Feb 2, 2008

Future Updates on Democratic Race

John Edwards has officially withdrawn from the Democratic Race. There is still no word on whether he might again consider running as a Vice Presidential candidate if asked.

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Mar 22, 2007

Edwards Campaign will Continue

The campaign by John Edwards for the Democratic nomination will continue, despite his wife Elizabeth being diagnosed with having bone cancer.

This from MSNBC:

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - John Edwards said Thursday his wife’s cancer has returned, but said he will continue his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“The campaign goes on. The campaign goes on strongly,” Edwards told reporters, his wife by his side.

Earlier on Thursday, MSNBC.com incorrectly reported that Edwards would suspend his campaign because of his wife’s illness. The report was based on a statement an Edwards friend made to Politico.com, a political Web site.

The recurrence of the cancer — this time on Elizabeth Edwards’ bone — presents a setback for the couple, both personally and politically. But both said they would stick with their plans to campaign vigorously for the nomination.

“From our perspective, there was no reason to stop,” Edwards said. “I don’t think we seriously thought about it.”

Edwards had canceled a Tuesday evening house party in Iowa to go with his wife to a doctor’s appointment, which his campaign described as a follow-up to a routine test she had Monday.
Faced with questions about how his wife’s illness affected his political future, Edwards said he will pursue his second bid for the presidency, but: “Any time, any place I need to be with Elizabeth, I will be there — period.”

Mrs. Edwards, 57, was first diagnosed with cancer in the final weeks of the 2004 campaign. The day after Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry and Edwards, his running mate, conceded the election to George W. Bush, Edwards announced that his wife had invasive ductal cancer, the most common type of breast cancer, and would undergo treatment.

Mrs. Edwards underwent several months of radiation and chemotherapy for the lump in her breast. Her husband’s campaign has said she had recovered from the illness.

“I don’t look sickly, I don’t feel sickly. I am as ready as any person can be for that,” she said at the news conference.

John Edwards said a biopsy of her rib had showed that the cancer had returned.
The bone is one of the most common places where breast cancer spreads, and once it does so it is not considered curable.

But how long women survive depends on how widespread the cancer is in the bone, and many can survive for years. The longer it takes for cancer to spread after the initial tumor, the better the prognosis.

Chemotherapy and radiation are standard treatments, along with use of drugs that specifically target the bones called bisphosphonates. Other treatments include hormone therapy if the cancer is responsive to estrogen.

Dr. Lisa Carey, Elizabeth Edwards’ physician, said that initial tests showed some very small suspicious spots elsewhere, but that the therapy focus would be on the bone. Asked where else, she said “possibly involving the lung.”

Mar 8, 2007

Edwards polls well in New Hampshire

A Suffolk University poll conducted between February 24 and 28 has John Edwards solidly in third place as the preferred Democratic nominee.

Hillary Clinton was in the lead on 28%, with Barack Obama closely behind on 26%.

John Edwards was on 17%, with Joe Biden the closest behind on 3%.

Mar 7, 2007

Vilsack Supporters Head to Edwards

100 of the supporters of former candidate and Governor of Iowa, Tom Vilsack, have pledged to support John Edwards in his bid for the Presidency. The 100 Iowans include State Representative Kurt Swaim and attorney and Democratic activist Ed Skinner.

Swaim said that he is proud to support Edwards for President, and with "...his leadership, we can get America back on the right path."

Skinner said that John Edwards "...is exactly the kind of leader we need here in Iowa and in our country."

Edwards has consistently been much higher in the polls in Iowa, than his third place in the national surveys. His commitment to visiting Iowa has been shown by his almost 20 visits to the state in the last 2 years.

Edwards will be heading to Iowa again this Friday for a 2 day visit.

Barack Obama will also be there this weekend.

John Edwards on Libby Conviction

John Edwards yesterday made the following statement in response to the conviction of Scooter Libby yesterday. Libby is the former Chief of Staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, and has been convicted of perjury, obstructing justice and making false statements to federal investigators. It related to the leaking of the classified identity of a CIA employee to the media.

"Today's verdict in the Libby case is an important step in holding the Administration accountable for its consistent misuse and manipulation of intelligence to further its ideological agenda. But there are serious questions about whether the buck actually stopped with Scooter Libby. The American people deserve to know if Mr. Libby has been made a scapegoat in order to protect anyone else."

Mar 6, 2007

Edwards' Stance - Gay's and Lesbians in the Military

John Edwards is a strong supporter of allowing openly gay and lesbian people to serve in the military. He has released a statement, supporting the Military Readiness Enhancement Act which has been reintroduced to Congress. The Act would overturn the current policy which restricts the access of openly gay and lesbian people from serving.

Senator John Edwards released the following statement today calling for an end to the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy on gays and lesbians in the military. Earlier today, Congressman Marty Meehan reintroduced his Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which would repeal the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.

"It is long past time to end the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy and to allow openly gay men and women to serve in the military. It is critical to our national security that we have the best people in our military. Gay men and women have continually served our country with honor and bravery, and we should honor their commitment and never turn away anyone who is willing to serve their country because of their sexual orientation.

"This is an issue of fundamental fairness — and our military ought to treat everyone fairly. I applaud Congressman Meehan on his important legislation."

Major Iowa Tour for John Edwards

Starting this Friday, John Edwards will be commencing a two day tour of Iowa which will include at least five public community meetings.

Edwards has been a consistent visitor to Iowa over the last two years, and always polls well in this key state.

This is John Edwards' schedule so far:

March 9

Council Bluffs Senior Center

Sanford Community Center

March 10

UAW Local #997, Newton

Indian Hills Community College

Burlington Convention Hall

For more details or to RSVP, head to the John Edwards Website. All the events are free.

John Edwards Heads to Texas

John Edwards is heading to San Antonio, Texas, tomorrow for a rally at the Sunset Station Depot at 5pm.

He will follow that visit up on Friday with a two day tour of Iowa.

To RSVP for the San Antonio rally, head to the John Edwards Website here.

Mar 5, 2007

1000 at UC Berkeley for John Edwards

Over 1000 enthusiastic people attended a "Tomorrow Begins Today" rally for John Edwards yesterday at the University of California, Berkeley.

Edwards has been conducting a tour of college campuses. Last week he was in Denver and today, Edwards will go to UCLA. On the 14th of March, Edwards will attend the Howard University campus in Washington, D.C.