"The government is there to serve the needy, not the greedy," Edwards said to applause. "The last time I said that, someone yelled, 'You served yourself, so you must be greedy!'"Sixth Congressional District candidate Edwin Edwards at his first campaign press conference today:
When discussing President Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is also known as Obamacare, Edwards emphasized his support for the plan and voiced his concern over Gov. Bobby Jindal eschewing the policy.
"I remember when Social Security was passed, and you had the same view and cry that it was socialism. … Years from now, the same voices loud in opposition to it will begin to change their minds," Edwards said.
Saying "I did not vote for Obama. Where I was, there were no voting machines," Edwards told the crowd he would not have supported the Affordable Care Act, before adding that he also disapproved of Gov. Bobby Jindal's refusal to accept federal Obamacare funding. Edwards also said he wanted to be on the House Public Works and Agriculture committees, before launching into a long anecdote about Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon. "Alea iacta est," he concluded — Latin for "the die is cast."Not entirely a flip-flop so much as backtracking into a position where he's trying to have it both ways. But still, it's clearly a shift into campaign mode. Let the games begin.