Edwards Rising in Iowa

From the Politico:

A new Strategic Vision poll released Friday finds that the former North Carolina senator has the support of 28 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers, his best standing in Iowa over the past six months. Edwards now trails Clinton by only one point and Obama by two points, well within the poll’s margin of error of 4.5 percent.

And from the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier:

A new Iowa caucus poll from Lee Enterprises newspapers shows the Democratic race in a virtual three-way tie, with John Edwards rising to tie Barack Obama for the lead and Hillary Clinton rising to just one point behind.

I’ve thought for some time that Edwards might win Iowa, because of his strong support in rural areas and because I felt that Clinton and Obama would tear each other apart sufficiently to allow another candidate to move into first place. It looks like that could happen. Meanwhile, Edwards is still competing with Obama for the anti-Clinton mantle. On the heels of news that Hillary Clinton has stopped taking questions at campaign events, this announcement from the Edwards campaign represents the polar opposite point of view:

On day two of John Edwards’ 38-county “America Rising: Fighting for the Middle Class” tour, the Edwards campaign announced the “Ask John” program — giving undecided Iowans the opportunity to ask questions about any issues that concern them and get answers before they caucus. With just one week to go before caucus night, the program reflects Edwards’ commitment to discussing his bold, specific agenda directly with Iowa caucus goers and answering their questions about the issues that are important to them.

“I believe that anyone running for president has an obligation to listen to the voices of regular people and answer their questions directly,” Edwards said. “In these final seven days, I want every Iowan who has a question to know exactly where I stand and what I’ll do to take on the special interests and give middle class Americans a voice in Washington.”

Sounds good to me.

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