September 13th, 2007
09:35 AM ET
2 years ago

Edwards to rebut Bush with two-minute cable ad

Edwards' ad will appear on MSNBC after the president's prime time speech on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Sen. John Edwards, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, has purchased 2 minutes of advertising time on MSNBC Thursday night following President Bush's prime time address on Iraq, an Edwards' aide tells CNN.

The North Carolina senator, along with his rivals for the Democratic nomination, have been very critical of Bush's strategy in Iraq.

The ad will run in the first ad break following Bush's address and the official Democratic rebuttal by Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island.

In the ad, Edwards argues that Bush was wrong to push for more U.S. troops in Iraq, and calls for a "firm timeline for withdrawal," according to excerpts of the ad provided to CNN.

"In May, he vetoed a plan to end the war, demanded more time to show the surge could work, and Congress gave it to him," Edwards will say of Bush. "Now, after General Petraeus reports the surge has produced no progress toward a political solution, what does the president want? More time for the surge to work, when all of us know it won't."

Edwards also sharply criticizes Congress for approving Bush's surge plan. A handful of Edwards' rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination serve in Congress.

"But Congress must answer to the American people," Edwards will say. "Tell Congress you know the truth – they have the power to end this war and you expect them to use it. When the president asks for more money and more time, Congress needs to tell him he only gets one choice: a firm timeline for withdrawal."

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston


Filed under: John Edwards • Political ads • President Bush
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Stephen Day (Tx)

    Mr. Edwards give it up. You are not even a FRONT RUNNER! Running in this race is a waste of Government Tax Dollars as well as your Special Interest dollars. You can't beat Hillary or Obama so give it up, we won't be listening!

    September 13, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    I dislike edwards for many reasons and this is just a display of one of them. He is tactless. Attacking a sitting president when edwards has no power is just funny. Voice your opinion, propose something new, lead the people but to get air time for name recognition is just weird. He is going on TV to say what he thinks, though most people know or would know how to find out. He is hoping his polling numbers will pick up if his face is seen on a national commercial discussing Iraq. Maybe good campaigning but it is stupid in general. I have lost all respect for this man and his war on the health care industry and our president. Ok edawrds what else do you have because we have heard all about this already!

    September 13, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Skyler, Wrightsville Beach, NC

    GO GET 'EM JOHN!! You continue to make our state proud. NC will finally be represented in Washington (cause we have 2 senators now who've done less than Edwards got accomplished while there as our senator.)

    Oh, I forgot, the most Dole has done for us was make a commercial that wished Bojangles a Happy 75th Anniversary. HA.

    September 13, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    John Edwards lost the Presidential race in 2004 (as VP candidate) and couldn't even win his home state –

    Yet somehow we're supposed to believe he has a meaningful rebuttal to a speech he hasn't yet heard?

    He should stick to foreclosing homes on Katrina victims.

    September 13, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    For President Elizabeth Edwards and her Stand By My Man, John.

    September 13, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. Cary - Lowell, IN

    This guy is a fancy boy. There's NO WAY he will win the nomination. He may run independently, but there's NO WAY he's winning the nomination. You know, I know it and the American people know it.

    September 13, 2007 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  7. Dan, TX

    Posted By Ray, Rochester : September 13, 2007 4:16 pm

    "Why don't you Bush-Bashers ever address reality. Why don't Clinton, Obama, et al address this?
    I guarantee you all that no Democrat will pull the troops out as quickly as they promise you. "

    Ray – Obama has clearly articulated a detailed plan, and he's never said we should pull out all of our troops, just that we will need to start reducing troop strengths as the Iraqi people start to govern themselves.

    He said-

    "We will need to retain some forces in Iraq and the region. We'll continue to strike at al Qaeda in Iraq. We'll protect our forces as they leave, and we will continue to protect U.S. diplomats and facilities. If – but only if – Iraq makes political progress and their security forces are not sectarian, we should continue to train and equip those forces. But we will set our own direction and our own pace, and our direction must be out of Iraq. The future of our military, our foreign policy, and our national purpose cannot be hostage to the inaction of the Iraqi government.

    Removing our troops is part of applying real pressure on Iraq's leaders to end their civil war. Some argue that we should just replace Prime Minister Maliki. But that wouldn't solve the problem. We shouldn't be in the business of supporting coups. And remember – before Maliki, we said that we just needed to replace the last Prime Minister to make everything all right. It didn't work. "

    Obama is saying that it will take about 2 years to bring troops down to the level that will be much lower, but sufficient, to provide adequate security to Iraq and permit continued training of Iraqi forces and continued fighting of any al Queda in Iraq.

    Ray – if genocide is inevitable as you say it is – well, Bush, Guiliani, Thompson, Romney, whoever, IT IS THE REPUBLICANS who have NO PLAN for that. Only a person who had the foresight to see that that would happen before invading Iraq could have saved us. There were two people who had that foresight, Dick CHENEY said we should not invade Iraq for that reason in 1994, and Barack OBAMA said it in 2002.

    IF the Iraqis don't stand up and take responsibility for themselves, we have to get out anyway. We are going bankrupt Ray, The REPUBLICANS have now made it INEVITALBLE that we will have to institute HUGE TAX INCREASES to pay for this. HUGE TAX INCREASES – if you don't believe that, then you have no grip on reality at all. The Soviet Union dissolved because it went bankrupt. That seems to be happening to us. And that, I believe, has been the entire goal of al Queda since the beginning. Make America afraid, make America spend itself bankrupt and destroyed by its internal hatred between democrats and republicans.

    So, if you had any idea what any of the candidates are actually saying, you wouldn't look so foolish with your post. I suggest you go read the speeches of all the candidates, republican and democrat, and exchance your ignorance for knowledge. It might help you see the way out of Iraq.

    September 14, 2007 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
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