WASHINGTON (CNN) - Elizabeth Edwards brushed off suggestions Thursday that it is a "double standard" to criticize conservative commentator Ann Coulter while using her controversial comments in fundraising solicitations.
John Edwards' presidential campaign has featured conservative commentator Ann Coulter on its Web site to raise campaign cash, just as the important June 30 deadline to collect second quarter campaign contributions quickly approaches.
"We're asking you to reject this kind of politics and this is what we're asking you to embrace - ideas, visions, positive discussion and, frankly, I want people to be engaged in the process," Edwards told CNN's John Roberts on American Morning.
On Tuesday, Edwards called into MSNBC's Hardball, where Ann Coulter was a guest, to directly confront the best-selling author on recent controversial comments about her husband, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards.
“It debases political dialogue,” Elizabeth Edwards said of the comments in the on-air clash. “It drives people away from the process. We can’t have a debate about issues if you’re using this kind of language.”
When asked why she made the call instead of her husband, Edwards told CNN it wasn't a planned "campaign call."
"I didn't talk to John about calling Ann Coulter," Edwards said. "I got on the phone when I was watching her. I knew to suspect that she was going to say something because she said something the day before, or the day before that, on ABC. So I was listening to see."
Appearing on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday, Coulter joked “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.”
On that program, Coulter was referencing the firestorm following her March comments, in which she referred to the North Carolina Democrat as “a faggot” at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference held 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.
In addition to promoting the latest war of words, Edwards’s campaign posted both Coulter’s comments in March and earlier this week on their Web site, next to banner asking supporters for donations to stop “right wing attacks.”
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney