December 19th, 2007
05:42 PM ET
12 years ago

Edwards takes aim at Clinton on poverty

Edwards affirms commitment to poverty.

PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (CNN) – John Edwards fired back at Hillary Clinton Wednesday over earlier comments that he said questioned his commitment to ending poverty.

"She said something about ‘People are talking about poverty, but, you know, what are we going to do about it?’" the Democratic presidential candidate told reporters after a Granite State campaign event with musicians Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt.

He said the New York senator’s remarks had been a “veiled reference” to him.

The former North Carolina senator - who regularly touts his working-class credentials as the son of a mill worker - shot back.

"Let me just be clear," said Edwards. "Ending poverty in this country is the cause of my life, and I am completely committed to it."

He called on Clinton and other White House hopefuls to commit to raising the
minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. He also challenged them to come up with their own comprehensive plan to end poverty.

Edwards has made his own anti-poverty plan a centerpiece of his campaign.

–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla

Filed under: John Edwards • New Hampshire
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. bill, san diego, Calif.

    Edwards got that expensive haircut to benefit charity. Get your facts straight, people.

    December 20, 2007 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. J. Francisco, Yakima WA

    Some people seem like anti-reactionary-regressives.

    Sorry for the hyphens, but really people realist and pragmatist alike, please try to explore your egocentric and perhaps self delusion with your "mom and pop" and efficient like me conspicuous commentary.

    People what about business expenditures. You know tax write-offs! I submit that all these paragons of decency, the "small biz" networked lackeys are highly inefficient.

    Many of these legacies maybe largely incompetent, prodigal pampered boys and girls, spoiled and rotten. And this blurs the stratification of capitalist socialism and those that are poorsqueezed (more heavily scrutinized and harrased by 'the burocracy' and those that "serve and protect")!

    December 20, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. aj huntington, n.y.

    There's NO way this guy's going to be President. You may as well give it up now. He's a lawyer, and the worst kind, personal injury. You notice he doesn't speak of educating the poorest American, only giving them "government money". You can give a man a fish to sustain him today, or teach him to fish and sustain himself for a lifetime. Edwards wants to give men a fish today, instead of empowering them to better themselves for a lifetime.

    December 20, 2007 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Marie Gilbert, Reno, NV

    I agree with the blogers... ending poverty is about jobs, affordable healthcare and access to a decent education.

    Bill Richardson has my vote for smart domestic policy (first stop spending $2.5 BILLION A WEEK in Iraq and bring our people home) new broader energy options that bring jobs to rural areas... so McDonald's isn't the only job around... look at what it's doing for growth in Roscoe, TX and all over New Mexico.

    Richardson is the most experienced, has the smartest plans (and I've read just about all of them) and has the b***s to do it.

    December 20, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Ajay Jain

    "Former" Senator Edward can honk/attack all he wants from the "outside" and Hillary will get things done from the inside by becoming our President in 2009!

    Thats called a polite political SLAP in the FACE Mr Edwards!

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 21, 2007 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  6. Harold Washington NH

    Hey John, we support you, but you need to show strength to go against the likes of obama and others instead of continuing to be grouped with the good ole boys club taking the safe place and attacking Clinton, we have stopped listening to the long long biased attacks on Clinton, its these stories that keep her in the news.
    Obama takes swipes at you often and he has no experience and allotr of shady dealing going behind the scenes that sre beginning to surface, HIT BACK! Clinton is the easy target for anyone because the media is biased.

    Come on John, you can do better!

    December 21, 2007 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  7. Anonymous

    What must always be remembered is that the mainstream media amplifies her campaign's errors and diminishes her strengths in ways that are misleading. Foaming expressions of hostility to Sen. Clinton are considered normal among the Beltway pundits, especially on cable television and talk radio. Such constant emotional outbursts tend to distort political news and analysis. In that environment, her opponents are not held accountable by the same standard that is applied to Clinton. For many months, both Sen. Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards have been tossing out attack lines that they hoped would bring down her formidable numbers. Obama has not hesitated to use harsh language to question her character, her sincerity, her fitness to serve and her capacity to govern if elected. He has reserved his toughest rhetoric for the Democratic front-runner, while suggesting that he will find common ground with the Republicans. That may explain why Obama has won endorsements from a panoply of Republican operatives and spokespersons, including former White House political boss Karl Rove and David Brooks, the neo-conservative voice on the New York Times Op-Ed page. It is hard to imagine that the Clinton campaign conspired with Bill Shaheen to introduce the subject of Obama's youthful drug use, or urged Bob Kerrey to blather on about the Sen.'s middle name and Muslim heritage. It is much more likely that both men were simply opening their mouths without thinking too hard about the consequences, which is to say, simply being themselves. Expecting Clinton to control every blurted stupidity of her supporters is unfair. These disputes that have lately monopolized so much news coverage and commentary have not dented her national appeal significantly. Although Clinton faces difficulties in Iowa and New Hampshire, the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll shows that she has started to recover the commanding lead that began to diminish in late November, after her poor debate performance. Conducted over the weekend of Dec. 14-16, the Gallup survey shows Clinton gaining six points and moving up from 39 percent two weeks earlier to 45 percent among registered Democratic voters.

    December 21, 2007 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  8. David A. Linkenheimer, East Brady, Pa.

    People who have been impoverished by the easy "Credit" dished out by the credit bankers need to learn how to discharge debt the same way the bankers created the credit in the first place.
    A Pennsylvania woman recently discharged 1.3 million owed to the I.R.S. with her own privately created credit.
    VERIFICATION: See U.S.A. vs. Jessy M. Snyder, United States District Court, Western Dist. of Pa. # 2007-cv-0331, the record speaks for its self.

    December 21, 2007 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. NOjebo

    How come his voting record doesnt compare to the rest of the democrats running..
    Hillary has her

    edwards and obama..I say no vote from me.they both need to be vetted..
    Illinois’ disabled veterans are at “rock bottom” — “dead last” — in benefits and claims processing of applications for disability. But Illinois’ veterans take a back seat because their junior senator is running for president. And that senator, Barack Obama, has missed an astonishing number of hearings and meetings of the Senate Veterans committee. … ..

    But Obama has skipped 19 of 37 VA committee meetings in the 109th congress. Obama’s attendance record was the second worst of all Democrats on the committee. He attended just 18 of the committee’s 37 meetings in Washington D.C.

    … .. On the campaign trail, Obama stresses the importance of providing “the best care” for veterans and their families: “Providing the best care for our service members, veterans and their families is one thing about this war we can still get right.”

    * But Sen. Obama has continually skipped hearings on the veterans budget. Chairman Craig opened a hearing Obama missed and said, “we will consider today … legislation touching on veterans insurance, housing, burial, compensation, and employee benefits.” Obama also missed all four committee hearings in a series that focused on the President’s proposed 2007 budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ranking Senator Akaka noted during the hearings that “we must learn a lesson from last year’s budget crisis and do everything we can to ensure that veterans and their family members have access to health care and benefits they have earned.” (From the GPO on 6/23/05, 2/28/06, 3/2/06, 3/7/06, March 9, 2006.)
    This guy needs to be vetted,I pray for all those Vets,while this man votes present on important issues..i went listen to her radio show on the web..very interesting

    December 21, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. HUCK,LA.


    December 21, 2007 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
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