Skip to comments.Edwards hints at future in farewell speech
Posted on 11/29/2004 12:14:09 PM PST by kattracks
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) Greeted by an enthusiastic crowd, John Edwards kicked off a farewell tour as U.S. senator Monday but left little doubt he wasn't saying goodbye to politics.
"One thing you can count on is that this fight is not over," the former vice presidential candidate told supporters. The visit to western North Carolina's largest city was the first of six stops Edwards plans across the state over three days.
"It's just good to be home," Edwards said after arriving more than an hour late for the rally. "My blood pressure goes down when I cross the line into North Carolina."
Edwards, 51, had given up a bid for a second Senate seat when he sought the Democratic presidential nomination himself, before becoming Kerry's running mate. He will leave the Senate in early January. Republican Richard Burr won the election for Edwards' seat earlier this month, defeating Democrat Erskine Bowles.
"In order for us to unite the country ... those voters have to believe that our values my values and the values of other Democratic leaders are the same values they believe in. That means we have to be touching them, reaching out to them."
Edwards said he will continue to give speeches around the country and may publish another book. He also plans to build a new home near Chapel Hill. And even without a forum in the Senate, he plans to keep a high profile.
"I have to sort my way through all of that stuff and figure out what makes the most sense and what's the best way to fight for these things I care about," he said.
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Wish he just go to one of the two Americas I'm not in.
he should havae pulled a Joe Lieberman: run for VP AND re-election to the senate. Worked for Joey boy! Lost the VP, but kept his senate job.
Now his running mate, Kerrybaby didnt' give up HIS day job. so who's the sucker here?
As he disappears into complete obscurity...
Who's this guy again?
My only question is...what doctor in his right mind is going to treat the wife of America's #1 trial lawyer?
No, he gave it up when he realized he was going to get creamed.
Since when do senators have "farewell tours?" Who does he think he is, Cher?
did you guys know that he was the son of a mill worker?
There are two----two Carolinas. Aren't there?
Why - he does think he's Cher!
A farewell speech is not needed. He did nothing, really..
News to me!
He surely spends more time on his hair.
Just think. If he had been able to deliver his home state, he would be saying farewell b/c he was about to be sworn in as VP....
Edwards may very well have a future, but considering the ill effects of diesel smoke on the lungs-Chasing ambulances could seriousely abbreviate his future.
nice. I read this thread for the sole purpose of saying exactly what you said
either way he's saying "farewell". i only wish his top banana was saying it with him.
Edwards should view the "Black Knight-at-the-bridge" scene in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" to gain an appreciation of what lies in store for him.....
More mush from Kerry's second choice. He's got a future in politics, alright.
... and in his spare time he's signed on as the spokesman for a new ad campaign as the "Breck girl"
The sob doesn't even have the courtesy to be on time. I guess he's tasking etiquette lessons from Clinton.
Re his giving up his Senate seat: The conventional wisdom was that he was going to lose. I wish Kery had the class that Bob Dole exhibited in givng up his seat and his position as Senate majority leader when he declared.
Like a bad actor who doesn't know when to get off the stage John Edwards stumbles forward in to political oblivion.
We can safely assume that crowd consisted of his wife, children and paid campaign staff.
And no one else.
Yes, we know, and he grew up to be the SOB trial lawyer that chased many of the good ob-gyn doctors out of his state. He deprived many women of good doctors who wouldn't put up with the increased insurance premiums due to his fradulent malpractice lawsuits that made him a multi-millionare. Check out the background on his first major malpractice lawsuit, for instance.
"He did nothing, really.."
He made us laugh, he made us cry............that is, he made us laugh, until we cried.
Thanks Johnny, we hardly knew you...... Lets keep it that way.
Leftover campaign money burning a hole in his pocket?
Hmmmmm. I hope they keep their hands to themselves.
"'It's just good to be home,' Edwards said..."
I expect his neighbors don't feel the same. Have heard he's not a good, respectful neighbor
How can you say that?< /sarcasm>
'My Little Pony' couldn't carry his own precinct, let alone his state or any other Southern state. He was shuffled off to the boondocks in the waning days of the election because his mouth was such an embarrassment. "Christopher Reed would get up and walk", etc.
"Just think. If he had been able to deliver his home state, he would be saying farewell b/c he was about to be sworn in as VP...."
This jackass has the nerve to keep people waiting for an hour. He still doesn't get it. Nor do any of the other democrats for that matter.
Let me splain sumpnother to you Johnny Boy. You ain't special. If it is your goal to get people to vote for you, I'd strongly suggest you learn that voters, silly as we are, expect, no make that demand, to be treated with dignity and respect.
I know, I know, this is a concept that is beyond your ability to comprehend, so just take your liberal pompous ass back to the trial lawyer business.
You don't suppose that he wanted to be VP so he could have his own Lewinsky, do you? Now he'll have to feel his way toward finding one on his own.
It is for you.
My 100% Guaranteed Airtight Prediction: John Edwards will never be elected to any national office ever again.
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The best thing you can do is take care of your family right now. Your wife is in a fight for her life, and she and your children deserve your undivided attention. You have worked for years to build your fortune, and you are lucky that in this difficult time you have the option of refraining from work. Should the Lord bless your wife with a positive prognosis we will be glad to pick up the debate in full at a later date.
Until then you have my prayers, and should you do the right thing by your family you will gain a measure of respect from this conservative.
**"Edwards, 51, had given up a bid for a second Senate seat when he sought the Democratic presidential nomination himself...."
No, he gave it up when he realized he was going to get creamed.**
...."he plans to keep a high profile"......
As the spokesman for Breck
Maybe there'll be an opening in Tulsa. I heard he's good at laying on hands.
Pray he doesn't get a law license in Oklahoma. That's the only downside to Edwards returning to the private sector.
I think Cher is on a perpetual farewell tour. Let's hope it doesn't take the Breck girl as long to fade into obscurity.
How can we miss you when you'll never go away???
Edwards is a far cry from the #1 trial lawyer, but your point is well taken.
He ran for president in the first place and did not run for reelection because the wise people of North Carolina had already let it be known that he had no chance of being reelected, unlike Joe Lieberman. Edwards, like his running mate, was a failed, do nothing Senator. Unlike the Bay Staters, the North Carolinians cared.
well he's gone anyway.
I had the same thought. Edward's will go back to happily chasing ambulances and never be heard from again in national politics.
I wonder how he got elected the first time, no competition ?
Edwards needs to stay home and put in some "quality" time with his kids while his wife recuperates. I have my doubts that a pretty boy like him wants to leave Washington and go back home to live.
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