June 29th, 2007
01:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Edwards: Within 'striking distance' of $9 million

Edwards said Friday he is close to his $9 million fundraising goal.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - With the second quarter filing deadline looming, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is hinting that he has raised nearly $9 million since April.

In an e-mail to supporters Friday morning, Edwards appealed for last minute contributions and wrote, "We're in striking distance of our $9 million fundraising goal."

It is not clear what Edwards' definition of "striking distance" is though.

In the same e-mail, the presidential hopeful continued his effort to capitalize off of his wife Elizabeth's on-air clash with conservative commentator Ann Coulter earlier in the week. He is now encouraging supporters to let "Elizabeth know how proud we are of her by leaving a personal message for her when you contribute."

The second quarter deadline ends Saturday at midnight.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. LoosedMarbles

    No comments? Kinda says it all doesn't it John..

    June 29, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. James Atlanta, GA

    Just think how much closer to that striking distance his campaign would be if he had not received that 400 dollar haircut. Priorities John...priorities.

    June 29, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Chad, Summerville SC

    All this negativity... but after the primaries when Mr. Edwards is the Democratic nominee, we'll see who gets to "comment"!

    June 29, 2007 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. LoooseyGoosey

    I wonder when Elizabeth is going to call Ann and thank her?

    June 29, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Patricia Busse, Kenosha WI

    I am VERY proud of the stand Mrs.Edwards took. It it high time that people be held accountable for their comments. And that includes Ann Coulter!(and FYI...I USED to be a fan of hers)

    June 29, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Matt. Atlanta, GA

    Too bad people can't look past hillobama and see Edwards has been the best democratic candidate for the last 3 elections. Take a look at his policies before you judge his campaign.

    June 29, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    Regardless of whether you like Edwards or not, it's a sad fact in American democracy that celebrity power and wealth is more importan than having good ideas. For those of you who judge Edwards because of an expensive haircut or support Romney because PETA doesn't like him, I would like to ask, how does it feel to belong to the class of easily manipulated sheep?

    June 29, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  8. James Atlanta, GA

    Matt, people did look past Hilobama at Edwards. They did it four years ago and chose Kerry. Edwards problem is not his campaign, its Edwards. He may have good stances on some issues, but you feel like you need to take a shower after listening to him talk. Also, the fact that some are suggesting that he was talked into voting for the authorization to go into Iraq for political reason other than the merits of the intelligence really needs to be addressed. Until that issue is addressed, I will continue looking past Edwards.

    June 29, 2007 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  9. Providence, RI

    Edwards is inconsistent. Once he fights against poverty,and then he gets his hair cut for $400.00 from the campaign money, and apoloizes. How can you trust someone who spend his campaign money for hair cat? Forget about his 36,000 square feet mansion. All I see in this person is hypocrisy.

    June 29, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Eddie, Los Angeles, CA

    When is the hair cut issue going to stop!

    Woman buy $300.00 + hand bags, why?

    So what is the big deal with and expensive haircut.

    Why don't you right wing loonies just get over it, help and lead America to a better future.

    June 29, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. David, Gilbert Arizona

    I can only imagine how much Billary spend on haircuts. I tend to agree the American voters are a group of sheeple easily distracted by shiny non-issues like haircuts and dogs.

    We are failing our children in communities like East St. Louis and yet CNN scrambles to get Hilton on the Larry King show because they know Hilton and Ann Coulter are the only things sheeple care about.

    June 29, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Mike, HI

    I'd rather Edwards gets a $10 haircut than a $400 one. In this kind of economy, people (especially the rich people) shouldn't be spending money. That's not capitalism!

    June 29, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. paul, new york ny

    John, I am afraid you are in striking distance of striking out.

    June 29, 2007 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. CLKG San Jose, CA

    I love how the Hillary people criticize Edwards for being rich and yet fail to mention how the Clintons are worth between $50 and $80 MILLION.

    I remind ALL of you of one important difference in this race b/w Hillary and Edwards. John Edwards came from nothing and nowhere South Carolina. While growing up there wasn't bad, kids from his small town, were never given a real chance at success. So, what did Edwards do, he went to college and then to law school ON HIS OWN HOOK! He didn't have his parents to pay those bills...he earned those scholarships and paid his own way.

    Mrs. Clinton, despite her desperate need to be "a woman of the people," comes from a lily white suburb of Chicago. Her parents paid her bills and sent her to Yale.

    So, I advise any of you who criticize John Edwards for a $400 to remember one important thing...John Edwards is what America is about - coming from nothing, given no hope of success and then turning it all around to become the embodiment of the American dream.

    You wanna criticize that - go ahead–but remember those differences I just pointed out. And remember, when you critize a person, ask yourself if you have walked a mile in their shoes before doing so.

    Ya see, Edwards can speak with a real voice because he comes from poverty. The fact that he made it out of that situation and become successful should be held up as something we should teach our kids about - hard work can and does lead to success in life.

    June 29, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. c

    I will tell you why it is an issue: becuase he paid for it from the funds or those poor people that belong to the 'second america.' those women use their own money they earned to buy the purse, edwards told the poor people that the system is hurting them and then gets them to give him money to spend it like an extravagant lady. seriously, how vein can a man be. it is ludicrous.

    June 29, 2007 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  16. John N, Chicago IL

    This is a time in American history for bold ideas and vast changes in our priorities at home and approach to foreign affairs, in the wake of the failed Bush administration. John Edwards is the only candidate combining bold ideas with national experience, AND the most electable of the Democrats in this race. His campaign is clearly gaining momentum, and his four-state strategy for securing the nomination is time-tested and wise. Anyone doubting this need only check the polls in Iowa.

    June 30, 2007 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  17. cliff, honolulu hi

    If the democract leadership don't wise up and stop trying to spoon feed us Hilary Clinton while trying to stiffle John Edwards, they are going to lose a lot more than the general election. I for one will change my party registration if they continue.By the frustrations being posted, I am not the only one. Howard Dean and company had better wise up. You might win now but you could lose the election and the future.

    June 30, 2007 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  18. Delores, Macon, Ga.

    Regarding the $400 hair cut and mansion, most people (including nearly all of the 08' Presidential Candidates)purchase bigger homes, newer cars and nicer clothes as they increase their earnings. That does not mean that people fortunate enough not to be impacted by poverty do not care about those who are improverished. For example, people who enjoy good health can and do care for the sick. Since Mr. Edwards did not grow up in wealth, I believe that he understands the struggles of most Americans.

    July 1, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |