November 1st, 2007
12:19 PM ET
11 years ago

Edwards launches first Iowa TV ad

Edwards is launching his first ad in Iowa.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Presidential hopeful John Edwards launched its first television ad in Iowa Thursday titled "Heroes," as part of the North Carolina Democrat’s "American Heroes Week."

While Edwards' closest competitors in Iowa, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and Barack Obama, D-Illinois, have been airing television ads in the Hawkeye State for months, the former North Carolina senator has waited until the last months of the primary campaign "for when people are making up their minds" and there are "still large a number of caucus goers that are undecided," said Jonathan Prince, Edwards' deputy campaign manager. Obama and Clinton also have a substantial cash advantage over Edwards to spend on expensive television advertising.

Edwards will hit campaign stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and New Orleans as part of the heroes-theme week of campaigning tied to the ad, which shows a montage of everyday American "heroes" and Edwards discussing how he plans to "stand up for working men and women," he says, if he's elected the next president.

- CNN Political Assignment Editor Katy Byron

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  1. Julie, Atlanta, GA

    You go, John Edwards. You are clearly the best candidate out there (BY FAR) and I'm behind you All the way to OUR White House! Keep doing what you're doing and just ignore the idiots who are obsessed with distractions. There are far too many issues that are far too important to waste time on stupid items.

    November 1, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. Chris, Middletown, CT

    I think of Edwards each and every day – when I look at my bill from the insurance company...and know that all the lawsuits that that are filed each and every day...and the huge cost of fighting them....then I can see John Edwards asking Americans why healthcare is so expensive....(and many await his answer....) – then I say "maybe we don't need to invest in Healthcare as much as literacy....there are people who plan to vote for Edwards and Clinton...maybe our schools are teaching selective reading"

    November 1, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. Reid C. Granke, Madison, WI

    John Edwards is the best candidate for the presidency that is running for the position. It is amazing how so many people are afraid to vote for him because Hillary is ahead in the polls. If Edwards does not get the democratic nomination, he should run as an independent. He's got my vote.

    November 1, 2007 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Lorenz, Queens, NY

    I like Edwards – hope you do well in Iowa!

    November 1, 2007 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Carl, Dallas, TX

    Dont' people realize with TIVOs and DVRs that I no longer watch television. It's another huge waste of money by these guys... and Clinton.

    November 1, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Wallace, Chicago IL

    I too, am a fan of Edwards.

    I like an Obama-Edwards or Edwards-Obama ticket (in that order) and think the ticket is what American needs. They are simply a breath of fresh air. I don't understand why we insist on keeping the "establishment" intact, but at the same time, we complain that our officials aren't honest with us.

    Although Hillary supporters will resort to name-calling and back Hillary up with the "experience" comment. It doesn't hold water. What experience?
    Hillary was a first lady and is a Senator. Edwards was a Senator and Obama is a Senator. So now Laura Bush has "experience"?

    How is Hillary so much more experienced? Don't get me wrong, if Hillary wins the nomination, I will certainly support her, but the arguments thus far for her candidacy are weak. I want Hillary to tell me where she stands, not just give me "Bush-sims". I think we all deserve that.

    Just concerned.


    November 1, 2007 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. mike, Palo Alto, CA

    I have seen the new John Edwards ad (and his literature) for Iowa, and it reinforces my strong support for this outstanding candidate. (I also had the opportunity to meet and listen to him here in California.) This man is honest, decent, straightforward, smart ... and he has substance, talking about real issues, real people, and real ideas. And, he can win against any GOP candidate. Hillary is the darling of the media and the celebrity attention they have given her contributes in small way to the lead she has developed. Sadly, she is also the darling of the GOP ... and the one Democrat they can beat. Somehow, some way, we need to get someone ahead of her so we can get the neocons and relgious right extremists out of the white before they completely destroy our country. Edwards is our best hope for doing that. His new ad is great ... let's hope it makes the difference.

    November 1, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |


    November 1, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Robert Nicholson, Richmond, VA

    John Edwards is the best issue-oriented candidate running. Senator Clinton is weak on the issues and uses the "woman card" whenever she is trouble. The American people deserve someone who is interested in them not the big money interests. That person is John Edwards.

    November 1, 2007 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Tony, Alexandria, Va

    Edwards is a fake, fraud and basically a two-time loser. Why don't you run your own campaign instead of trying to run Howard Dean's campaign of 2004. I would vote for a Repub, before I vote for this punk.

    November 1, 2007 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Bob, Seattle, WA

    At least one thing we can say for Mr. Edwards. Thank you for contributing to the economy of the great American middle class. At least that is one thing you are doing that is commendable. Your campaign is good for at least that.

    November 1, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Providence, RI

    If Edwards wins the nomination, I am not voting. Edwards is phony-profited from Katrina disaster. He lost twice in 2004-his messages do not resonate with his body language. He put his ill wife to run campaign. Sad...

    November 1, 2007 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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    November 1, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Angela, Alexandria, VA

    I like Edwards too, I think he's honest and sincere. And for once it wouldn't hurt to have a HOT president! 😉

    November 1, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. Cathy M in Tn

    Thank you

    November 1, 2007 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  16. Jimmy Tom Las Vegas, NV

    Edwards has as much chance of winning the nomination as a freekin duck . . . but the duck is smarter. All he can do is roll his toungue and villify Clinton. What is he going to do for this country. Open more 400.00 barbershops?

    November 1, 2007 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. PM Oldsmar,FL

    John Edwards a.k.a. Trial Attorney for President. Give us a break. A wealthy, wealthy man living with all the trappings that come with it. Good for you, but please, you are not fooling enough people to become President. He lives one life personally and espouses another politicaly. It does not work.

    November 1, 2007 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Deb, Seattle, WA

    Edwards is such a fake. Where does he stand on NAFTA, CAFTA and WTO? If he was really for the American Worker he would be talking about Trade, not patronizing Americans with this "heroes-theme" drama....Too bad people are buying into it.

    November 1, 2007 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  19. Lane Kelemen

    The issues are the issue. I hope we can keep that focus. I do feel that H. Clinton tends to avoid telling us her positions. This may be smart in terms of the general election but don't we have a right to know what policies a candidate would implement?

    Edwards has released complete, thorough very carefully researched and considered policy statements on every issue. So if we can keep our attention on the issues, I'm confident that Edwards will quickly pull ahead in Iowa, New Hampshire and all the other states.

    November 1, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  20. Alyssa Miller, Durham, NC

    It would be nice to see CNN (or any other news organization, for that matter) mention the reason that Senator Edwards' campaign is so far behind in the fund-raising competition: namely, that he, unlike his competitors, has refused to take money from either lobbyists or political action committees. The man has chosen to follow the dictates of his ethics, and since the media insists on equating candidates' viability with the amount of money they've raised, and hammering those figures into the public consciousness, I believe that they have the responsibility to explain why the Senator's campaign chest is so much smaller than his rivals'.

    November 1, 2007 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Earl, Ohio

    Alright, John! Give 'em hell!

    It's about time someone is standing up to Hillary and her anti-male, hate-filled feminist speech! She's already flip-flopped on driver's licenses for illegals, what's she going to say next, "I actually voted for the war before I voted against it"?

    November 1, 2007 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  22. notoJE

    has done nothing for poverty,losing in his home state,fraud,blinking eyes,pointing fingers,inside its lies.

    November 1, 2007 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  23. Luara Bunkiton ME

    99 Counties ! Go get 'em John ! You tell 'em !!

    November 1, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. Ginger Lee, Northern Utah

    I think that Edwards is the man. I don't agree w/ what he says 100%, but what he says makes the most sense. I hope it's either Edwards/Obama or Edwards/Richardson. Either way 8 years from now we'll have a great VP tempered enough to be a great president.

    November 2, 2007 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  25. colony14 author, Mt Prospect, Illinois

    I especially like the way John Edwards communicates with the dead on his TV show, Crossing Over! Oh, wait, that's a different guy who makes up conversations with dead people to get money from unsuspecting viewers (or jurors).

    November 2, 2007 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |