Tuesday, July 06, 2004
It's Kerry / Edwards!
John-John is back!
From John Kerry's official e-mail, at 8:22 a.m. on 7/6/04:
In just a few minutes, I will announce that Senator John Edwards will join me as my running-mate on the Democratic ticket as a candidate for vice president of the United States. Teresa and I could not be more excited that John and Elizabeth Edwards will be our partners in our journey to make America stronger at home and respected in the world.
I want you to know why I'm excited about running for president with John Edwards by my side. John understands and defends the values of America. He has shown courage and conviction as a champion for middle class Americans and those struggling to reach the middle class. In the Senate, he worked to reform our intelligence, to combat bioterrorism, and keep our military strong. John reaches across party lines and speaks to the heart of America -- hope and optimism. Throughout his own campaign for President, John spoke about the great divide in this country -- the "Two Americas" -- that exists between those who are doing well today and those who are struggling to make it from day to day. And I am so proud that we're going to build one America together.
Long before I endorsed John Kerry or Wesley Clark for president, I pulled for John Edwards. The grapevine says that Edwards will be able to pull the southern vote; in the last seven elections, the winners have had southern connections:
1) Jimmy Carter--Georgia
2) Ronald Reagan--one-time Dixiecrat from California
3) George Bush--Texan, however marginally
4) Bill Clinton--Arkansas (VP Gore--Tennessee)
5) George W. Bush--Texas
As much as that fact bugs me, I accept it as reality. And it is a shame that we won't get to see a Clark-Cheney debate. But in any case, John Edwards is still an exciting addition to this team. A fresh infusion of Edwards' left-of-center positions can only help the already-strong Democratic campaign. Kerry-Edwards 2004...it's got a nice ring to it!