Today I have gone public with my endorsement of John Edwards for President. A open letter in support of him has gone public and it includes my signature. You can see it here.
It has taken me a great bit of time to finally decide to come out for John Edwards, but he has been my favorite candidate since the spring of this year. Since all the viable Democratic candidates for President are almost identical on GLBT issues, I am relying my endorsement on other issues.
- Edwards really gets it. He seems to be the most serious candidate in the race talking about getting health insurance to all Americans.
- He is also the only candidate talking tough about eliminating poverty in America. Poverty is the root of so many problems including crime. Every candidate should be talking about poverty, but it took one of the wealthiest in the bunch to steer the discussion in that direction.
- Polling shows that Edwards may indeed be the best candidate for America. He has a reputation for being moderate but his goals for America are far more progressive and populist. Polling also suggests he is the best candidate to face off against a Republican next November. Edwards does really well in "purple" parts of America and I really fear that anti-war Republicans and moderates willing to vote for a Democrat next year would be turned off by Hillary Clinton.
I want to be clear that all the candidates are strong challengers and would be a breath of fresh air from the nightmare we have now, but I need to weigh in with what my gut and heart tells me is best for this country and for future generations. For me that is John Edwards.
I have a lot more to say about him, but i just wanted to go public with my endorsement sooner than later. Post a comment below if you like and tell me about who your favorite candidate is and why.