November 6, 2007

Edwards rails against Bush and Washington corruption

OSKALOOSA — Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says there’s a disconnect between the government and the people, but he says the people can change the situation by electing him president.

Edwards spoke to a capacity crowd at Smokey Row Monday afternoon during a campaign swing through the state.

Edwards argues that the problems with the government can be boiled down to incompetence in the Bush administration and corruption that has been building for about 25 years.

The power of special interest group lobbyists in Washington, D.C., is a contributing factor to corruption in the government, Edwards argued. If elected president, Edwards said he would combat the power of lobbyists in the capital.

“I don’t want to trade a corporate Republican for a corporate Democrat,” Edwards said. “The government has lost faith with the American people.” There’s a “total disconnect” between the government and people’s lives.

“This corruption infects everything,” he added. “We have to take this country back, we have to take this government back.”

Edwards argues that lobbyists for the insurance and drug companies are blocking universal health care. He said there are 47 million people in America without health care coverage.

If elected, Edwards said he will tell members of Congress and his cabinet that if they do not pass universal health care coverage by July 2007, he will take their health care coverage from them.

The audience gave Edwards a roaring round of applause.

Edwards said that universal health care coverage would cost between $90 and $120 billion a year, but he would finance it by eliminating President Bush’s tax cuts.

Edwards turned to foreign policy during his stump speech and focused on the situation with Iran.

The recent passage of legislation labeling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization is giving the Bush administration a cause to attack Iran, Edwards said.

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