SCRANTON, Pa. – Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards (search) told a largely blue-collar audience Friday that President Bush has been "at war" with working people and organized labor.
In a nod to Scranton's history as a coal and manufacturing city, Edwards said a Kerry administration would invest in clean coal technology and in manufacturing of cleaner vehicles. He also played up his working-class roots, saying that his brother is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and that his mother was a union member.
"George Bush has been at war — he's at war with working people in general — but he's certainly at war with organized labor," Edwards said.
The North Carolina senator accused the Bush administration of not doing enough to prevent the outsourcing of jobs and of supporting drug companies instead of consumers.
"The people of America deserve a president who will be straight with them about what's happening in Iraq, who will be straight with them and tell them the truth about what's happening with jobs here in America, who will be straight and tell them about the health care crisis that's happening right now, and somebody who has a real plan and real ideas to make it better, not just more of the same," he said.
Employment numbers released Friday showed 96,000 new jobs in September, a drop of more than 20 percent from the August figure and, according to Edwards, "not nearly enough jobs to take care of the new people coming into the work force."