John Edwards delivered a speech in Hanover, NH on Thursday that has garnered a lot of attention. Perhaps not all of it was the attention he had hoped for, but hey… that’s politics.
One moment Edwards was invoking Bobby Kennedy, quoting: “If we fail to dare, if we do not try, the next generation will harvest the fruit of our indifference; a world we did not want, a world we did not choose, but a world we could have made better by caring more for the results of our labors.”
But before he invoked Kennedy, he stabbed with a right wing talking point, aimed at Clinton, that in my opinion he could have forgone, as someone who claims to want to end the game:
The American people deserve to know that their presidency is not for sale, the Lincoln Bedroom is not for rent, and lobbyist money can no longer influence policy in the House or the Senate.
It’s time to end the game.
The video of Edwards’ speech is below (h/t to Suburban Guerrilla):
First we had Obama with his “Bush-Cheney lite” crack, and then there was the questionable comment from Michelle Obama, that the Obama camp claimed was aimed anywhere and now this from Edwards. And of course once called on the carpet for his remark, Edwards claimed he “was not singling out Clinton.”
“I’m not holier than thou about this,” he said. “I have personally raised millions of dollars as a presidential candidate. What I’m talking about is what’s happened in the past through multiple administrations.”
He said he wanted to see the Democrats make “a clear stand from this day forward that we’re going to change the way we do things.”
But as the L.A. Times noted, “For much of the day, Edwards spoke to audiences of about several hundred people. People listened politely, though in some cases he didn’t appear to close the deal.”