Democrat John Edwards says honesty and openness are essential qualities for a president. He said yesterday that that's why he's proud to acknowledge his 2002 vote authorizing the invasion of Iraq was a mistake.
Edwards' comments came as he trolled for campaign cash on a three-day visit to New York, which is the home of his chief Democratic rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
He spoke to reporters after attending a union-sponsored workshop on eradicating poverty.
Asked whether his repeated apologies for his vote would be a turnoff to voters over time, Edwards said that after six years of President Bush, voters craved a president willing to acknowledge errors and change course if necessary.