Re: John Edwards to quit presidential race
- Prior to the start of the Iraq War many who were opposed to the
invasion worried about the long-term effects on American foreign
policy. Given that there was international outrage over the way the
war was being sold to buttress the rationale for the preemptive
strike, and given the complexities of the Middle East on a good day,
many of us had legitimate concerns about the lasting impact of this
This theme has been a constant one on this blog, and must be
addressed honestly by any true contender for the Presidency in 2008.
So I was pleased this past year to hear former Senator John Edwards
make it clear that our moral leadership is a necessity if
civilization itself is not to unravel. Without hesitation, he stated
that though there are many domestic issues that need the attention of
the next President, the overriding responsibility would be to
restore our leadership to the world. He is correct with this view.
Edwards understands in the way that John Kerry never could that world
events like the horror in Darfur demands the leadership of America.
Kerry failed to challenge President Bush in 2004 over a more pro-
active stance in Darfur to counter balance in the eyes of the world
with what we were doing in Iraq. When Kerry failed to even campaign
on the idea of moral leadership around the globe, I lost the last
shreds of hope for his campaign.
In contrast, Edwards knew that we can't stand in the eyes of the
world seeking a leadership role if we allow genocide to take place in
Darfur. We can't expect to be seen as credible when we speak to
other nations seeking their involvement on various trouble spots, if
we do not lead and act on the major issues confronting the world.
While there are many domestic needs in America for the next President
to deal with, we must not nominate a candidate who says it is time to
shy away from our role in international affairs. Instead we must
have a new President that is as determined to lead with moral
leadership around the globe, as Bush was determined to lead with
I am very sorry that John Edwards will no longer be a part of the
race for the White House. He had a real moral center to his campaign
that was refreshing and sincere. His willingness to confront the
issues with honesty and punch made him more than a footnote in this
Thanks John for a well fought race on the issues that matter to
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...>
> John Edwards to quit presidential race
> By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer 12 minutes
> DENVER - Democrat John Edwards is exiting the
> presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog
> bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive
> ideals while grappling with family hardship that
> roused voters' sympathies but never diverted his
> campaign, The Associated Press has learned.
> The two-time White House candidate notified a close
> circle of senior advisers that he planned to make the
> announcement at a 1 p.m. EST event in New Orleans that
> had been billed as a speech on poverty, according to
> two of his advisers. The decision came after Edwards
> lost the four states to hold nominating contests so
> far to rivals who stole the spotlight from the
> beginning Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.
> The former North Carolina senator will not immediately
> endorse either candidate in what is now a two-person
> race for the Democratic nomination, said one adviser,
> who spoke on a condition of anonymity in advance of
> the announcement.
> Edwards waged a spirited top-tier campaign against the
> two better-funded rivals, even as he dealt with the
> stunning blow of his wife's recurring cancer
> diagnosis. In a dramatic news conference last March,
> the couple announced that the breast cancer that she
> thought she had beaten had returned, but they would
> continue the campaign.
> Their decision sparked a debate about family duty and
> public service. But Elizabeth Edwards remained a
> forceful advocate for her husband, and she was often
> surrounded at campaign events by well-wishers and
> emotional survivors cheering her on.
> Edwards planned to announce his campaign was ending
> with his wife and three children at his side. Then he
> planned to work with Habitat for Humanity at the
> volunteer-fueled rebuilding project Musicians'
> Village, the adviser said.
> With that, Edwards' campaign will end the way it began
> 13 months ago with the candidate pitching in to
> rebuild lives in a city still ravaged by Hurricane
> Katrina. Edwards embraced New Orleans as a glaring
> symbol of what he described as a Washington that
> didn't hear the cries of the downtrodden.
> Edwards burst out of the starting gate with a flurry
> of progressive policy ideas he was the first to
> offer a plan for universal health care, the first to
> call on Congress to pull funding for the war, and he
> led the charge that lobbyists have too much power in
> Washington and need to be reigned in.
> The ideas were all bold and new for Edwards personally
> as well, making him a different candidate than the
> moderate Southerner who ran in 2004 while still in his
> first Senate term. But the themes were eventually
> adopted by other Democratic presidential candidates
> and even a Republican, Mitt Romney, echoed the call
> for an end to special interest politics in Washington.
> Edwards' rise to prominence in politics came amid just
> one term representing North Carolina in the Senate
> after a career as a trial attorney that made him
> millions. He was on Al Gore's short list for vice
> president in 2000 after serving just two years in
> office. He ran for president in 2004, and after he
> lost to John Kerry, the nominee picked him as a
> running mate.
> Elizabeth Edwards first discovered a lump in her
> breast in the final days of that losing campaign. Her
> battle against the disease caused her husband to open
> up about another tragedy in their lives the death of
> their teenage son Wade in a 1996 car accident. The
> candidate barely spoke of Wade during his 2004
> campaign, but he offered his son's death to answer
> questions about how he could persevere when his wife
> could die.
> Edwards made poverty the signature issue of both his
> presidential campaigns, and he led a four-day tour to
> highlight the issue in July. The tour, the first to
> focus on the plight of the poor since Robert F.
> Kennedy's trip 40 years earlier, also was an effort to
> remind voters that a rich man can care about the less
> fortunate. It came as Edwards was dogged by negative
> coverage of his personal wealth, including his
> construction of a 28,000-square foot house, his work
> for a hedge fund that advised the superrich and $400
> But even through the dark days of summer and as Obama
> and Clinton collected astonishing amounts of money
> that dwarfed his fundraising effort, Edwards
> maintained a loyal following in the first voting state
> of Iowa that made him a serious contender. He came in
> second to Obama in Iowa, an impressive feat of
> relegating Clinton to third place, before coming in
> third in the following three contests.
> The loss in South Carolina was especially hard because
> it was where he was born and he had won the state in
> 2004. But Edwards performed well enough to pick up 58 delegates.