Campaign '04: Edwards' Overhaul: A Subdued Populist

When John Edwards set out on his first solo campaign swing last week as John Kerry's Veep choice, he showed evidence of a quiet makeover. The candidate, who during the primaries rarely attacked his opponents and then almost never by name, ripped the White House for ducking responsibility for the missing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The next day he said Kerry's health-care plan was "dramatically different from whatever health-care plan George Bush has; I haven't seen one yet." And Edwards insisted that while he and Kerry were meeting with average voters, "the President has been going to ticketed events,...

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