March 22, 2007
John Edwards announcement that he is going to continue to pursue the White House surprised many political analysts around the country.
Political pundits say timing is the key to this equation. With still nine months until the Iowa caucus and almost two years until the general election, former Senator John Edwards has time to make a run.
Matt Smyth with the UVa Center for Politics says besides timing, Edwards has two things working in his favor, money and name recognition. Edwards has a much larger war chest than many of the smaller candidates in this race and is possibly the most recognizable Democratic candidate besides Hillary Clinton. Smyth also says that Edwards believes that he is not just running a campaign but trying to change a country.
"The fact that he is staying in the race speaks to his idea that the campaign is bigger than just himself or his family. He feels it is a movement more than just a campaign," Smyth said.
In many circles, Edwards is considered one of the top tier Democratic contenders along with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
In recent polls, John Edwards faired very well in both Iowa and New Hampshire. In seven national polls this month, he finished in third place in most and fourth place when former Vice President Al Gore was thrown into the mix. However, Gore has not yet declared his intentions to run.
The Iowa caucus is slated for January 14, 2008.