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Edwards Discusses Violence, Football
By Alexandra Conway, 10, and Molly Wienberg, 11
Scholastic Student Reporters


Alexandra Conway (left) and Molly Wienberg talk with Senator John Edwards of North Carolina at an event in a New Hampshire library recently. (Photo: Ellen Wienberg)


Sunday, January 25—We caught up with Senator John Edwards during his first day back in New Hampshire after the Iowa caucus. At a noon rally, an exuberant Edwards spoke to a jam-packed crowd in the Manchester City Library Auditorium.

As first-time attendees to a political rally, we were energized with the political current that fired up the crowd. We went to the rally to see the candidate who finished second at the Iowa caucus and ask him a few questions. With such a large crowd, we were certain we would never get close enough to see him or be lucky enough to speak to him.

But we did! We asked him what he thought about the security of our nation's schools and the children attending them.

"We need to do a lot more work to protect children who are attending school, which means provide better security in some schools where there's been a lot of violence," he told us. "It also means we need to address the root cause of that violence. You know, young children and people are inundated with violence on television, over the Internet, in movie theaters, and I think we have to address that in addition to addressing the violence itself." We asked which team he was rooting for to win the Super Bowl, since his home team the Carolina Panthers are playing the New England Patriots. Senator Edwards had a quick response: "I know this is not the politically correct answer, but I'm for the Panthers!"