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Edwards Suggests Obama, Clinton Could Cost Swing States

Iowa Independent: Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards Sunday warned Iowa voters about what he perceives as the perils of nominating a can

john_edwards_nyc.jpg Iowa Independent:

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards Sunday warned Iowa voters about what he perceives as the perils of nominating a candidate who down-ticket Democrats in some parts of the nation may decline to appear with in their own campaign events.

Speaking in Carroll, Edwards made the observation after saying there are "three of us who are most likely to be the Democratic nominee."

"It's not just a question of who you like," Edwards said. "It's not just a question of whose vision you are impressed with. It's also a question of who is most likely to win the general election. It's a pretty simple thing. Who will be a stronger candidate in the general election here in the State of Iowa? Who can go to other parts of the country when we have swing candidates running for the Congress and the Senate? Is the candidate going to have to say, 'Don't come here. Down come here and campaign with me. I can't win if you campaign with me.'"

He added later, "I think it's just a reality that I can campaign anyplace in America."

While this is clearly campaign grandstanding--not that there's anything wrong with that--there is some truth to this, as evidenced by how state candidates utilized national candidates like Kerry in the past and certainly, GOPers wanting to hold on to their seats will put as much separation between themselves and the Bush administration.

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