Michael Crawford

Elizabeth Edwards Calls Out Bush Over Hate Crimes

Filed By Michael Crawford | July 17, 2007 10:05 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: 2008 Election, hate crimes against LGBT people, politics

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Elizabeth Edwards has staked out positions on LGBT civil rights that are superior to most every presidential candidate including her husband John. Speaking at a recent Human Rights Campaign event in San Francisco, Mrs. Edwards had this to say about President Bush's opposition to hate crimes legislation:

"This president talks a lot about good and evil and the need to seek out evil doers," she told a packed auditorium. "But he doesn't seem to recognize the evil in hate crimes. The right to live without the fear of being murdered for whom we love is not a special right."

She also spoke out about the fatal attack against 26 year-old Satendar Singh that is now being investigated as a possible racist and anti-gay hate crime. Witnesses to the attack against Mr. Singh say that he was beaten because the attackers thought he was gay.Mrs. Edwards speech comes as the Senate is expected to vote on the federal hate crimes bill some time this week.

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You know, I think that's one of the biggest problems I have with John Edwards candidacy... I'd rather vote for his wife than him. Now if I only had that problem with the Clintons.

I would welcome a debate between Elizabeth Edwards and Michelle Obama. That would be really something to watch.

I get that their is political calculation in Elizabeth Edwards remarks, still its good to her someone speaking out strongly in support of equal rights.