Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chasing Voters in Georgia; Kerry, Edwards Hunt Votes in the 10-State March 2 Primary

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Chasing Voters in Georgia; Kerry, Edwards Hunt Votes in the 10-State March 2 Primary

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Byline: WALTER C. JONES, The Times-Union

ATLANTA -- A dozen days before Georgia's presidential primary, the campaigns for the two leading Democrats rolled into the state and began collecting endorsements and money.

Sen. John Edwards energized a packed crowd at Clark Atlanta University, surrounded by politicians from around Georgia, such as former Gov. Roy Barnes, state Rep. Mickey Stephens, D-Savannah, and Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond.

At the same time, a few blocks away at Morehouse College, Sen. John Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, welcomed the endorsement of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta.

Both campaigns have candidate appearances planned in cities around the state leading up to Super Tuesday on March 2, including an Edwards stop in Savannah's Johnson Square at 9 a.m. today.

Edwards hammered away at the issue of jobs -- noting that 67,000 manufacturing jobs in Georgia have disappeared or moved off shore since President Bush entered office.

"Let me tell you what's good for America: outsourcing this administration," Edwards said.

He announced the criteria for any trade agreements he would negotiate as president, such as will the deal create American jobs and will it impose U.S.-style labor and environmental standards on foreign employers.

"When it comes to bad trade agreements, I know what they do to people," said Edwards, adding that the textile mill where his father worked has closed.

Republicans wasted no time bashing him, sending out a statement before his rally.

"A John Edwards administration would be disastrous for the U.S. economy," said Alec Poitevint, chairman of the Georgia Republican Party. "On the campaign trail, Edwards likes to talk about 'two Americas.' Unfortunately, his vision would create one America, with higher taxes, more government regulation, and frivolous lawsuits. …

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