Sen John Edwards Weekly Backgrounder - August 31, 2007

The leaves are turning, the wheels on the bus are turning, the Graniteroots are taking hold, Fred Thompson is getting in the race - it must be Labor Day! Happy Labor Day weekend from JEFP-NH, where everyone keeps saying the campaign doesn’t “start” until after the holiday, but it sure doesn’t feel that way to us. We bet it doesn’t feel that way to you, either.

The Week in Review

2007 “Fighting for One America” New Hampshire Bus Tour

This week, the Edwards family embarked on a four-day bus tour of New Hampshire that took them all the way from the Southern Tier to the North Country and back, with Cate Edwards blogging the trip every step of the way. You won’t be surprised to learn that the tour was a smashing success, with overwhelming, energized crowds at every stop. John, Elizabeth, Cate, Emma Claire and Jack Edwards wound up the trip by rallying an energized, excited crowd of over 1000 at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, prompting Marc Ambinder of Atlantic Weekly to write: “Everytime someone declares John Edwards dead, he rises again. His Fighting for One America tour culiminated in a 1,000-person rally last nightin Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (Those are Obama numbers! In New Hampshire! Where Edwards Isn't Supposed To Be Strong!)”

We’ll let the clips attached at the end of the email speak for themselves.

John Edwards wins Carpenters’ endorsement, will make formal announcement in NH

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, representing more than 520,000 members nationally and over 2,100 members in New Hampshire alone, this week endorsed Senator John Edwards for president. After carefully considering all the candidates from both parties, the Carpenters Union chose Edwards as the candidate with the best chance of winning the White House and the person who will best represent hard-working families. Edwards' endorsement is the union's first endorsement in the primaries in several presidential cycles. The formal endorsement will be made at a rally of union members on September 8th in New Hampshire.

Elizabeth Edwards unveils Graniteroots for John Edwards, speaks with NH teachers, voters

Four days on the bus in New Hampshire this week just wasn’t enough for Elizabeth, who returned to the Granite State yesterday to deliver school supplies to Beech Street Elementary in Manchester and hold a roundtable with teachers at the school. The supplies were gathered by the JEFP-NH campaign throughout the month of August as part of the Graniteroots for John Edwards grassroots campaign here in New Hampshire. Elizabeth also took voter questions at house parties in Bow and Mont Vernon.

Union Leader: Elizabeth Edwards Touches All Bases in Mont Vernon

Campaign Manager Congressman David Bonior visits New Hampshire

Edwards national campaign manager Congressman David Bonior was also in New Hampshire this week for a series of meetings and took some time to chat with local media.

Boston Globe: Edwards Manager Bonior supports New Hampshire and Iowa over home state Michigan

A Look at the Week Ahead

The pace doesn’t slow next week as we welcome both John and Elizabeth Edwards back to the state. Elizabeth will visit September 1st and 2nd and hold a series of house parties. John Edwards will be back in New Hampshire September 7th, 8th and 9th and will be formally announcing the Carpenters’ endorsement in New Hampshire on the 8th. Stay tuned for more details on both trips.

Snapshot: 2007 “Fighting for One America” New Hampshire Bus Tour Clips

Foster’s Daily Democrat: Edwards stumps in region

Says he'll have Republicans in his Cabinet if elected

By Adam D. Krauss

PORTSMOUTH — To hear Seacoast residents tell it, Democrat John Edwards was courageous, inspiring and convincing enough to pull votes away from a chief rival during his Seacoast swing Sunday.

Marc Ambinder: Edwards Rises Again. And Again.

Everytime someone declares John Edwards dead, he rises again. His Fighting for One America tour culiminated in a 1,000-person rally last night in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (Those are Obama numbers! In New Hampshire! Where Edwards Isn't Supposed To Be Strong!)

Here's an emotional moment from the event:

Nashua Telegraph: Edwards pushes ‘outsider’ status to get inside

By Albert McKeon

Associated Press: Edwards: Congress should use all tools to demand troop withdrawal

By Holly Ramer

Concord Monitor: ‘Perfect example’ of health care ills

By Melanie Asmar

New Hampshire Union Leader: Edwards pushes universal health care

By Garry Rayno

Berlin Daily Sun: Edwardses emphasize jobs, health care in Berlin visit

New Hampshire and Iowa are critical in his presidential campaign

By Gail Scott

Keene Sentinel: Edwards pushes change theme

Tells local audiences ‘Washington is broken’

Laconia Citizen: Edwards critical of Romney’s health plan

WMUR: Edwards pitches tax on wealthy to pay for health care

E dwards said that his plan would solve the problem of the high cost of health care by taxing those who make more than $200,000 a year.

"For the vast majority of people in New Hampshire, the cost will have no effect on their taxes," Edwards said.

GreenMountainPolitics: 1000+

By Chris Stewart