John and Elizabeth Edwards
(CNN) – Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards made clear Saturday what he thinks the eventual Democratic nominee for president will need in order to win the nomination.
"I know there are people in this room who are for me and there are people who are shopping," the Democratic presidential hopeful said to an audience in Grinnell, Iowa. "This is democracy. This is the way it is supposed to work."
First, he advised looking for a candidate whom the voter feels has the personal qualities to lead the country at this moment in time. Second, he said a candidate should go beyond simple rhetoric, and have specific ideas to address large issues such as the war in Iraq, and health care. Finally, he said "we need a candidate who can win" the general election, in addition to increasing a democratic majority in Congress.
He added he hoped the crowd would find him to be the strongest candidate in those categories.
Edwards appeared with his wife, Elizabeth, for a community gathering at the Grinnell College student union. They are spending the weekend campaigning all over Iowa.
- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford