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Seeing opportunity in Edwards' demise



Kirk Wagar's an enterprising guy. The Miami lawyer and Barack Obama fundraiser went to Puerto Rico on Saturday for a trial lawyers convention and pitched his candidate to John Edwards supporters.

Despite finishing third in South Carolina, Edwards says he'll push on to Feb. 5. But smelling an imminent departure from the race, Wagar was trying to attract a few Edwards money men to his own candidate.

"I'm making sure they know there's a place for them in our campaign," Wagar told the Buzz by phone.

Wagar acknowledged Obama's S.C. rout may have little effect on Florida, where Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a commanding lead. For that, he blames the boycott on campaigning in Florida, suggesting Clinton led the charge because she was already ahead.

"The problem is these people do not know who Barack Obama is and what he stands for," Wagar said. "The reality is this campaign was frozen in August. We haven't been able to communicate with voters since then and we stand by our word. Trust me, there's no one more frustrated than me. I think we could have won Florida. It would have been a stake in the heart of any other campaign."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:19pm]


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