October 27th, 2007
07:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Presidential candidate a witness for police

COULTER, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was about 45 minutes late to his first event Saturday but was soon forgiven when the crowd found out he'd witnessed a car accident and was assisting at the scene.

"We had a little mishap on the way down," Edwards said. "Everybody was fine though. It just slowed us down a little bit."

The former North Carolina senator's motorcade was headed south on Interstate 35 on its way to Coulter, Iowa, when Edwards said a tire came from across the median.

"[The tire] hit a car...very hard. Knocked it off the road, and we stopped and basically just took care of the people until the highway patrol got there."

Edwards said it was a preacher and his wife in the car on their way to Kansas City.

The campaign said Edwards provided his information to authorities in case he is needed to answer any questions.

As of Saturday night no police report had been made public.

– CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch


Filed under: Iowa • John Edwards • Uncategorized
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Matt, Chico, CA

    I'm surprised he didn't chase the ambulance all the way to the hospital

    October 27, 2007 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    "The campaign said Edwards provided a business card to authorities" – if by "authorities" you mean the person in the accident – and if by "in case he is needed for more information" you mean he will handle their lawsuit – then I guess its accurate...(Edwards supporters...yeah...both of you....do you think that the sheer number of lawsuits contributes at least alittle bit to high insurance costs....??)

    October 27, 2007 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. Daniel, Kennesaw, Ga

    Well, there were more voters at the scene of the accident.

    October 27, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  4. Andrew Raines, Houston TX

    After seeing John Edwards handle himself in quite a regal manner on Real Time with Bill Maher last week, I'm once again impressed with Mr. Edwards' chivalry and genuine care for the American public and its well-being. After being fairly impartial throughout the campaign trail I must say bravo Mr. Edwards!

    October 27, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  5. PoliticalTicker@gmail.com

    No, Matt, he didn't have to chase the ambulance, he was at the scene of the opportunity... oops, i meant accident.

    October 27, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  6. KEITH JAMES LOUTTIT again

    "The campaign said Edwards provided his information to authorities in case he is needed to answer any questions."

    HAHAHAHA! He told the Officers his address was in his affluent hometown of Chapel Hill, not a location that might reflect his campaign platform of fighting poverty.

    October 27, 2007 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  7. Stephen, Naples, Florida

    The tire was meant for Edwards. Maybe Hillary is getting nervous.

    October 27, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  8. KEITH JAMES LOUTTIT

    WOW, THESE COMMENTS ARE MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEARING QUICKER THAN ANYTIME ELSE ALEX!

    October 27, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. A Kansas City Resident

    I HAPPEN TO BE DRIVING ALONG THAT STRETCH OF ROAD MYSELF AND I SAW MR. EDWARDS TALKING ON HIS CELL. HE ACTUALLY CUT THAT CAR OFF. MR. EDWARDS WAS THE CAUSE OF THAT ACCIDENT. HE SURE WON'T GET MY VOTE AFTER LYING LIKE THAT.

    October 28, 2007 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  10. Christian, Tampa FL

    Oh, stop picking on presidential candidates for everything. I think it's nice that they would stop, no matter what possible motivation there could have been.

    October 28, 2007 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  11. Max, Boston, MA

    Posting before lawyer jokes.

    October 28, 2007 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  12. Steve, Cheyenne WY

    "I'm surprised he didn't chase the ambulance all the way to the hospital"

    Classic... :)

    October 28, 2007 04:44 am at 4:44 am |
  13. Sam, IA

    Wow, what a pathetic group of bloggers. I would hate to go through life with your viel of darkness. 2 completely unneeded hospitals in the affluent suburbs of Des Moines by (nonprofit) entities contribute much more to the skyrocketing costs of healthcare than a few lawyers. Continue with the koolaid fest sheeples.

    October 28, 2007 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  14. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Sam
    Isn't there a comet or something that your people are waiting for?? (or do you have to make lame excuses for Edwards and Hillary before the ship picks you up??)

    October 28, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  15. Karl, New York, NY

    I'm laughing at "A Kansas City Resident" even thought it is probably some Hillary supporter from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Quit your dirty tricks mmmk?

    October 28, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    What a pathetic passel of posters ... if you had any concept of what John Edwards has been doing for the last four years ... its his homework ...

    Check out Sunday's NY Times – as a lawyer, he took the cases that were really terrible ... like the 10 year old whose hair got caught in a hot tub filter and scalped her ... like tore the hair and scalp right off her head ...hot tube manufacturer declined to add a $2.00 part that would have prevented it and whined "tough luck, kid." I'm sure ya'll are cheering for the big business..

    John Edwards earned his life-style and if you ever stopped taking cheap shots long enough to check the facts, you might learn something from him ...
    like caring about actual people and making a success out of your life?

    October 28, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Ally, Lawrence, Ks

    I'm laughing at the Kansas City resident too – since this was in Iowa... Guess there were just a TON of Kansas City people driving through Iowa the other day. If you're going to fake that you were there you should have said you were an Iowa resident – people in Iowa aren't stupid – neither are people in Kansas City for that matter

    October 28, 2007 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. Dina, Pittsburgh Pa

    From the sounds of it Ally, people in Lawrence Kansas are though.

    October 28, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Shawn, Atlanta, Georgia

    This man will do anything to be President.

    October 28, 2007 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Alice

    I just checked my hot tub instructions (and I would guess the majority of them state the same) – not to used by anyone under age 16 unless supervisored by an adult – and do not put your face below water....so....even if they were watching – the head should of NEVER been below water....so...scumbag lawyers step in and say "well...they never called us on the phone to tell us not to....they misused the product...and someone is to blame..and our insurance costs rise because they don't know how to read....can you imagine if someone taught them to read?? (we would call them Republicans....now those poor people have to live their lives as Democrats....the party of the illiterate and easily led...they are backing Hillary...ya know they can't read....)

    October 28, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. Liberal Chic

    I don't like it that Edwards used to be a litigation lawyer. But I have to say, he is a smart guy. Handles himself extremely well in interviews and comes off likeable.

    October 28, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |

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