Night was falling, and John Edwards was an hour late for a campaign event at a recreation center in Williamsburg, Iowa.
When Mr. Edwards finally strode into the room, he immediately started into his opening remarks, thanking his audience for being patient, assuring them he was working hard, updating them on his wife’s health, telling them he wanted to hear their questions and warning them “we might be the first generation of Americans that doesn’t leave our children a better life than we had.”
It took 45 seconds.
On the day of the recreation center event, Mr. Edwards rose early to run on a treadmill at a Mason City hotel, and then went on to Charles City, Waverly, Cedar Falls, Mount Vernon and Williamsburg — a circuit of more than 200 miles.
When the convoy reached the recreation center, Mr. Edwards spoke about his Social Security plan, corruption, trade and other issues. At the end he grew more direct, fulfilling the strategy, at this stage of his campaign, of forcefully enlisting the audience’s participation.
“On behalf of our country, and for that matter for the rest of the world, at this point America is counting on you,” he said, looking around the room. “You judge me up or down. And you judge every other candidate by that same test.”
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
"For Edwards, a Man on the Run, Time Is No Ally"