I’ve been sitting on the fence for awhile but now want to tell my readers that I’m supporting John Edwards for President.
I have three reasons.
First, he supports and end to the war in Iraq and is not afraid to set a timeline for that to happen. Obama and Clinton haven’t done that yet. Here’s what he says on his campaign website about the war:
Edwards supports the immediate withdrawal of 40,000-50,000 troops from Iraq and the complete withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq within nine to ten months.
Second, he has made poverty the central issue of his campaign. The working poor have been kicked around for too long. I’m glad that Edwards is fighting for them. (see this youtube vide that highlights this point (courtesy of Peacearena.org)
Third, he is willing to fight for change and is willing to call things like they are. Unlike folks like Clinton (who sold herself out to the credit card industry on bankruptcy reform) or Obama (who thinks that we can negotiate with the insurance companies to get health care costs down), Edwards I believe is going to fight and keep fighting.
As for Kucinich, I admire him greatly, but I think I prefer the style of Edwards campaign. This is more of a subjective issue, but I think Edwards has more fight in him, and I think we need a fighter to take on the capitalistic-war machine.
Also, as for third party candidates, it is too early to tell. If the Dems are smart and want to get progressive voters like myself to support them, they had better pick Edwards or Kucinich. If they don’t, I’ll probably end up voting for a Green (my favorite right now is Jared Ball) or a Socialist if we get third party choices in Oklahoma, or otherwise I’ll just leave it blank like I did in ’04.
Lastly, if you want to get fired up for the possibility of radical societal change, read this op-ed piece by John Edwards that appeared (amazingly) in the Wall Street Journal: My Plan to stop corporate abuses