MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Former Sen. John Edwards painted himself as the candidate of the voiceless Tuesday night after tracking a distant third in the New Hampshire Democratic primary.
Noting that there are "two states down, 48 states to go" in primary and caucus voting, the 2004 vice presidential nominee said that only about 1 percent of Americans had voted so far and that the other "99 percent deserve to be heard."
"We have had too much of voices not being heard," he said to an enthusiastic crowd of supporters. " ... That's what this battle is about. It's not about me. It's about the cause of giving voice to all those whose voices are not being heard in this democracy."
Edwards pledged to continue his fight to expand healthcare coverage, to fight global warming, protect the environment, end poverty and create new jobs.
"We know what needs to be done," he said. "The only question is whether we have the backbone and the will and the determination to get there."
"I am in this race to the convention, where I intend to be the nominee of my party," he said. "And I am in this race until we have actually restored the American dream and strengthened and restored the middle class of America."
Edwards narrowly beat Sen. Hillary Clinton for second place in the Iowa caucuses last week, but CNN projected Edwards to finish third in New Hampshire, while the race for first between Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama was too close to call. CNN made the projection with 10 percent of precincts counted, basing it on reported results, exit polls and other statistical models.
With 65 percent of the Granite State's precincts counted, Edwards had 17 percent of the vote to Clinton's 39 percent and Obama's 36 percent.
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If i where the Supreme Court and could APPOINT a president it would be you John but the fat lady has sung and it is done. The press will not annoint you because your message doesn't fit thier corperate mentality.
Yes Two down and 48 DOWN to go. When will Edwards learn that he is NOT ELECTABLE at all.
I agree with Josh. Stay with it John you are the real populist the one who really would speak up for us against the corporate powers.
Keep your comments family oriented, John, as they have a viable message and hit hard. Wisconsin is a very hard working state, strong middle class, who knows the value of a dollar and how its shrinking before they can spend it. Healthcare is a major issue here. Senior's are in shock, with large tax increases , on fixed incomes, meaning their homes are in jeopardy. Not one candidate has addressed this critical issue, John. and Its just as important as healthcare and getting Washington to spend down and look at our own problems. I trust you will take time out to read this and hopefully reply.
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John Edwards is the candidate of the people. His supporters choose him because we know he has a vision for this country and a viable plan to make it achievable.
Our candidate is not the politician to the mega stars instead he is backed by more than thirty respected economists, which ultimately matters much more than stars who have accountants to manage their millions. With no money from special interests driving his campaign, he is entirely by the people and for the people – thus, WE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, are his special interest. That is certainly a real change. Inspiring too.
Most likely when you go to hear John Edwards speak, you’re not going to be enticed there by Hollywood star power nor will you be entertained by it either. Instead the guest speakers you are going to hear from are your fellow citizens about the very struggles that he is striving to make a difference in. If you don’t already know, you’re going to be enlightened to the causes that make John Edwards want to fight for us, up close and personal. If you are one of the people struggling yourself, one who needs a voice in Washington, then you are going to hear from someone that lets you know you are not alone in your plight and you’re going to know that John will be that voice. That's not politics as usual. It's something new and different for a change.
John Edwards is not the ‘media darling’. Therefore, you are not going to see the press pandering to him for continual interviews. He is not the media’s choice because one element of his platform is to break up media monopolies, which will restore free press to this country. Obviously, this doesn’t endear a candidate to media moguls nor their employees. When have you seen a politician care enough about the integrity of his message that he speaks the truth about what this county needs at the risk of not getting press coverage? This also something different for a change.
John Edwards not only talks the talk, he walks the walk of a man intent on achieving what he has promised to the citizens of this country. John Edwards has lived the American dream, he believes in it. The good news is that he wants to make it available to all of us again, not just a rich and select few.
Do you want some hope, some inspiration, yet are grounded enough to know that it is going to take more than talk to turn this country around? Then open your mind and heart to a different kind of candidate – John Edwards.
Vote Edwards ‘08
For anyone who can see past the hype, Edwards is the only original and fresh voice in the crowd. The media ignores him because they are too busy listening to themselves to really hear anything else.
Absolutely,I would rather vote for John,Obama or Kucinich rather than the polarizing Clinton.I say again that Edwards is the only hope I have left for America. He is the only one that I believe is telling what needs to be done, and means to do it.
EDWARDS WHO???? DID YOU SEE HIM KISSING OBAMAS BUTT AT THE DEBATE? HE'S ALREADY A ONE TIME LOSER...
NEXT TIME LET ELIZABETH RUN.
YOU'VE ACCOMPLISHED NOTHING IN YOUR POLITICAL CAREER.
HE WANTS TO BE VP IN CASE SOMETHING HAPPENS TO OBAMA IF ELECTED,THEN HE WOULD GET TO BE PRESIDENT!
THAT'S WHAT KIND OF WEASEL EDWARDS IS.
OBAMA/Edwards. I'd vote for that.
I firmly believe in John Edwards and what he would like to accomplish for our country. I am one of the middle class families that have been affected by the current administration and I would like to see change for ALL of us. I am disappointed that the voters seem to forget there are more than 2 candidates running for the Democratic nomination. Step it up John, you need to convince more than just me.
Edawrds tried to ride the Obama wave ,made a pact with Obama and changed his message, people are also growing tired of his negative poltics at the debated and afterwards. He's been acting like a Rick Lazio instead of John Edwards. I was once for Edwards but now I just can't wait until he drops out. He needs to be himself.
Way to go, Marcelo. It's refreshing to hear someone say something intellignt for a change.
You are doing the right thing for a change. PLEASE STAY IN THE RACE. Take votes away from Obama so he fails to win the nomination. You know that USA is not ready for a black president no matter what he utters. White voters will reject him in the general election. AND WE HAVE TO FACE ANOTHER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENCY.
I liked Edwards the first time he ran, but then he started to focus on bellieaching for the "poor". Middle class people vote- we want someone to represent us- we work hard- we took advantage of education while other kids screwed around and caused problems.
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Why are folks making statements like "John is irrelevant."
John is the key to the Democratic nomination...
his supporters are loyal and he will determine whether Hillary or Obama wins the nomination....He has a sizable delagate number for being the 3rd place guy in the first two races...
If he wins or comes close in Michigan (a natural constituancy for him) & possibly wins SC; he will have some serious clout down the road...He is polling strong in Strong Union states like Nevada etc...
Enough of the irrelevatn talk....It makes those who say it sound irrelevant....
Stay in it to the end John! I like what you are saying because it is driving the debates and you are giving voice to many who are otherwise voiceless.
Just as important is to have as many candidates stay in it as long as possible, whether viable for the nomination or not. Those that drop out and pledge their support to another candidate only limit the options of US the voters...which in turn fuels apathy. Just because a candidate who stands for my ideals supports another, does not mean that other candidate stands for my ideals...if they did, i would have supported them in the first place!
Those that want a two candidate race, just want to begin the usual attack strategies. With only one other candidate, the attacks can be focused and vicious with a more limited threat of driving voters to a different candidate.
Think about it people!!!
John you will keep on going so that you hope eventually Obama may offer you vice president instead of taking his votes .
THANK YOU for pointing out its only the beginning of the primaries....no matter what you think of citizens in other parts of the country, if you consider us relevant or not, we want our voices to be HEARD! Not one state, not one region, should decide the outcome of this election. I hope this race is neck and neck, down to the wire. Good for you, John Edwards, keep pushing the other candidates. This year, its about voting for YOUR candidate, not AGAINST the other guy. Oh, by the way, I am an Independent for those who assume because I'm from Nebraska that I'm republican...and I am still undecided.
The problem with John Edwards is he has no money, I think the majority of Democrats want him, he just doesn't have the money to get out his message.
Let's face it, Obama and Hillary's plans for the country were copied and pasted from his well thought out plans. Neither Hillary or Obama could do without him as they'd have no one to copy policy from.
The thing is he is the guy that can win in the general elections. Hillary is plain unelectable (more than half the country hates her) and the Republicans will eat Obama for lunch once that Republican machine finds a kink in his armor. Obama also can't shut his mouth, when the general election comes around he is going to be painted as too liberal for the country at best and downright dangerous for a country at war at worst.
I for one can not see Obama going the distance against the big dollars from the conservatives. He sounds more like a civil rights activist than a politician which I assume is where he gets his inspiration.
Hillary even stole John's "I believe in change deeply" line. She takes his policy and his words and sells it under the Hillary brand which will cost us much more if she gets in the White House. Because it won't be her or Bill Clinton running the White House it will be lobbyists.
President Viagra and Vice President Saudi Oil,
Oh wait we already have that.
I am amazed at the democratic party. Edwards is our best possible hope of winning the white house. I hope everyone will wake up and smell the roses before it is too late. The REPUBLICANS want Hillary or Obama to win the democratic nominee. They will be a sure loss to the republicans in the general election. Edwards is a man of hope that is willing to say I voted for the war and made a mistake. Hillary has flip floped so many times not one democrat knows where she stands. Not on the war in Iraq Not on Imigration. Obama and Hillary are the two most controversial canidates ever. Some democrat's will vote against Hillary and some will vote against Obama. They are strongly disliked by people of our own party. Some democrat's will even vote republican to keep Hillary or Obama out of the White House. Can't we see that. Edwards is the only one that can unite our own party and ultimately the country. Obama has definate tie's to islamic nations that want to destroy the USA. Just the facts democrat's have brought against each other are enough to destroy Hillary and Obama in the general election. Lets send the Clintons back to Arkansas or NY or who ever will take them back. and Lets send Obama back to Kenya they need a leader there anyway. And then lets vote a true american boy EDWARDS IN 08.
Edwards is an incredibly candidate, whose policies are sound, messages are clear and possess the wherewithal to be a solutions-based President. Sadly, Obama is merely hype, a typically construction of half-hearted,wealthy and misleading candidate that has plagued marginalized communities for centuries. There is a reason that his strongest base are rich white liberal, and conservative black elites.
Edwards brings a refreshing message of the economic inequality that continues to plague most Americans, not since the New Deal have we had such superbly adequate suggestions for policies. I hope that the American people stop trying to end their guilt of racism, but supporting a half-white, ivy league, always been wealthy candidate because of they believe it will prove racism does not exist. Plus I hear about the audacity of hope but an absence of policy. Sounds pretty typical to me.
Let us choose a candidate that will see the country in reality, will address those issues and move us into a new direction that is sound, intelligent and people centered. For me, that is John Edwards!
Why 48 states? i thought we already had Iowa, New Hampshire and Wyoming.
Come on, Edwards, get out of it already. You ain't gonna make it. You never had a chance. Go and build another wing on your house.