Please feel free to use the phrase “Negotiate if I can, fight if I must.”
I have been a long time fan of both Barack Obama and John Edwards.
John Edwards started rising in my interest when he honed his message to show that he was not only interested in fighting for the poor, but in also fighting for the middle class.
He started sinking when he indicated that fighting was the only possible strategy, and that adversaries would laugh at him for offering to negotiate. If he took all his cases to trial and never tried to negotiate, then I don’t think he was representing the best interests of his clients.
I think my introductory phrase sums up the Obama position. If you could start to be more explicit about that, I think it would be very helpful.