From NBC's Lauren Appelbaum
After the Democratic debate last week, we put in an update that John Edwards did indeed not raise his hand when asked if he agreed that there is "a global war on terror." In Portland, Ore., today, Edwards addressed the issue. "A question was asked whether you agree with the language, the Bush language, which is what it is, global war on terror. And I do not. And I took that position in the debate." After some applause, he continued, "This is a political frame and political rhetoric. They use it to justify everything they do. They use that language war to justify the war in Iraq, they use it justify Guantanamo, they use it to justify torture, they use it to justify illegal spying on the American people I mean, the list goes on and on and on."
During Edwards' town hall, Sen. Chris Dodd released a statement attacking the former senator on his new television ads on the President's veto of the Iraq funding bill. According to Chris Cillizza's "The Fix," Dodd's office says because Edwards can no longer vote in the Senate, he should support Dodd's plan to end the war within one year. According to the article, Edwards spokesman states Edwards' plan is actually stronger, calling for an immediate withdrawal of 40-50-thousand troops and then a full withdrawal within 12-18 months.
Edwards will continue to be asked questions about the Iraq War and other issues of the day. He will continue to have the luxury of not being scrutinized over every senate vote. But if his past comments hold true, he will not shy away from putting forth specific plans. Today, Edwards repeated the sentiment, "Every candidate ought to be put to the test of specificity. Anybody can roar through here with big high minded, what I call highfalutin rhetoric. Any of us who are at this level can do that well, but the question is, are they willing to take stances?"