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Edwards: "I intend to run in '08"

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NY Times story

I'm currently in New Orleans. Arrived too late to be part of Edwards motorcade to the lower ninth ward. I'm hoping to catch a ride with the press shuttle, if they let me.

I've never been to NOLA before. Flying in and driving by the Superdome brought a strange nostalgic weightiness to my transit - from my TV memory. Graffiti spotted on a building downtown: "Katrina was here."

December 26, 2006 at 09:23 PM in Road to Democracy | Permalink

Comments

"katrina was here"

that's actually pretty funny.

Posted by: hedy de vine at Dec 27, 2006 1:46:37 PM

Good luck down there Chuck, and have a great time! Give Edwards a high-five for me, if his bodyguards don't tackle you first.

Posted by: taulpaul at Dec 28, 2006 10:39:29 AM

Are you just covering Edwards, or are you supporting him? Are you paid by Edwards' campaign?

Posted by: ImpeccableLiberalCredentials at Dec 28, 2006 4:14:34 PM

The footage I'm shooting is for both Rocketboom and the Edwards site. Edwards campaign is paying me, and Rocketboom has also helped out with some travel expenses.

I'm also supporting him, but have yet to high-five him.

I did see him making a funky face listening to his ipod on the jet.

Posted by: chuck at Dec 29, 2006 12:22:11 AM

I am sorry to say this, but I have to drop your link from my blog, because Edwards voted for the war. Its kind of cool that he later apologized for that vote, but we need people with more integrity to be in the race...

Good Luck!

-Soren

Posted by: ImpeccableLiberalCredentials at Dec 29, 2006 2:04:27 AM

I find it hilarious that you have soft porn on your blog but are trying to take some sort of moral high ground with your blogroll. Even more hilarious, that you said elsewhere "if you are going to do Hillary or a John Edwards on me, give me a heads up before hand, please... I'll drop your link and stop reading you before you officially make your error." I don't know where to start with that one, other than you're taking yourself and your blog links awfully seriously.

FYI: I was a Dean supporter who ended up a Kucinich delegate last time around. I'm capable of supporting more than one person. Kucinich is perhaps closer to my progressive moral center, maybe that's why I have his photo in my car window. But Edwards is the guy who can actually win. I don't think I need to argue for John Edwards integrity.

Here's a little anecdote I like. After an incredible town hall meeting in Des Moines, the whole crew was giddy on the plane to New Hampshire. An old timer I won't name, who's done 8 presidentials and worked for Clinton, Gore, etc. said this: If it was Kerry, he'd be on back of the plane with 1 or 2 inside advisors and the staff wouldn't know whether he was happy with things or not. Clinton would come out and let everyone know they did a good job and he was happy, then retreat to the back of the plane. But Edwards was just sitting with the rest of us, celebrating and asking questions and not setting himself apart. It reminds me of the old retired Iowan fella I interviewed, who said Edwards is the only guy he'll support because he understands the common working man more than anybody.

One more thing: He's been in New Orleans, working food shelves and working on houses. Press op? Yesterday it was. But he's been doing it before there were any press around. He's the real deal. He's dead serious about fighting poverty and doing good in the world.

Those are easily dismissable anecdotes, of course, and you're more than entitled to your opinion considering you could end up in that "troop surge." But Edwards is against that troop surge. He's explained why he voted the way he did at the time, and why it was a mistake. Let's not forget his vote, but let's also not forget that Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld are the ones to blame, who lied to congress and abused the authority granted by congress.

Of the frontrunners, Edwards has the most "liberal credentials" and I'm proud to support him.

Posted by: chuck at Dec 29, 2006 6:26:02 AM

Ok...even Bill Maher originally voted for sending troops into Iraq. I wouldnt give Edwards a hard time for that.

Edwards is the only candidate that I have ever met, and I've met a number of them, that I feel like he would be happy and willing to sit down and have a conversation with. He appears genuinely approachable.

If I was allowed to vote, I'd certainly be voting for him. My wife will be voting for Edwards and we both will be doing whatever we can to support him in any way we can.

Posted by: David Howell at Dec 29, 2006 8:18:53 AM