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Edwards apologizes for war vote

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February 28, 2007

By BETH FOUHY

Democrat John Edwards said Tuesday that honesty and openness were essential qualities for a president, and that he was proud to acknowledge his 2002 vote authorizing the invasion of Iraq was a mistake.

Trolling for campaign cash on a three-day visit to New York — home of his chief Democratic rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton — Edwards spoke to reporters after attending a union-sponsored workshop on eradicating poverty.

Asked whether his repeated apologies for his vote would be a turnoff to voters over time, the 2004 vice presidential nominee said that after six years of President Bush, voters craved a president willing to acknowledge errors and change course if necessary.

“If you asked me what I think the most important personal characteristics of the next president are, I would say honesty, openness and decency,” he said. “There’s not a single voter in America who doesn’t understand that their president is human, and their president will sometimes makes mistakes.”

At a voter forum in Carson City, Nev., last week, Edwards said Clinton’s decision not to disavow her vote was “between her and her conscience.” He didn’t mention her Wednesday, taking a swipe at President Bush instead.

Voters, the former North Carolina senator said, “want you to be willing to change course when something’s not working. We’ve had six-plus years now of a president who is completely unwilling to do that.”

For her part, Clinton’s also had a busy fundraising week — thanks in part to an online effort by her husband, Bill Clinton.

In an e-mail to his wife’s supporters last Wednesday, the former president launched a fundraising drive aimed at raising $1 million in a week. As of Tuesday afternoon, the campaign said it had brought in nearly $890,000.

Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press

4 Responses to Edwards apologizes for war vote

  1. JimZ

    February 28, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Give him credit, he has the balls to admit HE was wrong. How about all the other democratic candidates running for Pres. (Kucinich voted “no” anyway)?

    If Edwards would just stop pandering to Israel…

  2. Ruth Benderall

    February 28, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Hurray, hurray,

    finally a politician, who shows some courage.

    Whether this can “put” him into the “white house” remains to be seen”.

    Meanwhile: we are waiting for a stubborn former “first lady” to concede that she has made a fatal mistake.

    And waiting for all the others to do the same.

    Thank you.

  3. Doubtom

    March 1, 2007 at 7:52 am

    What Edwards needs to apologize for is not his “going to war vote” but his abject groveling before AIPAC, like the rest of the sniveling presidential candidates who can’t figure out where their true constituencies are.

  4. The South Point

    March 1, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Anyone with half a functioning brain cell would have voted against to begin with.