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Thursday, May 15, 2008

John Edwards endorses Obama

Edwards On Obama’s Early Opposition To The Iraq War: “He Was A State Senator.” Edwards: “[Sen. Obama] wasn’t burdened, like a lot of us, with the information that we were receiving on the Intelligence Committee and as members of the United States Senate. We were getting very intimate detailed information about what was actually happening in Iraq. Senator Obama, I think, what did you say? He was a state senator. So he obviously wasn’t in the Congress and wasn’t part of the decision-making.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 2/4/07)

Edwards Called A Nonbinding Resolution Against The Iraq Troop Surge Favored By Obama “Useless.” “That nonbinding resolution against the Iraq troop surge favored by Barack Obama? ‘Useless,’ said Edwards. ‘Exactly like a child standing in the corner and stomping his feet.’” (Roger Simon, “Edwards ‘08: Talking Tough,” The Politico, 2/1/07)

Edwards Criticized Obama’s Previous Acceptance Of Contributions From PACs And Federal Lobbyists. Edwards: “And I’m proud of the fact that I’ve never taken any money, unlike Sen. Obama, never taken any money from a Washington lobbyist or a PAC.” (Former Sen. John Edwards, Press Conference, 12/22/07)

Edwards Attacked Obama For His Voting Present Over 100 Times In The Illinois State Legislature. Edwards: “Why would you over a hundred times vote ‘present.’” Obama: “John …” Edwards: “I mean, every one of us, every one – you’ve criticized Hillary, you’ve criticized me for our votes. We’ve cast hundreds and hundreds of votes. What you’re criticizing her for, by the way, you’ve done to us, which is you pick this vote and that vote out of the hundreds that we have – (applause) – and all I’m saying is, what’s fair is fair. You have every right to defend any vote, you do, and I respect your right to do that on any – on any substantive issue. It does not make sense to me and what if I had just not shown up…” (Former Sen. John Edwards and Sen. Barack Obama, CNN Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Myrtle Beach, SC, 1/21/08)

Edwards certainly is a man of principal.

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