John Edwards Advocates for Universal Health Care

Now that the odometer of time has rolled over to 2007, the mainstream media is naturally turning its attention to the 2008 race for the presidency. (Either they have opted to forgo odd-numbered years for efficiency’s sake or they simply cannot wait for the reign of King George to reach its merciful end.) The latest candidate to announce that he will vie for the political throne is former Senator John Edwards, who, on Sunday, appeared on ABC’s This Week and, as subsequently reported by the Associated Press, asserted that “it is more important to invest in universal health care and lifting people out of poverty than to reduce the budget deficit.” With some 46 million Americans lacking health insurance, universal health care certainly needs to be made more of a political priority, as does reducing the rate of poverty and the growing chasm between the uber-wealthy and everyone else. On those issues, Edwards appears to be right on the money. In many ways, he presents as a populist who is seemingly progressive on enough key issues to make him an intriguing candidate. He bears watching.

Indeed, you may watch him here, in an appearance he made on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart this past November:

If you have trouble viewing the video, here is the direct link.