by Jeff Dinelli
At lunch I heard a good, short radio interview with John Edwards on The Ed Schultz Show. He sounded solid on health care, where his plan is to have every American insured by law. He called for mental health parity, in which there would be no difference between those patients and those with physical conditions, a point that is extremely important. The cost of the entire plan would be $90-$120 billion, which he would fund by repealing Bush's tax cuts for those making $200,000 per year or more.
Talking of heading down to New Orleans for the 2nd anniversary of Katrina, a trip Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Pres. Bush are also making, Edwards said, "We don't need a surge in Iraq, we need a surge in New Orleans." He called for repairing and building up the levees, providing stepping stone jobs for those out of work down there, and putting at least 500 more police officers on the ground. Hilariously, he talked of naming part of his New Orleans initiative "Brownie's Law."
Schultz asked Edwards at the end of the brief segment, "Can you win Iowa?"
Edwards: "Well, yeah, I'm gonna be president, Man."
Schultz: "Ok, then I've gotta ask you, why did you pull out of Nevada, then?"
Edwards: "I'm gonna be there, I'm gonna be working hard there."
Confident stuff from a still confident campaign.