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IAFF 2008 Presidential Forum -- March 14, 2007   ...Next >
March 14, 2007--Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) was first to address the IAFF 2008 Presidential Forum.  
Speech notes.   Sen. Edwards started his speech with the "somewhere in America doesn't have to be that way" theme he used at the DNC winter meeting.  Edwards talked generally about the importance of the union movement, and he specifically mentioned a couple of IAFF priorities, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act (collective bargaining) and funding for SAFER.  He called for universal health care, stating that "I am the only candidate, at least until now, to have a specific, substantive truly universal health care plan."  He also spoke to conditions at Walter Reed and for veterans returning from Iraq.  Edwards sought to distinguish himself from the other candidates.  "When they're not talking to you, do they talk about organized labor?  When they're not talking to you, do they use the word union and do they use it proudly?  Have they walked picket lines?  Have they helped to organize workers across this country?"  Edwards spoke for a bit more than 13 minutes.

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC)
Former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-VA)
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM)
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE)
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