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Edwards Praises Both Clinton, Obama

Edwards Praises Both Clinton, Obama

Commented Mar 30, 2008 at 21:00:15 in Politics

“Yeah sure, his praise of both candidates sounded like sour grapes. Maybe you're so embroiled in the ugly dialog this primary has put forth that you're prone to thinking that way. Edwards praised them both and he did it for the party. You know, it's time to stop bashing fellow Democrats. That act is getting old and it's not productive.”

abigail1 on Mar 31, 2008 at 07:47:56

“because i am a democrat I am not allowed to be put off that Edwards played identity politics in his so called praise? That's interesting. However, considering that I praised both Clinton and Obama in my comment I hardly think I can be accused of bashing fellow Democrats. Perhaps you should follow your own advice.”
Edwards Praises Both Clinton, Obama

Edwards Praises Both Clinton, Obama

Commented Mar 30, 2008 at 20:54:55 in Politics

“LOL. Yeah, Edwards is the fraud. Edwards was the only who one who never took DC PAC/lobbyist money. Obama used to take bundles of it for his Senate run in 2004, but who cares about those pesky facts right? Did you ever consider that maybe Gore and Edwards are staying neutral for a reason? Maybe they want to use their clout to bring the two sides of the party together. That's not being a "fraud" that's being a good Democrat.”

Incredulousalso on Mar 30, 2008 at 21:46:49

“Gore and Edwards.....now THAT would be a Dream Team......”
Oregon Republican Tries To Hitch A Ride On Obama's Coattails

Oregon Republican Tries To Hitch A Ride On Obama's Coattails

Commented Jun 26, 2008 at 14:51:40 in Politics

“That's not true. Gordon Smith votes with Bush 90% of the time, that's hardly close to Obama. Smith has not done the right thing from the start. He's continued to support the war. He has voted against raising the minimum wage countless times. He even voted against lowering prescription drug prices for our seniors. Smith has not done a great job for Oregonians, Merkley otoh, has been an amazing House Speaker for our state.

Merkley led the fight against payday lenders and banned triple digit interest loans. Merkley championed a ton of enviro bills making 2007 the greenest session we've had in decades. Merkley also lowered drug prices for our seniors. Merkley did more in one year for hardworking Oregonians than Smith has in his whole career.

-sarahlane, netroots director for OR-Sen candidate Jeff Merkley”

TommyMcCarthy on Jun 26, 2008 at 18:18:43

“Sarah,

I certainly wish you and Mr. Merkley well............By all accounts he has been a highly effective speaker.

I'm certainly predisposed to vote for Democrats, (The last Republican I voted for was Hatfield in his validectory lap).

I believe Oregon will go heavily for Obama and Merkley will have a powerful argument that Obama needs a filibuster proof majority to enact the sweeping changes people expect.

I'm afraid if Merkley attempts to run AGAINST Smith, rather than FOR a Democratic majority, and attempts to paint Smith as a Republican idealogue, Oregonians quite simply will not believe him.

Obviously, the first order of business is for Merkley to make himself KNOWN to ordinary Oregonians, and give us some idea of what he stands for, and what he proposes to do as US Senator, rather than why Smith must be ousted.

It's an uphill climb, but I like many Oregonians remain receptive to your guys message if he can get it out. Feel free to post a link or respond.

Best of luck.................................................................tm”
Oregon Republican Tries To Hitch A Ride On Obama's Coattails

Oregon Republican Tries To Hitch A Ride On Obama's Coattails

Commented Jun 26, 2008 at 14:46:48 in Politics

“Ron Wyden endorsed Jeff Merkley for Senate and is campaigning for him. Gordon Smith votes with Bush/Cheney 90% of the time, so he can hardly be considered a moderate Republican who works with Democrats. This is how Smith works, when he's up for re-election he tries to paint himself as some sort of moderate, but in reality he's a politician who governs for the special interests and not for Oregonians.

Gordon Smith has voted against the minimum wage countless times yet he'll vote for billions in tax breaks for the oil companies. Need I say more?

Gordon Smith voted for the Iraq War and has continued to vote for it and continued to vote to fund it for years. Gordon Smith gave that so-called anti-war speech after his Republican colleagues lost their re-elections bids.

Merkley opposed the war from the very beginning, he had the judgment to know that Iraq was a manufactured threat to our national security not a real threat.

sarahlane, netroots director for OR-Sen candidate Jeff Merkley”
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Not Worth the Paper it's Not Printed On

Commented Apr 10, 2008 at 01:11:02 in Media

“While I've always had respect for Kos and am very thankful to the site he started, we're getting off track over there. Some days the FP is filled with great action pieces on the FISA battle to mortgage reform. The next day the FP could be filled with pro-Obama and anti-Clinton stuff. I guess I think we progressives would be better served if we aimed more of our vitriol towards McCain rather than Clinton.”
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Not Worth the Paper it's Not Printed On

Commented Apr 10, 2008 at 01:06:52 in Media

“As progressives, don't you think both sides should be examined equally regardless of candidate preference? Months ago, people on Kos did examine the differences in proposals etc. Now on Kos, we get no real comparisons anymore. It's focused more about what the Hillary Campaign is doing wrong rather than the differences between Obama and Clinton's political approach and platform. That's sad.”
Edwards Praises Both Clinton, Obama

Edwards Praises Both Clinton, Obama

Commented Mar 30, 2008 at 21:00:15 in Politics

“Yeah sure, his praise of both candidates sounded like sour grapes. Maybe you're so embroiled in the ugly dialog this primary has put forth that you're prone to thinking that way. Edwards praised them both and he did it for the party. You know, it's time to stop bashing fellow Democrats. That act is getting old and it's not productive.”

abigail1 on Mar 31, 2008 at 07:47:56

“because i am a democrat I am not allowed to be put off that Edwards played identity politics in his so called praise? That's interesting. However, considering that I praised both Clinton and Obama in my comment I hardly think I can be accused of bashing fellow Democrats. Perhaps you should follow your own advice.”
Edwards Praises Both Clinton, Obama

Edwards Praises Both Clinton, Obama

Commented Mar 30, 2008 at 20:54:55 in Politics

“LOL. Yeah, Edwards is the fraud. Edwards was the only who one who never took DC PAC/lobbyist money. Obama used to take bundles of it for his Senate run in 2004, but who cares about those pesky facts right? Did you ever consider that maybe Gore and Edwards are staying neutral for a reason? Maybe they want to use their clout to bring the two sides of the party together. That's not being a "fraud" that's being a good Democrat.”

Incredulousalso on Mar 30, 2008 at 21:46:49

“Gore and Edwards.....now THAT would be a Dream Team......”
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Why I Support the Responsible Plan to End the War

Commented Mar 18, 2008 at 17:09:16 in Politics

“I'm glad to see another progressive candidate joining this growing movement to end the war. I hope this gains steam and sitting legislators endorse the plan as well. In just two days, we will have been in Iraq for five years. It's past time to bring the soldiers home! As an Oregonian, I hope that we replace Republican Gordon Smith with Jeff Merkley. Smith voted for the war and has continued to fund it. Merkley, otoh, is a proven progressive legislator who has been opposed to the war from the start.”
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Edwards: Torn Between Two Lovers?

Commented Feb 18, 2008 at 13:41:57 in Politics

“Lies. Such blatant lies. Edwards worked for the Urban Ministries before he entered politics. Edwards donated to countless shelters and schools before he entered politics. Edwards worked with Habitat for Humanity before he entered politics. Edwards built a learning lab for kids who couldn't afford tutoring and computers before he entered politics. He had been working on poverty issues his whole life, I wish people like you would do a little research before you post.”
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Edwards: Torn Between Two Lovers?

Commented Feb 18, 2008 at 13:38:56 in Politics

“There wasn't one. Actually, Edwards stances and platform could have brought the big changes we all longed for. Wait, I'm totally wrong. Obama is a proponent of coal to liquid and nuclear energy. Edwards wanted to focus more on solar, wind and bio-fuels.”
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Edwards: Torn Between Two Lovers?

Commented Feb 18, 2008 at 13:35:22 in Politics

“Really? So, people like me who were Edwards supporters and have yet to choose between Obama and Hillary do not exist. I swear that I am a living, breathing human being. I have many friends who also have not cast their ballots who were Edwards supporters and have yet to choose between Hillary and Obama.”

constantflackery on Feb 18, 2008 at 18:19:18

“I really don't mean this to be snarky, but are you saying that if John Edwards doesn't endorse a candidate, you won't know who to vote for? Or that his opinion will determine your decision?”
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Why John Edwards Believers Should Support Barack Obama

Commented Feb 13, 2008 at 15:13:29 in Politics

“You seriously think that Edwards would only endorse Hillary out of jealousy of Obama? That's laughable. Edwards platform was more progressive than Obama's, that a plain old fact. Personally, I think Obama was much more progressive as a state legislator than he has been in the U.S. Senate. His record in IL is what gained my respect for him. That said, I'm not sure whether Obama or Hillary will actually push for bold legislation as POTUS. I sure don't want a lot of half measures, but I fear that's what we'll end up with especially if we only gain a couple more seats in the Senate.”
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Why John Edwards Believers Should Support Barack Obama

Commented Feb 13, 2008 at 15:04:54 in Politics

“LOL. Yeah it worked wonders for Reagan and Bush right? Please take a history lesson and go learn about how FDR got us out of the depression. He didn't cut taxes for the wealthy, he created massive jobs programs for the young, rural Americans and the unemployed. He also capped the inflation rate on consumer goods.”
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Why John Edwards Believers Should Support Barack Obama

Commented Feb 13, 2008 at 14:59:01 in Politics

“You don't get it. Edwards taking his endorsement seriously is acting like a leader. Jumping on another bandwagon without being sure of yourself, is acting like a follower.”
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Why John Edwards Believers Should Support Barack Obama

Commented Feb 13, 2008 at 14:57:32 in Politics

“I'm an Edwards supporter who has not decided which of the two remaining candidates I should support. Like you, fighting poverty is a huge issue for me. Even though Obama has a poverty proposal on fighting poverty, his 20 promise neighborhoods proposal seems very small scale to me. However, Obama does have a history of working for the working poor as a community organizer. Hillary's energy proposal is much stronger than Obama's proposal and will result in a huge boost in job creation. Neither Obama or Hillary have proposed a jobs program for the unemployed like Edwards did. This is a huge missing link in their platforms. Heck, if one of them started pushing a proposal like Edwards Stepping Stones Jobs program I would seriously consider backing that candidate.”
Edwards Endorsement For Obama: Speculation Grows

Edwards Endorsement For Obama: Speculation Grows

Commented Feb 13, 2008 at 12:27:14 in Politics

“I'm an Edwards supporter and have been supporting him for over five years. I share the same reservations Edwards might about both candidates. While Hillary's proposals on a green energy economy is stronger than Obama's, Obama has a better proposal on government reform. What you consider to be the right thing for John to do, is to support the candidate you do. You're a partisan and I don't expect anything less than people bashing John for not supporting the candidate they want him to.”

ladygreenslippers on Feb 13, 2008 at 20:05:11

“and who do i support?”
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The Senate Should Say "No" to Telecom Immunity

Commented Feb 5, 2008 at 21:35:02 in Politics

“Thank you for speaking out on this issue. We cannot let these companies receive immunity, we cannot put a company's financial and legal interest over the constitution. If we give them immunity, what does that say about how our government views the laws of the land?

I signed the petition and I hope others join in. We not only need to put pressure on Gordon Smith, we also need to work at unseating him. If you were our current Senator here in Oregon, we'd have another progressive standing up for our rights. I hope we will have you representing us in 2008!”
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Why I'm Endorsing Barack Obama

Commented Feb 4, 2008 at 01:04:15 in Politics

“Hi Kate. It's nice to hear your thoughts on the remaining two candidates. I met you in Iowa, I was with my ma, we were the big Edwards supporters from the great NW. I honestly can't decide which candidate out of Hillary and Obama will really champion the poor. Which candidate can I really trust to push UHC? I trusted John to work hard on those issues as POTUS, and that was a big reason I supported his candidacy. I'm still casting my vote for Edwards, because neither Obama or Hillary have proven they will fight for the least among us. If one of them starts adopting John's policies, I could change my mind.

BTW, thanks so much for being such an inspiration to ladies like me ;) We need more people like you fighting for us.”
Edwards Outlines His February 5th Strategy

Edwards Outlines His February 5th Strategy

Commented Jan 29, 2008 at 12:50:43 in Politics

“Seriously? The media doesn't make stars? That's just not true. The media's election coverage has been insanely uneven. There are tools on the web where you can see how many times CNN did a story about Edwards compared to Obama. Or, how many times the NYTimes did a story on Hillary and on Edwards. The numbers are staggering. The polling firms stopped including Edwards even before Iowa. Before Iowa! They have pushed a two candidate narrative the whole time, and not even covered the issues at hand. The media plays a big role...and it's unfortunate because they would rather talk about Hillary and Obama infighting, than what proposals the candidates have to invigorate the economy.

BTW, did you know that Edwards is the only candidate with a WPA style jobs program? His proposals on the economy and poverty show he has a real understanding of the problems we face.”
Edwards Outlines His February 5th Strategy

Edwards Outlines His February 5th Strategy

Commented Jan 29, 2008 at 12:43:35 in Politics

“Let's be a little more accurate shall we? He voted for fast track authority on CAFTA, and did admit it was a mistake. That was years ago...do you excuse Obama and Hillary for supporting the NAFTA expansion into Peru just this year? You talk about Edwards voting for the IWR, at least he became one of the biggest opponents of the war and voted to cut funding back in 2003. Obama and Hillary continued to fund the war and have not led on the issue the past few years. They could use their potential as a future POTUS to rally the Senate behind them and end the war....instead...they play it safe. They wait until every single Senator has voted on funding, and when it's set in stone that funding has passed...they vote. That bankruptcy bill never even had a shot btw.

Edwards has been consistent on poverty issues, consumer rights, womens rights, and patients rights. Much of what he talks about fighting....he's been doing it his whole life.”
Edwards Outlines His February 5th Strategy

Edwards Outlines His February 5th Strategy

Commented Jan 29, 2008 at 12:37:18 in Politics

“What a load. There is no evidence to back up what you're saying. Actually, if Edwards wasn't in it in SC, the race would have been a lot tighter between Hillary and Obama.

How can you say that Edwards is running a vanity campaign? He's the only candidate who has been focusing on poverty issues and taking on the corp. establishment. Vanity? Really?”

RusStyles on Jan 29, 2008 at 14:20:53

“Did you see that YouTube hair primping vignette, with "I'm so pretty..." playing in the background? If that wasn't an awesome display of vanity I don't know what is. I can't imagine Dennis, Bill or Obama going through this girlie endeavor. IT certainly doesn't fit the all the tough-talk he's been barking out on the stump.”
John Edwards, Celebrity, and Staying In The Game

John Edwards, Celebrity, and Staying In The Game

Commented Jan 28, 2008 at 02:04:11 in Home

“The media has not given Edwards much coverage, especially not compared to Hillary and Obama. It's been downright embarrassing what the talking heads have focused on this election. Heck, I'm sure most Americans don't realize that Edwards is the only candidate proposing a WPA style jobs program, which would employ millions of Americans and help stabilize the economy. Apparently the solutions to our problems aren't worth reporting on.

I'm glad that he's staying in the race, hopefully more people will take the time and look at his platform.”
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Four More Years! How Republicans Can Beat HilOba

Commented Jan 16, 2008 at 13:19:07 in Politics

“I had already been worried about having Obama or Hillary take on McCain. I never thought about the possibility of a McCain/Huckabee ticket, they would be able to appeal the religious right and the traditionalists in the Republican party. The only Democrat who beats McCain in head to head match ups is John Edwards. Edwards even beats him in states like Ohio and Oklahoma.”