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Edwards says Bush didn't do his job in Iraq
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Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards told a crowd in Duluth Thursday that it's time for President Bush to "step aside, and that's exactly what's going to happen on November the 2nd." (MPR Photo/Stephanie Hemphill)

Duluth, Minn. — About 2,500 people packed the gym at the University of Minnesota, Duluth -- many of them were students. After a warm-up from local politicians, John Edwards spoke for about half an hour. He asked his audience to imagine themselves in the voting booth on Tuesday.

You might vote early, he said, after stopping at the gas station -- and think about the price of oil under President Bush. Or you might vote after a checkup at the doctor's office -- and think about the cost of health care under the Bush administration. Or you might vote in the evening, he said.

"And the reason you're late is you've just gotten an e-mail from your best friend who's serving this country in Iraq. And you're proud of him," said Edwards. "Has George Bush made a mess in Iraq? And why do George Bush and Dick Cheney continue to blur the lines between Sept. 11 and Iraq, when everyone knows that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with Sept. 11?"

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Edwards also said a Kerry-Edwards administration would work to make the American dream possible for everyone. He promised more creative approaches to health care and jobs.

Shortly after Sen. Edwards spoke in Duluth, the man whose job Edwards wants spoke in International Falls. Vice President Dick Cheney addressed a rally on land rights and the environment. Cheney once again attacked John Kerry for his criticisms regarding the disappearance of nearly 400 tons of explosives in Iraq.

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