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Former Sen. Edwards says Democrats need to show 'backbone'
AP/lasvegassun ^ | September 11, 2006 | RYAN NAKASHIMA

Posted on 09/11/2006 2:24:19 PM PDT by ncountylee

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Possible presidential candidate and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards told some 3,400 union delegates and others Monday that the Democratic Party needs to show "a little backbone" by taking up the cause of universal health care again.

"One of the ways we can show some backbone and courage is we can speak out and we can say we're not for access to health care ... and all those weasel words that politicians like to use," he said.

"We're for universal health care for every single man, woman and child in America and we are going to fight for it every single day when we're running this country, when we're running the Congress, when we're running the White House. "

Edwards, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2004, appeared with other party stalwarts such as former President Jimmy Carter at a convention of the Laborers' International Union of North America to make the case to attendees to elect Democrats in November. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, also considered a possible presidential contender, was to address the convention later in the day.

Nevada has taken on new importance on the Democratic presidential primary calendar after the party moved last month to sandwich Nevada's caucus between first-in-the-nation Iowa and New Hampshire in January.

The shake-up was backed by Democratic leaders who want to add more Hispanic and black voters to the voter pool picking the party nominee, and give Democrats an early foothold in the West, a region increasingly seen as a key to winning the general election.

(Excerpt) Read more at lasvegassun.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: 109th; billrichardson; democrats; healthcare; jimmycarter; mnimumwage
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1 posted on 09/11/2006 2:24:23 PM PDT by ncountylee
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To: ncountylee

Edwards, Jimmy Carter, Bill Richardson and thousands of union thugs...what a day to miss...NOT!


2 posted on 09/11/2006 2:24:42 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ncountylee
It takes a backbone to show a backbone.
3 posted on 09/11/2006 2:24:55 PM PDT by lormand (May the guns of one million AC-130s infest Islam-0-land)
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To: ncountylee
First they need to purchase one.
4 posted on 09/11/2006 2:25:12 PM PDT by msnimje (What part of-- "DEATH TO AMERICA" --do the Democrats not understand?)
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To: ncountylee

Going by the headline, it's not just the Dims who need a backbone! :)


5 posted on 09/11/2006 2:25:36 PM PDT by alice_in_bubbaland (NY Slimes the paper of record for OBL!)
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To: ncountylee

Coming from the limp wristed metrosexual Edwards, this is hysterical! ROFL - my best laugh all day.


6 posted on 09/11/2006 2:25:41 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: ncountylee
"We're for universal health care for every single man, woman and child in America and we are going to fight for it every single day when we're running this country, when we're running the Congress, when we're running the White House. "

"No matter how many people die or if the costs escalate out of control," Edwards said.

7 posted on 09/11/2006 2:26:00 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: ncountylee
Former Sen. Edwards says Democrats need to show 'backbone'

Oh, that's rich! a) they'd have to get one, first and b) that's a little like Howard Stern telling his listeners to grow up.

8 posted on 09/11/2006 2:26:01 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("Let's Roll!")
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To: ncountylee

Edwards clinched the argument for universal health care when he reported that he could hear little dead girls talking, and they agree with him.


9 posted on 09/11/2006 2:26:30 PM PDT by Taliesan
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To: ncountylee
Former Sen. Edwards says Democrats need to show 'backbone'

Show their back bone?

The ambulance chasing "silky pony" will be suing their birth doctor for malpractice!

10 posted on 09/11/2006 2:26:34 PM PDT by llevrok (When you take my gin from my cold, dead hand....)
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To: ncountylee

How about showing a shread of decency, or a spot of morality?


11 posted on 09/11/2006 2:26:42 PM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: ncountylee
Democrats need to show 'backbone'

Oh heck, does this mean Ted Kennedy will take off his shirt again?

12 posted on 09/11/2006 2:27:15 PM PDT by Horatio Gates (The greener grass on the other side of the fence is artificial turf)
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To: ncountylee
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Possible presidential candidate and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards told some 3,400 union delegates and others Monday that the Democratic Party needs to show "a little backbone" by taking up the cause of universal health care again.

Johnny, we'd believe you were sincere if your plan included coverage of hair care products.

13 posted on 09/11/2006 2:27:24 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: ncountylee

He knows that if you're showing backbone, you have a great multimillion dollar lawsuit against the doctor who performed your surgery.


14 posted on 09/11/2006 2:28:07 PM PDT by jpl (Victorious warriors win first, then go to war; defeated warriors go to war first, then seek to win.)
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To: ncountylee
"If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free!"

note: quote taken from a fellow freeper's signature.

15 posted on 09/11/2006 2:28:11 PM PDT by avacado
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16 posted on 09/11/2006 2:28:49 PM PDT by Gordongekko909 (Mark 5:9)
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To: ncountylee
What a letdown! I was ready for some Patton-like speech, and he gives me this? A really original idea, too. When have you not heard a Democratic politician talking like this?
17 posted on 09/11/2006 2:29:46 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The moving finger writes and, having writ, moves on......)
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To: ncountylee

Can't show it if you ain't got it.....


18 posted on 09/11/2006 2:29:47 PM PDT by radar101
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To: ncountylee
Methinks he's referring to the wrong party. The democrats have done everything except slash tires. Er, hold it. They did that too.

Anyway, the Republican party's logo remains unchanged.


19 posted on 09/11/2006 2:30:16 PM PDT by Cobra64 (All we get are lame ideas from Republicans and lame criticism from dems about those lame ideas.)
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To: ncountylee

SilkyPony Says What?


20 posted on 09/11/2006 2:30:28 PM PDT by PRND21
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To: ncountylee
Democratic Party needs to show "a little backbone"

While reading this, my mind jumped ahead and thought he was going to talk about national security instead of health care. What a joke...the Dems just don't get it. Health care certainly isn't in the top 5 of my concerns as an American.

21 posted on 09/11/2006 2:30:38 PM PDT by The Iceman Cometh (Just another evil conservative)
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To: ncountylee

"I declare war on Individualism"- John Edwards.
Excuse me, Mr Edwards, I can take care of myself. Butt out! Thank you, President George W. Bush, for Health Savings Accounts.- me


22 posted on 09/11/2006 2:30:43 PM PDT by griswold3 (Ken Blackwell, Ohio Governor in 2006- No!! You cannot have my governor in 2008.)
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To: All
UGH. This clown has no chance. Universal health care has bankrupted every country it has been tried!!
23 posted on 09/11/2006 2:31:03 PM PDT by MaestroLC ("Let him who wants peace prepare for war."--Vegetius, A.D. Forth Century)
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To: ncountylee

Teddy couldn't find a spine on a porcupine.


24 posted on 09/11/2006 2:31:26 PM PDT by zarf
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To: ncountylee

This, from the Breck Girl.


25 posted on 09/11/2006 2:31:34 PM PDT by paddles
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To: The Iceman Cometh

ya mean backbone like when Kennedy ran after he killed Mary Jo? That kind of backbone? or the backbone of Murtha? How about the backbone of Jaque Kerry? Lets leave backbone to the real men not Nancy boys like these losers!


26 posted on 09/11/2006 2:32:31 PM PDT by LYSandra
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To: ncountylee
We're for universal health care for every single man, woman and child in America...

Why are they ONLY for universal healthcare? Food and shelter are more critical for life than healthcare? Wouldn't universal food and shelter be more valuable to society?

27 posted on 09/11/2006 2:32:58 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some Freepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: Kermit the Frog Does theWatusi; ncountylee
Former Sen. Edwards says Democrats need to show 'backbone'

And John Kerry has answered the call...

28 posted on 09/11/2006 2:33:04 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: ncountylee

You're right John. As the rest of thr country worries about getting blown to bits you Dumocrats should resurrect HillaryCare. Get the ID card out. Don't forget the panels of unaccountable bureaucrats deciding the racial and ethnic quotas for doctors. You and Hillary can be the two lead pigs from Animal Farm, deciding how much doctors can make in a year, etc. Roll it up into a Seven-Year Plan for us comrades.


29 posted on 09/11/2006 2:35:18 PM PDT by Dilbert56
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To: ncountylee

Trial lawyer talk for stick um up.


30 posted on 09/11/2006 2:35:29 PM PDT by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: ncountylee

Oh, come on, Johnny... you're too cute with that beauty-spot mole and all that hair to have a backbone. Who can take you seriously, Breck Girl?


31 posted on 09/11/2006 2:37:12 PM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: ncountylee

Might as well try that, since showing your pretty hair was a losing strategy...


32 posted on 09/11/2006 2:38:53 PM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: ncountylee

"We're for universal health care for every single man, woman and child in America and we are going to fight for it every single day..."

Oh good. You keep on saying that. Don't forget to add that you will not stop until every American is paying 70% of the income in taxes to pay for it.


33 posted on 09/11/2006 2:39:22 PM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: ncountylee

My current tagline says it all.


34 posted on 09/11/2006 2:42:21 PM PDT by hardworking (Please elect Comrade Clinton so that I can go on the dole too. Thank you.)
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To: radar101
Oh boy, there's more

Jimmy Carter, speaking in place of his incapacitated son, Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Jack Carter, said the Bush administration had strayed from American values and should be held to account for the war in Iraq on false premises.

His son continued to suffer from severe colitis, an inflammation of the colon, since being hospitalized on Thursday, but was steadily recovering, said spokesman Jay Jones.

"I think it's very important that all of us combine our efforts in the next few months to make sure that the administration in Washington is restrained," the elder Carter said.

If anybody needs restrained around here, it's Jimmuh Carter...

35 posted on 09/11/2006 2:42:28 PM PDT by Dinah Lord (fighting the Islamofascist Jihad - one keystroke at a time...)
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To: ncountylee

If they had backbone they would proudly call themselves socialists.


36 posted on 09/11/2006 2:42:34 PM PDT by Voltage
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To: ncountylee

Sorry, they took X-Rays and there isn't one to show.


37 posted on 09/11/2006 2:43:17 PM PDT by Moby Grape
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To: ncountylee

They'd be better off showing some brains.


38 posted on 09/11/2006 2:43:54 PM PDT by Temple Owl (Excelsior! Onward and upward.)
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To: ncountylee
"...all those weasel words that politicians like to use"

Coming from one of the biggest weasels of all, that's saying something.

(w/apologies to all the many legitimate weasels in nature)
39 posted on 09/11/2006 2:45:41 PM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: msnimje

First they need to purchase one.

_________

Purchase? SInce when do they pay for anything themselves?


40 posted on 09/11/2006 2:48:53 PM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: ncountylee
Trouble is that when the DUMBORATS show there backbone...

no meat will be showing

and the yellow belly will be blinding...

41 posted on 09/11/2006 2:49:29 PM PDT by pointsal (q)
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To: ncountylee

"...former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards told some 3,400 union delegates and others Monday that the Democratic Party needs to show "a little backbone" by taking up the cause of universal health care again."

I thought he might say "backbone" and fighting islamic terror.


42 posted on 09/11/2006 2:50:06 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: lormand

Just great! Now the slime has found yet another way to tax us. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!


43 posted on 09/11/2006 2:56:55 PM PDT by Concerto in D
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To: ncountylee

What good is a backbone for Mr. Edwards when he has no cahone's?
Neutered breck girl.


44 posted on 09/11/2006 2:57:56 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: truth_seeker
I thought he might say "backbone" and fighting islamic terror.

Yep, me too. What a joke.

45 posted on 09/11/2006 2:58:01 PM PDT by jennyp (There's ALWAYS time for jibber jabber!)
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To: ncountylee

How can this be possible? Afterall, liberals are well known for being spineless twits that lack any socially redeeming qualities whatever.


46 posted on 09/11/2006 2:59:13 PM PDT by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: Onelifetogive
"Why are they ONLY for universal healthcare? Food and shelter are more critical for life than healthcare? Wouldn't universal food and shelter be more valuable to society?"

National Lawn Care Now!

The Beginning: A Seed is Planted

While driving through a neighborhood in Atlanta recently, I noticed that the homes of poor people often had small, weedy, unattractive lawns. The people on those lawns seemed tired and depressed. The only decorations were a few old vehicles on cinder blocks, void of hope and engines. Just one mile away in a wealthy area, I saw big, green, plush lawns, lawns that were being used for parties full of happy, carefree people with nice, functional cars. That's when it hit me: lawns are an extension of the home, an external projection of the quality of our inner life. The impact a lawn has on one's self-esteem can be enormous. People driving by your home won't notice and won't care about the stains on your carpet, the toys scattered across the hallway, or the dent in the wall where Uncle Henry threw the goldfish bowl. But they will see your lawn. They notice - and they judge. Boy, do they judge!

Imaginings: The Seed is Watered

Picture a home surrounded by dry, yellow weeds that haven't been mowed or watered ever since the era of hate and greed began under Reagan/Bush: such a lawn can only instill ill will, shrill on the nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard. Now imagine that same home surrounded by a lush carpet of bluegrass, trimmed to perfection, sparkling with fine drops of morning dew glistening in golden sunlight like a field of diamonds, calling you softly with cosmic harmonies, soft, reassuring, beckoning you to lay your tired body onto its countless tiny cushions of life, where you will be renewed, invigorated, and fulfilled (warning: do check for fire ants first).

There is a world of difference in our perceptions of the two homes because of the lawns around them. The inhabitants with the poor lawn are likely to shunned socially, or to be the victims of persecution by neighbors who allege that poor lawns lower property values of the neighborhood. Ultimately, they will be denied access to jobs, education, and even health care. And meanwhile, their ever-lowering self-esteem will negate all hope and possibly leave them with no choice but to turn to a life of crime or politics.

Awakening: The Seed Sprouts

As the significance of lawns sank into my thirsty soul like a Grand Epiphany, the stark truth almost mowed me over: rich people have better lawns because they can afford them, while poor people can't. In fact, not only do the poor have inadequate access to lawn care, but many don't even have lawns at all. The free market system has failed to provide a just and equitable distribution of lawns and lawn care, and with it we find an unjust, inequitable distribution of self-esteem, perhaps the most vital resource of all. And what was the cause of this problem? Greed! Especially the greed of the money-hungry Big Lawn Care Companies (BiLCC), which act like vacuums sucking up money like loose grass clippings on the lawns they pretend to care for.

Acting: The Seedling Grows!

I realized that only a grassroots campaign could resist the power of the Big Lawn Care Companies - one of the most effectively organized special interest groups ever, with representatives having infiltrated all levels of our government, all the way up to the White House Lawn itself (due, of course, to the moral laxness of the corrupt Reagan/Bush administration during the 12 Years of Hate and Greed). The Big Lawn Care Companies, which operate solely for profit, don't care about who has nice lawns as long as they get paid top dollar. The Big Lawn Care Companies will resist reform - unless our campaign is effective. So, on April 1, 1995, I and several other sincere citizens launched Nationalize Lawn Care Now!, with myself as Chairman and Treasurer.

Our agenda and our charter were carefully crafted by a nonpartisan committee representing a broad spectrum of American society and representing the nation's leading experts in lawn care policy. It was a truly diverse coalition - one that looked like America - consisting of lawyers, politicians, and agrarian reformers from nearly every state of the union. Multiple races (5), languages (7), and sexual orientations (at least 5 different kinds) were all represented. Some on the committee had lawns, some did not; some preferred fescue; others Bermuda grass; some mowed themselves, others used Congressional staffers. But in spite of all this diversity, our committee rapidly reached a unanimous conclusion: comprehensive national lawn care was needed, and needed now!

Naturally, this was not going to be your ordinary garden-variety revolution!

Our charter calls for nationalization of all lawn care industries into a single provider run by the US Dept. of Agriculture and funded through a revitalized House Bank, with generous donations from the pro-lawn Chinese Government to be warmly received as necessary. The savings in forms, advertising, and duplicate staff alone would more than fund a complete and equitable redistribution of lawns and would provide funds to guarantee that every American has access to adequate lawn care. This program may seem too utopian and visionary to have any hope, but it already has the backing of many of the most respected names in America, including Mikhail Gorbachev, three supermodels, several Hollywood celebrities, and even the performer formerly known as The King. Further, we have a list of over 100 economists and 36 TV weathermen who predict success for our efforts - if only we can get enough financial support from people like you.(And we expect Molly Yard to be joining our forces shortly.)

Inspiring: The Seedling Blossoms!

Though we have been ignored by the controlled national media (influenced heavily by the power of the Big Lawn Care Companies), our campaign has been effective. So far we have had 18 successful fund raisers to call attention to the problem. As we have grown, we have been able to stage important public awareness events in several cities around the country. Examples include:

;^D

47 posted on 09/11/2006 3:04:07 PM PDT by the anti-liberal (OUR schools are damaging OUR children)
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To: lormand

"It takes a backbone to show a backbone."

This remids me....didn't Joe Lieberman show a "backbone" by supporting our troops?

Look what the liberals/socialists in the RAT party did to him for doing so.


48 posted on 09/11/2006 3:05:29 PM PDT by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: ncountylee; PatrickHenry
It would be very difficult for the DemocRATS to re-evolve a spine. For them it has become a vestigial organ.
49 posted on 09/11/2006 3:10:42 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: ncountylee
The demonrats has as much spine as a


50 posted on 09/11/2006 3:11:27 PM PDT by texson66 ("Tyranny is yielding to the lust of the governing." - Lord Moulton)
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