Edwards tells unions what they want to hear
April 30, 2007
SAN DIEGO -- John Edwards tailored his rabble-rousing talk neatly for his audience: a California State Democratic Convention filled with labor representatives and progressives on the left. He addressed raising wages, making it easier to join a union, providing tuition subsidies for needy college students and eliminating the "racial and economic segregation that still exists in America."
And in a press conference later on Sunday, he embraced the ultimate demon for the right: He said he would consider raising taxes on those who earn more than $200,000 in addition to his other promise to eliminate the Bush tax cuts.
He said, however, he would be less interested in putting those new taxes towards lowering the deficit than in creating universal health care, dealing with global warming, creating higher wages to expand the middle class and finding new sources of energy.
Most interestingly, he said his roots in North Carolina give him an edge in this Democratic race to be presidential nominee, pointing out that the last two Democratic presidents hailed from the South -- Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter -- and there is no Republican contender from there.
"As we saw with President Clinton a lot of it is culture," he said. "People who think you understand their lives." Finally, he reiterated to reporters what he had said in his speech: That if the president vetoes the bill, approved by the House and Senate, to begin withdrawing troops from Iraq, Congress should submit the bill over and over. "Given where we are today, it's really important for Congress to stand its ground," he said.
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