January 22nd, 2008
12:15 PM ET
5 years ago

Edwards debuts new attack spot in South Carolina

Edwards has been going on the attack against the two Democratic frontrunners.
Edwards has been going on the attack against the two Democratic frontrunners.

(CNN) - Within hours of one of the toughest primary season debates to date, John Edwards released a new ad in South Carolina that painted the two Democratic frontrunners as beholden to special interests.

Edwards, who has yet to win a primary-season contest, is running a distant third in his birth state, behind Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

The ad features side-by-side shots of Clinton and Obama, as the announcer says: “One gets more money than anyone from drug companies. The other one takes more money than anyone from Washington lobbyists. What's happened to the Democratic Party? Whatever happened to the party of the people?”

“The only one who's never taken a dime from PACs or Washington lobbyists, who knows we've been ignored too long, who knows that rebuilding the middle class is more important that politics - our John Edwards. The only one.”

South Carolina’s Democratic voters head to the polls this Saturday, January 26.

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Dean Forier

    When will America wake up? Everyone is so caught up in the Hillary, Obama frenzy. They fail to realize the only Democratic capable of winning the Presidency is John Edwards. Take a moment and listen to what this guy has to say. He is right on with all the issues. He's well prepared and has a plan for real change. The only question remaining. Is America ready?

    January 22, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. John

    Wake up America, John Edwards is the only one who cares about what is happening to our country. After seven years of our country being torn apart and handed off to the highest bidder do we want another four years of the same?

    January 22, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Mary

    Please fellow Americans pay attention the welfare of our country and its well being depends on our ability to make good choices it is crystal clear John Edwards has the most defined and thoughtful plan to get our country back on track,he is dedicated and sincere! Our country is a sinking ship John is throwing us a lifeline will we be wise enough to grab it. I will hope...

    January 22, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  4. Sam

    Whoever says we have to 'trust' our politicians was born yesterday.

    'Trust' and 'politics' are antonyms. That's not being cynical. That's just the way it goes.

    January 23, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  5. T. Franco

    John Edwards WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ONE YEAR FROM TODAY!!! VOTE FOR JOHN EDWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    January 23, 2008 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  6. jon r.

    If you're looking for a real Democrat, look to John Edwards. He has shown unwaivering support for labor, a clear and comprehensive commitment to universal health care, and an immediate end to the war in Iraq. He takes no PAC money, and elucidates his stances. Hillary regards facts and truth as an inconvenient impediment to getting elected and governing, and Barak wouldn't be able to take an uncompromised position even if every single one of his opponents already agreed with him.

    January 23, 2008 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  7. Aisha

    Obama is the right president for America . He is ready to work and serve d whole word.Americans wakeup. u have a long way to go.

    January 23, 2008 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  8. a

    John Edwards is the best canidate. Stay strong John!!!!!

    January 23, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Judy

    SInce I live in GA, I have no chance of seeing a democrat win. I am really counting on others to support the candidate that is most trustworthy and intelligent. Can't people see that this must be Edwards. He is sincere, has our best interest at heart, and will surround himself with the best advisors. Wake up America!

    January 23, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Blue Mississippi

    Edwards stands for the ordinary people of America. He is sincere. Not beholden to any special interest. When will we ever have such a good candidate for America again? How many years? Not in the foreseeable future. Vote for him now. The criticisms of him are either ignorant or spiteful. Edwards is the *best* Democratic candidate since JFK.

    January 23, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. VICTOR @NJ

    I LIKE EDWARDS,

    BUT I HONESTLY DON'T TRUST HIM 100% EVERY TIME I SEE HIM IN THE DEBATES HE SEEMS TO HIDE BEHIND THE CANDIDATE ATTACKING OR QUESTIONING HIS/HER OPPONENT DIRECTLY, HE WILL THEN THROW HIS PUNCH AT THAT PERSON AS WELL.

    I HAVE NEVER SEEN EDWARDS CONFRONTING OBAMA DIRECTLY ON HIS FACE ON SUBSTANCE ISSUES, I HOPE THERE ARE SOME MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO. EDWARDS WAS VERY CRITICAL OF HILLARY BUT SHE WAS ABLE TO PUNCH HIM BACK WITH DIRECT & CLEAR ANSWERS, WHICH HAVE STOPPED HIM FOR A WHILE.

    WHAT ABOUT OBAMA? IS EDWARDS AFRAID OF ENGAGING OBAMA, BECAUSE HE MIGHT BE CALLED RACIST FOR ATTACKING A BLACK CANDIDATE, WHAT IS IT? OR HE LIKES HIM SO MUCH THAT WOULD LIKE TO BECOME HIS VICE-PRESIDENT RUNNING MATE. I PERSONALLY THINK THAT JOB WAS ALREADY GIVEN TO JOHN KERRY.

    SO FAR I LIKE HILLARY CLINTON FOR HER CONVICTIONS AND FOR PROVING TO BE THOUGH AND NOT AFRAID OF CONFRONTING A SUPERSTAR OBAMA IN SUBSTANCE ISSUES EVEN BY RISKING BEING CALLED A FEMINIST OR RACIST AS SOME SOUTHERN MEDIA REPORTERS HAVE DONE IT ALREADY.

    LET'S GET TO WORK MR. EDWARDS. WE NEED TO GET TO KNOW YOU A LOT MORE THAN WHAT YOU HAVE SHOWN SO FAR.

    January 23, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Terry

    (John Edwards)That's coming from someone who spent $1200.00 for a hairstylist on one occasion and $400.00 for a regular haircut.

    If you do believe that he never took money from any one of those places, I have a bridge I can sell you!

    Obama has already lied about his past, NO One has a squeaky clean past. I see "hope and change" is no longer his motto.

    To Wolf Blizter...great debate!

    January 23, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. osman

    john edwards president united states my support democrats

    January 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Alexander

    Edwards is the only Democratic candidate who can beat McCain, and establish some new traditions in Washington (like independence and liberty from the aristocracy who are lining their pockets)....When did America become an oligarchy anyway?

    Edwards' health care plan is better than Barack (which isn't universal) or Hillary's (which would fine you if you didn't purchase insurance!), and he understands what its like to be in the private sector unlike either of them...

    January 23, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  15. Michael

    So what, You're jealous Edwards made good money representing people abused and killed. that's America.

    He is not beholden to the corporate parasites who infest Washington, and are a drag on any effective policy. Nafta? blame Bill clinton
    Health care? nothing done. he's talking about all the right issues, and has the Toughness to get it done!

    And , he and Elizabeth will do great things in all areas of American life. Health care research/breast cancer, homelessness and education reform, taking care of our vets better, you name it.

    My 2 cents.

    January 24, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. z

    if this gets across 2 u people, ...
    ok here i go.
    i am now sure we need to get ANYONE but hilary or huckabee into office as they are more corrupt and backward thinking than the rest. go edwards!

    January 24, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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