“Edwards Says Dean Wrong On Tax Repeal” Raleigh News & Observer, 1/6/04
While campaigning in Iowa on Monday, Sen. John Edwards suggested that former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is not as well attuned to the needs of middle-class Americans as he. Edwards, a North Carolina Democrat, credited his presidential rival with putting forward a health care plan that would help the middle class. But Edwards told reporters he could not understand why Dean supports a full repeal of President Bush's tax cuts, including those that have benefited the middle class.
"Governor Dean does not understand what's happening with the middle class in this country," Edwards said.
Dean, the Democratic front-runner, has argued that most middle-class taxpayers received limited relief from Bush and that their savings have been erased by higher property taxes, health insurance premiums and other expenses.
Edwards made his comments to about three dozen reporters at a YMCA. The address was nearly identical to one he made Saturday in New Hampshire.
"If you want a president who's spent their entire life in politics, if you want people who've been in Washington for decades, you've got plenty of other choices," Edwards said. "If you want a president who spends most of their time telling you what's wrong with the other candidates, ... you've got plenty of other choices. But if you want a president who believes in you and wants to bring the changes to America that you believe in, you should be for John Edwards."