Edwards Finds Comfort in Home State

Jan 24, 2008 1:04pm

ABC News’ Raelyn Johnson Reports: A sign outside out a Giant Burger Restaurant that reads "Welcome John Edwards" was telling of Democratic hopeful’s day in South Carolina.

"It is somewhat fun for me and comforting for me to come to a place where people talk like I do," Edwards said while speaking to voters gathered in Laurens, South Carolina.

"When we go to other parts of the country people say, ‘I have trouble getting used to the accent’ and I go, what accent?"

Edwards was born in South Carolina and has been campaigning in the Palmetto State all week leading up to Saturday’s primary. But trailing a distant third behind Sen. Barack Obama, D-N.C., and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., he was frank about his expectations.

"I am the underdog by any measure. Nobody expects me to do great on Saturday, but you have the potential to change this thing," he said.

Edwards added, "it makes no difference whether they’re a democrat or republican. We want people to go to the polls."

Edwards began his morning on Thursday campaigning at Bacons Drive-In in Spartanburg, S.C., where he was met by dozens of screaming high school fans. One student insisted the former senator autograph his Game Boy.

As he continued to sign autographs and stay afloat in the sea of teenagers, I suggested to Edwards that he was somewhat of a rock star in Spartanburg.  He jokingly responded, "just here?"

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