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Two years after his loss, Edwards shoots for White House again

Two years after his loss, Edwards shoots for White House again

Two years after his hopes for a Democratic takeover of the White House were narrowly dashed, former vice presidential nominee John Edwards is making another run at the presidency with a call to cut poverty, global warming and troops in Iraq.
Edwards scheduled his kickoff in New Orleans, still devastated from last year's Hurricane Katrina. He chose the site to highlight his signature concern of the economic disparity that divides America.
"I'm announcing here because no place better demonstrates the two Americas I've talked about for a long time," Edwards said in an e-mail to supporters Wednesday night. "But even more important, no place better demonstrates the power people have when they _ not Washington _ take responsibility and take action to build the America we believe in."
Edwards' campaign got a little ahead of itself Wednesday and announced his intentions online a day early. His Web site briefly featured the logo "John Edwards '08" and its slogan, "Tomorrow begins today" _ literally, in this case _ before aides quickly removed them.
In his message to supporters, Edwards listed five priorities to change America. Among them: "Guaranteeing health care for every single American," "Strengthening our middle class and ending the shame of poverty," "Leading the fight against global warming," and "Getting America and the world to break our addiction to oil."
He also listed "Providing moral leadership in the world _ starting with Iraq, where we should begin drawing down troops, not escalating the war."
Edwards has been working to build his campaign ever since he and Senator John Kerry lost a close race to the Bush-Cheney ticket in 2004.
The campaign could pit Edwards against his former partner on the Democratic ticket. Kerry has not said yet whether he will run, nor have other big names like Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, but Edwards did not wait to find out who will be his competition.
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Updated : 2021-05-09 18:18 GMT+08:00