John Edwards Bets the Farm

John Edwards is pinning his presidential hopes on Iowa, a place where he and the voters really do see eye to eye

Kenneth Jarecke / Contact for TIME

John Edwards on his campaign bus in Iowa City, Iowa on August 20, 2007.

At the end of a perfect summer day in Iowa, it is almost possible to believe that John Edwards' presidential campaign is right on track. At stop after stop on his mid-August bus tour, the pretty small-town squares fill with voters who say they feel a strong attachment to the former Senator from North Carolina. They relate to his rural Southern style. They agree with his argument that Washington insiders have twisted the system to rip off people like them. They don't care how much he pays for his haircuts. And they plan to caucus for him.

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