(CNN) - John Edwards is making his closing argument in New Hampshire, airing a one-minute spot in a state where the fight between his two chief Democratic rivals has dominated voters’ attention.
Edwards is running a distant third among Granite State Democrats in the most recent CNN/WMUR poll with 16 percent support, behind Barack Obama at 39 percent and Hillary Clinton at 29 percent. He finished second in the Iowa caucuses, behind Obama and barely ahead of Clinton.
New Hampshire voters head to the polls Tuesday.
“I may be an underdog in this campaign, running against two candidates with $200 million between them,” says Edwards. “But the real underdogs are the middle class and the voiceless in this country, losing ground while CEOs pocket million dollar bonuses. And corporate lobbyists get their way in Washington. Exxon Mobil rakes in record profits, gets government handouts, and gas prices go through the roof.
“At the same time, 200,000 veterans, men and women who wore America’s uniform, will sleep tonight under bridges and on grates. We cannot simply replace a bunch of corporate Republicans with a bunch of corporate Democrats.”
He adds, “I know who the underdogs are in this fight. I know that the fight to save the middle class will be an epic battle, and I will never give up.”
Edwards has made his willingness to take on corporate interests a central theme of his presidential run.
–CNN’s Rebecca Sinderbrand