John Edwards announced his presidential campaign bid from the Ninth Ward of New Orleans today emphasizing the theme of poverty and the lack of resources we devote to it. The backdrop of devastation and a small group of kids were all that were there to herald the announcement. It has become increasingly clear that this poverty platform is not a phase for Edwards and that he is serious. He seems to be channeling Jimmy Carter more and more while taking positions calculated to keep his political viability like opposition to same-sex marriage.
He has more going for him this time than last and an updated and more compelling message than two years ago. As a North Carolinian, I felt that he should have run for re-election to his Senate Seat concurrently with running for Vice President. State law was re-written to allow it. I’m kind selfish that way. I felt he needed the seasoning and still do. However, I will be looking at Edwards harder this time round.