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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal





    Friday, August 27, 2004

    Oops, he miscounted those pesky Americas 

    John Edwards campaigned for president and became the Democrats' vice
    presidential nominee, in part, on the fact there are two Americas --
    the haves and the have-nots -- and he didn't like it.

    Edwards, a senator from North Carolina and a multi-millionaire former
    defense attorney, knows how the other half lives. He grew up the son
    of a mill worker. He does not, however, know first-hand the life of
    the urban have-nots, a population with a unique set of problems.

    He's learning, though. During a campaign stop in Cleveland Edwards met
    with community activists, ministers and public housing residents. They
    asked how Edwards and Kerry would help felons, including those with
    drug problems and those who cannot find jobs when they have served
    their time.

    Edwards took a page out of the Bush playbook: He proposed preemptive
    action, programs that will help the urban poor stay out of trouble as
    they try to get a foot on the economic ladder. Edwards also lessoned
    and responded positively to black leaders who explained the need for
    decent housing.

    "I didn't come here to talk to you today," Plain Dealer politics
    writer Mark Naymik reported Edwards saying. "I came to hear from you
    what your concerns are."

    Edwards got an earful of an Ohio too often unheard.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 5:50 PM



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