June 26th, 2007
02:58 PM ET
3 years ago

Edwards cashes in on Coulter, again

The Edwards camp is hoping Coulter's latest comments will lead to campaign cash.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When conservative commentator Ann Coulter opens her mouth, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards' presidential campaign sees dollar signs.

Joe Trippi, a top advisor to the campaign, sent out a fundraising e-mail Tuesday morning highlighting Coulter's recent comments on “Good Morning America.” During the show, she said, “If I'm going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.”

Coulter was referencing the firestorm following her March comments, in which she referred to the North Carolina Democrat as "a faggot" during a political action committee meeting in Washington. She claimed that, during the same period of time, liberal television host Bill Maher "was not joking” when he said that “he wished Dick Cheney had been killed in a terrorist attack." According to Coulter, Maher didn't take the same heat for his comments that she did for hers.

"If you're a right-wing wing-nut, this is the scariest thing you can imagine — that the Democratic candidate with the boldest vision for America is also the most electable," Trippi wrote in the e-mail, which was a solicitation for campaign contributions. "So they will stop at nothing to tear John down. We can stop them — but only if you stand up."

Shortly after Coulter made her comments in March, the campaign prominently placed a video of the remarks on its Web site, hoping to solicit $100,000 in "Coulter Cash" to "show that inflaming prejudice to attack progressive leaders will only backfire."

The Edwards campaign is in an all-out push to meet its $9 million fundraising goal for the second quarter of 2007 before Saturday's deadline.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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  1. Wing-nuts R us, Hometown USA

    Ann Coulter is my hero.

    June 26, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Barabas

    I don't care for Edwards either, but her comments were out of line. However, she does have a point about Bill Maher. Why aren't these hard-core left-wing people held to the same standard? Let me guess, because he was "joking" on his "comedy show." Give me a break.

    June 26, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Helen, NY

    I know - I mean, conservative comedians NEVER say anything inflammatory like that. Only politicians and their lackeys do.

    Honest republicans – the few who are left – know Coulter is an embarassment.

    June 26, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. J. Turchek, Stuart VA

    He truly needs to cash into something. After all $400.00 haircuts do not pay for themselves.

    June 26, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Sherry, Houston TX

    She never has a point except to insult our intelligence. She doesn't "have a point" about Bill Maher because he didn't say it on his comedy show.

    June 26, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Coulter needs to come to terms with her/him self. Normal people are not terminally filthy nasty. Today I will not watch Chris Matthews because Coulter is supposed to be on his show.

    June 26, 2007 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Spencer, Atlanta, Georgia

    Ann Coulter is nothing but self-absorbed, attention seeking right wing extremist. She will say and do anything to get the media spotlight. She is far worse than Paris Hilton. At least Paris Hilton has the self-respect to not support anti-American terrorism which Ann Coulter, the terrorist, lacks.

    June 26, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Mike in Dallas Texas

    I think Ann Coulter is emblematic of the biggest problem America faces these days. This Hate movement which was started by Rush Limbaugh in the late '80s has come full circle now. It has made up so many fairy tales, like the "liberal media" and "Creation Science" baloney, that its Kool Aid drinkers can't even establish "UP" or "DOWN" without attaching some hidden, misceivious agenda to it. She is the Paris Hilton of the far right.

    June 26, 2007 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. j, Bellingham , WA

    How can she (or any other right wing wing-nut) not see the difference between what she said and what Bill Maher said? She used a derogatory slur against Edwards, which truely highlighted her real intelligence. Bill Maher just basically said he wished Chaney were dead. Two totally different types of statements.... And anyone who cannot see the difference, well.... They probably are the same ones who think "fa**ot" is a funny insult to begin with.

    June 26, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  10. H. D. Schmidt

    America is now like the Titanic, heading for the ieceberg for sure for living and acting evermore in full disobedience of the Founding Fathers. While they gave their life and all they had to create this great Democracy, but is has made itself into the most brutal and farreaching Empire this old planet earth has ever experienced, where materialism is its God, and finds in need to have the most horrendous and inhumane war machinery to in essence, defend itself. The Founding Fathers would spit in the face of George W., who thinks speaks and acts evermore like that of a King, even worse than the King of England whom the Colonies in essence destroned, from which, the British Empire never recovered and really remains sort of a sore appendix of America. This based on these words: "Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to Republican liberty". George Washington, Yes, Dwight D. Eisenhower spoke similar words in his farewell address also. Yet America is now militarily circling the globe while at 9/11 the New York towers came down like the walls of Jericho in Bible times. This Nation under God is now in full compliance with evil one instead, as the world at large hates America more and more. I am absolutely convinced that I am speaking for the Founding Fathers.

    June 26, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Mark, Columbus, OH

    Ann Coulter's comments show the right is more concerned with defeating the moderate and left-wing Americans than they are concerned with "defeating" the terrorists. If the right needs to support terrorists to achieve their objectives, they will.

    June 26, 2007 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  12. Mark, Canada

    Bill Maher never said what Coulter accuses him of saying. She's a lying fascist who advocates violence against anyone who is smart enough and moral enough not to embrace her politics.

    When is the so-called "Liberal" media going to stop giving a platform to these radical rightwing extremists?

    June 26, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Bruce, Franklin, TN

    Isn't anyone out there capable of independent thought? Surely there are some individuals who don't get so caught up in the polarized crap coming from the media that they can see why we have become so intolerant of each others positions. Anne Coulter and Bill Maher are cut from the same cloth..they are negative, hateful, intolerant of others and so skewed in their thinking that they don't represent mainstream thought. Anyone who depends on either of them to help form or reinforce their political views should not be allowed to vote.

    Whatever happened to thoughtful, reasoned comment and analysis? Is George Will the only one of his kind?

    June 26, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Connie, Louisville, Tn.

    Looks like Maher and Coulter are as cozy as they once were.

    June 26, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  15. concerned reader, Anywhere, USA

    Mr. Schmidt, you are not speaking for the founding fathers inasmush as you are unable to compose a meaningful sentence or to even complete a metaphor. For God's sake, proof read your work!

    June 26, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  16. Mrs. America

    To what lengths will she go to stay in the limelight?

    June 27, 2007 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  17. Ted Demlow Bryant, Wisc.

    Ann Coulter being a transgender is none of anyone's business but her own! If we could stick with the issues and topics and leave the plumbing out of it, we would all be better off. I don't like Ann's intolerence but her personal life I still respect as private and off limits.

    June 27, 2007 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. Fred, Chicago, IL

    It doesn't really matter what Coulter says anyways since there is no way this country is going to elect that tobacco money, camera happy politician President. His only claim to fame is as a unsuccessful VP candidate. Not exactly strong presidential credentials.

    He should be happy to get some free press out of all of this and thank Coulter for noticing him. As for his wife, I don't know where she comes from, but I don't think most of this country "when someone does something that displeases you, you politely ask them to stop." Sounds like rich people talk.

    June 27, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  19. A. Colter

    See You in Toledo, Mr. Coulter.

    June 28, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. Dave Aube Sudbury Ontario Canada

    Dear Ann Coulter , I Watched your video on you tube about your opinion of Canada. You should come and visit this great country. We haven't killed thousands of our citizens like your country did on 911. So you may like it here. As for our army, your right there isn't a very large one here because they are peace keeping with the UN around the world. Your army should try that some time, it is much more rewarding than killing people for oil and blaming them for killing people your own government killed. tell me, Why did Silverstein collect 300 million. I can not believe how ignorant you are to your own governments motives. I am going to sit back and laugh at you and your ignorant views when they come back to bite you in the ASS !
    P.S. It is probably not a good idea to visit, people know who you are here !

    November 29, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |