Edwards Campaign - Weekly Backgrounder - 11/10/07

Happy Saturday from JEFP-NH, where we know that winter isn’t the right season to plant anything, especially questions.

The Week in Review
It was another action-packed week for the Edwards campaign as we had Senator Edwards, Elizabeth Edwards, David Bonior, Cate Edwards and President Emeritus and Founder of NARAL Pro-Choice America Kate Michelman all in NH during the last seven days for some Graniteroots campaigning.

The week started with Congressman Bonior, who opened two new offices in Rochester and Conway, rallied supporters across the state, stood with the mill workers who will lose their jobs inGroveton, NH when the mill shuts down in December, and even had time to publish an op-ed in the Union Leader about protecting the New Hampshire primary.

The week got even busier as Mrs. Edwards was in the state last Sunday for town halls, house parties, and supporter meetings. The action continued Tuesday as we launched our newest NH TV ad. Senator Edwards joined in the fun on Tuesday and Wednesday, attending four town halls, eating some ‘Politics and Eggs’ on Wednesday morning, and meeting with the Boston Globe editorial board. And we’re still working hardthisweekend with Cate Edwards and Kate Michelman campaigning throughout the state and launching the 433-woman strong New Hampshire Women for Edwards! 

John Edwards Campaigns Throughout New Hampshire
Nashua Telegraph- Edwardssays he has better track record than Obama
http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071107/NEWS08/311070071/-1/news20
NEWMARKET – Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said he's a better choice than primary rival Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., to battle special interests blocking reform on health care, climate change and other issues.

Edwards said it takes a fighter like himself, rather than a self-described unifier like Obama to break the logjam on Capitol Hill where lobbyists write the laws or block passage of meaningful change.

"I don't think you can compromise with the entrenched interests in Washington. They are too powerful," Edwards said after a town-hall-style forum at the Stone Church in Newmarket.

WMUR –
Edwards labels Clinton Washington insider, candidate says voters should demand clear answers on Iraq
http://www.wmur.com/news/14526104/detail.html
Newmarket, N.H. - Presidential candidate John Edwards went on the offensive in New Hampshire on Tuesday, blasting frontrunner Hillary Clinton as an inconsistent candidate of the status quo.

NY Times
Edwards proposes consumer product reform
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/us/AP-Edwards-Consumers.html 
PORTSMOUTH — Presidential hopeful John Edwards kept up his attack on Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton during a town hall meeting in Portsmouth on Tuesday, but focused most of his attention on the failure of the currentadministration.

Edwards spoke for just over 20 minutes, leveling most of his criticism on Clinton before moving on to a 40-minute question-and-answer session in which the Bush administration took the brunt of the attack from the former U.S. senator from North Carolina. Edwards portrayed Clinton as the Washington insider who will keep the status quo in America, saying she has recently become the darling of corporate America.

"I don't want to claim to be holier-than-thou, I have raised tens of millions of dollars myself," said Edwards. "But if you look at this presidential race, the person who has raised the most money from lobbyists — it's not a Republican, it's a Democrat. It's Senator Clinton."

Portsmouth
HeraldEdwards rips Clinton, Bush
http://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071107/NEWS/711070388 
PORTSMOUTH — Presidential hopeful John Edwards kept up his attack on Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton during a townhall meeting in Portsmouth on Tuesday, but focused most of his attention on the failure of the current administration.

Edwards spoke for just over 20 minutes, leveling most of his criticism on Clinton before moving on to a 40-minute question-and-answer session in which the Bush administration took the brunt of the attack from the former U.S. senator from North Carolina. Edwards portrayed Clinton as the Washington insider who will keep the status quo inAmerica, saying she has recently become the darling of corporate America.

MSNBC’s First Read
Edwards does ‘Politics and Eggs’
BEDFORD, NH -- For the second time in the last four years, Edwards participated in a New Hampshire primary institution by speaking this morning at Politics & Eggs at the Bedford Village Inn.

JEFP-NH Launches New NH TV Ad
Nashua TelegraphEdwards’ ad dares Dems to show some guts
New Hampshire, calling on his party to "show a little backbone, have a little guts'' in fighting for the working class in America.

Edwards Meets with the Globe EditorialBoard
Boston Globe - Edwards talks about Iraq, a corrupt government
http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2007/11/edwards_talks_a.html
As president,Edwards says he would immediatelywithdraw 40,000 to 50,000 combat troops and the remainder within his first year in office. Clinton says she would keep a small number of combat troops in Iraq to go after Al Qaeda insurgents.

Congressman Bonior Opens Two New NH Offices!
Foster’s Daily Democrat- Edwards opens new Rochester campaign office
http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071104/GJNEWS04/711040049/-1/NEWS05 
ROCHESTER — John Edwards' national campaign manager, in town to open the Democratic presidential hopeful's 12th state office, said Edwards will continue distinguishinghimself from Hillary Clinton, andBarack Obama is losing traction.

"We think this race, the frame of this race, has been now Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton for the past nine months, and it's clear right now that Sen. Obama is not able to break it. He's been falling further and further behind. The real challenger to Sen. Clinton is John Edwards, and that was very clear at the debate this week," David Bonior, a former Michigan congressman, said Saturday morning.

Cate Edwards Makes Her First Solo Campaign Trip to NH
 
She juggles her classes, court appearances for the Legal Aid Bureau, and work on a website start-up. It is a full schedule for any Harvard Law student, but Cate Edwards is also trying to help her father get elected president.

David Bonior Writes About Michigan and the NH Primary
New HampshireDavid Bonior: NH’s primary must go before my home state of Michigan’s
http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=David+Bonior%3a+NH%27s+primary+must+go+before+my+home+state+of+Michigan%27s&articleId=209ecdca-d712-4eb9-9179-9679ec4566a0 
But as Bill Gardner prepares to announce a date for the New Hampshire primary that will protect its first-in-the-nation status, John Edwards and I believe that the best way to start off our nominating process isto have candidates make their case to voters in their living rooms, instead of through their television sets. 

The Week Ahead
John Edwards will be back in the Granite State for some more Graniteroots campaigning next Monday and Tuesday. Stay tuned for more details!

 

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