Democrats want Edwards to speak up

Sept. 16, 2004 at 7:34 AM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Some senior Democrats say U.S. vice presidential candidate John Edwards is keeping too low of a profile in the run-up to November's election.

While advisers to presidential candidate John Kerry say Edwards is doing what they wanted, mixing attacks on President Bush and Cheney with the soft campaign style, other feel he needs more aggression in his demeanor, the New York Times reported Thursday.

"He needs to put a little Tabasco in his message," said Donna Brazile, who managed Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign. "He needs to go out, and he needs to do the attack."

Edwards denied he was keeping a low profile.

"When George Bush or Dick Cheney have said something that is outrageous -- and they've done that a number of times -- I responded strongly and quickly," he said.

One Kerry adviser who asked not to be identified, disputed Edwards was quick on the draw.

"Vice-presidential candidates serve as attack dogs," he said. "Our vice-presidential candidate was picked for his sunny optimism. ... Consequently, he doesn't make for the most effective attack dog."

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