August 23rd, 2007
11:55 AM ET
15 years ago

Edwards hits Clinton 'nostalgia'

Watch portions of Edwards' speech Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - He didn't mention his chief presidential rival by name, but it was clear whom White House hopeful John Edwards was targeting in a fiery speech in New Hampshire Thursday morning.

The former North Carolina senator, who finds himself lagging significantly behind fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in most national polls, told New Hampshire voters to reject "establishment elites" and "outdated answers…rooted in nostalgia."

"The trouble with nostalgia is that you tend to remember what you liked and forget what you didn’t," Edwards said. "It’s not just that the answers of the past aren’t up to the job today, it’s that the system that produced them was corrupt – and still is."

Clinton, the first lady from 1993-2001, often touts the successes of the Clinton administration on the campaign trail, as does her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    I have to disagree with Yvette, Houston TX.

    I believe what got Bush elected the first time was a Florida Bush Counter.

    I believe what got Bush elected the second time was Stupidity.

    I pray that Divine Mercy will see fit to spare us from electing another Bush this time around.

    August 24, 2007 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  2. Andrew, jakarta, indonesia

    Bill Clinton could have been a great president. He could have taken his luck and his charisma into history, much as Reagan did. But in this information age, he couldn't separate his public persona from his personal morals, was found out and left America yet again feeling disappointed in their leadership. America deserves better than that and by now should learn to avoid repeating the same mistakes.

    August 24, 2007 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  3. Stan Boren Kailua-Kona, HI.

    It is a positive move, but only if another of Geo. Bush's closest (inept, deceitful, arrogant and corrupt) friends doesn't succeed him. This administration has been staffed and manned(womaned?)by so many very scary(at times) and inadequately prepared people, that it is a wonder we are able to function or govern at all. Maybe we really don't.?

    August 27, 2007 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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