November 17th, 2007
09:58 AM ET
7 years ago

Edwards: I will continue to tell the truth

Clinton accused Edwards of mudslinging.

HENDERSON, Nevada (CNN) – Touring a hospital with nurses from a local union Friday, former North Carolina Senator John Edwards took time to assess Thursday night’s debate and to continue to criticize frontrunner New York Senator Hillary Clinton.

Edwards expressed frustration over Clinton’s apparent lighthearted reaction to a question about the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) saying, “this is not a joking matter for millions people who have lost their jobs. And NAFTA has in fact cost Americans well over a million jobs.”

When asked if he was guilty of mudslinging with regards to Senator Clinton, he responded, “What I’ve been doing is telling the truth and I will continue to tell the truth.”

Edwards told CNN that that the biggest effect of Thursday’s debate would be that it was another opportunity for him to differentiate himself from his rivals. “A lot of Americans are really just for the first time beginning to pay attention, and there’s nothing unusual about that. They have real lives. They’re not spending their lives thinking about politics. But now that they’re beginning to pay attention, our responsibility is to make sure, in my case, to make sure that they understand exactly what I want to do in a positive way as president, and how my vision differs from the other candidates.”

- CNN Nevada Producer Alexander Marquardt

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards • Nevada
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Inga Hanceville, AL

    I watched the debate...
    I don't inderstand why most of the media, including CNN & Fox think he did a bad job. I think they are worried that he is the Candidate that will change this country for the better, upsetting some corporate "rice bowls" and giving more back to the people who are this county. When someone is questioned about facts and their position, or previous actions, it isn't mudslinging.

    November 17, 2007 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  2. Marko Dezdri, Portland, OR

    Edwards, you lost in 2004, you'll lose again! I guess that makes you a loser. Hillary '08!!!

    November 17, 2007 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  3. alan St Louis MO

    Bidden or Obama my top two pick.

    But I agree with you.


    CLINTON==YES to start IRAN WAR
    CLINTON==YES to what DADDY BUSH tells me to do.


    November 17, 2007 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  4. Dave, Hilo HI

    Got news for ya, Johnny. The American people aren't paying attention to the "debates." It's a closed horse race. The fix is in. And we know it.

    November 17, 2007 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  5. mark wilkes barre pa

    Love the headline for this story,, See people,,, Cnn DOES have a sense of humor too,, its not just the news

    November 17, 2007 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  6. Ray, Rochester

    The economy has created over ten million new jobs. There have been 51 consecutive months of new job growth.

    Edwards can keep playing the "protectionist cards" and he will continue to reinforce the impression that he is living in the past.

    We live in a global economy. Putting up barriers to trade will cost us more jobs than NAFTA ever did because if we make it hard for countries to sell their products here, they will make it harder for us to sell our products there.

    Edwards should ask the employees at the companies he visits how excited they would be to know that under his plans, their companies would no longe be able to sell their products overseas. He should ask these workers how they would feel watching their employers lose money and watching their jobs disappear.

    Edwards' populist message sounds good until anyone with a brain and an even basic understanding of economics actually listens to it.

    This guy is a clown and if he wants to "tell the truth" he should stand up and say "My policies on trade will cost each of you your job, lead to explosive inflation because we won't import inexpensive products, kill the stock market which will destroy your retirement savingsand put companies out of business. So please, vote for me." That's a message of truth.

    November 17, 2007 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  7. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    And on, and on, and on he goes. Just like the ernergizer bunny.

    Nobody is listening to your negative campaign John. Perhaps if you spent more time selling John Edwards and less time tearing down Hillary Clinton, people would listen.

    If you don't change your strategy you should just go home.

    November 17, 2007 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  8. Anonymous, VA

    The truth? He's a lawyer...don't think that's gonna happen.

    November 17, 2007 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  9. Frances G. Nichols

    I personally do not want to look at John Edwards for 4 years. I believe that Hillary will bring stability. One of my biggest concerns which has not been addressed is all the money we owe China. We should not owe anyone. It is bad business personally and as a nation.

    November 17, 2007 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  10. sevens7777 Frisco, Txs

    There is NOT one politician that knows how to tell the truth, especially Edwards. Read a break down on where he stood on the issues as I see them and out of all, the candidates, both parties, he ranked the lowest but to listen to him, he comes across better that sliced bread. Some say the truth will set you free, Edwards is choking on that one.

    November 17, 2007 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  11. Jo, ATL GA

    Yes Mr Edward. We don't spend our time listening to politic but I know yu spent $1200 for a hair cut. Then go out and tell people you are fighting for the poor.

    Right.... ;0)

    November 17, 2007 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  12. sharon, newport news, virginia

    The truth as you perceive it is your downfall. Instead of knocking Hillary, you all need to be knocking this disaster of a government we have now. All of you have lost sight of your goals. Keep it up and watch your numbers keep dropping. You are going to become as unelectable as McCain.

    November 17, 2007 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  13. Providence, RI

    Edwards is desperate, phony, and vicious-he opposed universal health care in 2004, and now he supports it. He voted for NAFTA, and now he opposes it. Edwards's body languages do not resonate his message of populism-he indulges his own life with $400 hair cuts, 36,000 sq feet mansion, sauna, and spa...he made profits from Katrina disaster-he made millions of dollars from being a trial lawyer. He looked and sounded so bad in Las Vegas debate-I DO NOT believe he will win the nomination, because voters rejected him in 2004 twice-primary and general election. He was terrible at the debate with Cheney in 2004. The Republican nominee will tear him apart if he is nominated. He says, "war on terror" is a bumper sticker-absurd!

    November 17, 2007 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  14. Sue, Michigan

    For some reason, I just don't LIKE John Edwards this time around. He does not seem credible..."I will continue to tell the truth.." over and over again. His truth is about whatever sin Hillary committed that day, and thus he comes off as holier-than-thou which is not attractive.

    November 17, 2007 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  15. greenbelt ,md

    Stop, stop, stop. Simce when is it mudslinging to challenge someone? To challenge Clinton on her record is not mudslinging, it's politics.

    November 17, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  16. fedupwithourgov't

    It's not mudslinging...expose the brutal truth...we're all adults. These candidates are all fair game. Then weigh it all for yourself.

    We're talking about electing the most powerful person in the world here, not the homecoming queen or king!

    November 17, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  17. Mark Columbus, Ohio

    A politician telling the truth? That's a first.

    November 17, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. Gary Denson bloomington indiana

    My opinion is Edwards clearly won the debate.Hillary looked awful, the only thing that helped her were her plants out in the audience who booed Edwards when ever he exposed the truth about her.
    Dont pay any attention to the polls she should be in last place, Americans dont need another corporate puppit in the white house. Edwards is number one in the real polls and will win the nomination so vote for a winner vote Edwards.

    November 17, 2007 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. Independent in IA

    None of the candidates are worth the powder to blow them to ****, but John Edwards is probably the worst...comes across like a petulant little boy upset at losing the sandbox game. What we truly need is for an Independant Populist to turn things around.

    November 17, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. xtina - chicago IL

    He's a slip-'n-fall lawyer. They get paid the big bucks to skew the truth.

    November 17, 2007 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Joe Riley Iowa

    John Edwards need to stop the attacks on Clinton and take a look at the republican party. He and Obama are damaging the dem party.

    November 17, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Mike , Panama City,Fl

    Continue to tell the truth on what ??
    Mr edwards is to busy answering other peoples credibilities , when I dont even here what he has to offer for America .

    After Nevada's debate Edwards campaign is doomed . Even though people keep saying that he is in death heat with hillary and obama in Iowa

    November 17, 2007 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. Stephen Westminster, Maryland

    I watched the debate and, like many others, was appalled at how CNN organized it. The whole debate obviously favored Hillary Clinton. How does CNN allow over half the audience to be Clinton supporters? It was a shame that Obama and Edwards couldn't speak at times because spectators were heckling them. It was also obvious that once again the questions were scripted in Hillary's favor ("Diamonds or Pearls?"). I was also dissapointed that Sen. Biden recieved such little face time because I feel he is the best candidate on the Democratic side. Overall I feel CNN organized one of the most unfair debates I've ever seen and contributed in making the Democratic nomination a two horse race by focusing solely on Hillary and Obama.

    November 17, 2007 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. alan St Louis MO

    The economy has created over ten million new jobs. There have been 51 consecutive months of new job growth.


    lol replacing high skilled paying jobs for BugarKing or WalMart is not job growth Yes I agree there are more jobs. But replacing middle income jobs with min wage jobs count do they??

    USA is going backwards in time
    DEATH to the MIDDLE CLASS. There is the mass poor and the few elite rich.

    November 17, 2007 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Bob Hart, San Jose, CA

    Edwards is a loser and a hypocrite. He wants all luxuries for himself but preaches a tired old socialist/communist routine for everyone else.

    November 17, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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