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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Tuesday, February 17, 2004

    Welcome to Wisconsin 

    U.S. Sen. John Edwards dropped by the Bridge Street Pharmacy and Coffee Shop in Milwaukee before 9 a.m., greeted by applause - prompted by a campaign staffer - from the full crowd of patrons enjoying breakfast.

    "Nice to see you," he said, greeting a table of campaign staffers.

    Edwards signed copies of his "Four Trials" book, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and, for the waitresses, their order pads.

    A burly man at a table of 10 self-described retired conservative Democrats stood up and called out: "Welcome to Wisconsin."

    An hour later, the senator entered the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Student Union South, where about 60 people, mostly supporters and campaign volunteers, greeted him in the building's triangular atrium.

    He gave a quick speech without a microphone, shouting into the pit: "Today is a critical day. I need every one of you to get to the polls, reach out to your friends, family, your neighbors, get them to the polls. We have so much work to do in this country to bring change that will make America work for everybody, lift up working middle class families, allow 35 million Americans that live in poverty every day some hope, some sense of hope for a president that will actually stand up and fight for them every single day. To change our image around the world so that we're once again looked up to and respected. We have an enormous amount of work to do, and I can't do this alone."

    -Mark Johnson, Charlotte Observer

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 1:03 PM



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