( – promoted by mooncat)
My mother and I traveled to Nashville to see John Edwards speak at the USW hall – and we weren't disappointed.
Addressing an overflow crowd of 500, Edwards outlined his main campaign themes: ending poverty, strengthening the middle class, universal health care, and ending the war in Iraq.
He got good coverage in the Nashville Tennessean as well as from the local TV stations.
Even though the front-loaded primary schedule – particularly Super Tuesday – is stressing the candidates and draining campaign resources, it's great to see the candidates reaching out to the smaller states and media markets that often get ignored by major media. It's been a long time since our area has been such a candidate rich environment.
We were there an hour and a half early due to my obsessive desire to always be on the front row, and I was surprised to see that the rally setup was in the building lobby. The room seemed very small and I worried about a small crowd.
An hour later, that wasn't a problem. The lobby layout had stairs that went up three stories and were open on the higher floors. When the floor space on the main floor was packed, Edwards supporters lined the rails along the upper floors. It was also a great layout for the press because they could be up high instead of right in front of the crowd blocking everyone's view.
John was 20 minutes later than the scheduled start time (1:30) – which is probably right on time for a candidate!
Is there anything more exciting at a rally than that big moment when the candidate is introduced? People have waited, listened to the music build, gotten whipped up by the introduction, and then he/she walks out. I've attended at least a dozen presidential candidate rallies since 1992, and I LOVE IT!
I was too busy taking pictures and keeping track of all my stuff in the crowd to take notes on his speech, but the media was doing its job – for the most part – and reported the high points.
From the Nashville Tennessean:_
“In Nashville, he delivered a 20-minute speech touching on union-friendly issues such as limiting worker outsourcing and universal health care.
“You ought to be able to take your health care from job to job,” Edwards said, ticking off a list of projections that say the U.S. could lose up to 30 million jobs in the coming years.
His biggest applause, however, came when he addressed the Iraq war in a thinly disguised reference to President Bush.
“I want to be the president that asks Americans to be patriotic about something other than war,” Edwards said.
They also have some great photos of the event – and I'm in one! (in the John Edwards t-shirt)
Channel 4 managed to give him some good press, even though the lead story was – I kid you not – “Local Man Attacked by Elephant in China.”
Here's the Channel 4 video (about Edwards, NOT the elephant. Find that one on your own!) It loads slowly, but it's a good story.
And Channel 2's video.
Word is that John will be in Birmingham on Saturday and they're trying to fit in a Huntsville visit. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. He's a great candidate who's running a superb, courageous campaign.
And I'm with him all the way!
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