Essay about John Edwards' Biography

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John Edwards' Biography

Many Americans recognize John Edwards as the second coming of Jimmy Carter; the soft-spoken Democratic Senator from the south. They know him as the running mate of John Kerry in his 2004 Presidential campaign. But before the North Carolina Senator entertained aspirations of President or Vice-President of the United States, John Edwards made a name for himself as a successful trial lawyer, a strong husband and father, and charismatic politician.

Born in Seneca, South Carolina on June 10th 1953, Johnny Reid Edwards was raised a Methodist and learned the values of hard work and perseverance from his father, Wallace and mother, Bobbie, while growing up in Robbins, North Carolina. Working alongside his father in
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In Congress, Senator Edwards quickly emerged as a champion for the issues that make a difference to American families: quality health care, better schools, protecting civil liberties, preserving the environment, saving Social Security and Medicare, and reforming the ways campaigns are financed. As a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Edwards worked tirelessly for a strong national defense, and strengthening the security of our homeland. He authored key pieces of legislation on Internet and port security, as well as biological terrorism. During the latter part of 2001 and throughout 2002, Edwards engaged in serious politicking, and on January 2, 2003, he announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee, declaring himself a champion for regular folks. On September 16th 2003, in front of the old Milliken Mill (his father’s workplace of thirty-six years) in Robbins, North Carolina, Sen. Edwards formally announced his candidacy for President during the 2004 elections. Although there was no rule or law against his inhabitance of a Senate seat while running for President, John Edwards announced that he would not seek re-election, so that he could focus all of his efforts toward his Presidential campaign.
Some viewed Edwards as a very viable candidate, given his success as a Senator in North Carolina. He also had a
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