Former Sen. John Edwards, who ran for president in 2004 with an unfailingly upbeat campaign and then joined the ticket of his party’s nominee, has come back this year with a fighting edge – an edge which Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York has likened to “throwing mud… right out of the Republican playbook.’’Howie P.S. Elizabeth Edwards had this to say in New Hampshire:
“I think anybody who doesn’t do well in Iowa is going to have a struggle,’’ Edwards said. “It’s basically a tie there, at least according to the public polls… I think it’s going to be a very intense campaigning process… I’ve lived through this before…
“For any of us, winning is doing well,’’ he said. “But if it’s close, second could be doing well.’’
Then, there is that question of who can parlay an Iowa victory into an election to the White House.
“I think they’re looking for the candidate who they believe is ready to be president,’’ Edwards said, without mentioning Clinton by name. “And third, they are looking for somebody who can win in a general election, because they don’t want another eight years of a Republican White House.’’
"Right now we also have a really important ceiling to break and that is the influence in our lives of money," in regards to the influence of lobbyist money in politics. "Right now the ceiling on top of us is not glass, it's made of money. And we need to break it."