Edwards for President: Campaign Highlights Roundup!

Six months have passed since John Edwards' announcement for his run for the Presidency. With six months to go until the first caucus in Iowa, we are half way there until the voting begins! Following is a  general overview of the notable events that have paved Edwards' Road to the Whitehouse.


John Edwards made his announcement in New Orleans, from the lower Ninth Ward in the backyard of a Katrina victim, who had been taken by a private contractor. The previous day, John Edwards and OneCorps members participated in a community service project, at the home of this Katrina victim [Vlog: Live from New Orleans with John Edwards].

John Edwards' kick off was anything but typical. He didn't hold the usual large high profile rally, with all of the glitz and glamour, but spoke to reporters and bloggers from the Katrina victim's backyard about the importance of all Americans taking action now, calling on all of us to "be patriotic for something other than war."Local students, who had participated in OneCorps service project the day before, proudly stood with John Edwards as he made his announcement.

New Orleans
VIDEO: Edwards Announces his run for the presidency in New Orleans

Not only was the substance and the setting of Edwards' announcement non-traditional, but it embraced the "new media." Rocketboom was on location and bloggers were embedded in the campaign for the Announcement Tour.

This set the tone for the campaign as it continued to maintain the focus on the issues that are weighing heavily on our country: The War in Iraq, Lack of Universal HealthCare, 36 Million Americans in Poverty, a Weakening Middle Class, and Global Warming. And, bloggers, the new media, have been fully brought into the fold the Edwards campaign, being given the same press access as the Mainstream Media. This precedent set by the Edwards campaign is a milestone in how the netroots are involved in Presidential campaigns and the democratic process in general.


VIDEO: Iowa Town Hall

Following the announcement in New Orleans, it was off to Iowa where the Town Hall was livestreamed via webcast. Enthusiastic supporters greeted John Edwards with standing ovations as he returned for the first time, as an offical candidate for President.

Edwards' support in Iowa is unparalleled. In fact, he has not only retained but built up his deep support in Iowa from his near win there in 2004. It's been said, that Edwards has personally met 85,000 of the 90,000 Iowa caucus goers. His campaign has offices in all 99 counties in Iowa. Edwards continues to poll number one in Iowa in the large majority of polls. As we all know, Iowa will play a critical role in determining the Democratic candidate---the last 6 out of 7 candidates who won Iowa, won the nomination. John Edwards will be the lucky 7.

New Hampshire

After the Iowa Townhall, it was off to New Hampshire where an overflow rally was held in the parking lot, due to the large crowd. Edwards held a Meet & Greet with Bloggers, as he often does while on the campaign trail. Since that time, Edwards has been to New Hampshire a number of times for TownHalls and House Parties as has Elizabeth Edwards, who in fact, is there this week for several house parties. The Edwards campaign is taking New Hampshire very seriously. Recently, they expanded their field staff.


Following New Hampshire, Edwards traveled to Nevada where there was also an overflow crowd. Edwards has strong support from the Unions;his work for the Unions exceeds any of the presidential candidates'. Moreover, Edwards doesn't just talk about strengthening unions in union halls, he talks about it everywhere.

North Carolina

VIDEO: BlueNC Bloggers at the NC Homecoming Rally

The tour wrapped up in Edwards' homestate of North Carolina where thousands came out to welcome John Edwards home. Edwards has been endorsed by all North Carolinian Democratic US Congressman and a number of North Carolinian Civil Rights Leaders and Community Activists.

Following the Announcement Tour, Edwards has been campaigning around the country speaking out against the occupation of Iraq, calling to bring the troops home and unveling his detailed plans to restore our moral dignity around the globe and at home.


Restoring America's Moral Leadership in the World

America's leadership role in the world has grown out of our compassion and moral strength, as well as our unparalleled economic and military strength. We can be proud of our long history of using our strength to fight for the freedom of others, but our standing in the world has been badly tarnished. America can once again be looked up to and respected around the world. The first step is by immediately withdrawing 40,000-50,000 troops from Iraq, with the complete withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq within 12-18 months -- allowing the Iraqis to assume greater responsibility for rebuilding their own country.

Edwards had been calling to bring the troops home, for over a year before his announcement and again addressed the issue of Iraq in his first major speech following his announcement, "Realizing the Dream," delivered at Riverside Church, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Edwards spoke out passionately  against the escalation of the war in Iraq and the shameful poverty both here in the US and across the globe.

Edwards called on the people to "break our silence," "accept our own responsibility" and to lead a "revolution of values" emphasizing that this the heart and soul of realizing the dream, as there does come a time, "when silence, is betrayal."

We have to be the change that we want to see in the world.

VIDEO: Riverside Speech, "Realizing the Dream"

Edwards has continued to show "agressive leadership on ending the war in Iraq" by demanding Congress stand their ground on the capitulation bill and keeping the pressue on, to end the war.

"We need to stand our ground against this president. You cannot negotiate with him. Congress should send him the same bill back to him again and again until he realizes he has no choice but to start bringing our troops home. The funding power is the only way Congress can force Bush to end the war.


In early January, in his speech to the DNC, Edwards' demanded that the "Democratic party finally quit talking about access to healthcare, when we know what that means: not universal healthcare. He further noted that "we cannot allow America's HealthCare policy to be set by big insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies."

VIDEO: DNC Speech-Edwards on Universal Health Care

Soon thereafter, Edwards unveiled his plan for Universal Health Care. The only truly universal healthcare plan of any top tier candidate.

Edwards' plan for Universal Health Care has been touted as a "smart, serious proposal. It addresses both the problem of the uninsured and the waste and inefficiency of our fragmented insurance system. And every candidate should be pressed to come up with something comparable" (Paul Krugman).

The plan will "transform America's health care system and provide universal health care for every man, woman and child in America."

Under the Edwards Plan:

Families without insurance will get coverage at an affordable price.
Families with insurance will pay less and get more security and choices.
Businesses and other employers will find it cheaper and easier to insure their workers.


Edwards has propsed a plan focused on Achieving Energy Independence & Stopping Global Warming Through A New Energy Economy. He is the only candidate running a carbon neutral camnpaign and has called on Congress to committ to 80% emissions cut by 2050.

At a house party in New Hampshire, Edwards talked about how we need to invest in clean energy sources, mandate more fuel efficient vehicles, and put in place a national cap on carbon dioxide emissions. This is about the future of the planet.

VIDEO: NH House Party--Edwards on Global Warming & Energy Independence

Just last week, Edwards encouraged people to sign the Live Earth pledge and participate in the MoveOn house parties.

Today, blogger Coturnix of A Blog Around the Clock, posted and "Exclusive: Interview with Senator John Edwards on Science-Related Topics"where Edwards addresesed the issue of climate change and other issues. Be sure to check it out!


Without question, John Edwards is also showing  more courage and leadership on the issue of ending poverty, than any other candidate. Edwards believes poverty is the "great moral issue of our time. " Few candidates ever mention the issue of poverty, if at all but John Edwards has been working to  inject the issue of poverty into our national dialogue for the last several years. He spoke about the two Americas in 2004 and later founded the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.

This past fall, John Edwards introduced a transformational plan to End Poverty in 30 Years. This plan aims to end poverty in the US in thirty years through creating "A Working Society,""Rewarding work" by creating 1 million stepping stone jobs, strengthening unions, raising the minimum wage to $9.50, and a myriad of other means that will lift up those in poverty and strengthen the middle class.

Edwards has included a Rural Recovery plan to specifically address the poorest regions in our nation.

Edwards has also addressed the outsourcing problem and has stated we need to have "smart trade." At a Working Families rally, Edwards talks about how he will protect our American Manufacturing jobs:
VIDEO: Edwards at an AFL-CIO/Working Families Forum

Road to One America Tour

Today, John Edwards announced his upcoming Road to One America Tour where he will make a three-day swing through New Orleans, Memphis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and eight other cities and eight states, beginning July 16.

For more on the Road to One America Tour, see TomP's recommended diary, John Edwards: The Road to One America

If you'd like to learn more about John Edwards' bold, progressive plans, visit the Edwards for President website and be sure to stop at DailyKos for the Edwards Evening News Roundup for  nightly updates on Edwards' Road to the Whitehouse.

And...if you haven't already, join OneCorps!

Stand with others who have been inspired by John Edwards' progressive plans and call to action by signing up for  OneCorps, the grassroots service organization of the Edwards for President Campaign. OneCorps held it's first National Action Day in January. Since that time, OneCorps chapters have participated in Step It Up "End Global Warming" Rallies, Moveon Rallies calling to end the war in Iraq, and a number of local community projects across the nation.

Please join us in our fight for all Americans and show your support by donating today! Help us reach our goal of $7000 by the end of the 7th month (July) for our lucky 7 candidate, John Edwards, by donating $7 today through:  ActBlue-Bloggers for John Edwards! Thank you!

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Loaded with information

Great diary - full of everything.

I am looking forward to the stop in TN.

by dk2 2007-07-09 08:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Loaded with information

Thanks. Looking forward to your report from TN!

by NCDemAmy 2007-07-09 08:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Loaded with information

Congrats dk2, looks like he is coming to Memphis after all!!

by RDemocrat 2007-07-09 09:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards for President: Campaign Highlights Rou

This is a wonderful recap of a great campaign.  In reading it over, I realized how I became committed to John Edwards candidacy.  I started as a Clark supporter this round.  In 2004 I was a Kerry supporter so didn't pay much attention to the others but did notice Clark.  Kind of noticed Edwards as the VP but didn't really know much about him.  Since I discovered blogs last year, I have learned so much more about all the candidates.  I followed Edwards and Obama more closely since I got the sense early this year that Clark was not running.  

I finally settled on Edwards in March because of his populist ideas.  It took me a little while to get over his AUMF vote  (and it made me squeamish about Kerry too) but I liked everything else.  This diary reminds me how much I really feel that Edwards is the right choice for 2008.

by pioneer111 2007-07-09 08:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards for President: Campaign Highlights Rou

Yes - Edwards is the best choice for 2008 - and Wall Street and the corporate media are terrified of him.

by annefrank 2007-07-09 09:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards for President: Campaign Highlights Rou

Damn right. The GOP and by extension, the corporate media are nost afraid of John Edwards. Their smears against Edwards have been relentless.

The voters will see through it before they hit the voting booths and Edwards will be our Democratic nominee.

by NCDemAmy 2007-07-09 10:51PM | 0 recs
Great Roundup!

This man is serious about fixing this country's problems!  When you look at the last six months all at once, it is staggering how much he has done.  Also, he has raised the bar for all candidates on honestly addressing real issues.  

He will be a great president.

by ashlarah 2007-07-10 12:53AM | 0 recs
I'm looking forward,

to the Road to One America Tour! John's message really hits home when the speaks out in some of the areas where help is most needed.

by bettync 2007-07-10 03:27AM | 0 recs
Great diary, NCDemAmy!

A lot has happened in six months.  It's fun to see the highlights here.

by littafi 2007-07-10 05:56AM | 0 recs
This is a good diary,

highly recommended.  He needs more presence over here.  Good read.

by icebergslim 2007-07-10 01:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards for President:

What about the haircut??

hua hua hua!!!! :)

by lafinur 2007-07-10 01:53PM | 0 recs
Two Questions?

A diary about Richardson's polling sent be back to the Opensecrets site to look at expenditures of candidates for voter lists etc.  I came across two things I found to be odd and I was wondering if people who have a better idea about Edwards campaign might have some explanation.  

1.  The campaign purchased a list from Edwards own Leadership PAC, the One America Committee, for $24,200.  I believe most of the other candidates all have a similar Leadership PACs but I couldn't find any of them making a similar purchase in Q1.  Is this unusual?  Does campaign law force them to pay for what you might think would be provided to Edwards for free or a much lower cost?

2.  What official position does Frederick Baron have on the campaign?  I know he's a fundraiser for Edwards, a very famous lawyer from Dallas who made a fortune on Asbetos litigation, but why is he flying so much on the campaign's behalf?  His expenditures in Q1 alone for airfare was $201,444.  Is this just for him ?  

by DD2 2007-07-10 03:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Two Questions?

To your first question, it probably is required by campaign finance law.

As you know, the Edwards campaign does not have a lot of money to squander. They are running on a much smaller budget than some campaigns, who seem to be spending donor money like drunken sailors (see Hillary's expenses).

Secondly, the expense for Baron's planes are likely for John Edwards' and his staff's travel. It simply is not possible for presidential candidates to always take commercial flights as it takes much longer to get through security, comply with their flight schedules, etc. When candidates are often hitting several cities a day, they need to ues private planes.

If you look at what the other top tier candidates are spending on travel, you'll get a better idea of what it actually costs to campaign around the country.

I believe Fred Baron is the Director of Finance but on all of these questions, I'm not 100% positive.

BTW, if you are concerned about the amount of money campaigns are spending, you might want to look at the campaigns who have taken the most money.

by NCDemAmy 2007-07-10 08:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Two Questions?

It's actually very interesting looking at the expenditures of the campaigns, but it doesn't look like Hillary or Barack are using private planes the way Edwards is.  Hillary has paid The Markham Group $117,069.08, according to the Federal Election Commission website. On Opensecrets they have a much smaller figure for them listed as travel, but they are doing all sorts of other things for Hillary, but searching for who this company is in Google is getting me nowhere.  The same goes with a company called JBC LLC who they paid $264,733.35 according to the FEC website and yet I can't find them on Opensecrets.

Searching Obama discovered an interesting payment to Caudill Consulting Ltd. for $270,093.53 according to the FEC site (I can't find them on Opensecrets).  Caudill is a political consulting firm in Des Moines but apparently they are advising Obama on more than just Iowa.

by DD2 2007-07-10 10:15PM | 0 recs


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