Singer Songwriter Elizabeth Edwards August 22, 2009 performance of Surrender to Win - Opening Act for Mark Lundholm at the Rizza Theatre
Elizabeth Edwards died of cancer Tuesday at the age of 61. The estranged wife of two-time presidential candidate John Edwards had just the day before announced she was stopping cancer treatment - after learning from doctors that any further treatment would be futile.
Edwards announced she had breast cancer in 2004. By 2007, it had spread to her ribs, hip bones and lungs. In recent days doctors discovered it had also spread to her liver.
Reacting to the news of her death, CNN’s Jessica Yellin and Gloria Borger say Elizabeth Edwards literally redefined the role of a political spouse.
“She often had a message that sort of said, don't be a victim, this happened to me, but it doesn't make me a victim. ... But she was relatable. She would talk about how hard it was to diet on the campaign trail and always struggled with her weight. And the fact that her husband always looked so young and she was aging. It's some of the things that you rarely hear political figures talk about. It's part of what made her well-liked.”
Fox News medical contributor Dr. Mark Siegel explains, the cancer Edwards was fighting was stubborn - and her doctors did all they could.
“There are many, many, many different types of breast cancer but this spread to the liver. You can't tell until you try treating it. If you try treating it and it doesn't respond, after a while things are clearly predicted it will be a bad outcome. They had withdrawn therapy, a very, very, very bad sign, a sign it has spread. It can go to the bone and brain and could be very ugly.”
But reports indicate Edwards died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. And anchors for Sacramento’s KCRA say -- Edwards did have one request -- regarding the wording of her death.
“Friends say that Elizabeth did not want people to say she lost her battle with cancer, which is something we often say. She said the battle was about living and that she won.”
Politico quotes a statement from Edwards’ family.
“Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth's presence, but she remains the heart of this family. ... On behalf of Elizabeth, we want to express our gratitude to the thousands of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way.”
Finally - NBC revisits Edwards’ own words in June -- about her well-publicized split from John Edwards - who had an affair with his campaign videographer.
EDWARDS: “I have three living children for whom this is a father that I want them to - whom I want them to love. And on whom they're going to have to rely perhaps, if my disease takes a bad turn.”
Reporter: “Indeed they were reunited in her final days. Her last statement to the public included this line: ‘I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces - my family, my friends and my faith in the power of resilience and hope.’"
Elizabeth Edwards introduces John Edwards and speaks about education at Concord High School and the University of New Hampshire on April 2, 2007.
Elizabeth Edwards introduces John Edwards at Theodore Roosevelt High School and in Des Moines, Iowa on April 4, 2007.
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University of Minnesota Professor John Logie talks about how the Clinton campaign has interjected race into the election and how Hillary Clinton's "concession" speech shows just how close this race really is.
This is a second part of John Logie's analysis.
As has often been the case in this campaign, Barack Obama delivered a speech that was exemplary in terms of political rhetoric. The takeaway phrase in this was "the choice in this election is not between regions or religions or genders. It's not about rich vs. poor, young vs. old and it is not about black vs. white. It is about the past vs. the future". Barack Obama clearly thinks that's a winning message. This was the central point in a speech that was highly visible. And it's an argument that might well change the dynamics of the upcoming contest on what we're now stupidly calling "Super Duper Tuesday".
It will be interesting to see how the mainstream media covers Obama victory and in particular Obama's powerful speech. Or whether the next news cycle is dominated by someone who has a habit of dominating news cycles and that's Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton managed to pull the focus away from his wife's campaign yet again with his comparison of Barack Obama to Jesse Jackson.
The clear import of Clinton's comparison is to suggest that Black candidates do well in South Carolina and thus, Barack Obama then impending victory could be discounted because "hey, South Carolina voters tend to like Black candidates."
With that I think we can close any further debate as to whether the Clinton campaign is actively injecting race as an issue into the 2008 Democratic primary season. They are doing it. Bill Clinton is doing it. Whether he is the designated attack dog for the Clinton campaign or just a loose cannon, this is unfortunate. It's especially unfortunate given the sharp contrast between Clinton's role in this campaign and the role of his predecessors have tended to take in previous campaigns. Admittedly he's in a difficult situation, being both a former President and Presidents have tended to maintain a kind of respectful silence as campaigns have unfolded. He's also a political spouse and there are certain obligations. But, I think you could draw a sharp contrast between the role he's taken and the role either Elizabeth Edwards or Michelle Obama has taken. Both of whom have tended to be much more supportive of the merits of their spouses rather than attacking opponents.
There was a subtle but clear indication about just how close this race is by the way the Clinton camp conceded -- and I'm using the word conceded loosely. They finished in a distant second place and the Clinton camp elected not to have Hillary Clinton speak in the form of a traditional concession speech, but delivered a short written message to the press. That message said among other things "on to Florida."
Because Florida and Michigan jumped the gun and held primaries before February 5th, their delegates don't count. And there was an agreement among most Democrats not to campaign there. Now as we saw in Michigan, Hillary Clinton's name ended up on the ballot despite that agreement. And that dynamic is playing out again in Florida. So essentially Hillary Clinton is running uncontested in those states. And she wants votes to count. If the core message coming out of her "concession" to Barack Obama in the South Carolina primary is "now we're moving on to Florida", that's an indication of just how close this race has gotten.
So that's how things look from a kitchen table in south Minneapolis. For The Uptake, this is John Logie
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