November 20th, 2007
02:20 PM ET
7 years ago

Edwards attacks debate commission for snubbing New Orleans

Edwards announced his 2008 presidential bid from the 9th Ward of New Orleans in late 2006.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards strongly criticized the Commission on Presidential Debates Tuesday for deciding not to hold one of the four sanctioned contests between the presidential and vice presidential nominees in New Orleans.

“As a nation, all of us have a responsibility to do everything we can to help rebuild this great city, and holding national events in this city, like a presidential debate, will help New Orleans move forward,” Edwards said in a statement. “I have made rebuilding this city a central part of my presidential campaign because I believe we cannot stand on the sidelines as President Bush continues to fail the people of New Orleans.”

Four universities in New Orleans applied to hold a joint debate, but they were not picked by the CDP. Four universities were chosen from16 applicants to host the contests. The CDP could not be reached for comment on why it didn’t choose New Orleans, but the committee announced its selections on Monday.

The presidential debates will take place next September and October at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The vice presidential nominees will face off at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: John Edwards • Presidential Debates
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. laurinda ny

    A debate in New Orleans is a great idea, But what is with John Edw. campaigning on this? doesn't he have credentials to run on? Nobody cares, john

    November 20, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. J Houston, TX

    Oh John Edwards, always so concerned for giving to the poor. Can't you just use your wealth to create jobs for them? That would be much more effective than your speeches.

    Remember kids: Build a man a fire, and keep him warm for awhile. But set a man on fire, and keep him warm for the rest of his life.

    November 20, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    Earth to Edwards, you are not running against Bush.
    While you are at it pass that to Hillary please.

    November 20, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Jack, Fort Myers, FL

    I suppose all the other "stuff" he had to say in New Orleans wasn't important.

    November 20, 2007 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Jon G. Paris, TX

    Rudy has 9/11 and Edwards has Katrina....give it a rest guys. There's a good debate: Edwards vs. Rudy, whoever you feel the most sorry for, wins!

    November 20, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. jimmy,buda,tx

    “I have made rebuilding this city a central part of my presidential campaign because I believe we cannot stand on the sidelines as President Bush continues to fail the people of New Orleans.”

    Instead of campaining on this why dont you DO something to help the people there, give 80% of your paycheck to the disinfrachised of New Orleans, like you would like to due to my paycheck.

    November 20, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Greg , ashburn VA

    the best chance right for edwards is getting picked for vp.

    November 20, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. kymberly w., little rock, ar.

    As a presidential candidate, John Edwards has regularly attacked subprime lenders, particularly those that have filed suit against victims of Hurricane Katrina. But as an investor, Mr. Edwards has ties to lenders foreclosing on Katrina victims.

    The Wall Street Journal has identified 34 New Orleans homes whose owners have faced foreclosure from subprime-lending units of Fortress Investment Grp. Surprise ! Mr Edwards has about $16 million invested in Fortress Funds. Mr. Edwards worked for Fortress 2005 – 2006.

    Is this hypocritical?

    November 20, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Steve in SC

    Wasn't really the dems (Nagin and Blanco) who failed New Orleans? In addition, if I am correct, didn't Edwards (a Dem) profit off of the foreclosures in New Orleans as well? I don't mind you all fussing at the republicans for failures but when you just happen to overlook failures of the dems to do so you prove how laughable you are!

    November 20, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. john williams san diego, ca.

    the universities were informed Dean thought he still had a shot at the nomination and they bowed out because he might show up in New Orleans again

    November 20, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. AHill Indianapolis, IN

    I'm glad someone cares about the future of a major city devastated by a natural disaster. Would any of you like to have your home town tossed aside and forgotten after a disaster.

    November 20, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. Independent Voter, TN

    He should stay in his comfort zone and do what he does best...sue the pants off of them!

    November 20, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    John Edwards will represent those without representation.

    He has vision and a plan, and is electable!

    Edwards in 2008.

    November 20, 2007 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |


    November 20, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  15. Jon, Sacramento Ca

    Edwards makes me proud to be an American. Thank you John.

    November 21, 2007 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  16. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Why aren't people suggesting that Mitt give his fortune to poor people rather than 10% to the church ... that's right – Mitt's a Republican – they don't care about the poor ... even work hard to make sure the poor don't get to vote if they can't buy the required, expensive voter ID.

    Typical hypocrites ... pick on one of the candidates who went to school and worked for his success. One of his cases? Young girl was scalped by the hot tub pump – for the lack of $1.29 part the company couldn't be bothered to put in for safety ... but gee whiz – what's one child's life or the safety of other people against the bottom line profit ... that's the GOP way!

    November 21, 2007 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  17. Independent in IA

    So, John-Boy, why don't you organize one...surely your rivals would just JUMP at the chance to whup your butt in Cajun-land...

    November 21, 2007 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  18. Anonymous, Hickory, NC

    All talk...what have you done John about the poor neighboring your 26000 sqft mansion.....NOTHING!

    November 21, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  19. Tom Dedham, Mass

    Not trying to make a blanket statement as there are many good hard working people in NOLA and I saw that first hand the many times I have been there, but at what point do some of the people start helping themselves?

    The money and resources are there.

    Many that live there did NOTHING to BETTER themselves BEFORE and are continuing the trend now and blaming others. NOT ALL, but MANY.

    Do some research on places like Kansas and others that LOSE complete towns and in the aftermath STATE and LOCAL Government and ALL the people of ALL colors get off their rear-ends and rebuild together.

    These places do it all the time maybe not the extent of NOLA, but there are places in NOLA that nothing has been touched.

    Mayor Nagin should request help from the government if they need it or enlist the citizens of his "beloved chocolate city".

    Do you think his stupid remarks before, during and after helped or hurt the cause?

    November 21, 2007 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. J. Harris

    Mr. Edwards won my vote today. I am finally convinced he is dedicated to righting the wrong this country has done to my hometown of New Orleans. Many poiticians have come and told us all the pretty words, only to forget us as soon as the cameras disappeared. Mr. Edwards standing up to his own political fellows in defense of New Orleans has finally convinced me how sincerely dedicated he is to New Orleans. Driving through the devastated neighborhoods, I am ashamed of this country. I think Mr. Edwards feels that same shame.

    November 21, 2007 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Why aren't people suggesting that Mitt give his fortune to poor people rather than 10% to the church … that's right – Mitt's a Republican – they don't care about the poor … even work hard to make sure the poor don't get to vote if they can't buy the required, expensive voter ID.

    I'll write this real slow Alice so you can comprehend, STUDY after STUDY has proven that people who consider themselves conservative give FAR MORE TO CHARITIES than LIBERALS and it is not even close. So your tired idea that we have ours , so bleep everyone else is a lie.

    Liberals are good at giving away other peoples money however.

    As for your expensive voter ID's, true the Republicans have tried to pass legislation on this but have been stonewalled all the way, even though they have offered to make them FREE, they will also go to your HOME to do them, but let's not let the truth get in the way of a good Republican bashing posting.

    You people don't want voter ID's as that would hurt your candidates big time. Stock up on menthol cigs and cheap wine, get ready to slash some tires, the election is coming and all of these have been PROVEN in elections and guess who does it Alice???

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    November 21, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |

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