In Portland: Elizabeth Edwards & Dennis Kucinich

On Tuesday, Elizabeth Edwards - spouse of presidential candidate Senator John Edwards - will be in Portland. She's headlining a low-dollar fundraiser for the campaign. Tickets are $75 per person, $35 for union members, $25 for college students, and 18-and-under folks are free. Get the details and buy tickets at OregonForEdwards.com.

Her visit follows a visit by John Edwards last month, where he did a public town hall event at the ILWU hall. Here's what Elizabeth told a crowd in Waterloo, Iowa last week:

In addition to pulling troops out of Iraq and closing the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, Elizabeth Edwards said one of the first things her husband will do if elected president is bring his universal health care proposal before Congress.

"Also on the first-day agenda is using that honeymoon period to get health care in front of Congress, so we can get universal health care passed immediately," she said.

Also, presidential candidate Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is coming to Portland on July 1. He'll be headlining a campaign rally at Benson H.S. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the rally starts at 7:30 p.m. A note from a volunteer:

The rally is free and open to the public. Come and hear the candidate who best represents the varied concerns of the peace, justice, and environmental communities. The event will have musical groups and other speakers, but Dennis is the main attraction. He is very excited to be coming back to Portland, the city that supported him so well in 2004. Dennis is a real firebrand in person and will inspire anyone who hears him to redouble his or her efforts to retake our country and reestablish our democracy.

Finally, there's a fundraiser for Barack Obama happening on June 28 at McMenamin's Edgefield. Here at BlueOregon HQ, we've gotten numerous emails asking why we're not telling our readers about Barack Obama's visit to Portland. We've verified with the Obama campaign (several times) that he's not attending the June 28 event.

Go ahead and use this post to discuss presidential politics. Who are you supporting? And why? If you're undecided still, what are you waiting to see? Discuss.

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  • DJ (unverified)
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    It appears that the Edwards message is not resonating with the public:

    Edwards' campaign says he will fall $5 million short of his $14 million first-quarter total. On Friday, the former North Carolina senator and 2004 vice presidential nominee sent an appeal to donors that sets a $9 million goal for April through June. While that message probably is an attempt lower expectations, no one disputes that Edwards will fail to keep pace with the earlier total.

  • DJ (unverified)
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    Let's try that link again... It appears that the Edwards message is not resonating with the public:

    Edwards' campaign says he will fall $5 million short of his $14 million first-quarter total. On Friday, the former North Carolina senator and 2004 vice presidential nominee sent an appeal to donors that sets a $9 million goal for April through June. While that message probably is an attempt lower expectations, no one disputes that Edwards will fail to keep pace with the earlier total.

  • Matthew Sutton (unverified)
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    It is good to see Elizabeth Edwards coming to Oregon. She is a remarkable and inspiring woman who we can all learn something from.

    It should be a great week for politics crazy Dems in Portland who can go see her, go to the Obama party, and go see Dennis K all in one swoop!

    <h2>The approaching week will be very interesting following what happened last week. The dynamics of the Presidential race changed significantly although it is still a bit under the radar screen at this point. What I am talking about is Senator Obama on Wednesday becoming the first, and perhaps only, top tier candidate to disclose his earmark requests and challenged the other candidates to do the same. On Thursday, he followed up by making sweeping ethical reform and open government proposals. These actions assuredly have the other campaigns scrambling to either follow his leadership and look like copycats or do nothing and look like ordinary status quo politicians.</h2>
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