Running Mate Blog

By Katy Byron

Presidential hopeful Democrat John Edwards said Wednesday he sent a letter to President Bush calling for the resignation of Nancy Nord, the acting chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The former senator from North Carolina revealed his disapproval for Nord's performance during a town hall meeting at a middle school in Amherst, New Hampshire, when he announced his import safety plan.

Nord has come under fire from both Congress and the Bush administration over the flurry of product recalls over the past year. It was discovered last week that Nord had accepted travel expenses from toy industry leaders.

Part of Edwards' food, toy and medicine imports protection plan includes doubling the funding for CPSC, stationing FDA inspectors in China and India, and banning industry gifts and travel to U.S. regulators. Similar measures to improve import safety were proposed by President Bush this week.

Other Democrats have called for Nord's resignation, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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