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Cottle, Michelle
January 2004
New Republic;1/19/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 1, p12
Presents the case for the presidential candidacy of Democratic Senator John Edwards. Refutation of claims that Edwards lacks sufficient experience for the job; Assertion that Edwards' domestic policy proposals show that he has detailed knowledge of issues such as pension reform and education; Claim that Edwards has made campaign promises that are practical and specific, unlike the vague platitudes offered by his rivals; Claim that Edwards has a compelling, easily articulated message on taxation that could appeal to socially conservative blue-collar voters who might otherwise vote Republican; Argument that Edwards' lack of experience on foreign policy should not be a major problem, and that his instincts appear to be sensibly hawkish; Observation that Edwards shares many of the personal qualities of Bill Clinton, including charm, charisma, and an ability to connect with people; Speculation that Edwards Southern origins could give the Democrats a leg up in Middle America.


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