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Edwards Chimes In

Can you say "shooting the gap"?

After Obama and Clinton spent the first ten minutes of the debate arguing over whether they can discuss hypothetical uses of nuclear weapons, former Sen. John Edwards sought to distinguish himself.

"How about a little hope and optimism?" asked Edwards, who has distinguished himself of late with his fiery rhetoric and outrage. Edwards went on to say that Obama is "entitled" to his views and added that it isn't "shocking that people who have been in Washington come along and criticize him."

So does Edwards agree with Obama on hypotheticals? Nope.

"We should not talk about hypotheticals and nuclear weapons," said Edwards. "It effectively limits your options."

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2007; 9:17 AM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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John Edwards distinguishes himself from the other candidates every day on the campaign trail. Unfortunately, for the most part it goes unnoticed by much of the media. He has an important message for those that wish for a return to a good America, an America that is respected around the world. He is not afraid to face the issues of concern in this country and will explain what he will do as president. No dodging and double speak, real workable plans for all Americans.

Posted by: Darrell | August 20, 2007 9:44 PM | Report abuse

It is always refreshing to read the comments of people who obviously "get it" when it comes to the wisdom of John Edwards. If you really listen to the answers the candidates give at the debates, you will notice that the only candidate who actually answers the question presented to them is Sen. Edwards. All the others give vague reference to the question before delivering their prepared speech, often on a subject unrelated to the question. And "Paul," the ignorant person who criticized Sen. Edwards for "taking all the money from the patients after winning their cases" truly does not have an understanding of how the legal system works, or how much time and expense goes into properly representing their clients. If you're going to be critical, at least get a full understanding of the situation you're talking about so you don't stick your foot in your mouth, as you clearly did this time.
The smart Americans -- those who study the candidates and the issues, and pay attention to what they're doing -- are voting for JOHN EDWARDS FOR PRESIDENT.

Posted by: Ben | August 20, 2007 5:12 AM | Report abuse

I say wake up America.....Edwards' statements carry substance and are truthful. I am from Michigan and am following the Iowa Caucus and I know God will favor Edwards and his family. I am just amazed that there are no labor endorsements yet. It is very scary....Oh, by the way I am a Republican.

Posted by: Paul | August 20, 2007 12:58 AM | Report abuse

John Edwards is the man for the White House. He represents the change that we need in this country.

Posted by: Sharon | August 20, 2007 12:57 AM | Report abuse

John Edwards is my choice of President of the United States.

Posted by: Cherubim | August 19, 2007 11:54 PM | Report abuse

What a joke.. EDWARDS.. the guy who talk about poverty but took all the money from the patients after winning their cases. He is just a hypocrite.. Just another trial lawyer. Hillary is the biggest fli-flopper ever known innrecent history. She deserves to be swift boated if she runs. A PATHOLGICAL LIAR WITH AMNESIA. Thank God for Internet that we can get her old statements. I truly hope Barack can make a difference. Isn't there a reason whu this man is liked so much. There is a hope and fresh air that comes from him and you blame "He is out for himself?" Guess you have to hear what Michelle Obama said. They have lost more after he decided to run. I can see his desire to do something when he decided to shun a high paying job and go into community service. Thats abig deal. Which of you will trun a 250,000 salary for 40,000. Now do u have the balls to judge?.. Edwards after touting all the poverty stuff, went and worked for hedge funds. What a joke.. and now it is revealed that this firm is responsible for closures in New orleans victims. HHAHAAA

Posted by: Paul | August 19, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I had supported John Edwards the last time he ran and I am going to support him again . Why dont people get it! Hillary and Obama are out for themselves without any substance to their
retoric ." Wake up America " is all I can say.

Posted by: Profull Gupta | August 19, 2007 9:38 PM | Report abuse

My neighbor and I have been having the same discussion as posted in your comments. Across the board, John Edwards (and Elizabeth -- it's a 2-for-1 with this team) has the most detailed, thoughtful plans for all the major issues facing our nation today and into the future. Heck, I can understand why he seems angry; I am angry too, seeing what has happened to this country. But I am the eternal optimist; I truly believe someone like Edwards can start to turn the USA around so that we are going in the direction our founding fathers envisioned. Just a little aside, I am personally angry that George Stephanopoulous chaired this "debate"; does anyone else think he is either a paid or unpaid member of the Hillary for President organization? FYI for George - there were more than two candidates on stage.

Posted by: Barbie | August 19, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree. I have been on board with Edwards even before he announced his candidacy. His visions on handling the issues of healthcare, poverty, the occupation of Iraq (to name only a few) are by far the most detailed of any the present candidates, democratic or republican. I admire his and Elizabeth's stamina in getting their message out.

Posted by: jr9657 | August 19, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

edwards is the Best choice. he has acute eyes and ears that distinguishes the "who, what, when, where,and how" questions. chiming in on the "entitled" attitude of obama which is HUGE as he sells it. look at who they are, what they believe in, where they've been, and how they will improve this nation.
history is so important.

Posted by: lindafranke1952 | August 19, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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