John Edwards Quotes

Capital Punishment
"I believe the death penalty is the most fitting punishment for the most 
heinous crimes, and I support it. But we need reforms in the death penalty..." 
John Edwards

Dick Cheney
"I think he is out of touch with the lives of most Americans. 
I think as a result of that, it's very hard for him going 
forward to provide the kind of vision of hope and 
opportunity that this country is entitled to and needs." 
John Edwards, NBC's "Today" show 7/14/04

"I think we've got two public school systems in this country. We've 
got one for the most affluent communities and one for everybody else. 
It's wrong." 
John Edwards

First Responders
"We wouldn't send our soldiers into battle without the best equipment 
in the world. Yet on the front lines of domestic defense, this 
administration is cutting aid to cops, states are laying them off, and 
they're not getting training and equipment they need….The 
administration may think domestic defense is about changing the 
color code from yellow to orange. Let me tell you something: the 
colors that will make America safer are firefighter red, EMT white, 
and police officer blue." 
John Edwards

George W. Bush
"Working people have been shut out by this president because he values 
only one thing: wealth." 
John Edwards

"They have led us from the edge of greatness when Bill Clinton left office 
to the edge of a cliff." 
John Edwards

"George Bush has a health care plan - pray you don't get sick."
John Edwards
"The president of the United States has to actually be able to walk and chew 
gum at the same time, has to be able to do two things at the same time." 
John Edwards

Growing Up
"I come from a family where my father worked in a mill in rural 
North Carolina. I was the first person in my family to be able 
to go to college," 
John Edwards,John Edwards, NBC's "Today" show 7/14/04

Health Care
"The issue becomes whether you believe health care is an isolated problem. 
For those in poverty and the struggling middle class, if one thing goes wrong 
- if they have a health care problem - theyy go right off the cliff." 
John Edwards

The modern hero is a person who does something everyone thinks they could do 
if they were a little stronger, a little faster, a little smarter, or a 
little more generous.  Heroes in ancient time were a link between man and 
perfect gods. Heroes in modern times are the link between man as he is and 
man as he could be.
John Edwards 
Source:Four Trials

"For the most part, it's America doing it alone, which I believe is an 
enormous mistake."
John Edwards

John Edwards on Himself
"I hope you agree with me this is still a country where the son of a mill 
worker can go toe to toe against the son of a president of the United States." 
John Edwards

"I think most people in this country actually think not having spent your whole 
life in politics is a good thing."
John Edwards
"I think the key is to see things through the eyes of regular Americans. 
That's a perspective that people are hungry for." 
John Edwards

Lessons Learned
I have learned two great lessons--that there will always be heartache and 
struggle, and that people of strong will can make a difference. One is a 
sad lesson; the other is inspiring. I choose to to be inspired.
John Edwards 
Source:Four Trials

Minimum Wage
“We should give these people enough to support their families, 
This cause is just and righteous.”
John Edwards


Partnership Benefits
There is so much work to be done to treat gays and lesbians and gay 
and lesbian couples with the respect that they're entitled to. They 
deserve, in my judgment, partnership benefits. They deserve to be 
treated fairly when it comes to adoption and immigration. 
John Edwards

Patriot Act
"The very notion that this administration can arrest American citizens on 
American soil, label them an enemy combatant, put them in prison, keep 
them there indefinitely - this runs contrary to everything we believe 
in this country." 
John Edwards

State v. Federal
"Far too often, people think that the solutions to the problems we face as 
a country must come from Washington, but much of the important work on the 
issues Americans face every day is done in the states. State legislators 
can do a great deal to fight poverty, expand educational opportunities, 
and make health care more affordable." 
John Edwards

"[There's] one America that does the work, another America that reaps 
the reward. One America that pays the taxes, another America that 
gets the tax breaks."
John Edwards

Wade Edwards
"Nothing in my life has ever hit me and stripped everything away like my 
son's death. As much as anyone is, Wade is who I am." 
John Edwards

Terrorism "He will fail in the war against terrorism because he does not know how to lead, George Bush is playing on people's deepest fears. He's exploiting a national tragedy for personal gain — and it's the lowest kind of politics. You don't win the war on terror by giving a speech. You win the war on terror based on what you do. And the facts show, the facts show that we haven't done all that we can to keep the American people safe and crush the terrorists before they can do harm to us. George Bush's failed actions speak much louder than his words. One of the greatest signs of weakness and failure is to resort to the politics of fear and that's what George Bush is doing today," John Edwards Source: 696&e=8&u=/ap/20041019/ap_on_el_pr/edwards

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