December 23rd, 2007
12:59 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama continues attacks on Edwards for third-party ads

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama continued his attacks on rival John Edwards for alleged ties to 527 groups airing ads on his behalf. Obama said his opponent's inability to get the ads pulled might point to his potential ineffectiveness to enact his reform agenda as president.

"My attitude is if you can't get your former campaign manager and political director to do what you'd like, then it’s going to be hard to get the insurance companies and drug companies to do what you want," Obama told reporters during a stop at a suburban Des Moines diner, adding that he hopes Edwards "takes this seriously."

After similar comments from the Illinois senator Saturday, Edwards said he would call on the group Alliance for a New America to stop running the ads, but that he had no authority to force them to take the spots off the air. His 2004 campaign manager is now a part of Alliance for a New America.

"This is somebody who worked for John Edwards for the last who knows how many years, who is a good friend and colleague of Edwards who's now running a 527 that is running ads on behalf of John Edwards,” said Obama Sunday. “If you're telling me that he has no influence over him, that’s just not true."

Obama was also asked if it is a candidate's duty to control the actions of 527 groups - independent organizations that can raise unlimited funds for ads as long as they do not directly advocate that individual's election.

"I think you do have some influence," Obama said, adding that it's "important for us to be consistent in our views." Obama said he would make a similar request of any 527 groups that ran ads on his behalf, "just to be consistent."

–CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • John Edwards
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    What a crybaby! Does he need someone to wipe his nose and pat him on the head to make him feel better? If third parties want to put out ad's and have the cash to do so, suggesting that they should be made to stop is Un-American! If I had enough cash to sponsor an ad Against Obama, I'd do it too. He has nothing going for him but hubris.

    December 26, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  2. Jim, Columbus, OH

    I think some people are not getting it...the ads are not illegal...there is no "corruption" involved. This is a sideshow and a distraction from the issues. Edwards is one of the few candidates out there with an original and workable plan for the presidency. Look at the candidates' discourse and their position on real issues before you get distracted by unfounded attempts at character assassination.

    December 26, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. Ajay Jain

    Get used to the SWIFT BOATING Obama. There will be lot more in the General Election from the Republicans this election cycle.

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 26, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
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