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chimpymustgo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-01-04 03:26 PM
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Speech evolved over a year (Edwards' Two Americas)
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Edwards' standard address fleshes out 'two Americas' idea

By JOHN WAGNER, Washington Correspondent

AIKEN, S.C. --


When Edwards started running, he talked much about his family's humble origins and other parts of his biography. The North Carolina Democrat still reminds audiences that he is the son of a millworker, but his speeches are now heavier on policy proposals that he has unveiled as the race unfolded.

He routinely touts plans to expand access to college, to help families buy homes and to forge a new global nuclear compact.

From the early days, Edwards talked about how America has, in effect, two school systems -- no longer based on race but on economic conditions.

In December, it dawned on him that that trope could be expanded to describe other disparities he sees in the tax system, health-care system and government.

The rhetoric of "two Americas" -- now the catchphrase of Edwards' campaign -- debuted in a Des Moines, Iowa, policy speech Dec. 29.

"Today, under George W. Bush, there are two Americas, not one," he told about 100 people at a community outreach center. Edwards said that Bush had produced "one America that is struggling every day to get by and another America that can buy anything it wants, including the Congress and the White House."


James Carville, having heard this stump speech, said Edwards is even better than Clinton on the stump. Article gives analysis into how the speech developed.
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