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Iowa Rep. Braley Endorses Edwards

John Edwards picked up a key endorsement today in Waterloo from Rep. Bruce Braley, a freshman congressman who won an open House seat previously held by conservative Republican Jim Nussle.

Like Edwards, Braley is a former trial lawyer, and his strong ties to local unions and Democratic activists could help Edwards to solidify support in the working-class 1st District, a chunk of northeastern Iowa that stretches from blue-collar Waterloo to the Mississippi River.

Braley is the highest-ranking Democrat in Iowa to endorse in the '08 contest, and his district represents prime real estate for 2008 Democrats. Having just run a highly competitive campaign, he can readily tap a network of volunteers, activists and supporters to help Edwards turn out caucusgoers. Braley also will act as a surrogate for the former North Carolina senator at events around the district, said Edwards spokesman Dan Leistikow.

"Today, I'm proud to endorse John Edwards for president," Braley said in a statement provided by the Edwards campaign. "Throughout this campaign, on issue after issue, John has proposed bold ideas to end the power of special interests in Washington and restore our government to the American people. John is the only Democratic candidate who grew up in rural America, and he has most specific, most progressive and most far-reaching ideas."

Like Edwards, Braley had considerable courtroom success before entering politics, and as a former president of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association, he belongs to a network of high-level, politically active plaintiffs' lawyers who represent a key Edwards support base. In his 2006 campaign against entrepreneur Mike Whalen, Braley also struck many of the same populist notes that Edwards hits in his presidential stump speech.

-- Shailagh Murray

By Post Editor  |  December 3, 2007; 6:06 PM ET
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This was a great endorsement. I know the other campaigns tried to get the Braley endorsement but in the end Edwards vision for America beat the glitz and glamor of the other two frontrunners campaigns.

While Obama & Clinton have outspent him and the national media has all but ignored him Edwards vision for America message and his willingness to outwork the other candidates has kept him in a three-way tie for first in Iowa.

I hope voters all across the country will donate to his campaign so we don't lose the best candidate we've fielded in a long time. This guys a fighter and we need a fighter to take on the Republicans in November. Just imagine how well he could do if he had the advantages the other two frontrunners have had in this campaign.

Posted by: pmorlan1 | December 4, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

WITHOUT DOUBT, THE CORPORATE MEDIA FEELS THREATENED BY EDWARDS BECAUSE THEY KBOW OF HIS SKILLS AT HELPING THE UNDER DOG. FOR THE SAKE OF EVERY CITIZEN IN OUR COUNTRY, I HOPE AND PRAY THAT FORMER SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS BECOMES OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.

Posted by: ladyjustice333earthlinknet | December 4, 2007 8:35 AM | Report abuse

I hold dual citizenship between US and New Zealand. In my work for our NZ charitable organization, Common Knowledge Trust, I do a great deal of traveling. I had the opportunity to see many of the Democratic debates while back in the US.

Although I do like Barack Obama, there is no doubt that John Edwards is the most consistent with his message and delivery! He has a style that could definitely lead the US during this crisis. What crisis? Well, many actually.

Since I do extensive work overseas (from Pakistan to Europe and Asia) George Bush has destroyed the hope millions of people have had about what the United States of America has represented to so many oppressed people since it's creation.

There is no doubt that John Edwards will get my vote because he will lead us back to being a nation of compassion.

Wintergreen, trustee
www.birthingbetter.com

Posted by: wintergreen | December 4, 2007 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Edwards IS the best person to be president. The celebrity-status of Hillary and Obama have made it difficult for Edwards to get attention, but he has remained competitively in the race. THAT speaks volumes.

The corporate media also has been trying to get riid of Edwards, as Edwards advocates for the interests of the average person, over the corporate interests.

It remains to be seen whether any candidate can challenge the corporations in this country, and live politically to tell about it. Our democracy is at stake: God I hope Edwards is chosen by Iowans!

Posted by: river845 | December 3, 2007 7:36 PM | Report abuse

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