November 26th, 2007
02:37 PM ET
15 years ago

Edwards debuts new ads in Iowa, South Carolina

Edwards is out with two new campaign ads Monday.  "Born," above, details his upbringing.

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN)- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards launched two new television ads Monday in Iowa and South Carolina, both of which mirror the campaign's overarching message in each of the two early primary states.

In Iowa, the Edwards campaign launched a populist-themed ad, "Mess," attacking the "corrupt system in Washington" – a phrase that's become a familiar refrain from the Edwards camp in Iowa.

Declaring it "the great moral test of our generation," Edwards says in the 30-second ad that "What we want to make certain is true is that our children have a better life than we've had."

In South Carolina, Edwards hit the airwaves with his third ad to play up his southern roots, a piece of biography the campaign is depending on to pull out a victory in the state, which he won in 2004.

The ad, titled "Born," shows an image of Edwards outside the pink Seneca, South Carolina house where he was born.

"My dad worked in the mills," Edwards says in the ad, also 30 seconds. "When I was born, he had to borrow fifty dollars to bring me home here. When the mills closed, I saw first hand how devastating bad government and corporate greed can be."

Edwards concludes: "I approve this message because growing up here, you never stop fighting. And you never forget where you came from."

- CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Iowa • John Edwards • South Carolina
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Krys Las Vegas NV


    November 26, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Bob, NY, NY

    Trust me coming from Edwards is like believing a used car salesman. This is a man who voted for the Iraq war and now says that vote was a mistake. He voted for free trade and now opposes it. He voted for No Child Left Behind and now stands opposed to it. He was for Right to Work when he served in the Senate and now believes it is a union busting technique. This is a man who stood in favor of the Patriot Act and now acts as if it was the worse thing ever to happen to America. And he should be trusted?

    November 26, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. ronnie knoxville tn

    What does the government have to do with the mills closing? anyone? beuhler?

    November 26, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  4. Lee, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    How many people became unemployed from his days as a lawyer chasing down bogus claims and reaping multi-million dollar awards from corporations (and in turn costing jobs)?

    Edwards is a big phony. He has a huge mansion and plays the "two America's" until it's sickening....he's right, there are two America's, the only thing is he is in the RICH CLASS.

    November 26, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Mark Winchester VA

    Who is Edwards trying to kid, he is a low life attorney who made millions off those corporations for individuals. He is just another greedy bastard with a law degree on his wall.

    November 26, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Chris, Middletown, CT

    "and everytime you complain about insurance rates being so high....think of all the lawyers who sue them on a daily basis. Then you need to think about my 32000 sq foot mansion" (at least thats how it should of read....) I need to know..who supports Edwards or really speaks volumes about deficiencies in education in the US (time to dump the teachers union...)

    November 26, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Ryan, New York, NY

    I would find it hilarious that so many of you refer to Edwards as the greedy side when referring to his work as an attorney, if it werne't so tragically misguided. How can you support greedy corporations and insurance companies and assail the people who try to keep them in line when they neglect their duties to consumers and policyholders?

    I will point out that Edwards' greed never killed anyone, which is more than can be said for his courtroom adversaries, many of whom did kill people due to cost cutting negligence, disregard and refusal to correct issues identified by previous incidents, and malpractice.

    Everyone loves to hate the lawyers and blame them for everything, but if it was your kid who got brain damage because a doctor didn't do a C-section when the monitor showed distress or your husband who was killed due to complications stemming from insufficient pharmaceutical testing, you'd be calling one right away because the effects ruined your family.

    November 26, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    The "good times' Party model' is the base origin for the corruption in Washington.

    For a president: a justified ability for judgment and professional tact should elect them.

    Partizan membership is not found included in the Constitution. Until an amendment is passed which allots for the party method as part of that Constitution partisan organizations will be one of the few policies the parties do agree on. They, the parties, will protect such a system even at the expense of the citizens trusts. Parties use the news mediums to relay such a beguiling at the news mediums rated delight: they promote that the party is the American way and not a taint to an independent, by individual, democratic government method found in a republic of equal States, which was designed with a Constitution, drafted to meet and defeat for its citizens the problems which arise in a national society, for those problems which will be found in and throughout all times. News mediums sends an easily distributed message to the people for use in an election process run at an audience level which separates the individual citizen by the staged and well placed ropes of a media production. "Without Sedition"; should the government not have a bureau which relates its current business to all the public via its own government owned mediums, and so include but not exclusively limit election coverage?

    Peaceful assembly is allowed and protected as a citizen's right, but sitting officials in congress are barred from doing so with each other when active but adjourned from the house.

    Parties are, by the constitution, illegal until an amendment is passed to allow such methods.

    The Sitting President has the power and the obligation to cull this taint.

    Parties, found as free citizen assemblies, should exist to petition the official individuals sitting in the houses to raise awareness of the respective peoples want, so petitioning those officials to pass in their respective houses a parties amendment propositions, and such parties should be prevented from granting election endorsements.

    So long as the party can threaten the sitting individual with the controls and power of re-election: parties will be found in active government defining a majority policy; defying a majority based on individual topics. Individual topics and individual bills presented to the Presidency by individual officials in quorum agreement. Parties in the house act to deny an individual the freedom of choice and the freedom to support any individual bill which comes before them, so with that known, what is the point of writing your district Member of Congress about an individuals problem.

    Loners don't party, they've studied instead.

    November 26, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Brad, Charleston, SC

    Chris, I am the proud owner of both a PHD and an Edwards For President Bumper Sticker.

    November 26, 2007 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Jean, Stockton, CA

    To Chris of Middletown: You want to know who supports Clinton? I do! She's the very best there is and our country will be in excellent hands when this brilliant, experienced, fair-minded woman becomes president. Thank God she is strong enough to beat back the Republican attack machine and all the nay-sayers. By the way, I retired after a 30 year teaching career, so I'm interested in knowing if you would like to see all unions "dumped" or just the teachers' union? Either way, you sound like a loser to me.

    November 26, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Carol, MD

    What, no Granny, Jed, or theme song?

    November 26, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Walt, Belton, TX

    Ahh, "Roots" the white version.......

    November 26, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Does this man have no shame? Why doesn't he just get on his knees and weep at every stop on his Campaign Trail! His only strategy apparently is a Pity Pot. Poor Johnny.

    First his wife Elizabeth's Illness, now his disadvantaged childhood due to his father's mill closing!

    On the heels of his losing the nomination I see a John Edwards book in the making. The Huge Crosses and Injustices bore by a South Carolina boy turned millionaire!

    PLU HEEEEZZEEE Grow Up Johnny.

    November 26, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Jed in Texas

    If Hillary is "Bushlite," this guy is "Jimmy Carter Ale". Enough of the hillbillies already. I hope Lou Dobbs runs.

    November 26, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Edwards advertisement continues, "In fact, I had to bulldoze nearly a dozen humble little homes just like this one to build my current home."

    November 26, 2007 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. T. Tim, Lodi, WI

    A pink house???

    November 26, 2007 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  17. connie floyd, crockett,texas

    yeah! just what we need an ambulance chaser running the White House. This is realy going to help us get universal healthcare. Really, do you think the AMA is going to allow a person like this to tell them how they can practice medicine. I don't think so. Hillary 08"

    November 26, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  18. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.

    Well done!

    John Edwards has the vision and message to lead this great nation at such a pivitol time!

    November 26, 2007 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  19. PM Oldsmar,FL

    To those of you who believe he gives two hoots about much other than himself, have you ever seen his simple country residence!?
    Take a look for yourself and you be the judge...

    November 26, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  20. Jon Sacramento Ca

    Good work Edwards! A real video with a powerful message, thank you.

    November 26, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. Corrine - NYC

    This ad is powerful because it represents what America is all about, the great American dream. It is disappointing that all the negative comments on this blog are written out of jealousy – pure and simple. Don't knock Edwards for being wealthy. Time to get over our jealousy U.S. citizens.

    November 26, 2007 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. Jim, Burlington NC

    Pretty typical Edwards detractors.

    1) They know nothing of the companies he sued on behalf of injured parties.

    2) They protest that "trial lawyers" are the scum of the earth when they are Democrats, but are the peoples champion when they are lobbiests like Fred Thompson.

    3) Sound like communists or aniti-Americans who rail against the American dream of working your way out of poverty to riches.

    A man of modest means growing up and being successful representing the ordinary citizen against corporations, what a bunch of un-amercian pap and smear...

    November 27, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Ginger Lee, Northern Utah

    I support Edwards not only for his track record as a lawyer trying to get justice for people unable to get it anywhere else, but he's admitted that voting for certain things in the past was a mistake. Romney just said that he's changed his views. PUH-lease!

    Romney changed his views when he was trying ton unseat Kennedy in Mass and didn't want to become another neo-con loser, so he bent his own rules. Now Romney is trying to gain a nomination in a conservative party so conveniently he has changed his views. Someone like Edwards saw the repercussions of his mistakes and admitted it.

    I won't claim he's the most honest politician- but what does it say about a man who refuses to except money from special interest groups or lobbyists?

    November 29, 2007 02:25 am at 2:25 am |