John and Elizabeth Edwards on 'This Week'


But I think both sides of this argument understand the desire for equality and equal treatment. I don't think there is anybody who is for or against it who doesn't understand it and I don't think there's anybody who is for or against it who doesn't understand the trouble people have, because it just seems something that they've not been around.

Of course, they haven't, because we haven't had it in this country.

[John Edwards in New Hampshire: My daughter who is 24 and goes to school in Cambridge -- her generation and all of her friends believe this issue will completely disappear with their generation.]

Elizabeth Edwards: And I have to say she's talked to children on both sides of the aisle who are her age, the children of our senators and politicians on both sides of the aisle and people who are her age, regardless of the political affiliation of their parents, all believe exactly the same thing.

This issue will not exist when they are the people who are sitting in these seats.

Stephanopoulos: So you can imagine changing your mind, but you're not there.

Edwards: I'm not there.

Stephanopoulos: I've been looking at the pod casts you all have been putting out. Are you going to be the You Tube candidate of 2008?

Edwards: What's funny is we actually did the announcement on You Tube the night before I was on your show on Thursday morning and I think it's a great way to reach grassroots people, to build a campaign from the ground up, which is the way I not only believe campaigns should be built now, but the way that we change the country.

[Edwards on his podcast: I wanted you to hear it first, what it is I plan to do, because you're going to make the difference.]

Stephanopoulos: So in one of those pod casts you said...

[Edwards on his podcast: I'd rather be successful or unsuccessful based on who I really am. Not based on some plastic Ken-doll.]

That's the word Republicans used to describe you in the last campaign.

Elizabeth Edwards: I think it was Maureen Dowd.

Stephanopoulos: I don't know if she's Republican or not. But it sounds like you're sort of conceding that maybe they had a point about the last campaign.

Edwards: You know, here's what I believe. I think that for us to bring about the change that we need to bring about, not just in politics, but in the country, people need to feel like -- to fight off the cynicism and the apathy, which are rampant in America today.

People need to feel like they really know who their leader is, not somebody who appears and puts on a face, because people don't trust them. I totally understand this.

They come in the public, they put on a face, they try to hide who they really are, because somehow they don't trust the public knowing what they need to know.

The conclusion I've come to, and I'm the same human being I was in 2004 and I don't have a different belief system, I have exactly the same beliefs, core beliefs, I am the same human being, but I want people to see me for who I am, good or bad.

Stephanopoulos: So you let it hang out a little more.

Edwards: We'll just let it go where it goes and let people make their own judgments.

Stephanopoulos: Senator and Mrs. Edwards, thank you very much.

Edwards: Thank you.

Elizabeth Edwards: Nice to spend time with you, George.

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