January 15th, 2008
09:50 AM ET
6 years ago

Edwards up with four 'contrast ads' in South Carolina

 Edwards is directly targeting his rivals in new South Carolina ads.
Edwards is directly targeting his rivals in new South Carolina ads.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards is airing four ads in South Carolina Tuesday that directly contrasts his candidacy with rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

The four 10-second spots seek to differ Edwards from his rivals by touting the former North Carolina senator's opposition of NAFTA, his refusal to take money from Washington lobbyists, his pledge not to employ lobbyists in the White House, and a recent CNN Poll showing he is the only Democratic presidential candidate to beat all the Republicans in a general election match up.

The commercials follow Edwards' four-day bus tour of the southern state - an important primary contest for him following his distant third-place showing in New Hampshire last week. Edwards, who was born in South Carolina, won the state in 2004. But recent polls suggest he trails Clinton and Obama there by double digits.

The South Carolina Democratic Primary is scheduled for January 26.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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  1. wakeupamerica!

    FACE THE FACTS........pay attention to details people the main stream media has been blacking out EWARDS through out this entire race for a reason............enough said!

    if still don't know why and you want to know why.......www.johnedwards.com/issues

    January 15, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. jyfranca

    Edward is right Obama and Clinton are disqualified,too fast and they have already divided People on race.This proves Democrats are racists

    January 15, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. democrat

    Please stop the fighting and bickering. (you too hilary and barack) We need to be a UNITED party and stop the hideous republican give to the rich machine!!! Stay focussed democrats!!!! Every comment should read - "no matter who get the nomination, I will vote for them ahead of any republican" Remember our goals: get out of Iraq, make health care affordable, stop global warming & allow the middle class to have something more than debt to show for their efforts.
    Please don't let the media draw you into useless bickering. The media wants to see us fight with each other – stay united & God Bless you all!!!!!!

    January 15, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. fomer clinton man

    I have always been a Clinton supporter from way back when he was the govenor of Arkansas. I have been so dissapointed by the clinton campaign and the way thay are destroying Obama. I find these sick emails and all of this drug use questions just sickening. I really hate this for Bill Clinton. this will tarnish is legacy. I hope that Hillary drops out early because she is destroying the party.

    January 15, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Tunstall, Barbara

    BILL CLINTON CALLED A BLACK MAN, "BOY" THAT IN IT SELF IS DEGRADING
    HE WILL REGRET THAT, I'M SURE.

    January 15, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. America Rising

    First, thank you CNN for some fact-based, non-biased coverage on John Edwards’ campaign.

    People need to observe the fact that while the other candidates have gone off track to competed in the ‘war of the words’, John Edwards has stayed on message and has continued to speak with the people of this country and hear our voices. He’s been out here discussing the issues that America wants to hear about rather than becoming involved in status quo politics of “He said, She said” rhetoric. He shows a dogged dedication to this country and our needs and will not allow himself to be distracted. That is the kind of person I want to see in our White House!

    John Edwards is a truth teller in the style of 'Give 'em hell Harry Truman', and that does not always make one popular with a public that would rather hear about Britney Spears on the evening news than how to sufficiently deal with our country's economic crisis. However, his innovative ideas have formed the dialogue of this election on all the major issues time and again. Why? Because John Edwards "gets it" and he's prepared to do what needs to be done.

    Vote Edwards '08

    January 15, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Will

    CAN WE GET EDWARDS TO DROP OUT OF THIS RACE SO WE CAN WIP Billarys’ ASS.................WE NEED TO START THIS MOVEMENT NOW....PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.........

    January 15, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. "Animal"Tampa, Fla

    I think we do need Edwards in the White House more than ever... If you look at these other two buffoons... they are all just hype and full of hot air...

    I mean.. think about it..

    On one hand, you have a candidate that has had more ethical questions against her than any other democrat on earth, and you have another candidate whose level of experience is less....LESS... than 1/3 of h is first six year term in the United States Senate, and instead of trying to put forth his own proposals, he has to copy cat everything Edwards has proposed.

    But Edwards, he is different.. He understands these problems,,, he understands what our nation is going through... and yet he puts it in a way that every democrat understands. and he is REAL!!!

    I know.. I have met John Edwards, and his lovely wife Elizabeth.. These are two wonderful people who would be outstanding in the White House..

    C'mon CNN– wake up.. Give Edwards a chance.. and that also.. goes for the country as well.

    January 15, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. kenshin

    "Clinton Beats all Republican candidates too, but the media is not reporting that fact"

    ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION??? MCCAIN KICKS HER BEHIND!!! not even close!

    edwards beats them all with the best margin. has been for MONTHS!!!

    but i'm not looking for electability, i'm looking for the BEST president, and that will be

    JOHN EDWARDS!

    first on health care (still the best plan folks...)
    first on global warming
    no new nuclear power
    no lobbyists in the white house (all 36,000 of them in DC, and their $5.1 billion dollars they spent last congress)
    first on poverty
    FOLLOW THE LEADER!

    January 15, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. JCNCNY

    John Edwards is the true progressive candidate in this race and he’s been leading the Democratic agenda of the issues that matter to American families and American workers. Too many people have been blinded by the “soap opera” that has unfolded between Senators Obama and Clinton. The media, who has crowned the so called "frontrunners", devote hours of coverage to projecting who will emerge victorious after the two finish bashing one other in a game of “you started it.”

    All the while, John Edwards works twice as hard to reach voters in small towns across SC who have witnessed firsthand the devastation to their lives of a failing economy, rising healthcare costs, jobs being shipped overseas as well as a range of other issues that neither media pundits or Washington insiders quite “get.” People really need to do their homework and not allow themselves to be swayed by the glitz of the other candidates who are spending multi-millions of dollars to convince voters of a falsehood. John Edwards has opted to receive public financing, why has Senators Obama and Clinton not done the same? They both say they support public financing… because you see, there’s “talking the talk” and then there’s “walking the walk.”

    Look at the candidates records, who was the only candidate willing to bring poverty in to the national debate? Which candidate has never taken lobbyist money? That’s right on both counts, John Edwards. America needs to wake up and see what's going on here. Why does the corporately owned media refuse to give John Edwards virtually no airtime while all other candidates, including the entire field of Republican candidates, receive an abundance of coverage every single day? Think about it, which of the Democratic candidates has promised to end the stranglehold that corporate lobbyists have on our government and our democracy? Polls show that John Edwards beats every single Republican candidates running, the same cannot be said for Senators Obama and Clinton. So, tell us again mainstream media and DNC insiders, why is John Edward’s candidacy for President of the United States not viable?

    January 15, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  11. State of Virginia

    First off,I'd like to thank CNN for doing a story on Mr. Edwards.John is by far and away the leader in bringing up the issues that matter to this country.If not for John Edwards,there would not even be a Democratic debate.At least not one with substance.

    January 15, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  12. Ziggy

    Kevin says:
    "Clinton Beats all Republican candidates too, but the media is not reporting that fact."

    I agree with kenshin above me. Hillary doesn't beat out all the republican candidates one on one. You can't pretend that some republican candidates don't exist and then say Hillary beats all the republicans. John Edwards is the ONLY democratic candidate that beats ALL the republicans in the polls. Yet so far we democrats are not paying attention.

    Wake up America! do you want to lose this election to the same stuff again? Obama will make a great VP, Hillary can continue to be a great senator.

    Edwards Obama 2008!

    January 15, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  13. Bmarshall

    John Edwards is the man that the working class and the middle class need at this time in history. We have lost our collective voices to the shrill noise of the wealthy elite and their multimillion dollar business ventures within the traditional media.

    When the people who are losing ground financially in this country, and that is the majority of middle class families in this country, they know that what he says is true.

    If enough people hear his message he will win the nomination. There are many that do not want him to be heard because he is a threat to them.

    Treating this upcoming election and the important decision that we have to make as a country as if it were a popularity contest, or battle of the bands rock star extravaganza is a travesty.

    January 15, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. Betty Vierra

    This quote from John Edwards' (from the NPR debate) illustrates why I so strongly support John Edwards for the presidency:

    "Why is the president of the United States not saying to the American people, to local communities, buy local? It is good for the local economy, it is good for farmers. It is good on the issue of global warming, because everything that comes from China carries an enormous carbon footprint with it."

    He sees how the issues of trade, climate chance, fair economic opportunity, and perserving family farms all relate. And he advocates a build from the bottom up approach as opposed to the failed trickle down policies we have been following.

    Our problems aren't going to be solved piecemeal. They can be solved with a decisive, practical, willing-to-talk-to-us leader, John Edwards.

    January 15, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  15. Julie, Atlanta, GA

    Wake up, wake up, WAKE UP, America! John Edwards is an EXTRAORDINARY CANDIDATE and he's leaps and bounds ahead of the other two. Good grief, have the last 7+ years taught us NOTHING??????

    We cannot possibly screw this up AGAIN...Please, please, please...Take a look at johnedwards.com...You'll see what many others have seen for some time.

    A vote for John Edwards is a vote for yourself.

    GO JOHN GO!!!!!!

    January 15, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  16. Bmarshall

    Alice...Youre screeming at us with all of those capital letters. Perhaps you are projecting all of your anger. Edwards is not angry he is determined. You are the one who is angry. Settle down....take a deep breath. Any Democrat is better than any Republican and I will happily vote for any Democatic nominee.

    January 15, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. T.R.R.-Utah

    The only one talking about fixing the underlying problems of the U.S. is John Edwards. The rest just throw them in a bag and draw because it makes no difference. Repub and Dem. alike.

    January 15, 2008 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  18. Bullofmizzou, MO

    To answer the question posed by ol John Boy , in the Ad {above in this article} is,,,,NONE {with a little smiley face rolling around on the floor laughing}

    Do any of the folks making all these pro demodummy comments here, realize that the Democrat Party has been HiJacked by pro Communists, Socialists, and the Rich and Elite?....Wow have they got you all really "Boon Swaggled" ! Since when has any democrat ever gotten the Poor, the Downtrodden, or the Sick out of their own misery??....NEVER. And its not going to CHANGE either.....

    Ann Coulter was right with the title of her new book, "If Democrats Had any Brains, They Would Be Republicans"...AMEN.

    January 15, 2008 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  19. sairefgm

    JOHN EDWARDS DO NOT STAND A FRACTION OF A CHANCE AGAINST ANYONE. I WILL ECHO THE PERSON HERE WHO SAID STAY IN THE RACE AND GIVE YOUR DELEGATES TO OBAMA.

    SORRY PEOPLE EDWARDS IS NOT THE ONE AND I LIKE EDWARDS BUT HE IS LACKING IN MANY AREAS. PRESENTATION, KNOWLEDGE, REASON, HE SOUNDS LIKE SOUNDING BRASS. IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK FOR HIM, I AM SO SORRY FOR ALL THE EDWARDS SUPPORTERS.

    THE REPUBLICANS WILL EAT HIM ALIVE!

    Independent 08

    January 16, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  20. MIKEY

    I'M A SOLDIER NOT A POLITICIAN, BUT I WILL ADD MY 2 CENTS HERE (AFTERALL I FOUGHT FOR IT RIGHT!) THE ANSWER IS NONE!!........THE DEMS ARE WEAK AND CORRUPT....WE DON'T NEED A EX- DOPE SMOKING, EX- COCAIN HEAD EX-MUSLEM TURNED CHRISTAIN WHO BELONGS TO A CHURCH THAT OPERATES AND PREACHES WITH A RACEST THEME (OBAMA) OR A WOMAN WHO CAN'T STAND UP TO AN EX-DOPE SMOKING ADULTEROUS HUSBAND WHO'S PRESIDENCY WAS FULL OF CORRUPTION AND MORALESSNESS.( CLINTON) ANY WOMAN WHO WOULD PUT UP WITH A CHEATING HUSBAND ISN'T GOING TO BE STRONG ENOUGH TO RUN OUR GREAT NATION. IN SHORT THEY BOTH ARE FIGHTING TO MAKE HISTORY EITHER BEING THE FIRST BLACK OR THE FIRST WOMAN PERSIDENT.....THATS ALL THEY CARE ABOUT, WHAT YOU WANT DONE IS SECOND ON THE LIST IN WHAT THEY WANT!! WHEN IT COMES TO THE ONES THAT FIGHT FOR YOU, IT'S THE SOLDIER.......AND THE DEMS ARE THE FIRST ONES TO SCREW THAT SOLDER. WAKE UP PEOPLE!........LOOK PAST THE BIG SPEACH OF CHANGE (OBAMA) OR THE FAKE TEARS (CLINTON) AND GET A REPUBLICAN THAT WILL DO WHATS RIGHT. OH YEA ONE MORE THING GET THE ILLEGALS OUT AND KEEP THEM OUT WITH A GOOD FENCE AND GIVE OUR COUNRTY BACK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!........I HATE PRESSING "1" FOR ENGLISH, THATS A LOAD OF CRAP!!!

    January 16, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. TG

    A lot of people are giving their reasons why they like who they like, but they seem to forget that there are 3 viable Demo candidates. It's not a 'Clinton or Obama only' argument. John Edwards is the best PERSON to lead us back to the nation we need to be. Remember, it's the best candidate, regardless of race and/or gender, who should get the job.

    January 16, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  22. Chompioe

    Go to JohnEdwards08.com this Friday, JANUARY 18, 2008 and contribute to John's campaign. We are trying to do a money bomb like Ron Paul's supporters did. If John makes $7 million in one day, the media will have to pay attention. This is a 3 person race. Don't let the media decide to keep Edwards out of the next debate like Kuchinich. We need someone who truly cares and will make a difference.

    January 16, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  23. Wilhemina

    When Bill was Governor of Arkansas, Clinton's brother Roger was arrested for cocaine possession in 1984 and served a year in federal prison.[2] Subsequently, his brother granted him a pardon amongst the list of pardons issued on January 19, 2001.

    However, Roger continued to court legal trouble. On February 17, 2001, he was arrested and charged with two counts of drunken driving and one for disturbing the peace. In a deal that spared him jail time, Roger Clinton pleaded guilty to a non-alcohol-related charge of reckless driving.

    January 18, 2008 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  24. Molly

    Big Corporate Media will continue to deemphasize Edwards' campaign, because he's the one candidate who has a real plan to help US while reigning in the power of the big corporations. Americans are just too stupid and shallow to look beyond what they see on tv. Edwards/Obama is a ticket that could easily beat the Republicans, and Obama would benefit from getting an actual plan instead of relying on vague promises of things like "hope" and "unity."

    January 19, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
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