September 13th, 2007
09:35 AM ET
7 years ago

Edwards to rebut Bush with two-minute cable ad

Edwards' ad will appear on MSNBC after the president's prime time speech on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Sen. John Edwards, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, has purchased 2 minutes of advertising time on MSNBC Thursday night following President Bush's prime time address on Iraq, an Edwards' aide tells CNN.

The North Carolina senator, along with his rivals for the Democratic nomination, have been very critical of Bush's strategy in Iraq.

The ad will run in the first ad break following Bush's address and the official Democratic rebuttal by Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island.

In the ad, Edwards argues that Bush was wrong to push for more U.S. troops in Iraq, and calls for a "firm timeline for withdrawal," according to excerpts of the ad provided to CNN.

"In May, he vetoed a plan to end the war, demanded more time to show the surge could work, and Congress gave it to him," Edwards will say of Bush. "Now, after General Petraeus reports the surge has produced no progress toward a political solution, what does the president want? More time for the surge to work, when all of us know it won't."

Edwards also sharply criticizes Congress for approving Bush's surge plan. A handful of Edwards' rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination serve in Congress.

"But Congress must answer to the American people," Edwards will say. "Tell Congress you know the truth – they have the power to end this war and you expect them to use it. When the president asks for more money and more time, Congress needs to tell him he only gets one choice: a firm timeline for withdrawal."

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston


Filed under: John Edwards • Political ads • President Bush
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Ryan, New York, NY

    This is about simply respecting the power and authority of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government. It has nothing to do with respecting Bush.

    In the military, we're taught that servicemembers carry out the orders of the President, regardless how you feel about him/her. It's done not out of respect for the person who is president, but out of respect for the authority of the office.

    Respect for the office… the citizenry should try it sometime.

    Posted By Eric, from THE Republic of Texas : September 13, 2007 10:03 am

    If Americans actually respected the office, they'd remove Bush from it before he further destroys it (and our country along with it).

    September 13, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. James, Phoenix AZ

    Wallace – Chicago

    You wrote, "Before you judge, know the facts."

    How again is John Edwards preparing a rebuttal when he doesn't yet KNOW THE FACTS of what President Bush is going to specifically say?

    Oh I get it – "know the facts" is what you tell conservatives criticizing Edwards for NOT knowing the facts.

    September 13, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Eric from Texas,

    In the United States of America everyone has a voice. That's called Democracy. Believe it or not it's actually written into our Constitution.

    Now people in Texas might want to follow the leader like a bunch of lemmings but this country would not exist if our fore-fathers had the same mindset you have. We'd still be respecting the authority of the Queen of England.

    Bush is a citizen of the United States. He works at the pleasure of the people. Edwards is also a citizen of the United States. I don't like Edwards but he has the right to speak his mind just like anyone else.

    September 13, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. George, New Hamshire

    With all the ignorant people out there in this country, evidenced by many of the posts above, there is no wonder we as a Nation are in the situation we are in by electing the people we do. Maybe it will take one more round of having a horrendous president for this country to truly wake up... I am not sure why it is tough to see why Edwards is third (not by much though) in the polls and either leading or close to it in Iowa and other states –

    September 13, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  5. Bob LaFavor, Woodinville, WA

    Senator Edwards continues to do his best to insure that an evil religous extremist group be allowed to exercise it's will on the world. If Edwards and his ilk are allowed to enable radical Islam then he and his friends are under the direct influence of Satan and truly God will be watching. Senator Edwards and his ilk are truly indicative of the greed for personal power and gain above all else. Even at the expense of God fearing Christians and secular innocents. Way too bad for America. Our founding fathers would be horrified. It's a good thing most of them excepted Jesus and will return to Him in the final days. The end is known. God wins. And so do those who believe in his Son.

    September 13, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Greg, NY, NY

    This is about simply respecting the power and authority of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government. It has nothing to do with respecting Bush.

    In the military, we're taught that servicemembers carry out the orders of the President, regardless how you feel about him/her. It's done not out of respect for the person who is president, but out of respect for the authority of the office.

    Respect for the office… the citizenry should try it sometime.

    Posted By Eric, from THE Republic of Texas : September 13, 2007 10:03 am

    I've got news for you, the President is an elected official by the people and is supposed to work for the people. Since he is not doing the job the people want him to, he deserves no respect.

    I understand your point about it not being Bush, but respect for the office. But Bush is in that office and he is going to disgrace it, if he hasn't already.

    September 13, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Hoosier Values

    Dear Eric from the Republic,

    You say,
    "This is about simply respecting the power and authority of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government. It has nothing to do with respecting Bush."

    Um, who is the pres? Bush, it has everything to do with him as the exec. Also, are we to blindly follow as citizens? No, it is our RIGHT to question authority, especially when we think we are being deceived or mislead!

    September 13, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  8. Max, Austin TX

    Ground_breaking. Keep it up, John. You have a 100% chance of beating W this time around.

    In the meantime, I hope the other candidates will debate EACH OTHER, you know, rather than a lame duck president. This guy's strategy is mind-boggling.

    September 13, 2007 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. Lyons Steve

    /***
    President Bush hasn't spoken yet, but Mr. Edwards has already recorded his rebuttal? Something doesn't smell right about this.
    ***/

    You sound as smart as Bush himself.
    Um, he can't buy the time AFTER Bush's speech.

    Maybe what you're smelling is your upper lip.

    September 13, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Lyons Steve

    /***
    Many can predict or have an idea of what the president will speak about, but how can you rebut a conversation you haven't heard.
    ***/

    You're confused. How many different ways can Bush lie about his war? "we're making greating progress."

    No crystal ball needed here. More lies on the way. More stupidity by this Worst. President. Ever.

    There. I've gone out on a limb again.

    No, what's bugging all of you Repubs is, Bush can't just spray his spittle over the country anymore and have anyone salute. They know he's a loser.

    September 13, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  11. Lyons Steve

    /***
    Edwards is a waste of everyones time. He will never see the inside of the White House other than as a visitor. Move on John.
    ***/

    Boy, has Edwards touched a nerve! You guys are sweating bullets over this rebuttal. Never seen such desperate reactions to something so benign as a presidential speech rebuttal.

    September 13, 2007 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  12. Patrick, Bartlesville Oklahoma

    The quote they gave from Edwards speech isn't telling the truth. He says

    "In May, he vetoed a plan to end the war, demanded more time to show the surge could work, and Congress gave it to him," Edwards will say of Bush. "Now, after General Petraeus reports the surge has produced no progress toward a political solution, what does the president want? More time for the surge to work, when all of us know it won't."

    The President doesn't want more time for the surge. We are bringing 30,000 troops home, the amount of the surge. Unless Bush surprises us all and keeps those troops there this quote from Edwards will simply be wrong.

    September 13, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Kim, Sacramento, CA

    Please speak for yourself, Sen. Edwards. Not "all of us know" the surge won't work. I was borned and grew up in a Muslim country, albeit at that time a moderate one. Even now it is still a good country except that it has become a 'little' more radical. The law there says no one can convert a Muslim to any other religion but the government can provide funds or priviliges to any non-muslims who want to become a Muslim. Imagine that be the case here in the US.

    Please be an honest true citizen and fight for the good of the country and not just for one's own ambition. Yes, I am naive to think that you politians, Dems or Repubs will do just that. At least that is the hope. I came to this country with great hope and if America dies my hope may die with it because I don't see any other country quite like the one I chose to be a citizen.

    Let the surge work. Get the war won to face another. If we don't, your children and mine will fight an even worse one. Count on it. Even giving you my name is a chance I must take because I may not be allowed to go back to my country of birth for making some of the comments. My email name is correct and Kim is part of my name. Please delete all the sentences after "my email name..." if you decide to post it. Otherwise, don't post it. All my relatives are still over there and I plan to visit them whenever I can. Thanks.

    September 13, 2007 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Heartlight3, Makawao, Hawaii

    Weren't we also hearing what the president was going to say before General Petraeus had finished his testimony before congress? Do you honestly think anyone who has been paying attention doesn't know what the president is going to say? I don't think the argument that Edwards has prepared his rebuttal before the president's speech will fly. The president has done the same thing.

    September 13, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. David Mulenex, Savannah, Georgia

    Why MSNBC? Won't all eyes be glued to Wolf Blitzer's two hour, 120 minute long insight filled preview of the President's latest 15 minute victory speech? If you want to see Edwards, you have to flip channels. And given the high degree of predictability in what the wordmangler in chief is likely to say, poor John won't even get an audience share bump for his dollar.

    September 13, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Lyons Steve

    /***
    This is about simply respecting the power and authority of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government. It has nothing to do with respecting Bush.
    ***/

    We're not in the military, as you allude to. We live in a free society. This has nothing to do with not respecting the office of president, because this liar shouldn't even be in office. He lowers the office of the presidency.

    This has everything to do with the worst president in history, a piece of crap who has worked long and hard to divide Americans, keep us stuck in a phony war while the real 9-11 criminals run free, a total neglect of domestic problems and a fascist-like reading of the powers of the executive branch.

    You don't get respect in this country until you earn it. Bush hasn't earned a damn thing but scorn and derision.

    In the military, we're taught that servicemembers carry out the orders of the President, regardless how you feel about him/her. I

    September 13, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Lyons Steve

    /***
    The President doesn't want more time for the surge. We are bringing 30,000 troops home, the amount of the surge.
    ***/

    He's saying, Paetreus said, they MIGHT bring those troops home, by June 2008.

    All Bush is doing is delaying until he can get out of office and hand his criminal enterprise to the next president.

    September 13, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Tee, Minneapolis, MN

    Is it me or is Edwards's right index finger very crooked? Of course, I focus on the essence of the message

    September 13, 2007 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. Chip Celina OH

    /* Lyons Steve */

    Actually, I could care less about the rebuttal or the substance of the prez speech. I just posted what I did because I read that the rebuttal had ALREADY been taped. Edwards should go on live and be able to address ANY of the points made in the preceding minutes.

    I really wish we had people in politics that could speak extemporaneously. To me that shows they have some modicum of intellect and can think on their feet. Anyone can stand in front of a camera and read something like a puppet.

    September 13, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Independent Voter, TN

    Everyone knows what Bush will say and everyone knows what Edwards will say. Their positions have already been staked out. Save your time and watch Andy Griffith re-runs.

    September 13, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. spinstopper

    I wonder if MSNBC is giving Edwards the same "family discount" that the New York Times gave MoveOn.org's military hate ad?

    A 65% discount!! Only fools still believe the old gray lady is an unbias new source..

    September 13, 2007 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    John Edwards chooses to express himself and is willing to pay it. I guess that's pretty darn un-American, huh?

    September 13, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Ray, Rochester

    All Bush is doing is delaying until he can get out of office and hand his criminal enterprise to the next president.

    Posted By Lyons Steve : September 13, 2007 2:44 pm

    Steve Lyons, or is it Lyons, Steve??? Anyway, a message to you and all of the other Bush-Bashers out there...guess what, if a Dem is elected none of Bush's defense measures will be rolled back...NONE of them.

    No Democrat will have the guts to roll back any of the measures enacted in the Democrat approved Patriot Act. The warrantless wiretapping will remain, as will ever other piece of the act.

    The Dems do not want to be responsible for a failure to protect us from another terrorism catastrophe because he/she cut back. Can you imagine the fallout from an attack that could have been prevented if the Dems had not cut out earlier laws?

    That's also why no Dem has ever announced how they will handle the inevitable genocide that will occur if we pull out our troops like they all say they would demand. They have NO PLAN!!

    You know what would happen??? The new president would then be forced to either send in 300,000 US troops or stand by and watch a tragedy that would make Darfur look like a picnic.

    Any lame candidate can tell people what he/she thinks they want to hear, i.e. "I would immediately bring all of our troops back..." That takes no courage and is actually quite stupid.

    Do any of you actually think our leaving Iraq will force the Iraqis to work out there differences??? If you do, you are living in la la land. What will really happen will be a horrific battle with Iran filling the void and taking control of Iraq.

    Why don't you Bush-Bashers ever address reality. Why don't Clinton, Obama, et al address this?

    Wake-up people and open your eyes. Calling this a criminal enterprise is an idiotic statement made by an idiot.

    By the way, a president is not supposed to do what the people want, he/she is supposed to do what is best for the country. The people do not get to vote on everything the president does.

    If you hated Bush, why did he get re-elected by a wide margin??? He is doing exactly what he said he would do when he ran.

    I guarantee you all that no Democrat will pull the troops out as quickly as they promise you. They are telling you what you want to hear so you will vote for them.

    Wake up!!

    September 13, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. Michae, Houston, TX

    This is the problem with Edwards and the Dems. He already has a rebuttal to an address that has yet to be given. Surely we deserve better than this!

    September 13, 2007 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Tom, Napa, CA

    Go get 'em Senator Edwards! By the sound of most of these comments, you've got the BushBackers squealing like stuck pigs. How lame can you get... regardless of how hard he's tried, Bush still hasn't taken away all of our freedom's yet! We still have free speech, and Senator Edwards has EVERY right, even OBLIGATION, to speak truth to the evil this adminstration is spewing.
    It's time for the American People to wake up... ARE YOU AWAKE?

    September 13, 2007 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
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