It’s all part of a pattern in which Edwards does one thing, and then says another. In September, Edwards said Congress needed to send to the troops in Iraq “what they need” because “they’re in a shooting gallery, a very dangerous situation.” A month later, he voted against $87 billion in funding for those same troops, parts of which would have paid for body armor, increased imminent danger pay for soldiers and family separation allowances, things that would help that struggling military wife he now claims he’s looking out for.
Despite that vote, Edwards once again promised last week to “invest in the new equipment and technologies so that our military remains the best equipped and best trained in the world. This will make our military stronger so we're able to defeat every enemy in this new world.” Of course, it remains unclear how Edwards’ vote in 1999 to reduce defense spending by $3.1 billion furthered his goal of “defeating every enemy.”
The real story of Edwards’ short political career is one of hypocrisy, cheap rip-offs, flip-flops and boneheaded moves. But in the media’s version of the story, Edwards is the political prodigy who is going get John Kerry elected president, forgetting that had Kerry not picked him as his running mate last month, the tattered thread by which Edwards’ political career had long been hanging would have snapped.
Given the media coverage surrounding Edwards, it’s easy to forget that the man has been elected to something exactly once in his life, barely sliding past incumbent Republican Senator Lauch Faircloth with just 51 percent of the vote in 1998 after Faircloth ran one of the lousiest campaigns in North Carolina electoral history. Of the18 candidates to run statewide in North Carolina in a general election in the last decade, Faircloth got the fewest votes. Edwards didn’t do much better. He was third from the bottom of the heap.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Vice presidential candidate John Edwards promised a West Virginia mother on Wednesday that if the Democratic ticket is elected in November the military draft would not be revived.
John Edwards statements on the Iraq war. Before and after Presidential dreams:
"I think Iraq is the most serious and imminent threat to our country," John Edwards said on February 24, 2002 Later in the year, when appearing on "The Big Story with John Gibson," Edwards had this to say after being asked if he thought "the president should act, even if the United Nations does not grant him permission?"
Edwards: "Oh, I don't think we should be bound by what the United Nations does. I mean, we should do everything in our power to try to get the United Nations resolution. We should do everything in our power to try to build an ally - a group of allies and a coalition to support what it is we're doing. But, at the end of the day, this is something that we have to show leadership on."
In fact, John Edwards, "cosponsored a resolution authorizing the president to use military force to defend the United States against Iraq and enforce relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq."
"This resolution will show that America is united in its determination to eliminate forever the threat of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction," Senator Edwards said.
On the eve of the war, Edwards continued his praise for George W. Bush stating that:
"It is also a test of Presidential leadership to have the backbone to say to those who strongly disagree with you — including your friends — what you believe. I believe that Saddam Hussein is a serious threat and that he must be disarmed, including with military force if necessary."
Just a few short days after the war began, Edwards had this to say:
"Saddam Hussein alone has chosen war over peace. He has defied international law rather than disarm his weapons of mass destruction. Our world will be safer when he is gone."
But after falling behind to Dean's "Anti-War," rhetoric, Edwards flipped his mind and began singing another tune. And now --- now that John Edwards is running along his counter part, Flipper Kerry, Flopin' Edwards has this to say about the war:
"With John Kerry as president no young American will ever go to war needlessly because America has decided to go it alone."
don't forget the 40 or so odd million he made by suing those poor doctors for malpractice thereby making your health insurance bill go up 100%...LOl
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Who would you both have preferred running for Pres. on both sides. I like McCain...maybe because he's a bit of a maverick, but I think it's because he calls it as he sees it.
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quote:Originally posted by Wallace#1: Who would you both have preferred running for Pres. on both sides. I like McCain...maybe because he's a bit of a maverick, but I think it's because he calls it as he sees it.
I like the ones i see as straight forward, mccain works for me, but i dont think he has appeal. i like mitt romney also for repubs.
dems, i didn't like their pool this year maybe Zell....JK. I some what like gephardt but he's also kind of lame...
during trial he would speak for babies with cerebal palsy etc.....
saying what they told him....
Edwards' trial summaries "routinely went beyond a recitation of his case to a heart-wrenching plea to jurors to listen to the unspoken voices of injured children," according to a comprehensive analysis of Edwards' legal career by The Boston Globe in 2003.
The Globe cited an example of Edwards' oratorical skills from a medical malpractice trial in 1985. Edwards had alleged that a doctor and a hospital had been responsible for the cerebral palsy afflicting then-five-year-old Jennifer Campbell.
'I have to tell you right now -- I didn't plan to talk about this -- right now I feel her (Jennifer), I feel her presence,' Edwards told the jury according to court records. "[Jennifer's] inside me and she's talking to you ... And this is what she says to you. She says, 'I don't ask for your pity. What I ask for is your strength. And I don't ask for your sympathy, but I do ask for your courage.'"
Edwards' emotional plea worked. Jennifer Campbell's family won a record jury verdict of $6.5 million against the hospital where the girl was born -- a judgment reduced later to $2.75 million on appeal. Edwards also settled with Jennifer's obstetrician for $1.5 million.
I have never been ashamed or embarrassed to say I am from North Carolina until tonight. edwards is a true disgrace to North Carolina. Thankfully he was born in South Carolina, sorry to any South Carolinians for pointing that out, but it was my fellow North Carolinians that voted him into senate, sorry to all of you for that one, but i didnt vote for him. hope you all enjoyed the VP debate. Frank
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