By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Former Senator John Edwards, riding his second-place finish over Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucuses Thursday night, wasted little time in pitching his message of change in New Hampshire today, telling a dawn gathering of hundreds of supporters that voters in the Granite State "now have two choices" -- between him and Iowa victor Barack Obama
Edwards, calling himself "the people's candidate," said his victory over Clinton showed that voters are yearning for change in Washington. In the populist tone he has struck throughout his second run for the White House, he asked supporters, "Are we willing to fight the corporate greed that has an iron-fisted grip on our democracy?"
Edwards, speaking at a former mill turned office complex, took swipes at both of his main rivals without naming them, saying he was not the candidate of "glitz or glamour."
"I am the candidate who will fight with every fiber of my being, every single step of the way, for you, for your children and for your grandchildren," Edwards said to the energized crowd, largely made up of campaign workers.
Edwards, who is campaigning with his wife Elizabeth and his parents, has a full schedule in the Granite State through Tuesday's primary, including a meeting with voters at 6:30 tonight at the Portsmouth Town Hall. In the latest polls, however, he is a distant third in New Hampshire to Clinton and Obama.