Bilderberg 'performance' key to Edwards VP pick
'He reported back directly to Kerry' said participant in super-secret conference

World Net Daily | July 8 2004

Sen. John Edwards' standout "performance" at the super-secret Bilderberg meeting in Italy last month may have been a key reason for his selection as John Kerry's vice presidential running mate, according to the New York Times.

The 50th anniversary conference of the elite group – which many believe conspires semi-annually to foster global government – met June 3 through June 6 in Stresa, Italy, at the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromees.

Among the attendees from the U.S., according to a list obtained by WND, were Senators John Edwards, D-N.C. and Jon Corzine, D-N.J., Henry Kissinger, Richard Perle, Melinda Gates (wife of Bill Gates), David Rockefeller, Timothy F. Geithner, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Donald Graham, chairman and CEO of the Washington Post Company, and even Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition.

(Here is the entire Bilderberg attendance list as published previously by WND.)

According to a report in yesterday's New York Times by Jody Wilgoren, analyzing why Kerry chose Edwards over the other 24 serious contenders for the No. 2 spot:

Several people pointed to the secretive and exclusive Bilderberg conference of some 120 people that this year drew the likes of Henry A. Kissinger, Melinda Gates and Richard A. Perle to Stresa, Italy, in early June, as helping win Mr. Kerry's heart. Mr. Edwards spoke so well in a debate on American politics with the Republican Ralph Reed that participants broke Bilderberg rules to clap before the end of the session. Beforehand, Mr. Edwards traveled to Brussels to meet with NATO officials, brandishing his foreign-policy credentials.

"His performance at Bilderberg was important," said a friend of Mr. Kerry who was there. "He reported back directly to Kerry. There were other reports on his performance. Whether they reported directly or indirectly, I have no doubt the word got back to Mr. Kerry about how well he did."

Since 1953, the Bilderberg group has convened government, business, academic and journalistic representatives from the U.S., Canada and Europe with the express purpose of exploring the future of the North Atlantic community.

According to sources that have penetrated the high-security meetings in the past, the Bilderberg meetings emphasize a globalist agenda and promote the idea that the notion of national sovereignty is antiquated and regressive.

'Shadowy aura'

"It's officially described as a private gathering," noted a BBC report last year, "but with a guest list including the heads of European and American corporations, political leaders and a few intellectuals, it's one of the most influential organizations on the planet."

And according to a BBC report on June's conference in Stresa: "Not a word of what is said at Bilderberg meetings can be breathed outside. No reporters are invited in and while confidential minutes of meetings are taken, names are not noted. The shadowy aura extends further – the anonymous answerphone message, for example; the fact that conference venues are kept secret. The group, which includes luminaries such as Henry Kissinger and former UK chancellor Kenneth Clarke, does not even have a website."

But, counter participants, the secrecy is not evidence of a grand conspiracy, but only an opportunity to speak frankly with other world leaders out of the limelight of press coverage and its inevitable repercussions.

"There's absolutely nothing in it," argues the UK's Lord Denis Healey, one of the four founders of Bilderberg. "We never sought to reach a consensus on the big issues at Bilderberg," he told the BBC. "It's simply a place for discussion  



Edwards Shoots for White House Again
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Former vice presidential nominee John Edwards said Thursday that he is a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, promising "a grass roots, ground-up campaign where we ask people to take action

Clad in blue jeans, an open-necked shirt and with his sleeves rolled up, Edwards chose the backyard of a victim of Hurricane Katrina  in New Orleans' devastated 9th Ward for his unorthodox announcement.

"We want people in this campaign to actually take action now, not later, not after the next election," the former North Carolina senator said, sounding as much like a recruiter as a presidential campaigner.

"Instead of staying home and complaining, we're asking Americans to help," Edwards said. "Most of the good that has been done in New Orleans has been done by faith-based groups, charitable groups and volunteers."

Edwards - who is calling for cuts in poverty, global warming  and troops in Iraq  - chose the site to highlight his signature concern of the economic disparity that divides America.

Dear Friend,


Yesterday, I had the honor of speaking to nearly 2,000 parishioners at the historic Riverside Church in New York City.

Almost 40 years ago the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the pulpit in Riverside Church and, with the full force of his conscience, denounced the war in Vietnam -- calling it a "tragedy that threatened to drag our nation down to dust."

As Dr. King put it then, there comes a time when silence is a betrayal -- not only of one's personal convictions, or even of one's country alone, but also of our deeper obligations to humanity.

Today, another president is trying to escalate another war. And once again, silence is betrayal.

Congress can stop Bush's escalation, but they'll only do so if the people demand it. That's why today -- in honor of the memory and courage of Martin Luther King -- I'm asking you to do two things:


  1. Join nearly 50,000 other Americans who have signed the petition calling on Congress to block funding for escalating the war in Iraq.
  2. Tomorrow, when Congress returns to session, call your Senators directly and tell them to block funding for escalation. Click here for your Senators' contact information.
Let's be clear: This is not a time for symbolic speech and hand-wringing from Washington. Congress has a very real choice to make -- either they fund Bush's escalation and he risks more American lives, or they don't, and we start to bring this war to a close.

Every member of Congress is responsible for that choice -- if they know this war is going in the wrong direction and that escalation is wrong, it is no longer enough for them to study their options and keep their own counsel.

But the ultimate responsibility for our country does not lie in Washington -- it lies with us. All of us who believe that Bush's plan to escalate the war is wrong for America, for Iraq, and for the world, must do more than hope for action in Washington -- we must take responsibility and act ourselves.

Your urgent calls will help push the Senate to hold a vote on funding Bush's escalation, and we'll deliver your signatures to Congress to help ensure they cast the right vote when the time comes.

Today, as we honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., let's do our part for the nation he loved and the peace he sought.

Click here to demand that Congress block funding for the president's escalation of the war in Iraq.

Thank you for breaking the silence.

John Edwards

P.S. - Click here to view a video of my address at Riverside Church -- then forward the video to your friends and family. And help us keep the pressure on Congress by contributing what you can today.
Jul 17, 2007  5:32 PM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Elizabeth Edwards said Tuesday that her husband, Democrat John Edwards, would be a better advocate for women as president than his rival Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"I think one of the things that make me so completely comfortable with this is that keeping that door open to women is actually more a policy of John's than Hillary's," Edwards said in an interview published in the online magazine Salon. "I'm not convinced she'd be as good an advocate for women. She needs a rationale greater for her campaign than I've heard. "

Elizabeth Edwards said she sympathized with Clinton, who is running to be the first female president. She recalled the challenges she faced early in her career as a female lawyer and said she understood the pressures Clinton must feel.

"Sometimes you feel you have to behave as a man and not talk about women's issues. I'm sympathetic - she wants to be commander in chief," she said.

A Clinton spokesman said the campaign would have no comment on Elizabeth Edwards' remarks.

Among other things, Edwards criticized Clinton for not producing a plan for universal health care, calling it a women's issue. She also said Clinton should speak out more about poverty, calling women - especially single mothers - the "face of poverty."

John Edwards, who is trailing Clinton and Barack Obama in most polls, has tried to make poverty a signature campaign issue. He's currently in the middle of a three-day, multistate tour of impoverished communities.

The interview wasn't the first time that Elizabeth Edwards has criticized Clinton. In October, she told an audience that her choices in life had made her happier than the New York senator. Edwards later apologized to Clinton, saying she thought her comments had been off the record.

July 27, 2007
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Edwards: "They want to shut me up"

MyDD* flags an intense minute and a half from John Edwards in Creston, Iowa, yesterday in which he heatedly tells an audience that the attention to trivia (I assume the reference here is to his haircuts) is "not an accident" and that "they want to shut me up" to silence his message about ending the war and universalizing health care.

He warns, in the video segment posted by his campaign, that if we don't beat back these unnamed oligarchs, "They're going to control the media. They're going to control what's being said."

He doesn't go into detail about who "they" are, other than a reference to people who make $100 million a year, and compares them to the (actual well-funded, conservative) operation that put the Swift Boat ads on air. He also doesn't explain exactly how this corporate-media collaboration works, but his audience seems to be rapt.

Here's from his remarks:

This stuff's not an accident. Nobody in this room should think this is an accident. You know, I'm out there speaking up for universal healthcare, ending this war in Iraq, speaking up for the poor. They want to shut me up. That's what this is about. "Let's distract from people who don't have health care coverage. Let's distract from people who can't feed their children.... Let's talk about this silly frivolous nothing stuff so that America won't pay attention."

They will never silence me. Never.

If we don't stand up to these people, if we don't fight em, if we don't beat them, they're going to continue to control this country. Thye're going to control the media. They're going to control what's being said. They do not want to hear us talking about health care for everybody.

*UPDATE: The person who posted the video to MyDD, Tracy Joan Russo, is actually an Edwards staffer who does blogger outreach. So the campaign must think this is a winning message. Also: A reader points out that there's a boom microphone in the shot; again, this is a message being delivered, not an inadvertently-captured departure.

By Ben Smith

Edwards Moving Staff Out of Nevada

Aug 15 03:53 PM US/Eastern

WASHINGTON (AP) - Presidential hopeful John Edwards is moving staff out of Nevada to focus on other early voting states as he deals with limited resources and uncertainty about the Western state's prominence in deciding the Democratic nomination.

The Edwards campaign said Wednesday that the Nevada staffers were being relocated to New Hampshire, South Carolina and in particular Iowa, where he is hoping a victory will propel him to the nomination. The campaign would not disclose how many staffers were being moved and neither would Edwards in a telephone interview.

"I'm sure we'll continue to make adjustments of how many people we have in particular places depending on what the needs are at the moment, and we're going to compete very hard in Nevada," Edwards told The Associated Press, noting he has campaigned in the state more than any other candidate. "I will continue going there and competing very hard."

Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid, the architect of Nevada's new role in the Democratic presidential primary, responded with a warning.

"I have always said that for a Democrat to win the White House they have to win the West," Reid said in a statement. "Any candidate who chooses to ignore Nevada and its rich diversity does so at their own peril."

The Democratic National Committee allowed Nevada to schedule its 2008 caucus on Jan. 19, between the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary. But New Hampshire has said it may go earlier than the Jan. 22 date set by the DNC to maintain its historic role in choosing the nominee, possibly moving Nevada back in the voting order.

Nevada was granted the early nominating date with the hope that a Western state with a large population of Hispanics and union workers will bring fresh perspective to the presidential race. Many in the Democratic Party had expressed concern that two predominantly white states such as Iowa and New Hampshire were not representative of diverse interests in the party.

Edwards has visited Nevada 10 times since beginning his second White House campaign, hoping that his appeal to labor would help him. But Edwards rivals' have been delivering the same pro-union message, particularly in stops at the 60,000-member Culinary Workers Union hall.

The union that represents many casino workers is seen as key to winning in Nevada, but has no plans to endorse early and has stressed that it is looking closely at candidates' viability.

On that front, the Edwards campaign in Nevada has lagged behind New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. It hasn't been able to secure high-profile endorsements and has drawn considerably smaller crowds.

The most recent Nevada poll, taken in late June by Mason-Dixon, showed Edwards in third place with 12 percent of the vote. Clinton was leading with 39 percent, followed by Obama with 17 percent.

The move by the Edwards campaign comes as Clinton and Obama are beefing up their operations. Clinton spokesman Mo Elleithee said the campaign had dozens of staffers in Nevada and plans to open new offices in the coming weeks.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the campaign had more than 30 aides in Nevada as of July and is continuing to add staff. The Obama campaign recently opened an office in rural Elko and began airing Spanish-language radio ads.

But Clinton and Obama also have more than $50 million to spend around the country. Edwards has raised $23 million, part of a $40 million goal that his campaign says will be enough to run in Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina. He has declined to staff up in states that vote on the Feb. 5 super Tuesday primary day, banking that victories in the early states will create the momentum needed to win contests that come later.

The Edwards campaign wouldn't say how many staff would be left in Nevada, but said state director Bill Hyers will keep running the effort. At least one top staffer in the state, field director Preston Elliot, is not headed to another Edwards' effort but instead took a job with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

From the beginning, there have been questions about how seriously candidates would take Nevada and how hard they would work for the state's 22 base delegates. Nevada had only 17 caucus sites in 2004—one per county—and just 8,500 of the state's nearly 1 million active registered voters took part. That was a huge jump from 2000, when fewer than 1,000 participated, and the increase overwhelmed the party and delayed results for hours.

This time, the party plans to have as many as 1,000 sites.

The Democratic candidates have been making the long trip to campaign in Nevada, but not as frequently as they have been visiting Iowa and New Hampshire.


Associated Press writer Kathleen Hennessey in Las Vegas and Jim Davenport in Columbia, S.C., contributed to this report.


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