N.C. Senator Discusses New Majority, Finds Reasons For Optimism
Posted May 25, 2001 10:18 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — Thursday, Vermont Senator James Jeffords announced he will leave the Republican party and become an Independent. Jeffords said he found himself increasingly at odds with President Bush and Republican leaders on issues from abortion and education to taxes.
Jeffords' move not only cost Republicans the fragile control they held over a 50-50 Senate, but also the ability to move President Bush's agenda through Congress and ratify his judicial nominees. Everything from office space to oil drilling in Alaska could be affected by Jeffords' move.
Thursday afternoon, WRAL's David Crabtree spoke with North Carolina Senator John Edwards, now in the majority party in the United States Senate. Sen. Edwards said it is now up to his party to be inclusive, and to work with all members of the Senate.
Among the Senator's comments:
For the full interview with Senator Edwards, click on the video box.