Skip to comments.Edwards: Wealth Doesn't Hurt Credibility
Posted on 05/07/2007 10:05:38 AM PDT by redstates4ever
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Presidential candidate John Edwards said Monday it's silly to suggest that his wealth and expensive tastes have hurt his credibility as an advocate for the poor. "Would it have been better if I had done well and didn't care?" Edwards asked.
Edwards noted that some of the most acclaimed anti-poverty advocates came from privileged backgrounds, including Franklin Roosevelt and Bobby Kennedy.
"You could see and feel the empathy they had," said Edwards, speaking from his home in North Carolina during an interview on Iowa Public Radio. (snip)
His credibility on the issue has been challenged by critics who point to his 28,000-square-foot home in North Carolina and his $400 haircuts. He rejected the criticism, saying a look at history shows that personal wealth doesn't disqualify people from advocating for the poor.
"It feels a little silly to me," Edwards said. "This is an issue I care deeply about."
Edwards is the son of a mill worker who achieved wealth as a trial lawyer.
The mission of his campaign is to ensure that all Americans have a chance for such success, he said.
Spoken like a good little Socialist.
Hel-loooo, Edwards, all Americans DO have a chance for success. The main reason why is because we are not a Socialist nation!
“Edwards: Wealth doesn’t hurt credibility”
Yea, but being a scum bag lawyer sure didn’t help.
Yeah, but I'm betting that neither of those guys spent more than $25 on a haircut. ....even adjusted for inflation.
Poor guy, it must be the haircuts and private jets that give Breck boy the bad rep.
FDR's socialism has probably hurt the poor more than anything else in American history.
“It feels a little silly to me,” Edwards said. “This is an issue I care deeply about.”
Well then Johnnie, I guess you’re just a silly little boy, then.
EDWARDS’ DAD WAS NOT A MILL WORKER. HE WAS A MILL MANAGER. WHY CAN’T THE BRAINDEAD MEDIA NOTE THIS?
Its like calling a doctor a “medical worker”.
It doesn’t hurt your credibility when you have NONE to begin with.
His wife doesn't hurt his credibility as a faggot.(I will check into rehab as soon as this gets pulled)
It’s damn easy to holler about the “Two Americas” from the porch of your 28,000 square foot mansion isn’t it Hair Helmet?
That's a good one. Ted Kennedy fights for keeping the Estate Tax but his brother JFK's estate (which was finally distributed upon the death of Jackie) was far far far undervalued when you consider the auction prices that his trinkets were "worth".
Honest work for an honest dollar.
Oops, I guess that doesn’t apply to ambulance chasers.
if mr. edwards wants to feel noble, he should give everything he owns to the “poor”. he should then keep working until he drops, giving everything over as he toils.
until then, i would ask mr. edwards and his socialist cohorts to please keep his/their hands out of my pockets,
thank you very much.
(why don’t they just stand up and declare what they are rather than beating around the bush, playing mind games? uh, forgot. communist insurgents always operate that way.)
“Edwards is the son of a mill worker” Its amazing the Edwards never mentions this. Its like J Forbes Kerry never mentioning he was in Vietnam.
Yeah - with other people's money.
Its not Johnnies money thats the problem.
How about the fact that he got it by chasing ambulances?
It most certainly does when the foundation of your campaign is the phrase "two Americas".
Definitely the wrong John
Careful, he’s touchy about his looks, and a ambulance chasing trial lawyer, he could sue for damage to his ego....(chuckle)
ooohh i get it the “two America’s” is OK then? LOL
Watch what you say. John paid dearly for that toilet seat. That’s why he needs to be president, he wants to milk the masses.
You nailed it. He’s a disgusting hypocrite. He’s right from the Bill Clinton mold. A hugely egotistical person with delusions of grandeur. I would like to ask him to explain why it is fair that he keep money that he received through false claims regarding cerebral palsy. The Cerebral Palsy foundation recognizes that the original premise that CP is caused by birth anoxia is false. Yet Pretty Boy Johnny made bucket loads of money laying the blame on the obstetricians involved, and in at least one trial ‘channeling’ the unborn child’s thoughts about how they were ‘not doing well’ in the womb and ‘needing to come out’.
This is the same SOB that then states how ‘wrong’ it is to pass a ban on partial birth abortion. How about ‘channeling’ the unborn childs thoughts about being partially birthed and then having their brains sucked out, Johnny? He makes me sick.
Space cadet Edwards is right: wealth really doesn’t matter. what does matter though is some dipstick paying $400.00 for a haircut. I don’t care who you are, that one matters!!
I didn't know his mill worker father was a trial lawyer too.
"Journalists" just don't know how to write, do they?
“It doesnt hurt your credibility when you have NONE to begin with.”
So true. Yet, why does wealth supposedly only hurt the credibility of Republican and Conservative candidates?
Edwards is the son of a mill worker
Hah! Yea, I think I’ve heard that before.
Nope! No credibility problem here!
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