Over the weekend, John Edwards needled Democratic rival Hillary Clinton over her acceptance of political donations from federal lobbyists.
Edwards drew cheers at the YearlyKos convention of 1,500 liberal bloggers in Chicago on Saturday, Rob Christensen reports.
"I don't take money from Washington lobbyists," Edwards said. "Sen (Barack) Obama, to his credit doesn’t take money from Washington lobbyists. Why don't we start today reforming the Democratic Party by all of us committing no more from this day?"
After Edwards twice raised the issue, the moderator asked Clinton about whether she would continue to accept such contributions.
"Yes I will," Clinton replied, "because you know, a lot of those lobbyists, whether you like it or not, represent real Americans. They represent nurses. They represent social workers. Yes, they represent corporations that employ a lot of people."
Clinton's remarks drew some boos.