:: An open letter to Sen. John Edwards
I have been following your Presidential campaign since you announced you were entering the race in New Orleans nearly one year ago, and I have to say, bravo sir.
Throughout the race you have stressed the important issues that America should be focusing on: global warming, healthcare, jobs and poverty.
For too long Americans have been ignoring these important issues; you and your campaign has helped to bring them to the forefront. For this you should be commended.
I’m sure that the campaign has been a vigorous and exhausting one for you, especially with Elizabeth’s cancer. You seem determined to see how the race will play out until the end, as you should be. Unfortunately, I believe that it is time to throw in the towel.
Through the debates, polling and the outcomes of the caucuses and primaries, it is clear that America agrees on one thing: it needs change. For nearly 20 years we have had either a Bush or a Clinton as President. I for one do not want to see America’s government turned into a two-family system. In continuing to campaign, you split the anti-Clinton vote with Barack Obama, which I fear could lead us to a Hillary Clinton Presidency. Aligning yourself so closely with Senator Obama through your speeches and debate tactics only adds inevitability to this possible future. Mrs. Clinton represents the status quo that you so famously rally against. I think that we both agree that Hillary Clinton is not what the country needs right now.
Statistically, you cannot win your party’s nomination. It has been a good ride and you sure gave it your all, but continuing to campaign knowing that you have no chance of winning would be foolish. By pulling out of the race, you can throw your support behind a candidate who has a realistic chance to win and could change Washington: Barack Obama. No, he is not “the modern day Kennedy” as some pundits have painted him, but Senator Obama is more likely to bring about the policies to help the poor that you have always strived for. I believe that your support for him could be the final blow to Senator Clinton, and in the long run the country would thank you. It wouldn’t quite be the Presidency that you have been dynamically campaigning for, but ultimately hanging up your suit would be best for the country.
Student: - 01/23/07