Thursday, July 19, 2007

John Edwards: The Real Deal

In my brief time as a volunteer for the Democratic Party, I've had the pleasure of supporting various candidates for public office, Jon Corzine and Bob Menendez in N.J., Jim Hodges in S.C., and Kerry/Edwards and Clinton/Gore in various states; my fervor for candidates is perhaps most active at the time of their respective candidacies, but I can say that I've perhaps never been as excited about a candidate and his platform than I currently am for former Sen. John Edwards. All ideas, all positive initiatives, all substantial platforms -- this marks the Edwards campaign thus far.

This week, for instance, while other candidates are probably fundraising and schmoozing with the Washington elite, Edwards is touring some of the most impoverished parts of the country in hopes of bringing national attention to poor rural and urban Americans. He's visited a poultry factor in Mississippi and spoken with the workers there, he's gone to rural Virginia and talked with those who have never had health care, and he traveled to Pittsburgh to talk with workers who are struggling. This is a campaign based on substance with a candidate who has lived through many of the struggles that working class and poor Americans have lived with. I admire his work and intend to do everything possible to ensure he is elected president.

(For a Time article on Edwards' tour: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1644961,00.html


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