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Edwards: 'Who Has Been With You in the Crunch?'

Sen. John Edwards
Sen. John Edwards

Edwards has spent the last three years courting organized labor and he made clear tonight that he thinks there is a difference between talking about supporting labor and having actually done it.

"It is fine to give a nice talk but the question is who has been with you in the crunch," said Edwards, pointing out that he has walked more than 200 picket lines. In case anyone missed it, Edwards reiterated the point: "It is great to give a talk but who was with you in crunch time?"

Edwards clearly believes that all of the spade work he has done in public and private over the last few years will pay dividends for him when it comes to unions choosing a candidate.

That is true for some unions, but given the labor records of all the candidates in the field, it seems unlikely that any one candidate will enjoy unified labor support.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  August 7, 2007; 8:09 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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