Sen. John Kerry showed excellent judgment in picking his vice-presidential running mate, U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.
Sen. Edwards is a man of the people. He was born in Seneca, S.C., and grew up in North Carolina. I met Sen. Edwards' parents, Bobby and Wallace Edwards, in Columbia, S.C., in February. They are salt-of-the-earth people. They reminded me of my grandparents, whom I love so much. Sen. Edwards visited my home on Glenn Avenue during the presidential campaign earlier this year. He is a genuine, sincere, down-to-earth person. We jogged together for five miles through the streets of Summerville, talking about our children and his hopes for America's futures.
Sen. Edwards also talked with my 6-year-old son, my mother, my neighbors and my friends. My son wrote him a "welcome to our home" note and left it in the bathroom with fresh towels, where Sen. Edwards took a shower and got dressed before flying up to New York. As Sen. Edwards was leaving our house and was being escorted by the Secret Service to a black SUV, he walked over to my son, squatted down and said, "I got your note, Joseph. It's in my pocket," smiled and patted the breast of his blazer. That simple act spoke volumes about the kind of man John Edwards is.
America can do better than the doom-and-gloom presidency of Bush-Cheney. John Kerry has demonstrated what kind of presidency he will offer the American people - courage, strength, hope and optimism - not only by his life story, but also by selecting John Edwards as his vice president. Kerry and Edwards have all the right stuff to unite America and lead our great nation into the future.
Joseph R. Neal Jr.,