Congressman Bruce Braley Endorses John Edwards

Today in Waterloo, Congressman Bruce Braley is to endorse John Edwards for President.

“Today, I’m proud to endorse John Edwards for president,” said Braley.

“Throughout this campaign, on issue after issue, John has proposed bold ideas to end the power of special interests in Washington and restore our government to the American people.  John is the only Democratic candidate who grew up in rural America, and he has most specific, most progressive and most far-reaching ideas.  I truly believe he is the best Democratic candidate to lead us to victory in 2008. With his leadership, I believe we can make his vision of One America a reality.”

Congressman Braley is the first of three Democratic Iowa Congressman to announce an endorsement for President. This key endorsement builds on the support Edwards continues to gain in the state. As href=”″>Jonathan Singer suggests:

First off, this could be the big piece of news in the statewide media Tuesday, and perhaps more importantly it could prompt the national media to remember Edwards, who they have been perhaps too quick to forget given their focus on the scuffles between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. What’s more, a Braley endorsement could bring some of the organizational support and expertise that helped put Braley in Congress last fall. All in all, tomorrow should be a good day for the Edwards campaign.

Congressman Braley worked his way through school, as John Edwards did and has a history of fighting for workers’ rights.

Braley was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006 and represents Iowa’s first congressional district. He serves on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure where he is Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. He also serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Small Business, and is the chairman of the Subcommittee

on Contracting and Technology.

  • this is good for the media narrative

    I don’t think undecided voters are much influenced by endorsements, but I noticed that Time’s Mark Halperin cited Braley’s endorsement when he observed that only a fool would count Edwards out.

    • I think you're right.

      I don’t usually pay much attention to endorsements as a voter myself, but I guess if I were truly undecided the endorsement of someone I respected might help me make up my mind. But yes, it helps for the media narrative for sure.

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