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Dems to Debate at Hollywood & Highland; Edwards Will be Missed

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And then there were two. Tonight in Los Angeles, Democratic presidential contenders Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will pontificate, bicker, wax poetic, and throw things at each other. The debate is sponsored by the LA Times,, and CNN, and moderated by Wolf "Hack" Blitzer. The "show" begins at 5pm PST.

Edwards will be strongly missed, as he suspended his campaign for presidency yesterday. Since he won't be present at the debate, here's the video of his powerful speech, given yesterday in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans (also where he began his bid for presidency).

In his farewell, Edwards honorably takes Obama and Clinton to task:

Now, I've spoken to both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama. They have both pledged to me and more importantly through me to America, that they will make ending poverty central to their campaign for the presidency. And more importantly, they have pledged to me that as President of the United States they will make ending poverty and economic inequality central to their Presidency. This is the cause of my life and I now have their commitment to engage in this cause...

But I want to say this -- I want to say this because it's important. With all of the injustice that we've seen, I can say this, America's hour of transformation is upon us. It may be hard to believe when we have bullets flying in Baghdad and it may be hard to believe when it costs $58 to fill your car up with gas. It may be hard to believe when your school doesn't have the right books for your kids. It's hard to speak out for change when you feel like your voice is not being heard.

But I do hear it. We hear it. This Democratic Party hears you. We hear you, once again. And we will lift you up with our dream of what's possible.

One America, one America that works for everybody.

A transcript of John Edwards' speech can be found at the
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