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JOHN EDWARDS                                                                                                DEMOCRAT
John Edwards has been through this all before.The former North Carolina senator ran for president in 2004 and made a
surprisingly strong showing in Iowa, eventually becoming Sen. John Kerry’s running mate. Since then, he’s been a near-constant
presence in the Hawkeye State, hoping a good result there can propel his underfunded campaign, frequently overshadowed by the
other two top Democratic candidates, to the top of the ticket.

BIRTHDAY: June 10, 1953 (54)            HOMETOWN: Robbins, N.C. RELIGION: Methodist
FAMILY: Married to Elizabeth Edwards since 1977.Their first son,Wade, was killed in a car accident in 1996.The couple have
three other children.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree, North Carolina State University, 1974; law degree, University of North Carolina, 1977
EXPERIENCE: Successful personal-injury lawyer, 1977-1998; U.S. senator from North Carolina, 1999-2005; director of a
poverty think tank, 2005-2006; consultant to a hedge fund, 2005-2006
YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW: People magazine in 2000 named Edwards the “sexiest politician alive.”


CHOICE TO RUN:                                MAJOR THEMES:                              IN NEVADA:
Edwards is on a crusade against               Edwards’ famous speech on the “Two         Has spent 19 days in the state, second
poverty and inequality in America. He         Americas” — one for the rich and one       only to Bill Richardson among all the
says he wants to fight the corporate          for the poor — has evolved into a new      candidates, and opened two offices. Has
interests that have too much power in         slogan, “America Rising.” He emphasizes    strong support from Northern Nevada
Washington.                                   his rural roots and appeals to working-    legislators and is endorsed by unions
                                              class voters, especially union members.    with more than 30,000 members.

NATIONALLY                                                          NEVADA
Edwards generally comes in third in national Democratic polling,    Nevada polls have generally put Edwards between 10 percent
earning between 10 percent and 20 percent of the vote. He           and 20 percent, but the campaign believes its union supporters
has staked his campaign on a strong showing in Iowa, where          will turn up in disproportionate numbers and tilt the caucus
he has spent much of the past four years building support and       his way.
remains in a near-tie with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Edwards voted to authorize the Iraq war, but has
apologized for his vote and believes he should be given
credit for honesty. From his comfortable perch outside
the building, he has criticized the Democratic Senate
for not doing more to end the war. He has called
the “war on terror” a “bumper sticker.”
Edwards was the first major candidate to produce
a detailed proposal for universal health care. He
says he is leveling with the American people by
acknowledging that tax increases will be required to
get it done; he would raise taxes on people making
more than $200,000 a year. Edwards’ plan allows
people to choose between private insurance plans and
a government-run, Medicare-style program in buying
mandatory health coverage.
Like most Democrats, Edwards supports a comprehensive
approach to immigration that would secure the borders
while helping existing illegal immigrants achieve legal status.
Edwards voted for the nuclear waste dump at Nevada’s
Yucca Mountain while in the Senate, but now says he
opposes the project. Edwards says he is now better than his
rivals on this issue because he rejects any expansion of nuclear
To combat global warming, Edwards proposes a cap-and-trade
system for greenhouse gas emissions and reducing the cap annually,
while subsidizing new sources of energy that are clean and create
new jobs.
Edwards would raise taxes and isn’t afraid to say so. He says candidates who
claim they can create big new programs without new revenue are being

Many of Edwards’ current positions are more liberal than when he ran in 2004.
For example, during that run he opposed universal health care. His populism
has led some to portray him as angry and divisive. Expensive haircuts, a lavish
lifestyle and a lucrative consulting gig have opened him to charges he’s not such
a man of the people. Republicans, meanwhile, portray him as an ambulance-
chasing trial lawyer.



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