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I just had the idea to post the voting records and maybe the campaign contributions of each of the contenders, this may help to better flesh out each candidate...this will probably take a while and I will do it for both republicans and democrats, unless there are objections.
I may post only partial voting records, but will provide links to everything.
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Joe Biden

Joe Biden on Abortion

* Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
* Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
* Voted NO on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
* Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
* Voted NO on banning human cloning. (Feb 1998)
* Rated 36% by NARAL, indicating a mixed voting record on abortion. (Dec 2003)
* Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004)

Joe Biden on Budget & Economy

* Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
* Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
* Voted YES on 1998 GOP budget. (May 1997)
* Voted YES on Balanced-budget constitutional amendment. (Mar 1997)

Joe Biden on Civil Rights

* Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
* Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
* Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
* Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
* Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
* Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
* Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
* Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
* Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
* Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)

Joe Biden on Corporations

* Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
* Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
* Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (Jul 2001)
* Rated 32% by the US COC, indicating an anti-business voting record. (Dec 2003)

Joe Biden on Crime

* Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (May 1999)
* Voted NO on limiting death penalty appeals. (Apr 1996)
* Voted NO on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (Mar 1996)
* Voted NO on restricting class-action lawsuits. (Dec 1995)
* Voted NO on repealing federal speed limits. (Jun 1995)
* Voted NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (May 1994)
* Voted NO on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (May 1994)
* Rated 71% by CURE, indicating pro-rehabilitation crime votes. (Dec 2000)
* More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Apr 2001)
* Establish an FBI registry of sexual offendors. (Oct 1996)

Joe Biden on Drugs

* Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (Nov 1999)
* Voted YES on spending international development funds on drug control. (Jul 1996)

Joe Biden on Education

* Princeton was last Ivy holdout to admit women & minorities. (Jan 2006)
* Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
* Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
* Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
* Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
* Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
* Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
* Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
* Voted YES on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
* Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
* Voted YES on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
* Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
* Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
* Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)

Joe Biden on Energy & Oil

* Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's AMWR. (Nov 2005)
* Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
* Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
* Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
* Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (Jul 2003)

* Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (Jun 2003)
* Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
* Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)
* Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (Mar 2002)
* Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (Apr 2000)
* Voted NO on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (Sep 1999)
* Voted NO on defunding renewable and solar energy. (Jun 1999)
* Voted NO on approving a nuclear waste repository. (Apr 1997)
* Voted NO on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (Aug 1994)
* Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (Mar 2004)

Joe Biden on Environment

* Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
* Voted NO on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (Jan 2001)
* Voted NO on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (Sep 1999)
* Voted YES on transportation demo projects. (Mar 1998)
* Voted YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (Sep 1997)
* Voted YES on continuing desert protection in California. (Oct 1994)
* End commercial whaling and illegal trade in whale meat. (Jun 2001)
* Rated 95% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
* EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (Apr 2004)

Joe Biden on Families & Children

* Voted NO on restricting violent videos to minors. (May 1999)
* Rated 16% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
* Fund 2,500 Boys and Girls Clubs in underserved areas. (Dec 1997)

Joe Biden on Foreign Policy

* Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (May 2002)
* Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (Sep 2000)
* Voted NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (Oct 1999)
* Voted NO on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (Jul 1998)
* Voted NO on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (Apr 1998)
* Voted YES on $17.9 billion to IMF. (Mar 1998)
* Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (Mar 1996)

* Voted YES on ending Vietnam embargo. (Jan 1994)
* Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)

Joe Biden on Free Trade

* Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
* Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (Jul 2003)
* Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (Jul 2003)
* Voted YES on extending free trade to Andean nations. (May 2002)
* Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (Oct 2001)
* Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (Sep 2001)
* Voted YES on permanent normal trade relations with China. (Sep 2000)
* Voted YES on expanding trade to the third world. (May 2000)
* Voted YES on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (Nov 1997)
* Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (May 1995)
* Rated 42% by CATO, indicating a mixed record on trade issues. (Dec 2002)

Joe Biden on Government Reform

* Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
* Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
* Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
* Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
* Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
* Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)[b]
* Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)

Joe Biden on Gun Control

* Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
* Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (Mar 2004)
* Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
* Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (May 1999)
* Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (May 1999)
* Voted NO on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (Jul 1998)
* Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)

Joe Biden on Health Care

* Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
* Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
* [b]Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)

* Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
* Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
* Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
* Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
* Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
* Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
* Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
* Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
* Voted YES on medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
* Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)

Joe Biden on Homeland Security

* Voted NO on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Dec 2005)
* Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
* Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
* Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (Oct 1999)
* Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (May 1999)
* Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (May 1999)
* Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (Mar 1999)
* Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (Feb 1999)
* Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (Jun 1998)
* Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (Oct 1997)
* Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (Apr 1997)
* Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (Jun 1996)
* Voted NO on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (Sep 1995)
* Rated 80% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
* School assistance to survivors of injured federal police. (Oct 1996)

Joe Biden on Immigration

* Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (Jul 1998)
* Voted NO on visas for skilled workers. (May 1998)
* Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (Jun 1997)

Joe Biden on Jobs

* Voted NO on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
* Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (Mar 2001)
* Voted NO on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (Nov 1999)
* Voted NO on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (May 1997)
* Voted YES on replacing farm price supports. (Feb 1996)
* Protect overtime pay protections. (Jun 2003)
* Rated 100% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)

Joe Biden on Principles & Values

* Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
* Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
* Religious affiliation: Catholic. (Nov 2000)

Joe Biden on Social Security

* Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (Apr 1999)
* Voted YES on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (May 1998)
* Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (Apr 1998)
* Voted YES on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (May 1996)
* Rated 89% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)

Joe Biden on Tax Reform

* Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
* Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
* Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
* Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
* Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
* Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
* Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
* Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)

Joe Biden on War & Peace

* Voted YES on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)
* Voted YES on $86 billion for military operations in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Oct 2003)
* Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq. (Oct 2002)
* Voted NO on allowing all necessary force in Kosovo. (May 1999)
* Voted YES on authorizing air strikes in Kosovo. (Mar 1999)
* Voted YES on ending the Bosnian arms embargo. (Jul 1995)
* Condemns anti-Muslim bigotry in name of anti-terrorism. (Oct 2001)
* Move the US Embassy to Jerusalem. (Nov 1995)

Joe Biden on Welfare & Poverty

* Voted YES on welfare block grants. (Aug 1996)
* Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (Jul 1996)
* Voted NO on allowing state welfare waivers. (Jul 1996)
* Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (Sep 1995)
* Fully fund AmeriCorps. (Jun 2003)


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Mixed bag in Biden. Very interesting, lefty.

Great idea to post voting records and ratings on candidates.

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New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson intends to take the initial step toward the Democratic nomination, hoping his extensive resume will fuel a campaign to become the first Hispanic president.

Richardson plans to announce Sunday that he will soon file the papers to create a presidential exploratory committee, several officials with knowledge of his plans said Friday. The governor is scheduled to appear on ABC's "This Week."

His entry would make the Democratic race the most diverse presidential contest in history. Besides Richardson's bid to be the first Hispanic chief executive, Sen. Barack Obama would be the first black president and likely candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the first female president.

Richardson, 59, is a former congressman, U.N. ambassador and Energy Department secretary. He brings a wealth of experience in international affairs that has extended even into his governorship of a small but politically important swing state.

He has hosted talks on North Korea's nuclear program in New Mexico and most recently traveled to Sudan to meet with the country's president to press him for an end to the bloodshed in Darfur.

Despite having one of the most varied and impressive portfolios in politics, Richardson enters the race as an underdog. Polling in early voting states shows him ranking near the bottom in a very crowded Democratic field led by Clinton, Obama and 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards.


RICHARDSON TO LAUNCH PRESIDENTIAL BID

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Clinton launches presidential bid
Democratic senator discloses plans on her Web site, officials say


NEW YORK - Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton embarked on a widely anticipated campaign for the White House Saturday, a former first lady intent on becoming the nation’s first female president.

Clinton disclosed plans to form a presidential exploratory committee on her Web site.



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[url=http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/02/10/obama.2008.ap/index.html]Obama set to officially launch bid for White House
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SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (AP) -- Senator Barack Obama plans to formally announce his candidacy for president Saturday.

Obama is a newcomer to the national scene, having served just two years in the Senate, but he already is considered Sen. Hillary Clinton's chief rival among many vying for the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election.

He brings a wealth of political skills but a thin elective resume -- the very reason he chose to stage his official campaign launch from the steps of the Old State Capitol.

Obama, the son of a black man from Kenya and a white American woman, would be the first black U.S. president if elected. He was tying his bid to the legacy of Abraham Lincoln, the president who ordered an end to slavery in the 1860s, and who served eight years in the Illinois Legislature. Obama also served eight years in the state legislature.

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In These Times

Kucinich Comes Back for ‘08
By Daniel Sturm

To his supporters, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) represents the sane voice of the Democratic Party—a man who reads books, gives intelligent speeches and acts on principle. To his detractors, Kucinich is a small man on an ego trip, too radical to be elected.

Kucinich was the only Democratic candidate in the 2004 presidential primaries to vote against the war in Iraq. His 90-day plan to end the occupation was dismissed by the party’s centrist leaders and he came in fourth in the primaries—behind Kerry, Edwards and Dean. Three years later, the Iraq war has cost the lives of more than 3,000 American servicemen and untold thousands of Iraqis. And once again Kucinich, relentless in his call for withdrawing troops, is vying for the nation’s top job. “My country calls me to action,” he told a cheering crowd after announcing his candidacy on December 12 in Cleveland.


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Chris Dodd announced on the Daily Show he is running for President.

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Senator Chris Dodd appeared on the Daily Show this week and I'm inviting you to join him backstage (virtually) in the hours leading up to the show. Check out the prep in the hotel, photos and video from the Green Room, the crowd reaction following the taping and more! Check it all out here:

http://www.chrisdodd.com/dailyshow


The old fart has a sense of humor but as Jon Stewart says at the end- "Make sure you come back to the show as soon as you drop out".

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Elizabeth Edwards' health may be a factor in John Edwards' campaign:

Edwards to hold news conference on wife's health

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (CNN) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, have scheduled a news conference for Thursday to discuss what sources close to Edwards described as possible developments with her health.

The sources would not disclose the exact nature of Thursday's announcement, but they did say that the couple is not going before the press to say that "everything is OK."

Elizabeth Edwards underwent treatment for breast cancer after the 2004 campaign, in which her husband was the Democratic vice presidential nominee.


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This does sound like bad news.

The Edwards' have faced so many problems--it looks like they are going to be facing another...

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Wife's illness won’t idle Edwards ’08 campaign

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - John Edwards said Thursday his wife’s cancer has returned, but said he will continue his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“The campaign goes on. The campaign goes on strongly,” Edwards told reporters, his wife by his side.

Earlier Thursday, MSNBC.com incorrectly reported that Edwards would suspend his campaign because of his wife’s illness. The report was based on a statement an Edwards friend made to Politico.com, a political Web site, and a source who spoke to NBC.

The recurrence of the cancer — this time on Elizabeth Edwards’ bone — presents a setback for the couple, both personally and politically. But both said they would stick with their plans to campaign vigorously for the nomination.

“From our perspective, there was no reason to stop,” Edwards said. “I don’t think we seriously thought about it.”


I'm so sorry to hear this, but Elizabeth Edwards is a very strong woman. If the cancer can be defeated, she can do it. I'm glad Edwards isn't giving up the campaign. Whether he's the favorite Democratic contender or not, his presence on the campaign trail irritates the Rethugs, especially Cheney, and helps to keep some focus on the stolen election of 2004.

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NYT columnist: Compared to Elizabeth Edwards, Clinton and McCain come off as Cheese Whiz

NYT columnist Frank Rich chimes into the presidential race on Sunday, smashing pundits who pontificated on the news that Elizabeth Edwards had Stage 4 cancer and asserting that her brutal honesty upsets efforts by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 'straight talk' campaigns.

"Elizabeth Edwards' choice to stay in the political arena despite a Stage 4 cancer diagnosis didn't tell us anything we didn't already know about Elizabeth Edwards," Rich writes. "But we have learned a great deal about the political arena from the hubbub that greeted her decision. For all the lip service Washington pays to valuing political players who are authentic and truthful, it turns out that real, honest-to-God straight talk about matters of life, death and, yes, political ambition, drives "some people" (to use Katie Couric's locution) nuts."

"Americans understood," he writes. "But others who muse on politics for a living responded with bafflement and implicit moral condemnation...A Washington correspondent for Time (a man) fretted that 'Edwards' supporters, and surely many average Americans' will be wondering when his 'duties as a husband and a father' will 'trump his duty to his country and the cause of winning the White House'...A Washington Post columnist, identifying herself as a fellow mother, faulted Mrs. Edwards for not being sufficiently protective of her children."

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...It will be good for the country if John Edwards can stay in this race for the duration, whether you believe he merits being president or not. (For me, the jury on that question is out.) The more Elizabeth Edwards is in the spotlight, the more everyone else in the arena will have to be judged against her. Next to her stark humanity, the slick play-acting that passes for being "human" and "folksy" in a campaign is tinny. Though much has been said about how she is a model to others battling cancer, she is also a model (or should be) of personal transparency to everyone else in the presidential race.

Of McCain and Clinton, Rich writes, "They want us to believe that they are speaking in a direct, unfiltered manner, but so far their straight talking, even without Elizabeth Edwards as a yardstick, seems no more natural than Cheez Whiz.
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Hillary Clinton has easily set a fundraising record, pulling in $26 million between January and March. The Clinton campaign would not publicly say how much of the money it plans to save for the general election. A number of pundits have predicted this will be the most expensive election in American history.

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I saw Joe Biden promoting this site. As he said, it is about the issues.

http://headtohead08.com/

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Edwards Not Participating In Fox/CBC Debate

John Edwards -- who was first out of the box to pull out of the Fox-sponsored Nevada debate, earning accolades from the netroots and Dem activists -- has done it again.

His campaign has just called the Congressional Black Caucus and informed them that Edwards will not be part of the proposed Sept. 23 debate with Fox.

Edwards deputy campaign manager Jonathan Prince has just e-mailed us the following statement:


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"We just called the CBC to let them know that we're looking forward to their January debate with CNN but we're not going to participate in the proposed debate with Fox. The CBC champions critical issues that matter enormously to the future of our country, and we look forward to discussing them throughout this campaign and at their debate in January. But we believe there's just no reason for Democrats to give Fox a platform to advance the right-wing agenda while pretending they're objective. If there was any uncertainty as to Fox's objectivity, it was put to rest when they attacked Democratic candidates, Democratic constituency groups, and the Nevada Democratic party when their last proposed debate was cancelled for lack of support."


Tough stuff. This'll earn another round of praise for Edwards, who keeps showing he's making a credible bid to be the netroots candidate, and ratchet up the pressure on the other candidates to act accordingly in the increasingly high-stakes battle with Fox.

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