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John Edwards Rallies With Striking Writers In New York

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As talks continue between Hollywood studios and striking TV and movie writers, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards spoke at a rally in support of writers in Manhattan Tuesday.

Members of the Writers Guild of America and representatives from the studios met Monday for the first time since writers went on strike three weeks ago.

Writers want more money when their shows over sold over the internet. But studios and producers say it's too soon to tell which business model will succeed on the web and they don't want to be locked into a payment formula.

Last week he joined writers on strike out in California.

Edwards says the strike, which started November 5th, is about opportunity and economic fairness.

"We are in this thing together. And what all of you are doing is important -- not only for your members and what you're standing up for, which is fairness for the American dream, for everybody having a real chance,” he said. “The truth is it's crucial for the future of America."

Solidarity with writers has caused Edwards to cancel appearances on “Ellen” and “The View,” which have continued production despite the strike. The strike has halted production on most scripted shows and many talk shows, including the "Late Show with David Letterman."

Edwards says if CBS News writers go on strike, he will not participate in a planned debate on the network — sentiments echoed by fellow Democratic presidential candidates Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama.


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