The Caucus (NY Times political blog):
DES MOINES – Following last night’s speech at the Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner, John Edwards released a booklet today summarizing his policies for caucus-goers and reinforcing many of the central issues of his campaign at a speech this morning.Howie P.S.: Many heated comments follow the article at the link. For research purposes, you may view a video excerpt (00:55)of Hillary's speech here. I couldn't find any other Hillary video from last night. Here's video (21:38) of John Edwards full JJ Day Dinner speech.
Less than two months before the Iowa caucuses, Mr. Edwards appears to be also trying to capitalize on the launch of his first television commercial in the state and an endorsement last week from a group of thousands of Iowa caucus goers to propel his position in the race.
He spoke in honor of Veterans Day, starting with a moment of silence for those who have served in the armed forces.
“We have to restore America’s moral leadership around the world,” he said.
He then took questions from the audience, but first had the podium removed so that there was nothing between him and his listeners. The move was consistent with his style during campaign events, when he takes questions and holds press briefings sometimes several times a day.
Asked about Iraq, Mr. Edwards said he would remove 40,000 to 50,000 combat troops immediately and then the rest within the first nine to ten months. He also stressed the need to engage Iran and Syria in stabilizing Iraq.
On a question about Darfur, Mr. Edwards said the United States should enforce a no-fly zone over Darfur, and bring NATO countries together to intensify pressure on the Sudanese government and on China, upon which it depends economically.