January 25th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
15 years ago

Edwards highlights Clinton-Obama brawl in new ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/25/art.edwardsad.cnn.jpg caption=" Edwards is highlighting his rivals back and forth at the CNN debate in a new ad."](CNN) - John Edwards launched a new ad in South Carolina Friday that highlights the heated back-and-forth between rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at Monday's CNN Debate in South Carolina.

The ad is the former North Carolina senator's latest effort to draw attention to the ongoing scuffle between his rivals, while painting himself as above the fray.

The 30-second spot, called 'Grown Up,' shows Obama taking a shot at Clinton for once serving on the board of Wal-Mart, and Clinton criticizing Obama's one-time connection to a Chicago slumlord. It ends with Edwards asking that the two candidates focus on the issues instead of political potshots.

The ad echoes comments Edwards has repeatedly made on the trail since the debate - that he represents "the grown up-wing of the Democratic Party."

"I do hope some of you got to see the debate in Myrtle Beach on Monday night," Edwards said at an event in Greenville, South Carolina Thursday night.

"I was proud in that debate to be able to represent the grown-up wing of the Democratic party. And as I said in that debate, all the petty personal squabbling is not going to get a single child health care, it's not going to get a single child the education they need, it's not going to send a single child to college, it's not going to create a single job here in South Carolina where it's so desperately needed."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John Edwards • South Carolina
soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. carole

    The Clintons are the worst thing that could happen to an election – they've proved it again and again – especially now.

    Thank goodness for men like John Edwards – I hope he gets elected President.
    Bill & Hillary entered the White House like a sideshow circus and left the same way trying to take state gifts with them if you recall – enough of the Clintons and the old Washington – we're ready for somebody with new ideas and not afraid to implement some of them or at least try.

    January 25, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  2. carole

    Why doesn't Edward address the things Bill & Hillary aren't – we don't care about negative jabs – they're obliged to talk about issues, issues, issues facing the next President.

    January 25, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. carole

    John Edwards is a straight talker – good for him!

    January 25, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  4. way, kentucky

    The truth is very helpful in deciding a candidate, looks as Edwards have the leadership.

    January 25, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. Kevin Topeka, KS

    What is the definition of a "negative attack ad"? Seems like if an opponent of your chosen candidate points out things about your candidate, it is a "dirty attack", but your candidate is allowed to "accent differences" in his/her ads. What would make everyone happy?

    "Hello, my fellow Americans." (National Anthem playing, soothingly, in the background.)

    "My name is John Smith. I am running for President of the United States. There are two other people running and they both could do the job just as well as I can, maybe better. I do hope you'll vote for me."

    "I am John Smith and I approve of this ad, I hope you do too."

    Come on people. It's a campaign for the nation's highest office. Mud will be slung.

    January 25, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  6. Johnny2Bad

    "Just sleazeballing the John Edwards way." -RuthieM

    Grow up, Ruthie. Its called "politics".

    January 25, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  7. opportunistic twit edwards

    edwards is just an opportunistic twit trying to gain an advantage. too bad south carolina voters seem to be falling for it, thereby benefiting obama and hurting hillary. but maybe that's edwards' intent anyway.

    January 25, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  8. Hillary Voter

    Who does Edwards think he is? He actually said he called Mushariff in Pakistan and told him what he had to Do!!

    In what capacity did he make that phone call, who is he?

    He is a joke! His daddy worked in the Mill so he could have $400 haircuts why not donate that $400 to the poor people.

    He is also being a spoiler in the primaries so he can become a vice president to whoever wins.
    He is the most unethical of the 3 of them. I hope Hillary or Obama do not pick him. They will end up like John Kerry.

    January 25, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  9. aware

    John, you don't begin to get at the root of the problem.

    As a former Canadian, I say with great concern that I have never seen such sexism in my life. This race is very much a gender issue.

    I listen to pundits, surrogates, bloggers, journalists and candidates laugh or nod when Hillary is attacked and question her unfairly as in the recent Matt Lauer interview and subsequent article. Chris Matthews has apologized for his sexism but the misogyny continues. Do you really think it is alright for a man to defend himself but not a woman? This is the image you are portraying.

    The Clintons are a Christian family who have lived through and have demonstrated the core of the Christian Faith – Forgiveness and Reconciliation! Chelsea is the exceptional fruit of an American family that works.

    I will vote for Hillary because I think she is the best qualified candidate to deal with the grave concerns facing the next president. However, I also think a woman president at this difficult time will bring healing, hope and reconciliation to America and consequently to the world as no man can regardless of race. 🙂

    January 25, 2008 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. Bean Counter, Motor City, MI

    Did somebody say something? Oh sorry, that was just Johnny E.

    John my man, this isn't the court room. You don't have to have the last word...in fact we would all be better off if you just shut up.

    January 25, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  11. sharon

    you all know of course racisim is alive and well down here you'll ,even when the big media pack up and go home it will still be here. you see you have to live in the south to know it, sad but its true And John Edwards juts bless his little hart

    January 25, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. Luke Wallis

    Brawl. Brawl.... Are you kidding me? I mean are you really kidding me!?!?!?! Have you lost your minds? John Stewart is right – the media IS hurting America. You make comments that Bill "lashed out" at reporters – which incidentally is defined as "a violent beating" – for the media hyping up stories to sell ad time – ergo Hillary "breaking down". AND ARTICLES LIKE THESE ARE PROVING HIM RIGHT!!!!

    Brawl – according to dictionary.com –

    denotes a noisy, disorderly, and often violent quarrel or fight: a barroom brawl; a broil between the opposing teams; a vicious legal donnybrook; a fracas among prison inmates; eager for the fray; a free-for-all in the schoolyard; police plunging into the melee; an angry domestic row.

    Grow up – I expected better, CNN.

    January 25, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  13. Susan, MI

    I don't know why, but Edwards reminds me of Ken from Ken and Barbie. Too bad his plastic molded lips aren't sealed like Ken's.

    January 25, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. Donna

    After that debate on Monday, I thought what is going on in this country. After all the comments since then everywhere I read and heard, I thought that the people of America are more into "Reality TV" than the real issues. Where has society brought us??? It's scary ....GO EDWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 25, 2008 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  15. Peters

    Barack Obama, in politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves, this what John Edward is doing to you at the moment. Hillary Clinton should know that truth is what stands the test of experience.

    January 25, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  16. Ruth

    Well, I guess somebody has to be the adult. The playground get kinda roudy when the kids get competitive. John forgot his whisle.

    Ron Paul is an adult. I am voting for him

    January 26, 2008 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  17. jeff

    to we really want edwards serving up the same slop all the time. he knows one song and that's only the lyrics, never mind actually implementing it on the keyboard, so to speak.

    he's a liberal bush, push, push, push without much real thought or significant insight.

    oh excuse me he thinks the bejeezuz out of how to twist every arguement in his favor. that's his genius. must have honed it in law school.

    January 26, 2008 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  18. The Realist

    For those of you yelling because Edwards attacked Hillary in previous debates; Yes he did. The difference was he called her on the issues. Lest you forget, that is what it is about.

    January 26, 2008 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  19. Clay, CA

    Hillary never launches an unprovoked attack but, when attacked, she fires back swiftly and then gets on with the business at hand. Obama (and now Edwards) keep it going long after the event. Particularly Obama, who has whined daily about Hillary being "unfair". While she's out on the trail, making her case to the American people, poor, misguided Obama is wasting valuable media time complaining: he doesn't think it's fair that she should have her spouse campaigning for her, she "distorts" his record, she "misrepresents" his statements. . .everyday he finds something new to complain about. All of this makes him look weak and desperate and it disgusts a large part of the voting public. Obama needs to get over the "poor me" attitude, and start stating how he intends to clean up the mess in Washington, as Edwards and Clinton have been doing.

    January 26, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  20. Phil Memphis, TN

    Go Edwards! For those of you calling this an attack ad, you obviously have not been watching the ads from the otjher candidates in both parties, have you? Edwards SHOULD call the others out for their juvenile behavior in front of all of america. The two of them allowed CNN to bait them right into ruining the Democratic parties chances. Falling for that was expected by me for someone as naive as Obama, but not from Clinton. I said I would never vote for a Republican after what the criminal Bush administration has done to our country. After watching Clinton and Obama it is clear neither of them are qualified (or in the case of Clinton, "deserve") to represent America as our President. If Edwards is not an option come the general election, it looks like I may have to vote "present" like someone else we know.

    January 26, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. elliott


    January 26, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. LQ, Rochester MN

    During the 1st debates, it was Edwards who was always attacking Clinton. Now he is saying he is the grownup, despite that he jumped on Obama about the "present" votes while she was jumping on him about it. This, while it has been explained SEVERAL times in the past month at least.

    January 26, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  23. erik

    Stop voting with your eyes and ears and vote with a conscience. It isn't about black or white, it is about what is right. Say what you will bandwagon wannabees, Edwards is a good person and good people don't get elected because good people don't get press. Good people don't start controversy. Good people don't get attention. If you do what you say and say what you do you will always come in third place. Keep fighting, John!!! There is a cause and SOME of us get it.

    January 27, 2008 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  24. Michiel

    In each case, when a candidate is asked a question, Obama gives a vague answer and goes on to speak of something else, Hillary completely evades the question and goes on to speak of something else, and John Edwards gives a straight answer. To all of the people who say they like John Edwards, but don't think he is electable; Of course he isn't, if all of you think the same and don't VOTE for him. If he is your choice for candidate, why would you give your vote to someone else? I believe John Edwards is the best and only choice and I will vote for him.

    January 28, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
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