Edwards launched his first campaign ad in New Hampshire Thursday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards released his first ad in New Hampshire on Tuesday. In the ad, he asks "Americans to be patriotic about something other than war."
Edwards' campaign had initially planned to release the ad during the week of July fourth, but said it was ahead of its fundraising schedule and therefore decided to air the ad earlier. Senior Edwards staffers said recent stories criticizing the Democratic presidential candidate's expensive haircuts helped to boost their war chest.
"We're in a different era now," Senior Advisor Joe Trippi said. "People see a story like that, and they chip in $15 to $20 to get our real message out. Supporters think it wasn't fair, so it actually helps in terms of money."
The campaign wouldn't say how much was spent on the ad, but said that it was a "strong buy."
– CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
"....be patriotic about something other than war." Dumb question here but what the hell is he talking about? 75% of America is against this war... And what is he suggesting we be patriotic about? Welcoming 12 million illegals with open arms?
He's pointing to the fact that the war is the ONLY issue on which G.W. Bush has ever pushed patriotism.
What's with the immigration stab?
"Patriotism: Love of and devotion to one's country. "
There are many more ways we can show that devotion than promoting war. John Edwards has a vision demonstrating that devotion that sets him apart. If you really, truly want an answer to your question of what he believes we should be patriotic about, how about you actually take the time to read about his policy initiatives.
Sarcasm is obviously lost in text. I am quite educated on ALL of the initiatives of all of the hopefuls including Edwards. I was pointing out the lack of follow-thru of the ARTICLE AUTHOR, not Mr. Edwards himself. But thank you so much for your suggestions.
Thank you, CNN, for telling us what's on TV.
Where are the policy stories? Why not at least analyze the ad? Where is the detailed fact-checking that reporters used to do when ads came out? Why is the story so short? Is there really nothing more to be reported here? Could it be that all there is to be said about the ad is that it exists and will air in coming weeks?
Longer stories, please. News readers are not idiots, in spite of what your consumer research staff might be telling you.