January 23rd, 2008
02:20 PM ET
12 years ago

Edwards' hair takes a beating on Letterman

Edwards appeared on Letterman's show Tuesday (Photo Credit: AP)

(CNN) - John Edwards is used to taking hits on the campaign trail, but Tuesday night, his hair got the toughest treatment.

At the end of Edwards’ appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, the talk show host had just one request of the well-coiffed former North Carolina senator. "Could I just mess your hair up a little bit?" he asked.

"You want to? Go ahead," responded Edwards.

To the delight of the studio audience, each man made a grab for the others’ hair. By the end, the Democratic candidate's normally well-combed trim jutted out in every direction. Letterman later tried unsuccessfully to put it back in place.

Edwards’ mane last grabbed headlines last April when his campaign's Federal Election Commission report disclosed he had spent $400 on two separate occasions for a haircut. The North Carolina Democrat quickly reimbursed his campaign for the pricey cuts, and said he would not spend that much on them in the future.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John Edwards
soundoff (148 Responses)
  1. Scott SD, CA

    At this point, ANYBODY in the Democratic Party of the three is best. I absolutely hate the infighting right now, but one candidate will emerge – and then we have to remember – WHO WANTS A REPUBLICAN IN THERE who thinks we should stay in Iraq for 50 years,take our society back to the 1950's, and stack the Supreme Court with Right Wing Nuts. We are the laughing stock of the world we need to show Europe, Asia and teh Middle East that we are not idiots by "STAYING THE COURSE" with another Repubican.

    January 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Anne Amore

    Sure I have a sense of humor.
    But not where the stakes are so high. The late night hosts have got to stop making fools out of our future President. They already look foolish enough by going on the shows and allowing it. Great way to earn respect....

    January 23, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  3. cle

    Wouldn't we send a message to the media, Obama and Clinton if we all voted for Edwards to represent the Democrat party. After all he represents "We the People" who are not getting heard by the personalities and wealthy and ironically he doesn't get heard much by the media either!!!

    January 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Matthew

    This world cannot afford a democrat at the helm of the presidency.

    Clinton swore that Saddam had stockpiles of WMD's and was the biggest threat to the world and you idiots are out there voting for him/her and bashing Bush????

    January 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Anne Amore

    Sure I have a sense of humor. But not where the stakes are so high. The late night hosts have got to stop making fools out of our future President. They already look foolish enough by going on the shows and allowing it. Great way to earn respect.

    January 23, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Beth

    Even though I'd be sad if Edwards didn't win, and am already sad the media doesn't pay him any attention ... he shouldn't get out the race. As long as he's around til the convention, he can direct his delegates to Barack Obama ... that would be an awesome tie-breaker .....

    January 23, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. P.J. Hall

    My, my, my. Just when I thought Edwards was making some ground, he sits there at the debates and tries to come off as holyer-than-thou. After all that Dr. MLK blab, he says that he is the only one who can carry the southern states! How interesting. I suppose he is talking out of his hair again! hahahahaaaaaaaa!

    In fact, he can't seem to carry any states lately. Gee, I wonder why? Hey! Just think, Lawyers giving him huge sums of money, is not the same as lobbyist. There Lawyers! Hahahaaaaaaaaaaaa. When people need to fight a big corporation, who ya gonna call? Not John Edwards!

    January 23, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. runningpaint

    Enough is Enough! Both parties need to pull their heads out of their Caboose! This is an election for the next President of the United States. We need someone who can run our country correctly. We don't need someone in their constantly complaining and arguing with everyone that they work with for the next 4 years. If this happens, then where will the U.S. be? What kind of shape will our country be in? We need leadership! NOT someone who puts people down because of race, color or what-ever the excuse. If you really want America to come around and support the Candidate of choosing, the bickering has to STOP! Stay focus, keep a positive mind, and be true to your self and as possible as can be true to the People. For without the People, America would be nothing.

    P.S. Is there a way, we could get a Candidate to come out to the Central States or does our States out here not count very much for points?

    Does anyone know how to contact John Edwards? We Farmers and Ranchers would like to see and hear what he can do to help us out, plus how to help America to work with America. I am a Republican but I really like his talk and I really think he has it to become a Great President, but that is my own personal opinion. Just wondering? Thank You.

    January 23, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. Lisa

    ...a "pit bull" ? Umm...isn't it a good thing when a candidate has the courage of his or her convictions?
    I can't see Obama & Edwards on the same ticket; they are opposites in their political philosophies.

    January 23, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. BullOfMizzou, MO

    Well Shucky Dern ! An Article about John Boy ! Great! He is so funny on and off the Campaign trail !

    Just like his Pal, Dennis {the menace} Kucinich, they keep them around just for laughs ! This guy adds a little fun to the debates, like Dennis, and at least they always remind us of why we should Support a Strong Conservative in the Presidential race.

    At least John Boy is not as scarey as the two top democrat candidates {The Duo Of Dummys}, and can not "boon swaggle" with the best of them.

    January 23, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. carl kc.

    Super Tuesday is coming will see what happens i believe John Edwards will make alot of hay on that day...Did you check out Lou Dobbs poll last night , Edwards got more votes then any of the candidates 40% of the people that voted ..

    January 23, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  12. JRE4EVR

    Edwards supports will not back anyone but Edwards. There are substantive differences between the candidates and if you believe in what John wants to do, you know it won't happen under either HRC or Obama. Personally, after the beating we've taken under Bush, I don't want to unite or compromise. I want to FIGHT for our individual citizens, not our corporate citizens. This fight will not be waged by HRC or Obama. John is our only hope and he may be the last time we see someone run without selling out to big money. Let's not waste this chance. Plus, if we don't nominate John, we are like to have another 8 years of GOP. NO!!!!! Go John Go!!!!

    January 23, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. Dr. Acharya

    Obama is just Hillary's man sucking ou tthe oxygen with his FAKE fights with hillary to keep Edwards out of the media and the race.

    January 23, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  14. Nathalie

    Thank you CNN for covering this story and showing us a picture of a candidate who is not afraid to go on TV and act like an ordinary guy! This is much better than the fighting and arguing that is going on in the other political camps. No names necessary.
    This is what we need in a President! Someone who is not afraid to have fun in public, but who will truely stand up for the people of this country when he is needed. You go JOHN!!!!

    January 23, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. Lone Ranger

    Well I will never vote for Obama or Clinton! I'm an Edwards Fan!!!

    I will stay with Edwards!

    Because if the Democrats want to win in November they will stop dreaming and start asking the real question? Who can win in November? Not!! Who make me feel good or will make History!!!

    Come on people I want to win in November not Lose again!

    January 23, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  16. Ian

    It occurs to me as I watch the Democrats – Obama and Edwards have genuine, easy senses of humor about themselves. Clinton has one, but doesn't let it out to play that often. Republicans seem to have none at all about themselves.

    January 24, 2008 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  17. Truethis

    Stone: I use to like Lodd Dobbs too but every since he had his tonsils taken out he been getting too personal and hateful as he grides his teeth whenever discussion about illegal aliens or Obama becoming President. So I have to watch rerun of Hardballs or I switch back to see if he have calm down. He scares me sometime.

    January 24, 2008 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  18. Truethis

    I like Edwards too but if he had changed his topic/message about himself as he tried to convince people that he can relate to him then I think this would have been a total different campaign for him.

    I followed him back in 2004 wishing that he would run in 2008 which he did but he didn't move me like he did before, it was the same old message.

    January 24, 2008 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  19. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Dave has hair?!

    January 24, 2008 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  20. Dontbuyit

    Last night Bill O'Reilly tried to retaliate against John Edwards and homeless veterans....he even had Col. David Hunt disagreeing with him....ON HIS OWN SHOW!!

    All the more reason to vote for John Edwards!

    January 24, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Noreen


    Why should John change his message? That proves he is genuine. That unfortunately the issues are the same because thigns having not changed and have gotten worse in some cases. If he changed his message then he would be called a flip flopper.

    January 24, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Michiel

    To all of the people out there who believe John Edwards would be the best candidate for the presidency, please do not give your vote to someone else because you are buying into the media hype with regard to the 2 "front runners". If you want to vote for Edwards, then do so. And tell all of your friends the reasons why you want to vote for Edwards. Maybe you can help someone to come to the realization that he does stand a chance if people vote for him!

    January 24, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. vote edwards

    the media is allowing us 2 democratic candidates. DON"T LET THEM DECIDE THIS FOR YOU! EDWARDS IS THE CANDIDATE WHO WILL NOT BE BULLIED BY CORPORATE INTERESTS. i am so sick of america refusing to think for themselves and allowing this entertainment industry of the "news" to define for us who is an appropriate candidate! is anyone out there actually familiar with the ISSUES?? read!

    January 26, 2008 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
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