October 27th, 2007
07:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Presidential candidate a witness for police

COULTER, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was about 45 minutes late to his first event Saturday but was soon forgiven when the crowd found out he'd witnessed a car accident and was assisting at the scene.

"We had a little mishap on the way down," Edwards said. "Everybody was fine though. It just slowed us down a little bit."

The former North Carolina senator's motorcade was headed south on Interstate 35 on its way to Coulter, Iowa, when Edwards said a tire came from across the median.

"[The tire] hit a car...very hard. Knocked it off the road, and we stopped and basically just took care of the people until the highway patrol got there."

Edwards said it was a preacher and his wife in the car on their way to Kansas City.

The campaign said Edwards provided his information to authorities in case he is needed to answer any questions.

As of Saturday night no police report had been made public.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

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October 27th, 2007
07:46 PM ET
13 years ago

Edwards tours Iowa's 99 counties - again

Edwards completed his 99-county tour of Iowa Saturday.

COULTER, Iowa (CNN) - For the second time in his life, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards completed campaign visits to all of Iowa's 99 counties on Saturday with a stop in the city of Coulter, part of Franklin County.

"Not only have I visited all 99 counties," the former North Carolina senator said, "I've been taking questions from Iowans in all 99 counties."

Edwards also made the rounds back in 2004 during his first stab at the presidency. Saturday's stop makes him the first major presidential candidate to complete the task this election cycle.

Former Republican presidential candidate Tommy Thompson also toured all 99 counties a few months ago but has since withdrawn his name from the race.

Edwards, when asked if he expects the accomplishment to give him any kind of boost in the Hawkeye State–especially given it didn't do much for Tommy Thompson–said, "I did it last time [in 2004], and it made a difference. I finished the 99 counties last time I think about the time that I actually started to move up from nowhere, so I think it does matter to Iowans."

"It says to Iowans that you're willing to go everywhere in the state, listen to their questions [and] answer their questions, so I think it will be important."

Edwards will hold a rally in Des Moines Saturday evening to celebrate the feat.

In the latest Des Moines Register poll–taken October 1-3–Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, held an edge at 29 percent. Edwards sat at 23, with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, close behind at 22. The poll sampled 399 likely Democratic caucusgoers and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.

- CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

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