Presidential Candidate John Edwards Meets with Nevadans in Reno

As many as 1,000 people turned out tonight (Friday) to see, listen, and ask questions of the former senator and vice presidential candidate. He began with a challenge to them.

"We want the enthusiasm to begin with you. And a call to restore America's moral standing in the world, beginning with Iraq," Edwards said. "We should leave."

As a senator, Edwards voted to give the president the authority to wage the war in Iraq, a vote he now says was a mistake.

Taking questions for an hour, the candidate touched on a number of issues -- from global warming to immigration to stem cell research.

Edwards lingered to press the flesh and sign autographs -- a scene more like a rock concert than a political rally. It was just a taste of what's to come. With Nevada's caucus scheduled early, right after Iowa and right before New Hampshire's primary, local voters will see a lot more of Edwards and other candidates over the next 12 months.