Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal
Friday, August 27, 2004
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
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
"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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