Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards visited CMU on Tuesday. I went to get in line to watch the simulcast about an hour early and ended up being the 5th person in line. Bridget showed up around a half hour later and then a few people from the campaign came out and started asking people if they wanted to come into the actual meeting hall. Score!
We walked in and it was standing room only. Quickly the organizers indicated that we should fill in the random empty seats that were scattered around. We ended up sitting on the bleachers with the Union Workers right behind many of our local elected officials. Dan Onorato spoke for awhile and introduced Mr. Edwards.
His delivery was good and he seemed to actually talk to people rather that at them like most politicians seem to do. He came across as a warm guy with a real passion for changing the way things are done. I’ll admit that politicians are where they are because of their charisma, so I’m not sure if it is all an act. Politicians are hard to trust. 😉
The focus of the talk was health care. He spoke for about 35 minutes on health care and then fielded questions from the audience. I’ve selected a few sound clips that I thought were interesting or amusing. These are by no means official, I wrote them down as fast as I could, but there are sure to be small deviations in the exact language that was used.
- “Why in the world a woman would vote for George Bush is a mystery to me.” -Edwards
- “It is morally wrong that we live in a country where women get paid 75c on the dollar to what a man makes.” -Edwards
- “This is the 1st administration in 75 years to not create any [net] jobs.” -Edwards
- “I want to be able to tell folks that if you give us 2 years of public service, we’ll give you 4 years of college.” -Edwards
After the event Bridget and I got to shake his hand and he was very gracious with all the people that were trying to get a piece of his time. I’m glad we got to go to the event. I really enjoyed seeing something like this firsthand. Hopefully I’ll get to go to more of these in the future. It would even be interesting to go to an event where Cheney or, even better, Bush spoke. Word has it that he is pretty incredible in person and puts out a reality distortion field similar to the one that Steve Jobs creates. Although, that’s where the similarities stops. 😉