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Geburtstag: 10. Juni 1953

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Johnny Reid „John“ Edwards ist ein US-amerikanischer Politiker und war von 1998 bis 2004 einer der beiden Senatoren des Staates North Carolina. 2004 und 2008 bewarb sich Edwards als demokratischer Bewerber bei den Vorwahlen zur Präsidentschaftswahl, unterlag im Jahr 2004 jedoch John Kerry, Senator aus Massachusetts; Edwards wurde aber dessen Kandidat für das Amt des Vizepräsidenten. Im Januar 2008 zog Edwards seine Kandidatur zur Präsidentschaftswahl nach Misserfolgen in mehreren Vorwahlen vorzeitig zurück und unterstützte später Barack Obama.

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„And we have so much work to do in America, because all across America, there are walls... There's a wall around Washington, D. C. The American people are, today, on the outside of that wall. And on the inside are the big corporations and the lobbyists who are working to protect a system that takes care of them.... There is another wall that divides us. It's the moral shame of 37 million of our own people who wake up in poverty every single day This is not OK. And for eight long, long years, this wall has gotten taller And there's also a wall that's divided our image in the world. The America as the beacon of hope is behind that wall. And all the world sees now is a bully. They see Iraq, Guantanamo, secret prison and government that argues that water boarding is not torture. This is not OK. That wall has to come down for the sake of our ideals and our security. We can change this. We can change it. Yes we can. If we stand together, we can change it.... This is not going to be easy. It's going to be the fight of our lives. But we're ready, because we know that this election is about something bigger than the tired old hateful politics of the past. This election is about taking down these walls that divide us, so that we can see what's possible -- what's possible, that one America that we can build together.“

— John Edwards
Endorsement of Senator Barack Obama on May 14, 2008. [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/14/AR2008051403533.html] [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzkAjd3xQ7w]

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„I think that Jesus would be disappointed in our ignoring the plight of those around us who are suffering and our focus on our own selfish short-term needs. I think he would be appalled, actually.“

— John Edwards
An interview with the website [http://www.beliefnet.com/story/213/story_21312_1.html Beliefnet.com]. Reported also by Boston Globe, March 5, 2007. [http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/03/05/edwards_jesus_would_be_appalled/]

„Let me be clear: Under no circumstances can Iran be allowed to have nuclear weapons.... To ensure that Iran never gets nuclear weapons, we need to keep all options on the table. Let me reiterate--all options must remain on the table.“

— John Edwards
Comments (via satellite) at the Seventh Annual Herzliya Conference in Israel. [http://www.herzliyaconference.org/Eng/_Articles/Article.asp?ArticleID=1728&CategoryID=223]

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