Edwards is launching his first ad in Iowa.
While Edwards' closest competitors in Iowa, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and Barack Obama, D-Illinois, have been airing television ads in the Hawkeye State for months, the former North Carolina senator has waited until the last months of the primary campaign "for when people are making up their minds" and there are "still large a number of caucus goers that are undecided," said Jonathan Prince, Edwards' deputy campaign manager. Obama and Clinton also have a substantial cash advantage over Edwards to spend on expensive television advertising.
Edwards will hit campaign stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and New Orleans as part of the heroes-theme week of campaigning tied to the ad, which shows a montage of everyday American "heroes" and Edwards discussing how he plans to "stand up for working men and women," he says, if he's elected the next president.
- CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron