John Edwards on the Campaign Trail

And what is the deadline for that table to turn? One thing holding reporters back from booking post-campaign fantasy vacations is the fact that most have been here before. Two days before a primary; Edwards is down in most polls. One day before the primary; Edwards is still down. Primary day; surprise! Better than expected results open the gateway to carry on the campaign. But never has there been this many delegates or these many states at stake all in one go. Over the past week select senior aides have allowed that they believe they have a shot at winning more than one state. The agreed upon best chance for a win is Georgia, as such the campaign has decided to watch results from Atlanta. They also allow that yes, despite that fact their candidate tells reporters on the trail he does not have to win anything to go on, it would certainly be a better Wednesday run of the morning shows with a few wins to discuss with Charlie, Katie and Harry. And so we wait. Headlines announce that Bush strategists now plan for a tough fight against Sen. Kerry, but we wait. And while we wait the Edwards camp has mapped out a run up to March 9 schedule that takes their candidate through the Southern states he eyes as a very much still possible battle ground. On each of the previous primary nights except Wisconsin, Sen. Edwards and the travel press corps were off and running to the next battle ground. So it will most likely be this Tuesday. Additional evidence the campaign is determined to continue: money. Over the last week Edwards has held fundraisers in three of the four March 9 states he hopes to play in (Louisiana, Florida and Texas). Sunday the campaign announced post-Iowa funds of $5.7 millions raised, and their goal is $6 million by Super Tuesday. The campaign notes only that the majority of those funds are matchable.

Edwards and press adjust to new security

ATLANTA, Feb. 23 — At the end of a long day that started in New York City, leapt to Albany, Ga., and then onto Columbus, Ga., before hitting the tarmac in Atlanta shortly before 11:00 pm ET, members of the press corps formed a bucket brigade to load all the luggage from the belly of campaign plane Hair Force One into the bus to get to the hotel as soon as possible. After being surrounded by Secret Service all day, which changed the entire dynamic of the campaign trail, it was only on the pitch-black tarmac that the agents were truly missed; a few more helping hands would have been nice.

The Senator, for his part, seemed to be neither here nor there on the Secret Service verdict. He was seen very little until the end of the day when he came back to chat with press on the last leg of the trip. If he wasn't in a Secret Service SUV, he was hunkered down doing a power hour of 11 satellite interviews for audiences in Georgia, Minnesota and California. If he was not doing interviews, he was at an event separated from press (save a brief New York avail) and whisked out upon completion.

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