The Washington Times - October 19, 2007, 01:10PM
Connie Johnson Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) SEE RELATED:

\ Edwards is doing a “True Blue Majority” push — in other words, I’m the most electable. Johnson was one of several state officials, from Maine to Oregon, that the campaign trotted out today to prove the 2004 vice presidential nominee has the best chance in a general election.\

\ It’s not a new theme, and voters are likely to hear it a lot more as Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) plays herself as the best general election candidate. Yesterday, her pollster Mark Penn said she could attract up to 24 percent of Republican women and put swing states in play.\

\ Johnson, who backed Edwards in 2004 as well, says the opposite is true. “John Edwards’ candidacy is about building bridges and unifying a fractured country,” she said, noting he appeals to “black, white, urban, rural, north and south.”\

\ She lamented how her state’s Democratic Party has been “hemorrhaging” and said if the party gets a nominee who doesn’t unite fractured interests, Missouri will “go red … treasurers, governors, everybody.” \

\ “If Hillary comes to a state like Missouri, we can write it off,” she said. “We will not regain the majority. It’s as simple as that. It’s all about math.”\

\ Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times