Edwards is “proud” of his apology

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Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards didn’t mention Hillary Rodham Clinton’s name during his press conference in Manhattan today. But you can judge for yourself whether he was referring to her with this response to a question about his decision to apologize for his vote supporting the war in Iraq.

“You asked me what I think the most important personal characteristics of the next president are, I would say honesty, openness and decency,” Edwards said. “We need to feel like we can trust the president of the United States. There’s not a single voter in American who doesn’t understand that their president is human, and their president will sometimes makes mistakes. We never had a president who didn’t and we will never have one in the future who doesn’t. I think what they want from us is they want you to tell the truth. They want you to tell the truth when you believe you’ve made a mistake and they want you to be willing to change course when something’s not working.”

Edwards said he was proud of his decision to apologize and admit a mistake, adding: “We’ve had six-plus years now of a president who is completely unwilling to do that and it’s been a huge price for America and the rest of the world.”

The press conference — which followed a private meeting between Edwards and officials from the Community Service Society of New York and Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union as part of their “Working Citiesâ€? forum on poverty and the working poor — also featured Edwards being questioned about Al Gore’s Oscar performance by a reporter from Inside Edition.

“I thought he was terrific,� Edwards said of Gore, before adding: “I think at this moment, I take him at his word. He said that he was not planning to run for president.�

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