Week in Review
Senator Edwards was back in New Hampshire after the Thanksgiving break for a two-day campaign swing on Sunday and Monday, attending town hall meetings. He also sat down for a roundtable discussion with Manchester teachers and dropped off food at the New Horizons Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen in Manchester.
During the trip, Senator Edwards announced a plan to help families pay for the high cost of heating oil, and we were also extremely proud to announce the endorsement of President of the Manchester Education Association Scott McGilgvray. The trip gained positive reviews from Salon’s Walter Shapiro, who argues that John Edwards is “hitting his stride.”
Finally, while candidates sparred in recent days over who has the best health care plan, it was Senator Edwards’ plan for truly universal care that consistently received praise for its honesty and innovation, starting with a column in the New York Times by Paul Krugman.
The First, The Best: Edwards’ Plan for Truly Universal Health Care
New York Times (Krugman): Mudslinging and Mandateshttp://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/30/opinion/30krugman.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin
John Edwards has just called Mr. Obama’s bluff, by proposing that individuals be required to show proof of insurance when filing income taxes or receiving health care. If they don’t have insurance, they won’t be penalized — they’ll be automatically enrolled in an insurance plan.John Edwards has just called Mr. Obama’s bluff, by proposing that individuals be required to show proof of insurance when filing income taxes or receiving health care. If they don’t have insurance, they won’t be penalized — they’ll be automatically enrolled in an insurance plan.
That’s actually a terrific idea — not only would it prevent people from gaming the system, it would have the side benefit of enrolling people who qualify for S-chip and other government programs, but don’t know it.
ABC News: Edwards' health care plan 'bolder than Obama's and more candid than Clinton's'
From John Edwards’ Statement on His Universal Health Care Plan:http://johnedwards.com/news/press-releases/20071129-health-care-differences/
I was the first candidate to come out with a universal health care plan in February, and I’m proud that I lead on this issue. My plan is universal - I think that’s a threshold requirement for health care reform in this country. That’s why my proposal has a mandate that requires everyone to be covered.
“[I]t was a reminder of how quickly the contours of the Democratic nomination fight could change if Edwards were to win Iowa.”
Salon (Walter Shapiro): John Edwards hits his stridehttp://www.salon.com/politics/roadies/2007/11/27/edwards_unplugged/index.html
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Maybe my judgment is permanently skewed from having watched John Edwards make his closing surge in Iowa in 2004, coming from nowhere (5 percent in the polls at this point four years ago) to almost winning the caucuses. Still, few candidates are more adept at making that all-important final argument to a political jury.MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Maybe my judgment is permanently skewed from having watched John Edwards make his closing surge in Iowa in 2004, coming from nowhere (5 percent in the polls at this point four years ago) to almost winning the caucuses. Still, few candidates are more adept at making that all-important final argument to a political jury.
I got a glimpse Monday of how formidable Edwards still might be in a campaign cycle seemingly dominated by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Here in the quaint clapboard town hall in Bow, just outside Concord, Edwards launched his latest anti-corporate-lobbyist crusade, billed as "America Belongs to Us Week."
John Edwards Announces Plan to Help Families Pay for the High Cost of Heating Oil
Portsmouth Herald: Edwards stops in Rochester - Offers fixes for high cost of heating oilhttp://www.seacoastonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071126/NEWS/711260325/-1/NEWS06
Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards outlined a plan Sunday to provide immediate relief to families struggling with high heating oil bills and to ensure affordable prices in the future.Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards outlined a plan Sunday to provide immediate relief to families struggling with high heating oil bills and to ensure affordable prices in the future.
Noting that home heating oil prices in New Hampshire have surpassed $3 a gallon, the former North Carolina senator called on Congress to release some of the nation's home heating oil and crude oil reserves as a way to bring down prices by increasing supply. He also urged Congress to fully fund the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Earlier this month, President Bush vetoed a Democratic health and education spending bill that included $2.4 billion for heating subsidies for the poor, $480 million more than Bush requested.
"It's no wonder people are worried and concerned and in some cases having to choose between paying their rent, paying for food or paying to keep their place warm," Edwards told an audience at an inn.
"The basic idea is let's get help to people who are struggling and hurting and worried about how they're going to stay warm."
Graniteroots Campaigning Across the State
Concord Monitor: Edwards promises he won't get along - He vows to fight corporate corruptionhttp://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071127/FRONTPAGE/711270329
With six weeks until New Hampshire primary voters make their choice, Democratic candidate John Edwards appealed to the undecided yesterday to measure candidates by their integrity. At a town hall meeting in Bow, he asked his audience to consider two questions.
"Who can you trust to tell you what's wrong in Washington?" he said. "And who can you trust to fight like hell to make it right?"
The campaign has labeled this week's events in New Hampshire, New York and Iowa as the "America Belongs to Us" tour. Edwards promised not to be part of what he called the "go along, get along" culture in Washington. He said his years fighting corporate lawyers have given him the determination to fight corporate lobbyists.
Nashua Telegraph: Edwards: Health-care vow no empty threathttp://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071127/NEWS08/311270085/-1/news08
CONCORD – Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said it's "absolute nonsense" to suggest he's grandstanding with his vow to take government health coverage away from Congress if it fails to adopt a plan that insures all Americans.
"It is nonsense, absolute nonsense. We are going to have to have someone who goes in and shakes things up," Edwards said Monday during "The Exchange with Laura Knoy" on New Hampshire Public Radio.
The Week Ahead
The primary is almost upon us, and JEFP-NH is busy every day building our grassroots movement. As part of an effort to mobilize supporters and volunteers for this weekend’s canvassing, the campaign has released a web ad that includes messages from volunteers and organizers all across the state explaining why poverty affects them. The spot also includes a special message from John Edwards at the end, and can be viewed at www.johnedwards.com/nh. The campaign is also launching an online phone banking tool at http://johnedwardsphonebank.com.
Senator Edwards will be back in the state later next week, so stay tuned for details!