From NBC/NJ's Tricia Miller
When he filed for the New Hampshire primary this morning, Edwards signed "One America" on the poster signed by all the candidates in the Secretary of State's office. A crowd of supporters chanted his name in the hallway leading into the media-packed office. He first signed the placard on the legendary desk, then moved to a table in the back office to take reporters' questions.
"What I have to say to New Hampshire primary voters is, if they want to ensure that, in fact, we do what 20 generations have done before us and that we meet the great moral test of our generation, we're going to have to take on a system that's rigged and corrupt and doesn't work," he said in response to a question about the impression that the Democratic nomination is a two-way race.
He said Americans voted not necessarily for Democrats but for change in 2006.
"What Bush has done and what the Republican leadership has done is not what we want to see," he said. "We want to see something different. If we want to continue the success that began in November 2006 it will have to be a change candidate in November of 2008. If it's not, if it's an establishment, status quo candidate, we're going backward, not forward, and ... there's a very good chance the American people will reject us. We must be a party and we must have a candidate that believes in real and fundamental change."
Edwards next gives a speech expected to frame what his campaign will focus on through the primary at noon in Manchester.