Sen. John Edwards Presents “Big Ideas” on Addressing U.S. and Global Poverty

March 19, 2007

Sen. John EdwardsOn March 15, at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards spoke about reducing poverty in the United States and around the world. Sen. Edwards proposed a four-part plan for dealing with global poverty, starting with a “sweeping effort” to bring education to 23 millions children in poor countries.

Among Sen. Edwards suggestions was a worldwide summit on preventative health care in the developing world, providing economic opportunities and micro-financing for small businesses, and creating a Cabinet-level position to deal with combating global poverty.

In his speech, Edwards set the goal of bringing 12 million people out of poverty in the next decade and “eliminating U.S. poverty within 30 years.”

After you have listened to or read Sen. Edwards’ speech, we invite you to offer your comments. Comment below or by e-mailing your comments to .

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6 Responses to “Sen. John Edwards Presents “Big Ideas” on Addressing U.S. and Global Poverty”

  1. Steve on March 27th, 2007 12:52 pm

    How many times did Edwards use the world “moral” in his speech? This is the same John Edwards with the perfect pro-abortion rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America, whose leader received warm applause from this “Catholic” college when Edwards singled her out. Shouldn’t someone have called them out on it? Does St. Anselm stand for anything “moral” in the Catholic order at all these days?

  2. Bob on March 27th, 2007 3:10 pm

    He doesn’t know what poverty is! It is always easy when you spend other people’s money.

  3. Brian on March 28th, 2007 2:48 pm

    Sen. Edwards is building a home that when completed will be the most valuable home in its county: its “tax” value is $6 million, it will sit on 102 acres, and will be 28,200 sq. ft. According to a North Carolina newspaper (article here, the “recreation house” will have “a basketball court, a squash court, two stages, a bedroom, kitchen, bathrooms, swimming pool, a four-story tower, and a room designated “’John’s Lounge.’” I cannot believe that Saint Anselm gave this guy a forum. Not only is he pro-abortion but he is a hypocrite.

  4. Kyle on March 29th, 2007 1:08 pm

    I attended this event and to say the least, I’m a little perplexed by some of these comments and I’m surprised others who read this blog don’t take issue with some of what is being said here.

    For one, Edwards gave a policy speech and did not take questions from the audience so no one could “call him out” on his speech. The NHIOP, where the event was held, is non-partisan, and a venue for the airing of all points of view (republican, democrat, independent, conservative, liberal, scholarly, etc.). As an alumnus, I’m glad to see that the college fosters an open debate on the issues. Isn’t this part of the college’s larger mission
    as well.

    Given Steve’s comment above, abortion is the only issue in America at the moment. Poverty, health care, the war in Iraq, the economy, the environment, and how America is perceived abroad and by our allies are issues that should not be discussed/debated in an open and democratic fashion (Edwards spoke about many of these in his speech). Anyone who is pro-choice should not be allowed to discuss or take a stance on other “moral” issues effecting the country. Come on.

    Are the issues of world literacy, health, and U.S./global poverty not important enough to talk about by the rich or do you have to be poor to discuss them? Are we not to lend a hand to those that need it. What is our moral responsibility and obligation to god to those that are in need of assistance.

    Being able to discuss all issues in an open and democratic fashion is what makes this country strong and the envy of the world.

    To Brian’s comment - Okay, maybe John Edwards is a hypocrite. Can you name the last U.S. president who was elected that was poor. I could just as easily provide a link to Ronald Reagan’s 600+ acre ranch (sold for $6 million in the late ’90s) or Bush 41’s Kennebunkport spread and W’s Texas ranch, Nixon’s residence, Kennedy’s residence, etc. Given Brian’s view, John F. Kennedy should have not pushed the country to address poverty and voting rights in the early 1960’s (Kennedy was rich and white).

    Come on people, if anything, the college encourages open dialogue on all issues — some it is likely to agree with and others that it disagrees. Are not dialogue, openness, and hospitality also part of the benedictine values.

    It is really sad when people are so single minded as to close their mind to important issues of the day. And by the way, I’m not a John Edwards supporter. But I’m willing and open minded enough to listen to what he has to say as well as other candidates, ask questions when the opportunity allows, and make my decision based on that.

  5. Steve on April 1st, 2007 12:15 pm

    Kyle - it’s not that those other issues aren’t important, it just that the abortion issue has led to the deaths of 46 million Americans and “how we’re perceived by France” doesn’t really stack up. Kate Michelman does the Devil’s bidding and people should call her out on it.

  6. Matthew S on April 15th, 2007 7:46 pm

    I understand how you feel about abortion and I welcome the fact that you feel so strongly about your opinion on that matter that you want to engage in advocacy projects. I take offense at you questioning the Catholic nature of Saint Anselm.

    Saint Anselm works to encourage dialog among those of mixed opinions. That’s how good discussions are formulated. It’s not The Institute’s job to stand on its perch and condemn abortion or any other political issue.

    Steve, do you think the college shouldn’t allow Jews or Muslims to speak on campus because they don’t share our faith? Further, should the college ban conservatives from campus who favor the death penalty?

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