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Sen. John Edwards says Bush administration is a group of "insiders"
Durham Herald-Sun (Durham, NC) ^ | April 26, 2003 | Alex Ortolani, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 04/26/2003 1:04:59 PM PDT by Constitution Day



Edwards says Bush administration is a group of "insiders"

By ALEX ORTOLANI, Associated Press Writer
April 26, 2003   2:43 pm

HENNIKER, N.H. -- Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said Saturday that President Bush's administration is run by the business elite for big business, not working people.

"There is a small group of people running our country," the senator from North Carolina told a gathering at New England College. "This is a government of insiders, by insiders and for insiders."

Edwards emphasized his commitment to working class Americans and said companies must stop paying corporate chief executives excessive salaries. The senator said he wants to stop the salaries of top executives from increasing at a greater rate than middle class wages.

"We need a law that says CEOs can't protect their pensions while monkeying around with working people's pensions and benefits," he said.

When Kirby Hall of Concord asked Edwards if voters would accuse him of "class warfare," the senator said Bush already is engaged in class politics. He said Bush's tax cut proposals would primarily benefit the nation's wealthiest citizens, not middle class families.

"Bush is trying to lift up people at the top," he said. "I'm not against people doing well; I'm for everyone having the chance to do well."

Hall said afterward she was pleased with his response, but was not convinced he could defeat Bush, assuming Edwards is the Democratic nominee.

"I just wonder how he can defeat the political machine," Kirby said. "I thought some of his answers were mushy."

Edwards said he would cut taxes for the middle class, while sending $50 billion more to the states to increase jobs, boost homeland security and Medicaid, and meet the federal government's obligation to fund its education mandates. He also promised to increase unemployment benefits and provide energy tax credits for families.

Franklin Pierce law student Garth Corriveau liked some of Edwards' economic ideas, but thought he was lacking in specifics.

"As a student, I'm going to be facing some major debts," Corriveau said. "And I would like to know exactly what kind of tax cuts I can expect."

Edwards is behind regional candidates John Kerry and Howard Dean in primary polls, but says as the race continues his campaign will shift away from fund-raising to retail politics.

"People will be seeing a lot of my face in New Hampshire," Edwards said. "I will work hard to get my message across here."

A part-time history professor at the college said Edwards exceeded her expectations.

"I thought he was going to be another handsome guy in a suit with no substance," she said. "But he was well-spoken and made some good points."

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: edwards; edwardswatch; electionpresident; investingstocks; johnedwards; moose; northcarolina; oldnorthstate; unhelpful
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1 posted on 04/26/2003 1:04:59 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: *Old_North_State; **North_Carolina; mykdsmom; 100%FEDUP; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; ~Vor~; ...
NC ping!
Please FRmail me if you want to be added to or removed from this North Carolina ping list.
2 posted on 04/26/2003 1:05:44 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: *Edwards Watch
Indexing to *Edwards Watch...
3 posted on 04/26/2003 1:07:17 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Henchster
Could you post your ambulance chaser gif? Thanks.
4 posted on 04/26/2003 1:09:40 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
If only he could communicate with "those who have crossed over"!
5 posted on 04/26/2003 1:13:05 PM PDT by Mark (Treason doeth never prosper, for if it prosper, NONE DARE CALL IT TREASON.)
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To: Constitution Day
It would be much better if the trial lawyers ran the country!
6 posted on 04/26/2003 1:13:10 PM PDT by Reagan79 (Update at Asbury Seminary)
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To: Constitution Day
"Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said Saturday that President Bush's administration is run by the business elite for big business, not that employ working people".
7 posted on 04/26/2003 1:14:23 PM PDT by Search4Truth (When a man lies, he murders part of the world.)
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Ping!
8 posted on 04/26/2003 1:14:28 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
Edwards said he would cut taxes for the middle class, while sending $50 billion more to the states to increase jobs, boost homeland security and Medicaid, and meet the federal government's obligation to fund its education mandates. He also promised to increase unemployment benefits and provide energy tax credits for families.

Good grief Johnny Boy. How much more can you increase unemployment benefits. The Republicans have already added what? 6 months on top of what was already there? As if any of that was Constitutionally mandated. And it's nice to see you're going to add more to Medicaid and increase education spending. Lord knows those two programs have just worked wonders at the national level

9 posted on 04/26/2003 1:14:58 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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To: Constitution Day
The senator said he wants to stop the salaries of top executives from increasing at a greater rate than middle class wage

Huh, if there was a bill where lawyer's contingency fees would be capped at 5% or if punitive damages would be capped, Sheister Edwards would be screaming bloody hell.

10 posted on 04/26/2003 1:17:13 PM PDT by Dane
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To: Constitution Day
This "regular guy" never mentions tort reform, does he?
11 posted on 04/26/2003 1:18:27 PM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: Constitution Day
Let`s see...On who`s watch were all these CEO`s busted? I can`t recall any being busted on Clintons watch but I could be wrong, am I? Well they were trying pretty hard with Microsoft, but who else?
12 posted on 04/26/2003 1:18:36 PM PDT by metalboy (Hitlery is Hitler)
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To: Carolinamom
I wonder what the people of NC see in this trial lawyer? He is fully an "insider," not the "outsider" that he proclaims. Will the Republicans even offer opposition to Edwards for his Senate seat next year, or will they take a "WV pass" on the race?
13 posted on 04/26/2003 1:19:55 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Theodore R.; Windom Earle; Carolina
Will the Republicans even offer opposition to Edwards for his Senate seat next year, or will they take a "WV pass" on the race?

Congressman Richard Burr. Remember the name!

14 posted on 04/26/2003 1:21:22 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
"There is a small group of people running our country," the senator from North Carolina told a gathering at New England College. "This is a government of insiders, by insiders and for insiders."

I think little Johnny's been time-warped back about 8 years. That is a perfect description of x42's administration. But I'm sure that the MA liberals lapped it up!

15 posted on 04/26/2003 1:26:42 PM PDT by SuziQ
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Going out... will check in tonight.
16 posted on 04/26/2003 1:28:16 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Constitution Day
Well he has a point. President Bush is in and he's not. :')
17 posted on 04/26/2003 1:28:33 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: Dane
The senator said he wants to stop the salaries of top executives from increasing at a greater rate than middle class wage

Hmmm, well what about Hollywood actors, John? Or baseball players? They make more than executives, by a long shot. And they actually work for a living.

18 posted on 04/26/2003 1:32:49 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Theodore R.
Will the Republicans even offer opposition to Edwards for his Senate seat next year, or will they take a "WV pass" on the race?

Congressman Richard Burr is the man!

19 posted on 04/26/2003 1:34:58 PM PDT by TaxRelief (We brought you Libby this time didn't we?)
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To: Constitution Day
Edwards says Bush administration is a group of "insiders"

... As has always been the case throughout history I would suspect.

20 posted on 04/26/2003 1:37:45 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: Constitution Day
"...Bush's administration is run by the business elite for big business, not working people."

Now would you rather have the country run by a parking lot attendant or the head of GM?

D'oh

21 posted on 04/26/2003 1:39:09 PM PDT by lawdude
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To: TaxRelief
Is Burr in the race or "exploring" the possibility of running? I know he bowed out when E. Dole was mentioned for the Helms seat.
22 posted on 04/26/2003 1:42:27 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Constitution Day
The politics of class envy. Pure Marxism.
23 posted on 04/26/2003 1:43:22 PM PDT by The Westerner
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To: Constitution Day
Someday, Democrats will get off this bizarre JFK imitation trip they always seem to pull off..Comb hair like JFK, hold hand in "fist-thumb" gesture like JFK, lean forward like JFK. "Gee, he is just like JFK. I am fooled." On the other hand, they probably are. Freggin` morons
24 posted on 04/26/2003 1:47:20 PM PDT by metalboy (Hitlery is Hitler)
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To: billbears
"Edwards said he would cut taxes for the middle class..."

Hmmm. I vaguely remember another Democrat lawyer who ran for President and promised the same thing.

So, Edwards is proposing controls on CEO's, but no controls on trial lawyers. Careful John, your elitism is showing again!

25 posted on 04/26/2003 1:47:23 PM PDT by mass55th
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To: Theodore R.
We see an empty suit.
He will not do well in North Carolina.
I run a business and I have lots of walk in traffic.
I have not heard one person say they like him, much less vote for him.
RICHARD BURR is our MAN!
26 posted on 04/26/2003 1:51:29 PM PDT by fabriclady
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To: Constitution Day
INSIDER/OUTSIDER?????

IT DOES DEPEND ON YOUR POINT OF VIEW,DOESN'T IT?

WOULD SOMEONE BE SO KIND AS TO NAME ME ONE "WORKING CLASS" PRESIDENT OR PRESIDENTIAL WANABEE?

27 posted on 04/26/2003 1:54:18 PM PDT by jos65
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To: Theodore R.
Will the Republicans even offer opposition to Edwards for his Senate seat next year, or will they take a "WV pass" on the race?

You bet we will!!


Congressman Richard Burr, our next NC Senator!

28 posted on 04/26/2003 1:59:08 PM PDT by Carolina
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To: Reagan79
Exactly!
29 posted on 04/26/2003 2:02:16 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Carolina
Yes!!!!!
30 posted on 04/26/2003 2:02:33 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: fabriclady
I agree with you!
31 posted on 04/26/2003 2:03:18 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Dane
if there was a bill where lawyer's contingency fees would be capped at 5% or if punitive damages would be capped, Sheister Edwards would be screaming bloody hell.

They already tried that.

And he did.

32 posted on 04/26/2003 2:03:57 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
They already tried that.

And he did.

There is a no worse sound than a trial lawyer squealing about how unfair it is to cap his/her contigency fee.

33 posted on 04/26/2003 2:08:58 PM PDT by Dane
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34 posted on 04/26/2003 2:11:26 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Constitution Day
John Edwards for Democrat nominee!!

Even America's ignorant chattering class can recognize an empty suit of Edwards' magnitude.
35 posted on 04/26/2003 2:12:18 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Howlin

36 posted on 04/26/2003 2:24:56 PM PDT by Carolina
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To: metalboy
"Someday, Democrats will get off this bizarre JFK imitation trip they always seem to pull off..."

Hehehe -- Just as there 's a WWF wrestling school, there must be a 'JFK School of Mannnerisms' somewhere for unprincipled "boyish" preppy-looking Democratic hopefuls.

We must assume Helen Thomas is the principal.

37 posted on 04/26/2003 2:27:35 PM PDT by F16Fighter (Democrats -- The Party of Stalin and Chiraq)
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To: Constitution Day
Edwards says Bush administration is a group of "insiders"

Someone please help me!!! I can't stop laughing!!!

38 posted on 04/26/2003 2:42:47 PM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: Constitution Day
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39 posted on 04/26/2003 4:15:47 PM PDT by schaketo (Vote for Crazy Al)
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To: metalboy
Let`s see...On who`s watch were all these CEO`s busted? I can`t recall any being busted on Clintons watch but I could be wrong, am I? Well they were trying pretty hard with Microsoft, but who else?

That being the case, why was it that the Clinton Administration spent more money chasing down Bill Gates over the eight years in office, than Osama bin Laden?
40 posted on 04/26/2003 4:20:51 PM PDT by schaketo (Vote for Crazy Al Sharpton in the Demoncrap Primaries)
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To: Constitution Day
A part-time history professor at the college said Edwards exceeded her expectations.

That's why she is teaching history part time. Low expectations and low standards.

41 posted on 04/26/2003 5:03:49 PM PDT by eleni121
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To: Carolinamom
Happened to be at New England College today (son was on a college tour) and listened to the Senator address approx. 60 local residents. My impression: Edwards is too young, too much of a Southern drawl and lacks the ability to light up a room (and needs a haircut). He focused on the problem with CEO's (i.e. A.Airlines) getting bonuses and wants to inact a law to stop this. Ignores the fact that there are stockholder and union remedies to address this. No mention of tort reform or curtailing payments to trial lawyers.
I wanted to pose to him the following question but his handler cut off questions after about 4 people.

My hopeful question for the senator: 'Senator you and your wife are both lawyers with income over $1million, and 75% of the $8 million you have raised has come from fellow lawyers. You are quick to condemn CEO's for excessive bonuses and you want to introduce a law to limit their compensation that shareholders and consumers can impact yet you certainly appear by your acceptance of these campaign donations that you are in the backpocket of the trial lawyers. Please tell use what you will do as president intoduce tort reform and limit judgements that in the end affect every citizen?
Unfortunely he would not call on me.
IMHO he couldn't bring water W.
42 posted on 04/26/2003 5:07:56 PM PDT by Demnomore
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To: Constitution Day
"We need a law that says CEOs can't protect their pensions while monkeying around with working people's pensions and benefits," he said.

We need laws that allow plaintiffs to keep more of their damage awards instead of enriching lawyers as they consume more and more of the GNP.

43 posted on 04/26/2003 5:11:44 PM PDT by alrea
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To: Demnomore
'Senator you and your wife are both lawyers with income over $1million...

and you have a 2 million dollar home in Raleigh, a 4 million dollar home in Georgetown, and a 1 million dollar home on a private island off North Carolina.

Are you an "insider?"

44 posted on 04/26/2003 5:11:55 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Constitution Day; All
I received a request for a donation from Ambulance chaser boy in my snail mail today. I was wondering if I would donate 1 cent per my visa check card how much it would cost his campaign?
45 posted on 04/26/2003 5:17:21 PM PDT by Kaslin
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Where's the outrage on the part of the democratic candidates for Pres. on statements by the likes of Gov. Dean (GOP = bigots), Kerry (Regime change) Rev Al (Reparations), if they can't take on their own party members, how can they lead our nation?
46 posted on 04/26/2003 5:22:51 PM PDT by Demnomore
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To: Demnomore
3000 Americans died 9/11, 01 and these dorks are the only ones who don't get it, it would appear.
47 posted on 04/26/2003 5:53:46 PM PDT by Thebaddog (Fetch !)
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To: Constitution Day
Yeah man, thank God Richard Burr is gonna run in that race.
48 posted on 04/26/2003 5:57:40 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Demnomore
Has Edwards disclosed tax returns?
49 posted on 04/26/2003 6:16:05 PM PDT by Demnomore
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To: Constitution Day
Simple response: Edwards has been in Washington twice as long as Bush has (1999-2003 vs. 2001-2003). So who exactly is the "insider"? What we see, America, is an unethical trial lawyer who lies without compunction. We don't need that trait in a leader.
50 posted on 04/26/2003 6:19:02 PM PDT by jagrmeister
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