September 11th, 2007
11:59 AM ET
11 years ago

Edwards: No 'fancy dinners or photo ops'

Edwards said he isn't offering his backers a "fancy dinner or photo-ops with celebrities."

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In what might be perceived as a veiled shot at one his chief rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, former Sen. John Edwards is taking five supporters to New Orleans to work on rebuilding homes.

“Instead of offering you a fancy dinner or photo-ops with celebrities, we’re giving you the opportunity to create the change we need to see in this country,” Edwards, a North Carolina Democrat seeking his party’s presidential nomination said in a statement.

Sen. Barack Obama, who is also competing for the Democratic presidential nomination, had a $3 million fundraiser at Oprah Winfrey’s California home this past weekend. Obama, who represents Illinois, also has held a contest that gives small political donors a chance to have dinner with him.

The Edwards contest will take five people to New Orleans to work on helping to rebuild a city devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Edwards visit to the Crescent City comes after it was recently revealed that a company he has financial ties with foreclosed on the homes of over 30 New Orleans residents.

An Edwards’ spokesperson would not comment beyond what was stated in the news release.

- CNN Political Ticker Producer Xuan Thai

Filed under: John Edwards
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Deanna Brooklyn, NY

    I wish that Edwards and his camp would stop flaunting their goodness and all-American style. Such as sending out emails soliciting donations and promising his mom's pecan pie recipe in return; his wife standing up to Ann Coulter (as should be done) but then sending her own email saying this is why you should vote for Edwards and donate to his campaign; now pointing out I'm going to volunteer instead of attending a celebrity dinner. If Oprah was supporting him he'd do the same. I think this New Orleans project is great, but just do the good deeds and stop pointing out why you're doing them. It makes them a little less 'good'. Besides, would he be doing this if his connected company did not just foreclose on these homes?

    September 11, 2007 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. Adgurl, Atl, GA

    John Edwards needs to stop HATIN'. You would have to be one foolish person to turn away an Oprah endorsement...and if it were the other way around, I'm sure Edwards would be happy to accept it.

    September 11, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Cary - Lowell, IN

    That's an excellent idea ! Very creative and it doesn't offend anyone with images of candidates having lavish dinners just to get the donation.

    September 11, 2007 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. james, Minneapolis, MN

    He is going to far with the populist thing. He is going to have to run on something other than healthcare and fixing poverty. He is going to have to find a balance in here somewhere cause the people he is looking for do not vote in primaries.

    September 11, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Banko

    Mr pretty face, stop exploiting these poor Katrina victims. They already suffered enough.
    Stop stabbing these poor citizens on their backs. Your Mortgage investments, stole money from poor Katrina victims. Hypocrite!!!

    September 11, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. RuthieM

    All Edwards did was take another Obama idea, like Hillary has done, figure out how he could do it too, but then came up with the same thing as Obama initiated, but in a different way, then of course he invented it - the 5 people, etc. My goodness, he seems - jealous - rather than - political. And he talks about leadership but all I've seen him do is - follow - Obama.

    September 11, 2007 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. KJ, Sacramento, CA

    Can John Edwards ever do anything without taking a potshot at someone else or without stealing an idea? Just because he is out of the contest because he can't get the support he needs to raise money and just because he can't get crowds of 1,000's to his events is no reason to attack others. Don't blame your problems on others John.

    September 11, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. lavelle

    Edwards is funny people talk about not trusting others....well this guy I think people should really watch out for. He's just starving for attention and hates the fact that Obama gets more of the attention then he does. This is what he really said....Edwards in his deep deep southern accent: "No fancy dinners or photo ops for me. However I do enjoy fancy hair cuts that the poverty stuck Americans sure wish they could get that’s for sure" He's fake any man that uses the death of a child and the illness of his wife to score political points with voters to me will always be someone you just have to watch out for. I do not doubt his sincerity amongst his family but I don’t give pity points. Sorry this is not the pity race it’s for the presidential office. And he's just not the type of guy I would vote for.

    And another thing his wife god bless her for going through this battle with cancer. But at the same time stay in your place, she has said some crazy stuff since announcing she has breast cancer. And who's going to say something negative about a woman who has breast cancer? That’s why a lot of the stuff the Edwards campaign says goes in one ear and out the other.

    September 11, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. lavelle

    I would also like to add that Kerry didn’t really like Edwards either especially after he kept telling the story about his kid. He said one time that he only told that story once however kept telling the same story to every person he met after that. I don’t think john Kerry wanted to continue with Edwards as his vice president because he felt his priorities and reasons for wanting to become president and vice president were backwards. He just wants to be there for his own selfish reasons not for Americans. Any man that blinks every time he talks can not be taken seriously. He's not firm on a lot of things and just likes to say stuff to get an arousal out of people.

    September 11, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  10. Vic Wilson, Anchorage, Alaska

    Oh please John Edwards, why don't you go get another huge house and a $400 haircut. You also don't have any experience and haven't done zilch with your time in the Senate! I used to support you, but after you helped lose the 2004 election, I see how ineffective and pretentious you are.

    September 11, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  11. Christian, Tampa FL

    Geez, John, give it a rest...

    He risks looking like a goodie-two-shoes.

    September 11, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  12. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    You keep running on that Populist Campaign, John, and become a national footnote joining the ranks of Ralph Nader, Ross Perot, and Pat Buchanan.

    In 43 Presidential elections, the Populist Candidate has NEVER been elected. Don't let that stop you – keep dividing America into the have and have-nots.

    September 11, 2007 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. KT Louisville, KY

    Instead of fancy dinners, he has fancy haircuts.

    September 11, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. kevin, atlanta georgia

    wow is this guy transparently phony...

    September 11, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Keith

    He'll end up being known best for having a permanent chip on his shoulder. That will beat out $400 haircuts, $50,000 poverty speeches, and a house that could give gaudy a bad name. Perhaps he's confused left with gauche.

    September 11, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  16. CT Joe

    Please tell me who decided that Oprah was going to be a "decider" in the next election? I rarely watch her show...but she gives away stuff to the audience members and is as gullible as we all are...remember the "book" incident?

    September 11, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Lake side, Lakewood, OH

    While Hillary Clinton copied Senator Obama's idea of inviting supporters to dinner, John Edwards should get credit for being more innovative.

    I hope he brings Elizabeth along- definitely worth the contribution!

    Presidential candidates often show their human side by putting on jeans every now and then and doing something hands on.

    Hillary Clinton has yet to get out of her typical business suit and show a less-scripted, more common persona.

    September 11, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Paul TX

    I can't believe he's playing the Katrina card. How cheesy? That's about as cheesy as Giuliani playing the 9-11 card. Using these tragedies to score votes is beyond me.

    September 11, 2007 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Julie, Atlanta, GA

    John Edwards is a good man and he's my candidate. After the disaster of BU$HCO, America deserves an Edwards administration.


    September 11, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. Scott NJ

    what you guys dont understand is the edwards is not taking a shot at anybody. CNN skews the articles everytime Edwards is in the news to make it seem like he is taking a shot at Obama and Clinton. The biased reporting in this election is truly atrocious. Half the articles are titled "Edwards slams Clinton" but when you read the quotes Edwards makes no reference to Clinton at all. CNN and other media outlets are creating drama!!!

    September 11, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Wallace, Chicago, IL

    Wow, decent comments today...

    ...No Racist or sexist rants about Clinton or Obama. No "The only reason any black person supports Obama is because he is black." Or, "I don't like Clinton because she can't cook and puts her right shoe on first instead of the left." What is the problem?

    Cary -Lowell, IN we need you in here. We can always count on you for inappropriate comments.

    September 11, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  22. Matt, Orange County, CA

    I'm not sure which group of blind zealots scare me more, Bush's supporters or Oprah's. It's amazing that she can do no wrong...if you're going to criticize people for publicizing the good they are doing, I can't see how you can look past Oprah. She's the biggest "look at how good I am!" media monger of all time. Shameless. At the same time, I will NEVER criticize anyone for doing something constructive for the betterment of any community. I applaud John Edwards for this approach and its why I'm pulling for him.

    September 11, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  23. Gene, Chicago, IL

    Scott from NJ: you can read his 9/10 press release on his website. Why the jibe at "fancy dinners" if not to make a point. LOL: you can google his news and learn of a "fancy dinner" ($1,000 should be "fancy") he's fundraising on the other side of the country. Guess he must have been against fancy dinners before he was for them!

    September 11, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Jennifer, Houston, TX

    Good for him. Politicians talk about helping Katrina victims all the time. Nice to see one of them actually doing something, instead of just talking.

    And as far as I'm concerned, Kerry not liking him makes him all the more likable.

    September 11, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Gavriel ben Yehudah

    Why is it that Mr. Edwards in taking five persons to work in New Orleans now? Is it because he is running for president? Of course it is!

    What a Hypocrite; however, he is not alone is that regard!

    September 11, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
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