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On his announcement tour, former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) draws an
overflow crowd for a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, NH.   ...Next >
December 29, 2006--After launching his campaign in New Orleans, LA on December 28, former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) held a town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.  His next stop was this town hall meeting atLittle Harbor Elementary School in Portsmouth, NH where he was greeted by an overflow crowd.  Standing on a folding chair on the lawn outside the building, Edwards made impromptu remarks to hundreds of people who could not get in.  Inside he spoke for about 18 minutes (transcript) and then answered questions.

In his speech, Edwards stated, 

I don't want to see us stay back, wait for the primary, wait for the election, and hope that the next person that gets elected is going to solve our problems, because I don't think it's realistic and I don't think it's going to happen.  I think instead what we should do, all of us, not just me, is we should take responsibility; we should take action.  Not later.  Now.  We should take ownership of our own country.
One way in which Edwards is encouraging citizens to take action is a project called OneCorps, which he launched earlier this year.  At OneCorps chapters around the country members are doing community organizing and service projects. 

Edwards addressed the ongoing war Iraq, rejecting what he called "the McCain doctrine, surging thousands of more American troops into Iraq."  More broadly, he emphasized the need to re-establish America's leadership and moral authority in the world, pointing to areas such as genocide in Darfur and global warming.  Edwards urged the audience to join him in fighting poverty.  "I don't think it's okay that we have 37 million people who wake up in poverty every day in America," he stated.  "Not in the richest nation on the planet."  (more)

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