Continuing his attack on the current Congress's failure to "stand up" to the President on the War in Iraq, former Senator John Edwards (D-N.C.), a presidential hopeful, stressed fighting for the lower class and criticized the current Senate in his remarks at the Democratic National Committee's Winter Meeting last Friday.

Edwards discussed the difficulties many families face in affording health insurance and the rising cost of a college education.

"It doesn't have to be that way," Edwards said. "People need us to stand up for them. People need us to stand up for what's right...If we don't stand up, who will?"

Edwards then challenged Democrats not to be silent in opposition to the President's Iraq policies.

"We cannot stand by quietly and silently and allow him to escalate this war. Silence is a betrayal," Edwards continued, turning to Democrats in the Senate. "We cannot be satisfied with passing non-binding resolutions that we know this president will ignore. We have the power to stop the escalation of this war. We have to use our power. We have to be strong. We have to stand up for what's right."

Below is the video of Edwards' remarks.