November 17th, 2007
09:58 AM ET
12 years ago

Edwards: I will continue to tell the truth

Clinton accused Edwards of mudslinging.

HENDERSON, Nevada (CNN) – Touring a hospital with nurses from a local union Friday, former North Carolina Senator John Edwards took time to assess Thursday night’s debate and to continue to criticize frontrunner New York Senator Hillary Clinton.

Edwards expressed frustration over Clinton’s apparent lighthearted reaction to a question about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) saying, “this is not a joking matter for millions people who have lost their jobs. And NAFTA has in fact cost Americans well over a million jobs.”

When asked if he was guilty of mudslinging with regards to Senator Clinton, he responded, “What I’ve been doing is telling the truth and I will continue to tell the truth.”

Edwards told CNN that that the biggest effect of Thursday’s debate would be that it was another opportunity for him to differentiate himself from his rivals. “A lot of Americans are really just for the first time beginning to pay attention, and there’s nothing unusual about that. They have real lives. They’re not spending their lives thinking about politics. But now that they’re beginning to pay attention, our responsibility is to make sure, in my case, to make sure that they understand exactly what I want to do in a positive way as president, and how my vision differs from the other candidates.”

- CNN Nevada Producer Alexander Marquardt

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards • Nevada
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  1. Mike Medford,Oregon

    The debate had some moments that were very revealing of the candidates. Clinton says she has the most experience and can start being the President on day one, I think she forgot that Biden was on stage along with Dodd who have more experience then Clinton does easily and without the baggage. Obama said he will give people who came her illegally a drivers licenses for safety reasons? What about immigration laws and national security? Edwards should talk about the issues and how he stands on the issues and the differences between himself and the other candidates and not just between him and Clinton, I think that will work better for him. (with or without the Clinton packed crowd) Kunich he says he was the only one to read the Patriot Act but Biden had to remind Kunich that profiling isn't in the Patriot Act. Kunich also was so upset that Wolf called illegal immigrants (illegal) instead of undocumented worker. You know the debate is in trouble when Kunich starts pandering. Richardson were do I begin this guy is scary. Richardson believes in Human Rights over National Security. Richardson is so proud that he gave people who came her illegally and broke our immigration laws a drivers license I quess that's a reward that Governors give in New Mexico to people who break the law. Biden I found to be the most informed on all subjects, Biden also gave the answers that made the most sense. I hope to be able to vote for this man if IOWA gets it right. I also like to mention that next debate no crowds just a monitor and the candidates.

    November 18, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. Ryan Indianapolis

    Hillarious,,,,,,my gut hurts ,,,I really cant stop laughing...

    November 19, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. James, Phoenix AZ

    The Democratic Party should rename themselves to the "Donnor Party".

    The cannabalism on display by your Hillary Supporters is sickening and sad. Anyone that attempts to speak the TRUTH about Hillary becomes a target of hate by her supporters – including John Edwards.

    Sad... but predictable.

    November 19, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. BJ Johnson

    Clinton has come across like a LIeberman lite – and I am from New York State where she serves as my Senator (also a Bill Clinton supporter). She is beholden to corporate interests. The very fact that the MSM has not been covering Edwards although he's been ahead in the polls in Iowa for months, should tell folks something. Not to mention Rupert Murdoch being a strong Clinton fundraiser. The stuff about Edwards being a lawyer & the haircut stuff has been played to death by the media – why? Why did they annoint Hillary a year ago before the race even began? When the corporates and the MSM are backing the same candidate – Clinton – I tend to think it's not in our best interest as W wasn't. Why doesn't Edwards take corporate donations? And why is Hillary drowning in them? By the way, in New York State, she seems to concentrate on military and homeland security expenditures, to the exclusion of most everything else. Can't name one thing she's know for here other than Bill.

    November 20, 2007 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Sammy

    Hay, Jesss, Burnsville, MN
    R u Also Blind Love to whom? Just curious...? not blind we just use our brain and think for reality....So u go alone blind...

    January 11, 2008 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
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