From NBC's Andrew Merten
John Edwards' speech this morning from Hanover, NH today wasn't short on jabs against the "establishment" and "Washington insiders" -- words that seemed directed at Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
"We have got to chart a new course," Edwards said. "Those wedded to the policies of the '70s, '80s, or '90s are wedded to the past -- ideas and policies that are tired, shop worn, and obsolete. We will find no answers there." He went on to warn of only looking fondly on the past: "The problem with nostalgia is what we tend to do is, you only remember what you liked and forget the parts that you didn't like," he said, without making any verbal recognition towards the Clinton presidency.
When asked by a reporter after his speech if his warnings against nostalgia and the establishment were digs at Clinton, Edwards neither confirmed nor denied that they should be interpreted as such. He simply reasserted what he said during his address, saying, "Going back doesn't move us forward, and we need to move forward," adding, "We have to take on the entrenched interests that exist in Washington and stand between us and the change that the American people want to see."
But another comment during his speech wasn't that subtle. "The American people deserve to know that their presidency is not for sale -- the Lincoln Bedroom is not for rent," Edwards said, obviously referring to the Clinton Administration practice of inviting top donors to stay overnight at the White House.
Also in his speech, Edwards refrained from mentioning Obama (either directly or indirectly), possibly to frame himself as the anti-establishment change candidate, without any potential competitors to that title.