Large turnout at the Edwards homecoming rally just south of Chapel Hill this evening. We tend to be pretty jaded about politicians round here, but I heard a lot of Amens and Hell Yeahs tonight when Edwards hit some of his themes.
I think it's just good to hear somebody say this stuff.
Here's the rundown on my Exile on Jones Street blog (with video clip).
Some quickly-jotted excerpts:
On the war:
"I say to all of you, I reject categorically any escalation of this war."
Says he rejects this "McCain Doctrine" of a surge in troops.
Says, we need to make it clear to the Iraqis that we are leaving.
"Best way to make that clear is start leaving."
Spoke out on Darfur, Uganda and AIDS in Africa. On the lack of AIDS drugs to prevent mothers from passing it on to their children; "How can the richest nation stand by and watch this happen."
Called on the country to kick the foreign oil addiction, to change our habits, to do something about Global Warming on a personal level.
Called for moral leadership through universal health care, fighting poverty, by allowing workers to organize. "If anyone can join the Republican Party just by signing a card, they should be able to join a union the same way."