TITLE

Makeover

PUB. DATE
August 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;8/11/2003-8/18/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 6, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
North Carolina Senator John Edwards spent the first half of 2003 largely focused on raising money for his United States' presidential campaign, and he barely tops Carol Moseley Braun in most polls. Whereas the old Edwards often replied to queries with Southern-accented platitudes, the new Edwards spews statistics and answers voters' questions with a sometimes overwhelming arsenal of specific proposals. While the media have focused on the improbable success of presidential candidate Howard Dean, Edwards has developed perhaps the most detailed and coherent domestic agenda of any of the Democratic candidates. He challenged President George W. Bush to explain why the middle class should pay higher taxes on their earned income than the wealthy pay on their investment income, while asking Democrats such as Dean and Dick Gephardt to justify taking away recent tax cuts from working-class families. His subsequent speeches on corporate responsibility and health care continued the same message of rewarding work rather than wealth and demanding responsibility in return for government assistance. Edwards has established himself as the candidate of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council.
ACCESSION #
10440618

 

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