Democrats who lead vs. those that follow [VIDEO]

In the video to your right, John Edwards (no more Mr. Nice Guy from 2004) pulls no punches in differentiating between what he considers a Democrat who leads versus one that follows. While Hillary Clinton kept trying the make the debate about how all of the '08 candidates were united against Bush, and others like Bill Richardson hammered away on their resumes, Edwards consistently made the most persuasive point. At the crucial moment when the President vetoed the Iraq bill with timetables and sent it back, Democrats like Clinton and Obama needed to show more backbone and they didn't. On the other hand, in defense of Obama in particular, Edwards now has the luxury of being able to criticize the members of the Congress from the outside, when he himself voted for this war when he had the chance (and according to Democratic consultant Bob Shrum it was for strictly political reasons). Still Edwards, seems to be the be the strongest serious candidate on the Iraq War right now in either party. Which is a good thing since the Iraq War happens to be the most important issue of this campaign, whether Hillary likes it or not.

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