Edwards continues campaign in Seacoast today

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Democratic presidential hopeful, former Sen. John Edwards speaks to supporters about his foreign policy strategy for Iran at the University of Iowa on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, in Iowa City, Iowa.
AP Photo / Jim Slosiarek
John Edwards (D)
Former Senator, NC
Born: 06/10/1953
Birthplace: Seneca, SC
Home: Raleigh, NC
Religion: Methodist
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PORTSMOUTH — Buoyed by his performance in last week’s candidate debate, Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards returns for another campaign swing in the Seacoast region today.

Edwards, a former U.S. Senator from North Carolina and the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004, has scheduled three town hall meeting events in Newmarket, Portsmouth and Durham, a trip which his campaign says will highlight his themes for political ‘truth-telling’ and a progressive agenda for change not beholden to corporate special interests.

At the University of Iowa on Monday, Edwards continued his attacks on rival Sen. Hillary Clinton during a foreign policy speech about the lessons of the Iraq war — and how to deal effectively with Iran.

“It’s clear that Senator Clinton and I learned very different lessons from the run up to the Iraq War,” Edwards said. “Senator Clinton is voting like a hawk in Washington, while talking like a dove in Iowa and New Hampshire.”

Edwards has sharply criticized Clinton’s Iran policy for more than a month, including another jab at last Tuesday’s debate in Philadelphia.

Clinton spokesperson Kathleen Strand responded that “The contrast for New Hampshire voters is clear: While Senator Clinton has been a leader in the effort to stop the rush to war with Iran and has consistently called for engagement with Iran aimed at ensuring it does not acquire nuclear weapons, Sen. Edwards spends his days attacking other Democrats.”

Edwards, who took part in an October forum on the Iraq war at Seacoast Media Group (the parent company of the Herald), will be in Newmarket in the afternoon at Stone Church before heading to Portsmouth for an event at South Church. He will also hold an evening meeting at the University of New Hampshire. Edwards ends this campaign trip to New Hampshire with stops in Bedford and Amherst on Wednesday.