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44. "from a crowd of 1,800 at Brookland Baptist Church"
AP: Edwards Wraps Up Early Campaign Blitz

Jim Davenport
Associated Press
Dec 30, 2006

John Edwards, Presidential Hopeful and Ex-Senator, Wraps Up Early Campaign Blitz in Carolinas

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. Presidential hopeful John Edwards, returning to the scene of his only primary victory in his 2004 bid, said Saturday that fellow Democrats should focus on running Congress rather than trying to impeach President Bush.

He also disagreed with an audience member who suggested, on the day Saddam Hussein was hanged in Iraq, that Bush should face the same fate.

But Edwards said he "unequivocally and without any question" rejected an escalation of the war. "There is no military solution to what is happening in Iraq," he said to cheers from a crowd of 1,800 at Brookland Baptist Church, one of the state's largest black churches.

Luevera Caeser, one of about a dozen questioners at the town hall-style event, asked whether Edwards thought Bush should face impeachment because he "lied to the nation."

Edwards said the Republican-led impeachment of former President Clinton was driven by politics and damaged the nation. "I don't think the way to correct that mistake is by another mistake," Edwards said. "We don't have to get in the mud with pigs."

Another questioner, Davey van Greenen, asked Edwards whether Bush should be tried and face the same fate as Saddam. "He should be hanged in public himself," van Greenen said to considerable applause.

"I'll say to you very directly I don't agree with what you just said," Edwards responded, to similar applause.

Edwards' biggest ovations came on domestic issues, particularly health care. "We should say finally and without equivocation it is time for universal health care in America," he said.

He also said he wants an increase in the minimum wage, a better education system, national energy independence and a United States that is a world leader.

"It's time for us to ask Americans to be patriotic about something other than war," he said.

Edwards, who was born in South Carolina but launched his political career from North Carolina, won the 2004 primary here with 45 percent of the vote to John Kerry's 30 percent.

The stop at one of South Carolina's largest black churches came as the one-term senator neared the end of his multistate announcement tour. After a New Orleans launch, Edwards headed to Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Edwards returned to North Carolina Saturday evening and was greeted by about 5,000 people near his campaign office in Chapel Hill, according to campaign officials.

"I came here tonight to ask all of you to join us in this cause, because I can't do it by myself," Edwards said. "We have to start today."

Edwards took no questions at the rally and hardly mentioned Bush, instead encouraging supporters to promote his vision for the country.

Bush carried North Carolina in 2004, and Rachel Frew of Chapel Hill said she knows people who are still unhappy Edwards only served one term as a senator.

"I think he's going to have some work to do in this state to carry North Carolina," Frew said.

Associated Press writer Elizabeth Dunbar contributed to this report from Chapel Hill.
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  -OBAMA in 2004: "We pray to an awesome God in blue states and wndycty  Sep-25-07 12:01 AM   #0 
  - That speech was fantastic  southlandshari   Sep-25-07 12:11 AM   #1 
  - C-Span will run it now and then.  Old Crusoe   Sep-25-07 12:33 AM   #12 
  - You can watch it @  Sapphire Blue   Sep-25-07 01:05 AM   #15 
     - Thank you for the link!  southlandshari   Sep-25-07 01:14 AM   #16 
  - I like Obama, but unity can be overrated  bluestateguy   Sep-25-07 12:13 AM   #2 
  - People just want any excuse to trash him, wndy.  illinoisprogressive   Sep-25-07 12:25 AM   #3 
  - I'm a non-believer and I LOVE me some Obama  thecatburgler   Sep-25-07 12:25 AM   #4 
  - Here here!  wndycty   Sep-25-07 12:29 AM   #5 
  - I am not religious myself but,  illinoisprogressive   Sep-25-07 12:29 AM   #6 
     - As an African American I concur  wndycty   Sep-25-07 12:30 AM   #8 
  - One thing Clinton and Obama agree upon: there just isn't enough religion in the mix  PurityOfEssence   Sep-25-07 12:29 AM   #7 
  - That is what you say, but you do know at some point he will campaign in Black churches. . .  wndycty   Sep-25-07 12:31 AM   #10 
  - Obama has actually taken a stand  sandnsea   Sep-25-07 12:34 AM   #13 
  - Thank you. Obama acknowledged non-believers in a major speech.  thecatburgler   Sep-25-07 01:17 AM   #17 
     - Interview with a right wing fundie  sandnsea   Sep-25-07 01:54 AM   #18 
     - Edwards: "You don't have to believe in God to be moral."  PurityOfEssence   Sep-25-07 10:25 AM   #27 
        - Answer this, what will your reaction be if Edwards campaigns at reaches out to Black churches  wndycty   Sep-25-07 10:39 AM   #28 
        - Gladly. My reaction would depend on the context, frequency and content  PurityOfEssence   Sep-25-07 01:20 PM   #35 
           - Well lets archive this thread and see how Edwards behaves in Black churches  wndycty   Sep-25-07 02:21 PM   #36 
           - "from a crowd of 1,800 at Brookland Baptist Church"  wndycty   Sep-26-07 02:31 PM   #44 
        - Good for Edwards, I didn't see that part of the LOGO forum  thecatburgler   Sep-25-07 11:25 AM   #31 
  - THANK YOU  Skittles   Sep-25-07 04:10 AM   #20 
  - The speech in Boston did put Senator Obama on a lot of people's political  Old Crusoe   Sep-25-07 12:31 AM   #9 
  - the only one who challenges the radical right  sandnsea   Sep-25-07 12:31 AM   #11 
  - Reaction to the faith tour in Carolina ought to be withheld until it  Old Crusoe   Sep-25-07 12:44 AM   #14 
  - K&R  DeepModem Mom   Sep-25-07 02:22 AM   #19 
  - I thought he said a totally awesome God  Enrique   Sep-25-07 05:34 AM   #21 
  - He said "awesome". In your mind, you naturally heard "totally awesome"...  jefferson_dem   Sep-25-07 06:03 AM   #22 
  - He didn't - he is not responsible for anyone else's snarky memory  karynnj   Sep-25-07 06:45 AM   #23 
     - Yes but some DUers don't want to rise about the ugliness. . .  wndycty   Sep-25-07 08:14 AM   #24 
  - People who bash Obama's unity message forget that the MAJORITY is on OUR side.  Odin2005   Sep-25-07 08:30 AM   #25 
  - This speach turned me off to Obama big time  DinoBoy   Sep-25-07 09:15 AM   #26 
  - Democrats are religious, however they do not wear it on their sleeves.  Ethelk2044   Sep-25-07 11:03 AM   #29 
  - He does the exact opposite  sandnsea   Sep-25-07 11:22 AM   #30 
  - And this has what to do with his "Awesome God" speech?  DinoBoy   Sep-25-07 10:13 PM   #42 
  - Huh?!?!?  Hard_Work   Sep-25-07 12:14 PM   #32 
  - Maybe It's Because  Forrest Greene   Sep-25-07 12:28 PM   #33 
  - I much prefer REALITY-BASED rhetoric.  CTD   Sep-25-07 12:57 PM   #34 
  - Pandering to a group who will NEVER vote for you  depakid   Sep-25-07 02:37 PM   #37 
  - Very narrow minded of you, a significant part of the faith vote is the African American church  wndycty   Sep-25-07 03:02 PM   #38 
     - Now, lets be honest here  depakid   Sep-25-07 03:32 PM   #39 
        - Oh the horror. . .  wndycty   Sep-25-07 03:50 PM   #40 
           - All I said was that it was pandering to people  depakid   Sep-25-07 04:03 PM   #41 
  - That was a great speech!  Sparkly   Sep-25-07 10:15 PM   #43 

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