Edwards Evening News Roundup: It really isn't a Laughing Matter


Campaigns are supposed to be fun. Debates are supposed to be informative. Life is suppose to be fair. Our kids are suppose to have a better life than we have.

Wouldn't be great if Life were true to the script? Wouldn't it be great if people could pull together to solve complex problems? Wouldn't it be great if our Leaders actually had the Courage of their Convictions — and actually tried to Lead?

At least one candidate is trying to do just that, Lead America to its full Potential. But it's truly something that he can't do alone. The goal of a Better Life for All Americans, really takes “All Americans” to get involved and and stand up for what's right.

John Edwards wants to “shake up Washington”, so that it actually works for the People again, because it's the right thing to do. The Issues ahead are serious. They will take serious leadership, and teamwork to ultimately solve.

Please take a few minutes, to catch up with John Edwards News round up, covering the man trying to make that real difference, for real people:

Edwards Evening News Roundup – November 18, 2007 Edition – Topics:

1) John Edwards wants universal coverage from birth to death

2) Elizabeth Edwards asks voters to look past 'glass ceiling' (CNN)

3) Singers Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt backing Edwards

4) Edwards Statement On Senator Clinton Dismissively Laughing Off Questions On NAFTA

5) John Edwards was on CNN Today, being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer.

6) John Edwards was on Face the Nation Today, being interviewed by Bob Schieffer.

7) Candidates Talk Climate Change (ABC News)

8) Edwards Derides Lobbyists In Blocking Action On Climate Change (CBS News)

9) Bonior email highlights the urgency of the Climate Change problem

1) John Edwards wants universal coverage from birth to death:

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Edwards said if he’s elected, he will demand Congress pass legislation to provide benefits for Americans or he’ll take away lawmakers’ health care benefits.

“There is no excuse for politicians to have health care if you don’t have health care. We need to shake that place up and make it work for you,” he said.

During an interview after the hourlong session, Edwards said he will use “the bully pulpit” to get what he wants done.

“I will galvanize them. I will submit legislation and then say I will go to your state and campaign against you and make you defend your health care at the same time that you’re not willing to give health care to Americans. …

“We have to rise up and make certain democracy is in the hands of the people. We have to take on the insiders,” he said.

“I was impressed. I like that he talks about being the middle class like the rest of us,” Barten said.

http://qctimes.com/a…

Great Idea, Hey Congress: No Health Care for us, then No Health Care for you! Try and sell that back home at re-election time!

2) Elizabeth Edwards asks voters to look past 'glass ceiling' (CNN)

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN)– ­ Just two days after the CNN debates in Las Vegas, Elizabeth Edwards encouraged voters to examine their choices in the presidential field and pick a candidate for reasons other than breaking the proverbial “glass ceiling.”

“There are a lot of reasons, I think, to support a number of candidates in this race,” Elizabeth told the crowd of New Hampshire democrats. “I think we have a lot of ceilings, glass ceilings, to break and I'm confidant that we will in the years to come.”

Said Elizabeth, “Right now we also have a really important ceiling to break and that is the influence in our lives of money,” in regards to the influence of lobbyist money in politics. “Right now the ceiling on top of us is not glass, it's made of money. And we need to break it.”

http://politicaltick…

Perhaps doing the Right thing is not a Gender issue? But a Human Issue?

3) Singers Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt backing Edwards

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Singer and songwriter Jackson Browne says Democrat John Edwards is the most progressive candidate with a chance at winning the White House, and that he would do the most for working-class Americans.

Famous for hits including “Running on Empty,” “Doctor My Eyes,” “Somebody's Baby” and “The Pretender,” Browne will be joined by Grammy award winning singer and songwriter Bonnie Raitt early next week at 5 of Edwards' campaign stops in Iowa.

The two musicians are co-founders of Musicians United For Safe Energy, along with Graham Nash and John Hall.

http://www.woi-tv.co…
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Edwards frequently says he wants to expand safe, renewable fuels opportunities and would oppose the construction of more nuclear power plants.

He said Edwards is “certainly the most progressive of the candidates that have a chance” at winning the presidency. He said that Edwards had the best solutions for the war Iraq, health care and nuclear power, and that he would faithfully represent working Americans.

“He comes from working-class origins; he's a person who is a self-made man and worked hard to get where he is,” Browne said.

http://www.usatoday….
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4) Edwards Statement On Senator Clinton Dismissively Laughing Off Questions On NAFTA

Edwards Statement On Senator Clinton Dismissively Laughing Off Questions On NAFTA In Last Night's CNN Debate
Nov 16, 2007

“Last night's debate was important because it showed distinctions between the candidates on issues that really matter to Americans. One moment from the debate stuck with me – when Senator Clinton was asked about NAFTA and she tried to joke about charts and laugh about it.

“For the one million Americans who lost their jobs because of NAFTA, this isn't a laughing matter. And for me, this isn't about charts – it's very personal. I grew up in a mill town, and today in hundreds of towns just like Robbins, people's lives hang in the balance because of bad trade agreements. When that mill closed down, it meant less food on the table, not being able to pay for your home or your health care, and financial hardships that were devastating for families.

“One of the most important choices for Democrats in this election is whether we're going to continue to pay lip service to workers while we put the profits of big multinational corporations first,  or if we're finally going to show some backbone and strength and stand up for American workers.”

http://johnedwards.c…
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NAFTA was NOT Funny at all — especially as it continues to devastate the millions of American Families it has left in its wake.

5) John Edwards was on CNN Today, being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer.

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Once again Edwards explained that he plans to “shake up Washington” to finally start to get something done for the American People.

6) John Edwards was on Face the Nation Today, being interviewed by Bob Schieffer.

[Link to CBS Clip of the interview:]

http://www.cbsnews.c…
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Another fine interview by the man who would Lead this Country (and the World) to Better Days. With homage paid to the inspirational leadership of JFK.

7) Candidates Talk Climate Change (ABC News)

ABC News

Candidates Talk Climate Change
West Coast Energy Forum Attracts Dem '08ers

By RAELYN JOHNSON – Nov. 18, 2007

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One candidate who hasn't been shy about his proposals for combating global warming or combating with Sen. Clinton is former Senator John Edwards D-N.C., who tailored his message of fighting entrenched interests around the forum. “One of those truths is that the system in Washington is broken – and there is no better example of that than global warming,” said Edwards.

“I see the oil and gas companies blocking progress by spending millions of dollars and deploying hundreds of lobbyists to Washington to make sure that America stays addicted to foreign oil and fossil fuels.”

Edwards, who laid out his energy plan last March, reiterated his proposals, calling for a cap on greenhouse gas pollution starting in 2010, reducing greenhouse emissions by 20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.

“We need to lead the world to a new global climate treaty,” said Edwards. “We need to meet the demand for more electricity through efficiency for the next decade, instead of producing more electricity. And that we need to create a “New Energy Economy Fund” to support U.S. research and development in energy technology and other advances by auctioning off $10 billion in greenhouse pollution permits, and repealing $3 billion in subsidies for big oil companies.”

http://www.abcnews.g…
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Wow, how DID ABC find the budget to spare one writer to cover this Event?

8) Edwards Derides Lobbyists In Blocking Action On Climate Change (CBS News)

CBS News

Nov 18, 2007

Edwards, Clinton Aim At Climate Change
Edwards Derides Lobbyists In Blocking Action On Climate Change

(AP) On a day when a U.N. panel warned of growing peril from climate change, John Edwards accused the oil and gas industry Saturday of deploying hundreds of lobbyists to Washington to resist efforts to free the nation from its dependence on fossil fuels.

Like his rivals, Edwards said climate change requires urgent action. But he argued repeatedly that measures to slow global warming are being hindered by a broken political system in Washington that bends to corporate power and feeds off its money.

“I see the oil and gas companies blocking progress by spending millions of dollars and deploying hundreds of lobbyists in Washington to make sure that America stays addicted to foreign oil and fossil fuels,” Edwards said.

Edwards was endorsed last month by Friends of the Earth Action, the San Francisco-based political arm of Friends of the Earth. The group credited him with acting early to outline proposals to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, push for a global climate change treaty and create 1 million new jobs by investing in clean, renewable energy.

http://www.cbsnews.c…
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Wow, how DID CBS find the budget to spare one writer to cover this Event?

9) Bonior email highlights the Urgency of the Climate Change problem

Yesterday, in Spain, the world's leading climate scientists warned that our planet will suffer “abrupt and irreversible” damage from climate change if we do not take action immediately.

Yesterday, in Los Angeles, a coalition of environmental and progressive organizations held a presidential campaign forum on global warming.

All of the Democratic and Republican candidates were invited to attend. Only three cared enough to show up: John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich and Hillary Clinton. It was John who dominated the forum with his bold ideas for dealing with climate change.

Take a few moments to watch the video and listen to what he had to say:

http://www.johnedwar…
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John Edwards believes that the threat from global warming demands urgent action. That's why he's led the debate by being the first Democratic candidate to call for an 80% reduction in carbon emissions and why he has made stopping global warming a centerpiece of his campaign.

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Jackson Browne – These Days & Running On Empty


http://www.youtube.c…
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Well I've been out walking.

I don't do that much talking, These Days.

These Days, I seem to think a lot about all the things I forgot to do

… and all the times … that, I had a chance to …

Please, don't confront me with my failures,
I've Not forgotten them.

Jackson Browne, singing

Life should be fun.

All too often it isn't — it's a struggle just to get by.

Enough of the “Fear and Dread” from our “Status Quo” leaders,
who constantly tell us what we can't do
let People of good will get started on fixing this planet already!

Humanity is waiting for America to Lead.

And John Edwards is willing to lead that charge.

(but he really does needs our help,
will you stand up with him?)

Thanks.

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