Feingold Finds Edwards the “Most Problematic” Candidate

Russ Feingold on why he would not support John Edwards:

The one that is the most problematic is (John) Edwards, who voted for the Patriot Act, campaigns against it. Voted for No Child Left Behind, campaigns against it. Voted for the China trade deal, campaigns against it. Voted for the Iraq war … He uses my voting record exactly as his platform, even though he had the opposite voting record.

When you had the opportunity to vote a certain way in the Senate and you didn’t, and obviously there are times when you make a mistake, the notion that you sort of vote one way when you’re playing the game in Washington and another way when you’re running for president, there’s some of that going on.

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    Christopher says:

    I’ve written about Edwards on my blog.

    One huge issue I have against him is the neglect his displayed to the AIDS community in North Carolina while he was a U.S. senator.

    I was living in Los Angeles at the time and employed at one of the largest community health facilities in the county providing care and meds to victims of HIV. There wasn’t a week that passed that we saw a North Carolina resident arrive on our doorsteps, unable to get life-saving HAART meds because the North Carolina ADAP program was capped. North Carolina ADAP had a waiting list of several hundred people.

    Imagine having to travel across the country when you’re ill?

    As a U.S. senator, you don’t let this happen. As a U.S. senator, you go to the Feds and tell them you need help and quickly. John Edwards didn’t do this. It was an appalling lack of concern for a patient population unable to fight and who needs all the help they can get in Washington DC.

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    Ron Chusid says:


    With regards to John Edwards and support for AIDS patients, here are a couple of general rules to keep in mind:

    1) Does John Edwards benefit monetarily from an action?

    2) Does John Edwards benefit politically from an action?

    Unless one of the conditions above apply, John Edwards is not interested. Edwards has made a career in law, business, and politics based upon engaging in the actions which most benefit John Edwards while claiming altruistic motivations.

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    Christopher says:

    Excellent points, Ron!

    Yet, for many progressives, John Edwards is the Second Coming of Christ. I don’t understand it.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Edwards is a skilled trial lawyer. He is campaigning like an attorney before a jury. For an attorney like Edwards, the actual arguments don’t matter. Edwards is skilled at arguing any policy positions and sounding convincing to a group of voters to the point where they ignore the fact that he was advocating a different set of positions in the previous case/election.

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