January 8th, 2008
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Edwards: Obama will come under scrutiny

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(CNN) - Democrat John Edwards told CNN Tuesday that rival Barack Obama is likely to come under heavier scrutiny now that he appears to be the frontunner for the Democratic nomination.

"He's newer to this than I am, or Sen. Clinton," Edwards told CNN's Jessica Yellin at a Manchester polling station. "I've been through a national campaign. I've been vetted by a national campaign. And Sen. Obama is newer. I think he's going to be tested. And we'll see what happens."

Edwards is set to hit several events in Manchester as Granite State voters head to the polls. The latest polls indicate Edwards is in a distant third behind Obama and Clinton in the state, though the former North Carolina senator pledged in the interview to keep his campaign going through the convention no matter what the result.

"This is not about me, I've mentioned me being the underdog candidate. But I am nothing compared to the underdog that's the middle-class and low income families in this country," he said.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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  1. mo washington

    How much experience did Bill Clinton or W have before they were elected? Bill deployed American troops more times than any other President in history and his successor deployed our troops into the worst fiasco since Vietnam. Barack wants to bring them home or send the to Afghanistan where they should have been to begin with. How much experience does that require? Or does it require just a little common sense? Senator Obama seems to be loaded in that category.

    So far his election strategy has been brilliant. He saw that the Clinton machine was locking down the establishment so what does he do? He goes and gets the non traditional voter block for him. It's phenomenal how he's gotten such a huge turnout. He should also build another wing onto the White House for Oprah.

    Anyway, he's proven to me that with that kind of outside the box thinking he's best suited to come up with new solutions to solve old problems. Barack will succeed because he has to. Remember that if you are the first and you mess up, it will be a long time before there is another.

    January 8, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. Jason W...USAF Cape Girardeau, Missouri

    I like Obama, but I'm completely scared that if he wins the nomination he will lose the primary. I fear that the only reason the Replublicans are saying they're scared of Obama is the arguably high possiblity he will not get the electoral college votes. They would rather have a democrat that has a lower possibility of winning than a democrat who has a real chance at defeating them.

    I am for Edwards, but the media seems to be snuffing him out to keep him from getting a chance. He would be a great leader. One of his great attributes is the fact that he hasn't accepted any campaign contributions from corporate fat cats. He clearly wants to help the lower and middle class citizens. We need someone like John Edwards to get this country back on track. I can care less if he was a lawyer. He found something he was great at and made millions doing it. Who wouldn't? I think if Edwards and Obama band together they will take this country by storm during the primary.

    Hlliary, on the other hand, has accepted millions in contributions from pharmaceutical companies and several other major corporate power houses. I supported Hillary Clinton until recently before I done some research on her campaign contributors and her politcal views. I decided she is similiar to Bush. Everyone knows that if you accept "campaign contributions" from major corporations you are going to have to do some favors for them down the road. Bush has been helping major oil companies. This is reflected by the outrageous gas prices. We don't need another George Bush. I for one am tired of corrupt politicians.

    January 8, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. Vladimir (not Putin)

    I surmise that all three frontrunners are passionate, honest enough to want to serve thier country. I am convinced that each want the best for these United States. I would prefer Hillary and or Obama, but are these United States ready to vote for a qualified person of Color and or Woman without an affirmative action program? I think not. The General Election will show where there is still evolution to be made in the American Society. I think that Edwards is betting on that(at least for the Democratic Party). Edwards will win the Democratic Nomination.

    The Republicans, the Party of Clinton has lost touch with the ideal of these United States based on the idea that this country takes in the poor, the downtrodden, the oppressed and provides opportunity and they by this dynamic assume, take charge thier americanism, that is the truth of this country and makes it special among all the empires that have come before and if it stays the course will make it enduring, Bush knows this, as do all the other candidates. But the Republicans have an identity crisis and are tired, the mantle of leadership is heavy and hard, which is why they have presented pretenders instead of contenders,,,,,America you have three good candidates, you can and if you regain your higher ground can make them great.

    January 8, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Ed

    Although I think that Hillary is intelligent and possibly a decent candidate for president, I worry that some of her supporters are misled as to what they are voting for. Bill did a good job as president, but he will NOT be running the country if she gets elected. Everyone talks about "Bill and Hillary" or "The Clintons." This is not a two-for-one deal, Bill cannot have a position in the cabinet (its illegal!), and he himself has said he will not be a large part of her day-today decisions. Where would Hillary be if she wasn't married to Bill? And did everyone forget when she ran for Senate shortly after Pres. Clinton's term ended, that everyone knew (and criticized) her for using the position to set up for a presidential run? Does time in the Senate grooming for a presidential run really count as 'experience"?

    January 8, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  5. Steve Wesong

    Why is Edwards so angry at Hillary Clinton? He had a chance, he couldn't deliver even his own state to Kerry, and now, here we go again. right from the beginning, his main debating points were nothing other than calling Hillary a "corrupt Washington insider" and someone "not to be trusted" when asked why the mean spiritedness, he response was Oh!! i am just pointing out our differences. give me a break!! calling someone corrupt and untrustworthy is an attack, pure and simple.
    with the Obama thing, it is all a bubble created by the media, especially MSNBC. the big media is trying to create confusion, so another empty suit is put into the White House. it is more news worthy to do that, and therefore,more money for them than to have a real leader who can bring back stability in the world. Clever Republicans like Rove might be pulling out yet another dirty political trick. democrats, on the other hand, are alwyas stupid enough not to see through things like this Obama Bubble which Tim Russert of meet the press is praising as a WAVE, a MOVEMENT he has never seen before in his life. Pleeaaseeee!!!!!
    Loyal African American for Hillary

    January 8, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Jason

    "I'm sick of this stupid media in this country so eager to get Edwards out of the race, and to crown Obama, just because the corporations that own the media and want a GOP President, know for a fact that Obama is a surefire General Election loser on the Democratic side, and that John Edwards is the strongest "GENERAL ELECTION" Democrat out there"

    Amen! The mainstream media's allegiance is with OTHER CORPORATIONS, not with the American people.

    The media have lobbyists in their pockets to influence legislation regarding media ownership laws and other media regulations. All this influence would be lost in an Edwards Administration. Oh, no!!!

    Just look at the tag for this story: "File under Unclassified". No reason to even look up a story on Edwards, huh?

    January 8, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. John Bunting

    Edwards may be the only good one we have running today. Clintons with NAFDA AND THE NARDA DEAL HAS TAKEN ALL OUR JOBS TO OTHER AREAS OF THE WORLD SO THEY CAN FILL THEIR POCKETS. At least John knows what it is like to work your way up from the bottom, with poor folks. Wake up america, or we will all be like Dearborn, MI. NO jobs and no hope. Obama sounds to much like Osama, if it where Colin Powell running or Condeliza Rice I would be right behind them. But Clinton and Obama NO! NO! NO! what a mistake we would have to endure for the next few years. DUH! have we all gone crazy............ Do not think of Black, White, Woman, Man......think of our kids and grandkids. If not Edwards at least look at the others.

    January 8, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. Julie, Atlanta, GA

    Please please please WAKE UP America...I've been studying John's every move (practically) since 01/04 and the man walks the walk, talks the talk, and WILL fight for the American people. WHAT MORE CAN YOU WANT??? Oh and btw, he is the ONLY one who can and will beat whatever sap the repubs put up as their nominee.

    Go John Go! John and Elizabeth have vowed to keep fighting for me...so I'm going to keep fighting for them. After all, a vote for John Edwards is a vote for yourself.

    RUN JOHN RUN!!!

    January 8, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  9. kenshin

    america is ready for an african-american president. and it's ready for a female president.

    it is obama who is not ready for the presidency. and neither is hillary for that matter.

    the more i look at them, the choice remains even more clear to me. we have been waiting for a president like john edwards...yes, i'm cheerleading...but i've not made my decision lightly, and i still hold them all to incredible scrutiny, even edwards.

    obama can talk about change but only edwards knows what needs to happen to bring that about. edwards is the problem solver and the leader–the others only follow in his example.

    i am a mother
    i am a member of an ethnic minority
    i support john edwards
    cuz he supports all of us.

    January 8, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  10. Pete Steinkamp

    Recently had an intense political discussion with friends and family. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents were in the fray. PhD's to High School grads were represented. The discussion focused on our current political system. Here are some questions and answers than maybe you all will discuss further:

    * Why don't we have one week or even one day in which ALL the States hold a primary to select a nominee? Later States seem to be inconsequential when they vote after the media and early states have determined candidates.
    * It seems that Republicans in general support corporate health for the wealth of the country, and less taxes, less government. While Democrats support bigger government for the health of the country. Republicans will give the individual more freedom when it comes to guns and pollution while the Democrats give more freedom when it comes to abortion and sexual preferences.
    * Fiscal responsibility means what?
    * Thomas Jefferson was concerned that any large concentration of wealth could exert an unfair influence on the government. Large corporations favor the consumerism in America but in return are able to hire armies of lobbyists to help write laws to benefit them. This influence is growing. Is it dangerous?
    * God gave mankind freewill. Why do some in the government feel they can legislate what a woman can choose to do with her body. This is a delicate moral decision to be made by each woman individually. Why should society subsidize women having numerous children without being financially able to support these children? Even if we do not judge the morality of out of wedlock children, teen age pregnancies, why do we feel (especially the Democrats) that we must subsidize this. Where is the individual accountability? There must be Consequences for one's own actions.
    * Both parties seem to falter at holding everyone equally accountable, from rich to poor. From individual to corporations. From white to black, man to woman, and everything in between. We have lost individual responsibility in America.
    * Along with losing individual responsibility, we have given too much power to government and corporations. The federal government is to be a cohesive force in holding the States together and protect our unified interests. Taxes need to be greatly reduced. By growing the government as large as we have, it has grown an enormous appetite for taxes. Too large is the appetite.
    * Corporations make a few wealthy. They provide jobs, most provide jobs to live decently but only a few individuals become wealthy. Most of these individuals are not innovators, entrepreneurs, or inventors. Most are ladder climbing, politically savvy, butt kissing executives who would have a tough time justifying their millions. And because of their wealth, they now exert influence over elected officials. This is trouble. Why not reward inventors, entrepreneurs but tax the others who are not real value added.
    * Both Democrats and Republicans have positive ideals that help America. Both have policies that support an extreme minority perspective which overall undermine America. Why have we not seen a political party that combines the best of both parties that offers what most Americans want to see: Fiscal conservative policies, allowances for individual morality, Accountability and Responsibility for individuals and corporations, Social freedoms, Let people choose their life but let them face the consequences of said choices, Tolerance and unification instead of judgment and division. Less aggression in foreign policy. We should not subsidize corporate interests overseas.
    * Why don't we use the death penalty more often? Why don't all States have the 3 felony convictions and you are locked up for life or maybe executed? Let's reduce the number of felony laws but enforce them more diligently. Just a few laws we live by but by God there will be consequences if you violate these laws.
    * Let's get serious about respecting one another.
    * John Edwards is walking the talk about public financing. Like he said, we are not running an auction, we are having an election. When we Americans look past the glitz and look for substance?

    Any rebuttal, agreement, new insights?

    We need change but change for the good. Changes that make America a stronger Nation. Changes that encourage individuals to take more responsibility for their actions. Changes that encourage corporations to act more responsible, to consider the big picture affect to the world in which we live.

    Maybe J.Edwards should run as independent if not the Democratic candidate.???

    January 8, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  11. Duncan, Richmond, VA

    I hear John Edwards state that he will take on the corporations.. but I do not think I hear how he intends to do so.. short of taking away their tax breaks, there is not a lot he can do about them.

    January 8, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  12. marc

    JohnEdwards LEADERSHIP which cannot be DUPLICATED . ( unlike his message for change which both sides are now using ! ) EDWARDS 08

    January 8, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. America Rising

    Eric (and all other Edwards supporters): Yes, let's work together in our grassroots effort to get a president elected who WILL make a positive change for our beloved country and restore its integrity. Let's show America what can happen when a president is truly elected by the people and for the people!!

    Vote Edwards '08

    January 9, 2008 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
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