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Is the second time around the charm for U.S. presidential aspirant John Edwards?

Is the second time around the charm for U.S. presidential aspirant John Edwards?

Two years older and he says wiser, too, John Edwards announced a repeat presidential campaign with new ideas that make him a very different candidate the second time around.
In 2004, Edwards was the moderate Southern senator who promoted middle class tax cuts and tried to position himself as the best general election alternative to President George W. Bush.
This time the 53-year-old faces a tougher fight for the Democratic nomination and has a more progressive campaign of eliminating poverty, reducing global warming and providing universal health care for all Americans.
He is apologizing for his vote to send troops to Iraq _ which he stood by steadfastly in the 2004 campaign _ and is calling for 40,000-50,000 troops to come home immediately.
And those middle-class tax cuts he campaigned on in 2004? "At this point, it's hard to see how to do that," Edwards said in an interview after his campaign kickoff in New Orleans on Thursday.
The unorthodox campaign launch site _ the middle of a neighborhood still devastated more than a year after Hurricane Katrina _ demonstrated how Edwards campaign has changed. In 2004, he had an official kickoff in his hometown of Robbins, North Carolina, for a campaign that stressed his up-from-the-bootstraps biography that turned the son of a mill worker into a successful trial attorney and then senator.
Edwards' advisers scheduled a six-state announcement tour between Christmas and New Year's Day with the hopes that news would be slow and he could dominate media coverage. Over three days, Edwards also planned to travel to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and his home state of North Carolina.
In an interview in Des Moines, Edwards said he decided to plunge into the race before many of his rivals to give himself time to campaign in key early states like Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.
Edwards was trying to make a unique entrance into what is bound to be a competitive race for president.
Only two others have officially announced their candidacies _ Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and Rep. Dennis Kucinich _ but several others are expected to join the race in the new year. The most dominant figures are Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. The race also might include Edwards' former partner on the Democratic ticket _ 2004 presidential nominee John Kerry.
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Associated Press writer Mike Glover in Des Moines, Iowa, contributed to this report.
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Updated : 2021-08-05 22:26 GMT+08:00