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.