On This Day In 2003: John Edwards Announces Presidential Candidacy

Sept. 16, 2003:

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John Edwards, a first-term senator from North Carolina, declares his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in his hometown of Robbins. The announcement comes a week after he said he would not seek re-election to the Senate.

Edwards will finish a strong second to Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry in the Iowa caucuses. But despite favorable reviews of his campaign, he is never able to stop Kerry's march to the nomination. Nonetheless, Kerry picks Edwards as his running mate.

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