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Elizabeth Edwards Smacks Down Hillary & Obama

Posted by nytexan on August 14, 2007

You really have to love the openness and straight talk from Elizabeth Edwards. In a recent interview she smacked down Hillary and Obama on a variety of issues but one important one for me was their lack of blocking the Iraq Funding Bill.

  • NEW YORK (AP)Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic candidate John Edwards, lambastes his rival Barack Obama as “holier than thou” on the Iraq war and accuses Hillary Clinton of failing to show leadership on health care and Iraq.
  • As her husband trails Clinton and Obama in national polls, Elizabeth Edwards has been an outspoken critic of his opponents. Last month, she said her husband would be a better champion for women as president than Clinton and more recently said, “We can’t make John black, we can’t make him a woman. Those things get you a lot of press, worth a certain amount of fundraising dollars.”
  • In an interview published in the August issue of The Progressive magazine, Elizabeth Edwards complained about Obama, who opposed the war when he was a state legislator in Illinois but has voted for funds for the military.
  • John Edwards, then a North Carolina senator, voted in 2002 to authorize the military invasion of Iraq. Since then, he has said his vote was a mistake. He also voted against several funding requests while in the Senate — but not all, as Elizabeth Edwards claimed in the interview.
  • “And honestly, the other candidates?” Elizabeth Edwards asked. “Obama gives a speech that’s likely to be extraordinarily popular in his home district, and then comes to the Senate and votes for funding … So you are going to get people behaving in a holier-than-thou way. But John stood up when he was in the Senate for exactly the thing he’s asking these people to stand up for now.”
  • Edwards also criticized both Obama and Clinton for not using their influence to line up additional votes to block an Iraq funding bill in May. The two senators were among just 13 Democrats to vote against the bill.
  • “We’re electing the leader of the free world,” Elizabeth Edwards said. “They should have been making speeches about why it was they were doing this, and standing up and trying to rally. And they didn’t. They weren’t leaders.”
  • On health care, Edwards said Obama’s plan for universal coverage was inadequate because it left 15 million uninsured. She also criticized Clinton for not producing a health care plan and for questioning whether there was sufficient “political will” to enact universal care.
  • “Hillary is saying we need to develop a political will. She hasn’t been talking to people if she thinks we need to develop it. We do not. There is consensus on this issue,” Edwards said.
  • Edwards even suggested Obama’s signature theme — a plea for hope and political unity — had been lifted from her husband’s 2004 presidential campaign.
  • “You listen to the language of what people say, particularly Obama, who seems to be using a lot of John’s 2004 language,” Edwards said, noting that Obama’s media adviser, David Axelrod, worked for Edwards that year.
  • Spokesmen for both Clinton and Obama declined to comment on the Elizabeth Edwards interview.
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Posted in Clinton, Democrat, Edwards, Election, Elizabeth Edwards, Obama, Politics | 2 Comments »

My Opinion Of The Democrats LGBT Forum

Posted by nytexan on August 10, 2007

First let me say that for some reason BossKitty’s post on HRC Democratic Candidate Forum is not showing the comment number, however, there are several good comments posted.

Now my thoughts; I liked the intimate forum but the time for each candidate seemed very short. Wrong move for Dodd and Binden as no shows……hmmmm trying to keep those conservative happy. If you’re going to talk about being an inclusive president then show up and prove it.

Obama: He used the word semantics for “marriage” and “civil unions”; however he was in full support for all legal rights to gay couples. That translated to me has all 1100+ federal marriage rights into law. He seemed to connect and understand the fight. I personally got a different view of him last night.

Edwards: Well he just seemed flat uncomfortable to be around gays. I think Elizabeth made him attend. The huge revelation to him about the gay youth facility in L.A., well John you need to get out in the community more. His religion seems to weight to heavy on his view of gay marriage. That’s a big issue since we’ve had a religious zealot in office for the past 7 years. Edwards needs to finish his journey and come back in a future campaign.

Kucinich: What can I say, he had all the right answers and he has been fighting the fight for a long time. He’s all about his belief in our founding documents and the true meaning of the words equal rights. He has the right ideas; he’s on the right track but is our country ready for a forward evolved thinker that we saw last night. It would be refreshing.

Richardson: Well let’s just say he should stay in New Mexico. He looked uncomfortable and out of place. He probably did more damage to himself showing up. Richardson would have been a good bathroom break.

Gravel: He was himself. He is for full marriage and thinks this will be a non issue in 5 years. I think he was a bit out there on that. We all know he won’t make it but the nice having about Gravel showing up is he gets in the face of the other candidates.

Hillary: Too smug, too self confident that she has the election in the bag. Her statement “I strongly support states rights determining gay marriage,” is she kidding me. Many states tried to change their constitutions against gays. What freaking country does she live in? She uses the line “I’m your girl” funny she said the same thing at the AFL-CIO debate. I wonder if she said that at the NAACP forum. Personally I’m not going for the Bush/Clinton dynasty. A vote for change is not a vote for Hillary.

Here are poll results from LOGO:

39% Barack Obama

25% Dennis Kucinich

18% Hillary Clinton

9% Mike Gravel

7% John Edwards

3% Bill Richardson

Posted in candidates, Clinton, Democrat, Dodd, Edwards, Election, gay, Gravel, Headlines, Hillary, Kucinich, LGBT, National, Obama, Politics, Richardson | 8 Comments »

Edwards Decries U.S. Trade Policy

Posted by nytexan on August 7, 2007

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA — Contending that corporate profits dictate the nation’s foreign trade pacts, Democratic presidential contender John Edwards on Monday called for a “zero tolerance” policy that would freeze imports of harmful food, toys and other goods.

Speaking with an eye toward a forum of Democratic candidates to be sponsored by the AFL-CIO today in Chicago, Edwards proposed new rules on trade policies that he said would boost the standing of workers in the U.S. and across the world.

Edwards said he would not abrogate the North American Free Trade Agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico. But, he said, he would renegotiate it to reflect his priorities for future trade pacts, including standards that allow for unionization of workers, environmental protection and controls on currency manipulation.

“When it comes to trade, the only thing that matters in Washington, D.C., is corporate profits,” the former North Carolina senator told nearly 300 people at the union hall of Local 405 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “We need trade without trade-offs for America.”

Edwards said the nation needed trade rules that protected consumers. He said he would enforce mandatory labeling of foods and other products detailing their country of origin and give the Food and Drug Administration the resources needed to keep tainted food out of the country.

“We’ll enforce zero tolerance and immediately freeze the specific import of any food, toys, medicines or other goods that threaten the health of our families and our children,” Edwards said. “We will not let them in until we, in fact, know they’re safe.”

In recent weeks, the Tribune has reported on the importation of lead-tainted toys and other products from China. Last week, more than 1 million Fisher-Price toys were recalled, and before that, pet food manufactured with a tainted China-produced ingredient sickened and killed dogs and cats in the U.S.

Edwards maintained that past trade pacts, such as NAFTA, came at the expense of workers.

Although he criticized trade polices under President Bush, Edwards said the downside of economic globalization “isn’t just his doing.”

“For far too long, presidents from both parties have entered into trade agreements, like NAFTA, promising that they would create millions of new jobs and enrich communities,” said Edwards, who was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2004. “Instead, too many of these agreements have cost us jobs and devastated communities across this country.”

NAFTA was a major initiative of the administration of Bill Clinton, whose wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, is a main rival of Edwards and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Although Edwards brought up NAFTA, he did not mention either Clinton by name.

Edwards said he would eliminate business tax breaks that favor moving jobs overseas and would conduct economic-impact assessments of proposed trade deals to determine what industries, workers and communities might be harmed and how they could be helped.

“We need to restore some honesty to the trade-deal debate and not claim, like too many presidents have in the past, from both parties by the way, that trade will help everybody,” Edwards said.

Posted in AFL-CIO, Edwards, Election, Headlines, Trade policy | 13 Comments »

Olbermann To Moderate AFL-CIO Forum

Posted by nytexan on August 7, 2007

Edwards should take this one. He has been consistent on workers rights and the unions like what they hearing from Edwards. Hillary on the other hand may be bruised with Bill’s NAFTA and her business ties of a top campaign aide who has angered the labor movement.

  • Today, seven Democratic hopefuls will make their case before the largest audience of this early campaign season—the 15,000 union family members expected at the AFL-CIO Presidential Candidates Forum at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

  • Moderated by MSNBC’s “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann, the forum will feature questions to the candidates from among 2,200 questions submitted by union members at the AFL-CIO’s Working Families Vote 2008 website. The questions from union members touch on health care, trade and jobs, freedom to form unions, the war in Iraq, retirement security and other key working family concerns.

  • The 90-minute forum will be carried live on MSNBC television and XM Radio channel 130 beginning at 7 p.m. EDT (6 p.m. CDT). “Countdown” will continue broadcasting from the forum until 8 p.m. EDT. If you miss it, XM channel 130 will rebroadcast the debate for 24 hours following its conclusion.

  • The forum comes as the AFL-CIO Executive Council is meeting in Chicago. AFL-CIO President John Sweeney told hundreds of union activists at Sunday’s Battleground States 2007 conference the candidate event is “the biggest job interview in history.”

  • Tomorrow, the Executive Council will discuss the presidential endorsement process, but the AFL-CIO will not issue an endorsement until affiliated unions reach consensus on a candidate. The Federation’s General Board makes the actual endorsement. The General Board is made up of members of the council, the principle officers of each affiliated union, trade and industrial departments plus representatives from constituency groups, retiree organizations and local central and state bodies. An endorsement by the General Board will require a two-thirds per capita membership vote.

  • The forum is part of an unprecedented outreach to union families to give them an opportunity to hear the candidates and make their voices and opinions heard. Earlier this year, the AFL-CIO spearheaded a series of town hall forums where the candidates met local union members and leaders. In addition, our Working Families Vote 2008 website provides current news on the election, issue guides, candidate profiles, a forum for union members to speak out about their concerns and links to other political blogs and sites.

Posted in AFL-CIO, Clinton, debate, Democrat, Edwards, Keith Olbermann, Obama | 2 Comments »

Democrats Embrace Bloggers

Posted by bosskitty on August 5, 2007

Democrats spar at blog gathering

Seven of the Democratic candidates for US president have fielded questions from more than 1,000 political bloggers at an annual convention in Chicago. Correspondents say the candidates’ presence reflects the growing influence of such bloggers, seen as a key resource by candidates. The candidates’ appearance at the YearlyKos Convention follows a presidential debate on YouTube in late July, when they answered questions posed solely via online videos. Senator Joe Biden was the only candidate not to attend.

Wild Wild Web: Dems Court Online Mavens
Democrats Court Liberal Bloggers
Bloggers Give Clinton a Mixed Reception
Candidates Forum Highlights Importance of Net Roots to Democratic Party

Democratic presidential candidate pay homage to liberal bloggers

Blogger Event Draws Democrats

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton refused Saturday to forsake campaign donations from lobbyists, turning aside challenges from her two main rivals with a rare defense of the special interest industry.

Notice that Democrats are at least giving the appearance of communicating with ‘the people’ who they want to lead. Notice the Republicans are less enthusiastic about hearing the thoughts of the people they want to subject to Theocratic suppression. I give Ron Paul the ‘brass orbs’ to stand against the neocon line and be the last great hope for what used to be the party of Lincoln.

Posted in Biden, blog, Blog Stats, candidates, Clinton, contributions, debate, Democracy In Action, Democrat, Dodd, Edwards, Election, Gravel, Kucinich, Obama, Richardson, Ron Paul, Vote, World Blogs, YearlyKos | 4 Comments »

Election Videos Get Attention

Posted by nytexan on July 24, 2007

Below are some campaign videos that have been getting a lot of attention. None of these videos are endorsed by any of the candidates, they are all independent productions. Enjoy.

Debate ’08: Obama Girl vs Giuliani Girl

Hot For Hillary

I Got A Crush On OBama

I put this one in because I thought it was clever of John Edwards

Hair

Posted in candidates, Clinton, Edwards, Election, Giuliani, giuliani girl, hot for hillary, Obama, obama girl | 4 Comments »

CNN Debate Review

Posted by nytexan on July 23, 2007

I loved the format. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but then neither were the candidates. The format was such a refreshing break from the same old journalist prepared questions. It put real citizen in the debate. I felt it made the candidates answer a bit more honestly. I hope this format continues.

What I didn’t like was way too much time spent with Hillary, Obama and Edwards. Sometimes it’s nice to involve the others just to stir things up.

Hillary: Seemed relaxed, to the point. I hate to admit it but I think she came out on top; Still not jazzed about her;

Obama: Convinced me on a few points like the separations of church and state and lobbyist out of the energy and health care discussions. I’m not crazy about his health care bill since it’s not universal;

Edwards: I have to give him credit for being honest about his personal struggle with gay marriage. Hopefully Elizabeth can get him there. I did like his health care plan being universal. I thought his video was the best of all the candidates.

Biden: He didn’t seem as irritating as I expected him to be. He did however; want to bring most of his answers back to Iraq. He seemed a bit dismissive at times but I guess that’s Joe.

Richardson: I was shocked that he didn’t bring up his resume. You know I can’t recall anything remarkable or different that Richardson said.

Kucinich: Loved his immediate pull out from Iraq. Interesting that he wasn’t given enough time on health care since he authored a very good universal plan.

Dodd: Nothing remarkable. I thought he screwed up when he answered that as President he wouldn’t work for minimum wage because he has kids to put through school. I think he missed the point of struggling America; and

Gravel: He seemed to spend most of his time going after the other candidates instead of using his very few opportunities to make his case.

The GOP is next up on this format and that should be interesting since they can’t connect with the public.

Posted in Biden, Clinton, CNN, debate, Dodd, Edwards, Election, Gravel, Kucinich, Politics, Richardson | 12 Comments »

Democratic Debate; My Opinion

Posted by nytexan on July 23, 2007

Tonight CNN & YouTube will host the democratic debate, 7:00 p.m. EST. Personally I’m looking forward to this format; debates have become too scripted for me. The candidates won’t see the questions before hand. They won’t have scripted answers. The candidates will actually have to think off the top of their heads.  I’m sure their spin doctors are already going into shock.

Here’s what I think: 

Hillary: She won’t fare well in this format, she to much of a control freak.  I also think she’ll stray from the original question;

Obama and Edwards: These two love the net and know how to connect they’ll do fine;

Biden: He won’t shut up so what every the question is it will get lost in all his opining and pontificating; 

Dodd: I’m not sure about him, he never seem to get enough attention to even know if he’s still breathing at the podium; 

Gravel:  Well he speaks his mind all the time so this should be fun. Providing Anderson gives him more than one question;

Kucinich: He seems to stay on point so we might see him answers the question actually asked; and

Richardson: He tries to always come across as “Mr. Deep concern compassion”, so I think it will be a love fest for him and the camera as he tries to focus on whomever sent the video. It could be embarrassing.

Posted in Biden, Clinton, debate, Democrat, Dodd, Edwards, Gravel, Kucinich, News, Obama, Op-Ed, Politics, Richardson | 11 Comments »

John Edwards Challenges Bush On Poverty

Posted by nytexan on July 20, 2007

Boy here’s a letter to president incompent that will surley fall on blind eyes and deaf ears.

  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Senator John Edwards today sent a letter to President Bush challenging the president to join him on a tour of places in America that are too often ignored and to talk to Americans who are working hard, but still living in poverty. Yesterday, Edwards concluded a three-day, eight-state “Road to One America” tour to shine a bright spotlight on the issue of poverty in America.

July 19, 2007 President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20400

Dear Mr. President:

Earlier this week, I went on a journey that started in New Orleans, went through the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, Cleveland, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Virginia and ended in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. At every stop, I met with incredible people who are working hard every day and still living in poverty. I did it to try to help the rest of the country hear the voices of people who are often forgotten — people living in poverty and on the losing end of economic unfairness. I did it to show that we can solve these problems and there is hope.

Mr. President, that what’s true leaders do, they lead with big, bold ideas that actually solve problems. They do not wait to be told about problems that stare them in the face, they never follow, and they should never have to wait for a convenient time to address the incredible challenges that face so many hard-working families in this nation.

As you approach your final days in office, you have a chance to finally stand up and lead on this important issue. However, unless you choose to lead and start helping solve poverty in America, the next 550 days of your presidency will all but ensure that the 37 million Americans who wake up in poverty today will only grow. If you choose to do nothing on poverty, the next 550 days of your presidency will only ensure that the more than 5 million Americans who have fallen into poverty during your presidency will only grow.

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John Edwards’ Plan To Fight Poverty

Posted by nytexan on July 20, 2007

During John Edwards poverty tour, he has put out his plan to fight poverty. While there maybe some aspects of his plan that some will complain about, Edwards is at least addressing the issue.

Many said they find it hypocritical that Edwards, a wealthy man, is peaking out for the poor. For those critics all I have to say is, you don’t know your history. The Roosevelt’s, Teddy, Franklin and Eleanor all helped the poor. The Kennedy’s continually help the poor. The wealth and privilege of these two families can not be disputed and are far beyond John Edwards’s wealth. To me criticizing any candidate or public servant who chooses to help the poor is criticizing the poor as not being worthy of help.

The cons in some of his plan would cost the tax payers; however, we are paying for a war that in one month would eradicate poverty. It’s time we get our priorities straight.

Edwards’ proposals to fight poverty:

John Edwards calls for a national effort to cut poverty by a third, lifting 12 million Americans out of poverty by 2016, and to end poverty by 2036, rescuing 37 million people. Here are some of his proposals:

1. Create a million public “stepping-stone jobs” for workers who can’t find work after looking for six months. The idea is to help people learn workplace discipline and prepare them for the job market. The minimum-wage jobs would last 12 months. Workers would have to stay off drugs, not commit any crimes and pay child support.

Pro: Could help move unemployed people into the permanent job market.

Con: These would be make-work jobs. If the jobs were valuable, they would already exist.

2. Raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $9.50 per hour by 2012.

Pro: Would help 15 million low-wage workers earn more income.

Con: Some businesses may hire fewer workers if they must pay workers more.

3. Cut taxes for low-income workers by tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit to $1,236 per year for single adults.

Pro: The proposal would give 4 million low-income workers an average tax cut of $750 per year, helping lift them out of poverty.

Con: Cost to taxpayers.

4. Pass the Employee Free Choice Act, which would allow workers to form a union by signing cards saying they favor a union, rather than by a formal election.

Pro: The Edwards campaign points to studies showing that union workers earn

28 percent more than non-union workers. Unions claim that companies often use intimidation tactics to fight union votes.

Con: Many businesses don’t like unions and say the proposal is less democratic than current law. Companies say the change would make it easier for unions to intimidate workers into signing cards.

5. Help low-income workers save with “work bonds” that provide a tax credit. The credit would match wages up to $500 per year and be directly deposited in individual savings accounts.

Pro: Would help low-income workers save money.

Con: Cost to taxpayers.

6. Pass a federal predatory lending law to prevent deceptive terms and abusive interest rates, capping them at 36 percent.

Pro: Helps protect homeowners from losing their houses through questionable practices.

Con: These loans exist because there’s a market for them.

7. Pay the first year of college for low-income students when students agree to work part-time and keep their grades up.

Pro: Helps boost college attendance among people from less-educated families.

Con: Cost to taxpayers.

Posted in America, Edwards, Election, News, Politics, Poor, Povery, taxpayers | 3 Comments »