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Edwards joins Democratic race for U.S. presidential nomination

Edwards joins Democratic race for U.S. presidential nomination

Former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards is running for U.S. president for a second time, his campaign said Wednesday.
Edwards plans to formally announce his candidacy Thursday from an area of New Orleans hard hit by Hurricane Katrina. But his campaign got a little ahead of itself Wednesday and announced his intentions online.
"Better a day earlier than a day late," said Jennifer Palmieri, Edwards' adviser.
On the eve of his announcement, Edwards, 53, visited the site of his announcement Wednesday for a photo opportunity. He did yard work for Orelia Tyler, 54, whose home was completely gutted by Katrina and is close to being rebuilt.
Edwards' announcement in the wake of President Gerald Ford's death and was prompted when his campaign accidentally launched his campaign Web site a day early, then shut it back down.
The campaign Web site's logo is "John Edward '08" and its slogan is "Tomorrow begins today."
"This campaign is about changing America," the Web site read, listing five priorities that fit neatly with Edwards' message of economic equality, including "Providing universal health care for all Americans," "Rebuilding America's middle class and eliminating poverty," and "Creating tax fairness by rewarding work, not just wealth."
Edwards did not cancel his plans for a formal announcement because of President Ford's death late Tuesday. He issued a statement saying he was deeply saddened by the news and calling Ford a "true leader."
"He called on us to never lose faith that we can change America," Edwards said.
The son of a textile mill worker, Edwards vaulted from being a stunningly successful trial lawyer into the U.S. Senate and then onto the 2004 Democratic presidential ticket _ all in less than six years.
Edwards launched a bid for the Democratic nomination in 2003 and quickly caught the eye of Democratic strategists. Although he won only the South Carolina primary, his skills on the trail, his cheerful demeanor, and his message of "two Americas" _ one composed of the wealthy and privileged, and the other of the hardworking common man _ excited voters, especially independents and moderate-leaning Democrats.
Those were among the qualities that led Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, the Democrats' 2004 standard bearer, to select Edwards as his running mate.
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Associated Press Writers David Scott in Raleigh, N.C., and Becky Bohrer in New Orleans contributed to this story.


Updated : 2021-05-11 23:01 GMT+08:00