put it in quotes because he was our Senator in title only...he spent most of his time campaigning in the last presidential election. He's a fraud and a liar, hopefully, the rest of the country will figure this out.

  • casp3r Dec 7, 2007

    Do they just make up a story just to put his name on here everday? Geez, he is not liked in this state, get over it.

  • Nancy Dec 7, 2007

    Keeping Edwards name in the news means the front runners have no current controversy - so they use Edwards as a fall back.

    He's always falling back.

  • jackadoo Dec 7, 2007

    What is newsworthy about this continual exposure Edwards gets. It's fun to beat up on him, but there is no longer any substance to beat. It's like trying to hit a shadow. I lost all respect for him when he stayed in the race AFTER learning his wife's cancer was terminal. (please do not tell me she supported his decision...what else could she say?). Be a man John, and go home and care for your family.

  • mvnull Dec 7, 2007

    I see the Edwards obsessed are out in force today. Did Dix close early?

  • weasleyes Dec 7, 2007

    I wouldn't trust him near my wallet, much less with the future of my grandchildren. What a fake!

  • rnsjr Dec 7, 2007

    Edwards is a loser.

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