January 6, 1999 – January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Lauch Faircloth|
|Succeeded by||Richard Burr|
November 2, 2004
|Running mate||John Kerry|
|Opponent(s)||Dick Cheney (R). The United States Senate is the Upper house of the bicameral United States Congress, the Lower house being the House of Representatives North Carolina ( is a state located on the Atlantic Seaboard in the southeastern United States Events 1066 - Harold Godwinson is crowned King of England. 1205 - Philip of Swabia becomes King Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Events 1431 - Joan of Arc is handed over to the Bishop Pierre Cauchon. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Duncan McLauchlin "Lauch" Faircloth (born January 14, 1928) served one term as a Republican U Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is a United States Senator from Winston-Salem North Carolina. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. The United States presidential election of 2004 was held on Tuesday November 2, 2004, to elect the President of the United States. Events 1570 - A Tidal wave in the North Sea devastates the coast from Holland to Jutland, killing more than 1000 "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " } John Forbes Kerry (born December 11 1943 is an American Politician who is currently serving his fourth term as the junior United States Senator Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (born January 30 1941 is the forty-sixth and current Vice President of the United States.|
|Incumbent||Dick Cheney (R)|
|Preceded by||Joe Lieberman|
|Succeeded by||Not yet determined|
|Born||June 10, 1953 |
Seneca, South Carolina
|Alma mater||North Carolina State University|
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Johnny Reid "John" Edwards (born June 10, 1953) is an American politician who served one term as U.S. Senator from North Carolina. Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (born January 30 1941 is the forty-sixth and current Vice President of the United States. Joseph Isadore "Joe" Lieberman (born February 24 1942 is the junior United States Senator from Connecticut. Events 1190 - Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the Sally River while leading an army to Jerusalem Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Seneca is a city in Oconee County, South Carolina, United States. South Carolina ( is a state in the southern region ( Deep South) of the United States of America. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. Elizabeth Anania Edwards (born Mary Elizabeth Anania on July 3, 1949, in Jacksonville Florida) is an attorney and the wife of John Alma mater is Latin for "nourishing mother" It was used in Ancient Rome as a title for the mother Goddess, and in Medieval North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public, Coeducational extensive Research University located in Raleigh North Carolina The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( UNC, North Carolina, or simply Carolina) is a public, Coeducational Research An attorney at law (or attorney-at-law) in the United States is a practitioner in a court of law who is legally qualified to prosecute A politician (from Greek " Polis " is an individual who is involved in influencing public decision making through the influence of Politics or a person The United Methodist Church is the largest Methodist denomination and the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Events 1190 - Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the Sally River while leading an army to Jerusalem Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States Senate is the Upper house of the bicameral United States Congress, the Lower house being the House of Representatives North Carolina ( is a state located on the Atlantic Seaboard in the southeastern United States He was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004, and was a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination through the January primaries, until dropping out, and later endorsing Senator Barack Obama. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. The Vice President of the United States is the first person in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of the United States upon the death The United States presidential election of 2004 was held on Tuesday November 2, 2004, to elect the President of the United States. The United States presidential election of 2008, scheduled for Tuesday November 4 2008 will be the 56th consecutive PLEASE DO NOT MAKE STRUCTURAL CHANGES TO THIS PAGE WITHOUT FIRST DISCUSSING THEM ON THIS ARTICLE'S DISCUSSION PAGE A senate is a Deliberative body, often the Upper house or chamber of a Legislature or Parliament.
He defeated incumbent Republican Lauch Faircloth in North Carolina's 1998 Senate election and toward the end of his six-year term sought the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2004 presidential election. Duncan McLauchlin "Lauch" Faircloth (born January 14, 1928) served one term as a Republican U The US Senate election 1998 was a roughly even contest between the Republican and Democratic parties The United States presidential election of 2004 was held on Tuesday November 2, 2004, to elect the President of the United States.
He eventually became the 2004 Democratic candidate for Vice President, the running mate of presidential nominee Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. } John Forbes Kerry (born December 11 1943 is an American Politician who is currently serving his fourth term as the junior United States Senator The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. After Edwards and Kerry lost the election to incumbents George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, Edwards began working full time at the One America Committee, a political action committee he established in 2001, and was appointed director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (born January 30 1941 is the forty-sixth and current Vice President of the United States. In the US, a Political Action Committee, or PAC, is the name commonly given to a private group regardless of size organized to elect political candidates The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( UNC, North Carolina, or simply Carolina) is a public, Coeducational Research The University of North Carolina School of Law is a professional school within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was also a consultant for Fortress Investment Group LLC. Fortress Investment Group ( is a New York NY-based asset management firm which manages Private equity, Hedge funds and Real estate and railroad
Edwards was born June 10, 1953 to Wallace Reid Edwards and Catharine Juanita "Bobbie" Edwards (née Wade) in Seneca, South Carolina. Events 1190 - Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the Sally River while leading an army to Jerusalem Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Seneca is a city in Oconee County, South Carolina, United States. South Carolina ( is a state in the southern region ( Deep South) of the United States of America. The family moved several times during Edwards' childhood, eventually settling in Robbins, North Carolina, where his father worked as a textile mill floor worker, eventually promoted to supervisor; his mother had a roadside antique finishing business and then worked as a postal letter carrier when his father left his job. Robbins is a city in Moore County, North Carolina, United States. Mail, or post, is a method for transmitting information and tangible objects wherein written Documents typically enclosed in Envelopes and also 
A football star in high school, Edwards was the first person in his family to attend college. He attended Clemson University and transferred to North Carolina State University. North Carolina State University at Raleigh is a public, Coeducational extensive Research University located in Raleigh North Carolina Edwards graduated with high honors earning a bachelor's degree in textile technology in 1974, and later earned his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) with honors. A bachelor's degree is usually an Undergraduate Academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts for three four or in some cases and Juris Doctor (abbreviated JD or JD, from the Latin, Teacher of Law) is a first professional graduate degree and Professional The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( UNC, North Carolina, or simply Carolina) is a public, Coeducational Research
While at UNC, he met Elizabeth Anania, who is four years his senior. Elizabeth Anania Edwards (born Mary Elizabeth Anania on July 3, 1949, in Jacksonville Florida) is an attorney and the wife of John They married in 1977 and would eventually have four children (Wade in 1979, Cate in 1982, Emma Claire in 1998, and Jack in 2000). Catharine Elizabeth "Cate" Edwards (born March 4, 1982) is the elder daughter of John Edwards, the 2004 Their son Wade was killed in a car accident when strong winds swept his Jeep off a North Carolina highway in 1996. Edwards and his wife began the Wade Edwards Foundation in their son's memory; the purpose of the nonprofit organization is "to reward, encourage, and inspire young people in the pursuit of excellence. " The Foundation funded the Wade Edwards Learning Lab at Wade's high school, Broughton High School in Raleigh, along with scholarship competitions and essay awards. Broughton High School is a name shared by a number of schools Needham B Raleigh (pronounced rah-lee) is the Capital of the State of North Carolina and the county seat of Wake County, USA Just weeks before Wade died, he had been honored at the White House by First Lady Hillary Clinton for an essay he wrote on entering the voting booth with his father. See also Executive Office of the President of the United States The White House, formerly known as the Executive Mansion, is the Official residence Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26 1947 is the junior United States Senator from 
On November 3, 2004, Elizabeth Edwards revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Events 644 - Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second Muslim Caliph, is killed by a Persian slave in Medina. "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Breast cancer is a Cancer that starts in the cells of the Breast in women and men She was treated via chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and continued to work within the Democratic Party and her husband's One America Committee. Chemotherapy, in its most general sense refers to treatment of disease by chemicals that kill cells specifically those of micro-organisms or Cancer. Radiation therapy (or radiotherapy) is the medical use of Ionizing radiation as part of Cancer treatment to control Malignant Johnny Reid "John" Edwards (born June 10 1953 On March 22, 2007, during his campaign for the 2008 Democratic nomination for the presidency, Edwards and his wife announced that her cancer had returned; she was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, with newly discovered metastases to the bone and possibly to her lung. Events 238 - Gordian I and his son Gordian II are proclaimed Roman emperor. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The stage of a cancer is a descriptor (usually numbers I to IV of how much the Cancer has spread Breast cancer is a Cancer that starts in the cells of the Breast in women and men Metastasis ( Greek: displacement μετά=next + στάσις=placement, plural metastases) sometimes abbreviated mets,  They said that the cancer was "no longer curable, but is completely treatable" and that they planned to continue campaigning together with an occasional break when she requires treatment. 
After law school, Edwards clerked for a federal judge and in 1978 became an associate at the Nashville law firm of Dearborn & Ewing, doing primarily trial work, defending a Nashville bank and other corporate clients. Four Trials is a Book by former US Senator John Edwards of North Carolina and his co-writer John Auchard. A law clerk or a judicial clerk is a person who provides assistance to a Judge in researching issues before the Court and in writing opinions The Edwards family returned to North Carolina in 1981, settling in the capital of Raleigh where he joined the firm of Tharrington, Smith & Hargrove. Raleigh (pronounced rah-lee) is the Capital of the State of North Carolina and the county seat of Wake County, USA 
In 1984 Edwards was assigned to a medical malpractice lawsuit that had been perceived to be unwinnable; the firm had only accepted it as a favor to an attorney and state senator who did not want to keep it. Nevertheless, Edwards won a $3. 7 million verdict on behalf of his client, who had suffered permanent brain and nerve damage after a doctor prescribed a drug overdose of the anti-alcoholism drug Antabuse during alcohol aversion therapy. Alcoholism is a term with multiple and sometimes conflicting definitions Disulfiram is a drug used  In other cases, Edwards sued the American Red Cross three times, alleging transmission of AIDS through tainted blood products, resulting in a confidential settlement each time, and defended a North Carolina newspaper against a libel charge. The American Red Cross (also known as the American National Red Cross) is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance disaster relief and education inside 
In 1985, Edwards represented a five-year-old child born with cerebral palsy whose doctor did not choose to perform an immediate Caesarean delivery when a fetal monitor showed she was in distress. A Caesarean section (or Cesarean section in American English) also known as C-section, is a form of Childbirth in which a surgical Edwards won a $6. 5 million verdict for his client, but five weeks later, the presiding judge sustained the verdict but overturned the award on grounds that it was "excessive" and that it appeared "to have been given under the influence of passion and prejudice," adding that in his opinion "the evidence was insufficient to support the verdict. " He offered the plaintiffs $3. 25 million, half of the jury's award, but the child's family appealed the case and received $4. 25 million in a settlement.  Winning this case established the North Carolina precedent of physician and hospital liability for failing to determine if the patient understood the risks of a particular procedure. 
After this trial, Edwards gained national attention as a plaintiff's lawyer. He filed at least twenty similar lawsuits in the years following and achieved verdicts and settlements of more than $60 million for his clients. These successful lawsuits were followed by similar ones across the country. When asked about an increase in Caesarean deliveries nationwide, perhaps to avoid similar medical malpractice lawsuits, Edwards said, "The question is, would you rather have cases where that happens instead of having cases where you don't intervene and a child either becomes disabled for life or dies in utero?"
In 1993, Edwards began his own firm in Raleigh (now named Kirby & Holt) with a friend, David Kirby. He became known as the top plaintiffs' attorney in North Carolina.  The biggest case of his legal career was a 1997 product liability lawsuit against Sta-Rite, the manufacturer of a defective pool drain cover. The case involved Valerie Lakey, a five-year-old girl who was disemboweled by the suction power of the pool drain pump when she sat on an open pool drain whose protective cover other children at the pool had removed, after the swim club had failed to install the cover properly. Despite 12 prior suits with similar claims, Sta-Rite continued to make and sell drain covers lacking warnings. Sta-Rite protested that an additional warning would have made no difference because the pool owners already knew the importance of keeping the cover secured.
In his closing arguments, Edwards spoke to the jury for an hour and a half and referenced his son, Wade, who had been killed shortly before testimony began. Mark Dayton, editor of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, would later call it "the most impressive legal performance I have ever seen. " The jury awarded the family $25 million, the largest personal injury award in North Carolina history. The company settled for the $25 million while the jury was deliberating additional punitive damages, rather than risk losing an appeal. Punitive damages (termed exemplary damages in the United Kingdom) are Damages not awarded in order to compensate the Plaintiff, but in order For their part in this case, Edwards and law partner David Kirby earned the Association of Trial Lawyers of America's national award for public service. The American Association for Justice (AAJ, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America ( ATLA) is the leading organization for Lawyers representing  The family said that they hired Edwards over other attorneys because he alone had offered to accept a smaller percentage as fee unless the award was unexpectedly high, while all of the other lawyers they spoke with said they required the full one-third fee. The size of the jury award was unprecedented, and Edwards did receive the standard one-third plus expenses fee typical of contingency cases. The family was so impressed with his intelligence and commitment that they volunteered for his Senate campaign the next year.
After Edwards won a large verdict against a trucking company whose worker had been involved in a fatal accident, the North Carolina legislature passed a law prohibiting such awards unless the employee's actions had been specifically sanctioned by the company. 
In December 2003, during his first presidential campaign, Edwards (with John Auchard) published Four Trials, a biographical book focusing on cases from his legal career. John Auchard is a professor of English at the University of Maryland College Park. Four Trials is a Book by former US Senator John Edwards of North Carolina and his co-writer John Auchard. The success of the Sta-Rite case and his son's death (Edwards had hoped his son would eventually join him in private law practice) prompted Edwards to leave the legal profession and seek public office.
Edwards won election to the U. Meet the Press is a weekly American television news/interview program produced by NBC. S. Senate in 1998 as a Democrat running against incumbent Republican Senator Lauch Faircloth. Duncan McLauchlin "Lauch" Faircloth (born January 14, 1928) served one term as a Republican U Despite originally being the underdog, Edwards beat Faircloth by 51. 2% to 47. 0% — a margin of some 83,000 votes.
During President Bill Clinton's 1999 impeachment trial in the Senate, Edwards was responsible for the deposition of witnesses Monica Lewinsky and fellow Democrat Vernon Jordan, Jr. During the 2000 presidential campaign, Edwards was on Democratic nominee Al Gore's vice presidential nominee "short list" (along with John Kerry and Joe Lieberman, Gore's eventual pick). The President of the United States is the Head of state and Head of government of the United States and is the highest political official in United States by William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19 1946 served as the forty-second President of the United States Former President of the United States Bill Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives on December 19, 1998 In Law, a deposition is witness testimony given under oath and recorded for use in court at a later date Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is an American woman with whom then- United States President Bill Clinton admitted to Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr (born August 15, 1935) is a Lawyer and business executive in the United States. Albert Arnold Gore Jr (born March 31 1948 is an American environmental Activist, author Businessperson, former Politician, and former } John Forbes Kerry (born December 11 1943 is an American Politician who is currently serving his fourth term as the junior United States Senator Joseph Isadore "Joe" Lieberman (born February 24 1942 is the junior United States Senator from Connecticut. 
In his time in the Senate, Edwards co-sponsored 203 bills.  Among them was Lieberman's 2002 Iraq War Resolution (S. The Iraq War, also known as the Second Gulf War, the Occupation of Iraq, or the War in Iraq, is an ongoing Military campaign J. Res. 46) which he co-sponsored along with 15 other senators, but which did not go to a vote; he voted for replacement resolution (H. J Res. 114) in the full Senate to authorize the use of military force against Iraq, which passed by a vote of 77 to 23, saying on October 10, 2002 that "Almost no one disagrees with these basic facts: that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a menace; that he has weapons of mass destruction and that he is doing everything in his power to get nuclear weapons; that he has supported terrorists; that he is a grave threat to the region, to vital allies like Israel, and to the United States; and that he is thwarting the will of the international community and undermining the United Nations' credibility. Events 680 - Battle of Karbala: Shia Imam Husayn bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is decapitated See also 2002 (disambiguation Year 2002 ( MMII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Israel topics. The United Nations ( UN) is an International organization whose stated aims are to facilitate cooperation in International law, International security " He defended his vote on an October 10, 2004 appearance on Meet the Press, saying "I would have voted for the resolution knowing what I know today, because it was the right thing to do to give the president the authority to confront Saddam Hussein. Events 680 - Battle of Karbala: Shia Imam Husayn bin Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, is decapitated "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Meet the Press is a weekly American television news/interview program produced by NBC. Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti ( Arabic: ar صدام حسين عبد المجيد التكريتي --> April 28 1937 &ndash December 30 . . I think Saddam Hussein was a very serious threat. I stand by that, and that's why [John Kerry and I] stand behind our vote on the resolution".  However, he subsequently changed his mind about the war and apologized for that military authorization vote. Edwards also voted in favor of the Patriot Act. The USA PATRIOT Act, commonly known as the Patriot Act, is a controversial Act of Congress that U
Among other positions, Edwards was generally pro-choice and supported affirmative action, and the death penalty. Overview See also Ethical aspects of abortion Pro-choice advocates emphasize their beliefs that having a child is a personal choice that affects a woman's body and Affirmative action in the United States|Employment equity (Canada|Reservation in India|Numerus clausus The term affirmative action describes many policies aimed at a historically Capital punishment of a Felon in the United States, in modern times is employed and in practice only in cases involving murder One of his first sponsored bills was the Fragile X Research Breakthrough Act of 1999.  He was also the first person to introduce comprehensive anti-spyware legislation with the Spyware Control and Privacy Protection Act.  He advocated rolling back the Bush administration's tax cuts and ending mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent offenders. George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States.  Edwards generally supported expanding legal immigration to the United States while working with Mexico to provide better border security and stop illegal trafficking. The United Mexican States ( or commonly Mexico (ˈmɛksɪkoʊ () is a federal constitutional Republic in North America. 
Edwards served on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and U.S. Senate Committee on Judiciary, and was a member of the New Democrat Coalition. The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (sometimes referred to as SSCI) is The United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary (informally Senate Judiciary Committee) is a Standing committee of the United States Senate, the The New Democrat Coalition is an organization within the United States Congress.
Before the 2004 Senate election, Edwards announced his retirement from the Senate and supported Erskine Bowles, former White House Chief of Staff, as the successor to his seat; Bowles, however, was defeated by Republican Richard Burr in the election. The United States Senate election 2004 was an election for one-third of the seats in the United States Senate which coincided with the re-election of George Erskine Boyce Bowles (born August 8, 1945) is an American businessman and political figure from North Carolina. The White House Chief of Staff is the highest-ranking member of the Executive Office of the President of the United States and a senior aide to the President Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is a United States Senator from Winston-Salem North Carolina.
In 2000, Edwards unofficially began his presidential campaign when he began to seek speaking engagements in Iowa, the site of the nation's first party caucuses. The United States presidential election of 2004 was held on Tuesday November 2, 2004, to elect the President of the United States. The State of Iowa ( is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States of America. The Iowa caucuses are an electoral event in which residents of the U On January 2, 2003, Edwards began fundraising without officially campaigning by forming an exploratory committee. Events 366 - The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers invading the Roman Empire. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Fundraising is the process of soliciting and gathering Money or other gifts in-kind by requesting donations from individuals businesses charitable foundations or governmental On September 15, 2003, Edwards fulfilled a promise he made a year earlier as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to unofficially announce his intention to seek the 2004 Democratic Presidential nomination. Events 668 - Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II is assassinated in his bath at Syracuse Italy. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. The Daily Show (known in its current incarnation as The Daily Show Ten candidates vied for the nomination including retired four-star general Wesley Clark, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, John Edwards The next morning, Edwards made the announcement officially from his hometown. He declined to run for reelection to the Senate in order to focus on his presidential run. Edwards' campaign was chaired by North Carolina Democratic activist Ed Turlington. Ed Turlington is an American Lawyer and Democratic Party activist
As Edwards had been building support essentially since his election to the Senate, he led the initial campaign fundraising, amassing over $7 million during the first quarter of 2003 – more than half of which came from individuals associated with the legal profession, particularly Edwards' fellow trial lawyers, their families, and employees. 
Edwards' "stump speech" spoke of two Americas, with one composed of the wealthy and privileged, and the other of the hard-working common man, causing the media to often characterize Edwards as a populist. Two Americas is a Catch phrase referring to Social stratification in American Society, made famous in a speech by former US Senator Populism is a discourse which supports "the people" versus "the Elites " Populism may involve either a political philosophy urging social and political 
Edwards struggled to gain substantial support, but his poll numbers began to rise steadily weeks before the Iowa caucuses. Edwards had a surprising second place finish with the support of 32% of delegates, behind only John Kerry's 39% and ahead of former front-runner Howard Dean at 18%. } John Forbes Kerry (born December 11 1943 is an American Politician who is currently serving his fourth term as the junior United States Senator Howard Brush Dean III, (born November 17 1948 is an American One week later in the New Hampshire primary, Edwards finished in fourth place behind Kerry, Dean and Wesley Clark, with 12%. The New Hampshire primary is the first in a series of nationwide Political party Primary elections held in the United States every four years as part of Wesley Kanne Clark, KBE (born December 23 1944 is a retired General of the United States Army. During the February 3 primaries, Edwards won the South Carolina primary, lost to Clark in Oklahoma, and lost to Kerry in the other states. Events 1112 - Ramon Berenguer III of Barcelona and Douce I of Provence marry uniting the fortunes of those two states Oklahoma ( is a state located in the South Central region of the United States of America. Edwards garnered the second largest number of second-place finishes, again falling behind Clark. 
Dean withdrew from the contest, leaving Edwards the only major challenger to Kerry. In the Wisconsin primary on February 17, Edwards finished second to Kerry with 34% of the vote. Wisconsin ( or wɪˈskɑnsɨn (French Ouisconsin) is one of the fifty United States of America, located in the north central part of the United States Events 1500 - Battle of Hemmingstedt. 1600 - Philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori
Edwards largely avoided attacking Kerry until a February 29, 2004 debate in New York, where he characterized him as a "Washington insider" and mocked Kerry's plan to form a committee to examine trade agreements. Leap years Although the modern calendar counts a year as 365 days a complete revolution around the sun takes approximately 365 days and 6 hours "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " A trade pact is a wide ranging Tax tariff and trade pact that often includes Investment guarantees
In the Super Tuesday primaries on March 2, Kerry finished well ahead in nine of the ten states voting, and Edwards' campaign ended. In the United States Super Tuesday, in general refers to the Tuesday in February or March of a presidential election year when the greatest number of states hold Events 986 - Louis V becomes King of the Franks. 1127 - Assassination of Charles the Good In Georgia, Edwards finished only slightly behind Kerry but, failing to win a single state, chose to withdraw from the race. The State of Georgia ( is a state in the United States and was one of the original Thirteen Colonies that revolted against British rule He announced his official withdrawal at a Raleigh, North Carolina press conference on March 3. Raleigh (pronounced rah-lee) is the Capital of the State of North Carolina and the county seat of Wake County, USA Events 1284 - Statute of Rhuddlan incorporated the Principality of Wales into England 1575 - Indian Edwards' withdrawal made major media outlets relatively early on the evening of Super Tuesday, at about 6:30 p. m. CST, before polls had closed in California and before caucuses in Minnesota had even begun. California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. Minnesota ( Native Americans demonstrated the name to early settlers It is thought that the withdrawal influenced many people in Minnesota to vote for other candidates, which may partially account for the strong Minnesota finish of Dennis Kucinich. Dennis John Kucinich (kuˈsɪnɪtʃ (born October 8[[ 946]] is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives and was a candidate for Edwards did win the presidential straw poll conducted by the Independence Party of Minnesota. A straw poll or straw vote is a vote with nonbinding results Straw polls provide important interactive dialogue among movements within large groups reflecting trends like organization The Independence Party of Minnesota (often abbreviated MNIP, IP or IPM) formerly the Reform Party of Minnesota, is the third largest
After withdrawing from the race, he went on to win the April 17 Democratic caucuses in his home state of North Carolina, making him the only Democratic candidate besides Kerry to win nominating contests in two states. Events 69 - After the First Battle of Bedriacum, Vitellius becomes Roman Emperor.
On July 6, 2004 Kerry announced that Edwards would be his running mate; the decision was widely hailed in public opinion polls and by Democratic leaders. This article is about the Presidential Campaign of John Kerry, U Events 1044 - The Battle of Ménfő takes place 1189 - Richard the Lionheart is crowned King of England "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Though many Democrats supported Edwards' nomination, others criticized the selection for Edwards' perceived lack of experience. The nomination caused the Chamber of Commerce network to throw its support to George W. Bush due to Edwards' opposition to tort reform. The United States Chamber of Commerce (USCC is the world's largest not-for-profit business federation representing 3000000 businesses (via its Federation of local chambers George Walker Bush ( born July 6 1946 is the forty-third and current President of the United States. Tort reform in the United States refers to a topic of debate over the changes to the Tort law system of liability and damages  In the vice presidential debate, Dick Cheney incorrectly told Edwards they never met due to Edwards' frequent absences from the Senate. Richard Bruce "Dick" Cheney (born January 30 1941 is the forty-sixth and current Vice President of the United States. The media later found at least one videotape of Cheney and Edwards meeting.
Kerry's campaign advisor Bob Shrum later reported in Time magazine that Kerry said he wished he'd never picked Edwards, and the two have since stopped speaking to each other. Robert M "Bob" Shrum (born 1943) is an American political consultant, who has worked on numerous Democratic campaigns  Edwards said in his concession speech, "You can be disappointed, but you cannot walk away. This fight has just begun. "
The day after his concession speech, he announced his wife Elizabeth had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Edwards told interviewer Larry King that he doubted he would return to practice as a trial lawyer and showed no interest in succeeding Terry McAuliffe as the Democratic National Committee chairman. Larry King (born November 19, 1933) is an American television/radio host Terence Richard "Terry" McAuliffe (b February 9, 1957) is an American businessman and political consultant. The Democratic National Committee (DNC is the principal organization governing the United States Democratic Party on a day to day basis
In February 2005, Edwards headlined the "100 Club" Dinner, a major fundraiser for the New Hampshire Democratic Party. New Hampshire ( is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. That same month, Edwards was appointed as director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for studying ways to move people out of poverty. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( UNC, North Carolina, or simply Carolina) is a public, Coeducational Research Poverty (also called penury) is deprivation of common necessities that determine the quality of life including food clothing shelter and safe Drinking water, and That fall, Edwards toured ten major universities in order to promote "Opportunity Rocks!", a program aimed at getting youth involved to fight poverty.
On March 21, 2005, Edwards recorded his first podcast with his wife. Events 630 - Byzantine emperor Heraclius restores the True Cross to Jerusalem. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A podcast is a series of audio or Video digital-media files which is distributed over the Internet by syndicated Download Elizabeth Anania Edwards (born Mary Elizabeth Anania on July 3, 1949, in Jacksonville Florida) is an attorney and the wife of John Several months later, in August, Edwards delivered an address to a potential key supporter in the Iowa caucus, the AFL-CIO in Waterloo, Iowa. American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, commonly AFL-CIO, is a National trade union center, the largest federation of Waterloo is the County seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States.
In the following month, Edwards sent an email to his supporters and announced that he opposed the nomination of Judge John Roberts to become Chief Justice of the United States. Electronic mail, often abbreviated to e-mail, email, or originally eMail, is a Store-and-forward method of writing sending receiving John Glover Roberts Jr (born January 27 1955) is the seventeenth and current Chief Justice of the United States. The Chief Justice of the United States is the head of the judicial branch of the government of the United States, and presides over the U He was also opposed to the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito as an Associate Justice. Samuel Anthony Alito Jr (born April 1, 1950) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
During the summer and fall of 2005, he visited homeless shelters and job training centers and spoke at events organized by ACORN, the NAACP and the SEIU. Homeless shelters are temporary residences for homeless people ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, is a community-based organization that advocates for low- and moderate-income families by working The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, usually abbreviated as NAACP, is one of the oldest and most influential Civil rights organizations Service Employees International Union ( SEIU) is a labor union representing more than 2 million workers In Florida a high-profile strike at the University of Miami He spoke in favor of an expansion of the earned income tax credit, a crackdown on predatory lending, an increase in the capital gains tax rate, housing vouchers for racial minorities (to integrate upper-income neighborhoods), and a program modeled on the Works Progress Administration to rehabilitate the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. The United States federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC or EIC is a Refundable tax credit. Predatory lending is a Pejorative term used to describe practices of some Lenders. A capital gains tax (abbreviated CGT) is a Tax charged on Capital gains the profit realized on the sale of a non-inventory Asset that was purchased This article covers the HUD subsidized housing program For other meanings of the term Section 8 see Section 8. The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest New Deal agency employing millions of people The Gulf Coast region of the United States comprises the coasts of states which border the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest hurricane, as well as one of the five deadliest in the history of the United States In Greene County, North Carolina he unveiled the pilot program for College for Everyone, an educational measure he promised during his presidential campaign, in which prospective college students would receive a scholarship for their first year in exchange for ten hours of work a week. Greene County is a County located in the US state of North Carolina. A scholarship is an award of access to an institution or a financial aid award for an individual student scholar for the purpose of furthering their Education
Edwards was co-chair of a Council on Foreign Relations task force on United States-Russia relations alongside Republican Jack Kemp, a former congressman, Cabinet official and vice presidential nominee. The Council on Foreign Relations ( CFR) is an American Nonpartisan foreign policy membership organization founded in 1921 and based at 58 East 68th Street (at Jack French Kemp Jr (born July 13 1935 is an American politician and former professional American football player  The task force issued its report in March 2006.  On July 12, the International Herald Tribune published a related op-ed by Edwards and Kemp. Events 1191 - Saladin 's garrison surrenders ending the two-year Siege of Acre. An editorial, leader (UK or leading article (UK is an article in a Newspaper or Magazine that expresses the opinion of the Editor 
On April 6, 2006, Edwards joined Ted Kennedy at a rally for raising the minimum wage. Events 46 BC - Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato in the Battle of Thapsus Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (born February 22 1932 is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic A minimum wage is the lowest hourly daily or monthly Wage that employers may legally pay to employees or workers 
In October 2005, Edwards joined the Wall Street investment firm Fortress Investment Group as a senior adviser, later working with them as a consultant. Wall Street is a street in lower Manhattan, New York City, United States. Fortress Investment Group ( is a New York NY-based asset management firm which manages Private equity, Hedge funds and Real estate and railroad  Unknown to Edwards, Fortress owned a major stake in Green Tree Servicing LLC, which rose to prominence in the 1990s selling subprime loans to mobile-home owners and now services subprime loans originated by others. Subprime loans allow buyers with poor credit histories to be funded, but they charge higher rates because of the risk, and sometimes carry hidden fees and increased charges over time.  In August 2007, The Wall Street Journal reported that a portion of the Edwards family's assets were invested in Fortress Investment Group, which had, in turn, invested a portion of its assets in subprime mortgage lenders, some of which had foreclosed on the homes of Hurricane Katrina victims.  Upon learning of Fortress' investments, Edwards divested funds and stated that he would try to help the affected families.  Edwards later helped set up an ACORN- administered "Louisiana Home Rescue Fund" seeded with $100,000, much of it from his pocket, to provide loans and grants to the families who were foreclosed on by Fortress-owned lenders. 
On December 28, 2006, John Edwards officially announced his candidacy for President in the 2008 election from the yard of a home in New Orleans, Louisiana that was being rebuilt after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. John Edwards is the former United States Senator from North Carolina and was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in Labor Day is a United States Federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September Events 1065 - Westminster Abbey is Consecrated. 1308 - The reign of Emperor Hanazono, Emperor of Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. New Orleans (nʲuːˈɔrliənz nʲuːˈɔrlənz French: La Nouvelle-Orléans) is a major United States port city and the largest city in Louisiana The State of Louisiana ( or, État de Louisiane, pronounced) is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest hurricane, as well as one of the five deadliest in the history of the United States  Edwards stated that his main goals were eliminating poverty, fighting global warming, providing universal health care, and withdrawing troops from Iraq. Global warming is the increase in the average measured temperature of the Universal health care is health care coverage which is extended to all eligible residents of a governmental region 
National polls had Edwards placing third among the Democratic field beginning in January 2007, behind Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama. Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born October 26 1947 is the junior United States Senator from  As of July 2007, the Edwards campaign raised a total of $23 million from nearly 100,000 donors, placing him behind Obama and Clinton in fundraising. 
Also in 2007, another defective pool drain-related accident similar to the one that disemboweled Valerie Lakey (see "Legal career" above) occurred in Minnesota. The victim was six-year old Abigail Taylor. Abigail Rose Taylor ( May 24, 2001 - March 20, 2008) was a young girl from Edina Minnesota whose accidental injury and eventual death Edwards pushed to have federal pool safety strengthened and played a part in the passage of the Virginia Baker Pool Safety Act.
On January 3, 2008, in the Iowa caucuses, the first contest of the nomination process, Edwards placed second with 29. Events 1431 - Joan of Arc is handed over to the Bishop Pierre Cauchon. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common The 2008 Democratic caucuses in Iowa occurred on January 3, 2008, and were the state caucuses of the Democratic Party in Iowa. 75 percent of the vote to Obama (37. 58 percent), with Clinton coming in third with 29. 47 percent of the vote.  On January 8, Edwards placed a distant third in the New Hampshire Democratic primary with just less than 17% (48,818 votes). Events 871 - Battle of Ashdown - Ethelred of Wessex defeats a Danish invasion army The New Hampshire primary is the first in a series of nationwide Political party Primary elections held in the United States every four years as part of On January 26, Edwards again placed third in the primary in South Carolina, his birth state, which he carried in 2004, and he placed third in the non-binding January 29 vote in Florida. Events 1340 - King Edward III of England is declared King of France. The 2008 South Carolina Democratic Presidential primary took place on January 26, 2008. Events 904 - Sergius III comes out of retirement to take over the papacy from the deposed Antipope Christopher.
On January 30, 2008, Edwards announced that he was suspending his campaign for the Presidency. Events 1648 - Eighty Years' War: The Treaty of Münster is signed ending the conflict between the Netherlands and Spain 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common  He did not initially endorse either Clinton or Obama, saying they both had pledged to carry forward his central campaign theme of ending poverty in America.  In April 2008 he stated that he would not accept the 2008 Vice Presidential slot if asked.  On May 14, 2008, Edwards officially endorsed Senator Obama at a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Events 1264 - Battle of Lewes: Henry III of England is captured in France making Simon de Montfort the 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common
Edwards promotes programs to eliminate poverty in the United States, is pro-choice, and supports "College for Everyone" initiatives. See also John Edwards Here are some of Senator John Edwards 's votes and remarks on various issues He has endorsed efforts to slow down global warming.
Although Edwards initially supported the Iraq War, he later re-evaluated his position and in November 2005 wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post in which he said he regretted voting for the Iraq War Resolution, and discussed three solutions for success in the conflict. An editorial, leader (UK or leading article (UK is an article in a Newspaper or Magazine that expresses the opinion of the Editor The Washington Post is the largest and most circulated Newspaper in Washington D  He has denounced the "troop surge" in Iraq, is a proponent of withdrawal, and has urged Congress to withhold funding for the war without a withdrawal timetable. The surge is a phrase commonly used to describe United States President George W 
Edwards argues in favor of creating one million housing vouchers over five years in order to place poor people in middle-class neighborhoods. Edwards has stated, "If we truly believe that we are all equal, then we should live together too. "
Edwards has a universal health care plan that requires all Americans to purchase health care insurance, "requires that everybody get preventive care," and requires employers to provide health care insurance or be taxed to fund public health care. Universal health care is health care coverage which is extended to all eligible residents of a governmental region  He supports a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, is opposed to a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and supports the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Illegal immigration refers to Immigration across National Borders in a way that violates the Immigration laws of the destination Country Same-sex marriage (also referred to as gay marriage) is a term for a legally or Socially recognized Marriage between two people of the same The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, is the short title of a Federal law of the United States passed on September 21 1996 as Public Law No 
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John Edwards has made several statements, and made several proposals while running for office. In March of 2007 he was the first presidential candidate to make his campaign “carbon neutral. A candidate is the prospective recipient of an Award or honor or a person seeking or being considered for some kind of position for example to be elected ” He started buying carbon offsets to reduce his carbon emissions and having his offices buy recycled paper products. Greenhouse gases are gaseous constituents of the atmosphere bothnatural and anthropogenic that absorb and emit radiation at specific wavelengths within the spectrum of thermal infrared  He also said in a speech "Why has America not addressed global warming in a serious way? There's a very simple answer for that. Oil companies, power companies, gas companies and their lobbyists in Washington, D. Lobbying includes all attempts to influence Legislators and officials whether by other legislators constituents or organized groups C. "  Most of his stances on the environment are very positive. He has voted against drilling in the Arctic five times, and supports standard that would require renewable sources to be the source of 10 percent of America's electricity by 2020. On global warming, he has denounced the Bush administration for not signing the Kyoto treaty and he supports the McCain-Lieberman bill to establish a cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. (IPA /kʲoːto / is a city in the central part of the island of Honshū, Japan. 
|United States Senate|
|United States Senator (Class 3) from North Carolina|
Served alongside: Jesse Helms, Elizabeth Dole
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|Democratic nominee for Senator from North Carolina (Class 3)|
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|1. The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress is a Biographical dictionary of all present and former members of the United States Congress as The Washington Post is the largest and most circulated Newspaper in Washington D The Federal Election Commission (or FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that was founded in 1975 by the United States Congress to regulate the The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP is a nonpartisan research group based in Washington D Project Vote Smart ( PVS) is a Non-profit, Non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office in The Federal Election Commission (or FEC) is an independent regulatory agency that was founded in 1975 by the United States Congress to regulate the The Open Directory Project ( ODP) also known as dmoz (from directory Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West The United States Senate is the Upper house of the bicameral United States Congress, the Lower house being the House of Representatives Duncan McLauchlin "Lauch" Faircloth (born January 14, 1928) served one term as a Republican U North Carolina ratified the Constitution on November 21, 1789. Jesse Alexander Helms Jr (October 18 1921 – July 4 2008 was a five-term Republican United States Senator from North Carolina who served as chairman Mary Elizabeth Hanford "Liddy" Dole (born July 29 1936 is an American politician who served in both the Ronald Reagan and George H Richard Mauze Burr (born November 30, 1955) is a United States Senator from Winston-Salem North Carolina. James Terry Sanford (August 20 1917 – April 18 1998 was a United States politician and educator from North Carolina. The Democratic Party is one of two major Political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. North Carolina ratified the Constitution on November 21, 1789. The US Senate election 1998 was a roughly even contest between the Republican and Democratic parties Erskine Boyce Bowles (born August 8, 1945) is an American businessman and political figure from North Carolina. Joseph Isadore "Joe" Lieberman (born February 24 1942 is the junior United States Senator from Connecticut. This is a list of the candidates for the offices of President of the United States and Vice President of the United States of the modern Democratic Party of the United The United States presidential election of 2004 was held on Tuesday November 2, 2004, to elect the President of the United States. Most recent presidential election as of 2007|
|NAME||Edwards, Johnny Reid|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Edwards, John|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||American politician|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 10, 1953|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Seneca, South Carolina|
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