January 25th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Edwards: South Carolina's too good attack politics

(CNN) - At a Friday campaign event, John Edwards criticized his “squabbling” Democratic opponents for bringing their brand of brass-knuckle, big-city politics to South Carolina – a state long noted for its rough-and-tumble primary season.

“Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama have brought their New York- and Chicago-style politics to South Carolina. Fighting with each other, tearing each other down,” Edwards said at a campaign stop in Greenville. “But South Carolina’s better than that, and you deserve better than that.”

Following Monday’s tough Democratic primary debate, Edwards has positioned himself as the above-the-fray candidate in his party’s presidential field, telling another Greenville audience Thursday night that he represented the “grown-up wing of the Democratic Party,” and releasing a new 30-second television and radio spot in the state Friday – titled “Grown Up” – that emphasizes the same theme.

The former senator, who is running a distant third in most recent polls in his birth state of South Carolina, is also planning to air the ad in the Super Tuesday states that head to the polls February 5. The South Carolina Democratic primary is tomorrow, January 26.

Related: Watch Jessica Yellin's one-on-one intervew with John Edwards

–CNN Producer Dugald McConnell

Filed under: John Edwards • South Carolina
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Clay, CA

    Hillary! Hillary! Hillary! The Right Choice for America in Crisis!

    January 26, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. constant

    I find it interesting that Edwards is now against "squabbling". He didn't seem to mind when he was dong to the squabbling in debates. He saw an opportunity when the media started paying attention to the attacks by the Clinton machine. Then when Obama defends himself, Edwards jumps ship! He is an opportunist as well. I had alot of faith in Edwards, but not anymore. He has touted the change we need, and when given the opportunity to stand up against what is right or wrong, he thought...what about ME? He has shown he is not the voice of change either. When the attacks come his way, I don't want to hear him cry foul!! Obama got the attcks, because he was doing well. If Edwards numbers go up, he will be in the "target". Good Luck John, you have sold out the American people for more of the same....the dirty politics machine that the Clintons run!

    January 26, 2008 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Spinmaster

    Spin spin spin.

    Edwards is backed into a corner here. He is trying to suckhole as many delegates as possible so he can decide the primary. Except he wont be able to. He will fall off after super tuesday.

    January 26, 2008 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  4. Jack form WV

    Throughout this primary John Edwards has been talking about his ideas and plans to run our government and all we hear from Obama and HRC are snips at each other. If we listen to what he says you might be surprised at what you hear although the media is too concerned on the daily and hourly bickering between Obama and HRC to report this honestly.
    HRC will bring slick Willy with her, who knows what will happen this time. Obama has no experience in “running” the government. Both are Senators they run nothing, where’s the experience here? This has to be the worse run primary in history!

    January 26, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  5. Donna

    We need someone honest like Edwards as our President. If Hilary gets it; any VP will be left out because Bill Clinton will do all of her thinking.
    Obama is smart and likable but is not quite ready.
    Edwards is the man who will get my vote.

    January 26, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. J. McKinney SW MO

    Poor John doesn't know whether to attack (early debates where he and Obama piled on Hillary) or to make nice. In either case, he is just doing what he thinks will win. Can't blame him for that, but it doesn't look like it will work. He just doesn't seem to be newsworthy.
    That said, I am for Hillary. Don't think she has a chance in SC, but am eagerly waiting for the results. But I think Feb. 5. will start to tell the tale. GO, HILLARY!

    January 26, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. dave

    If Obama, and Hillary, was not in the race it might election. With them two, all ya here about is the frist women President or frist black President people dont really look at what they going to do in office just who's going to be first. The same goes for Huckabee too
    But ya vote for who ya want, but just think do i want do i want to vote to vote for this person coz i want him or to be frist. Think about IT!

    January 26, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Amanda

    I do not think Obama can win. He did not carry himself well in the debate. He acted confused and always a step behind. How do you think he will be able to hold his own agains the neo con attack machine.

    January 26, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. JETS

    The ONLY hope that we all have is Edwards –


    This man cares about all of US, the citizens not about corporate america or personal gain.

    Wake up before its too late. Vote EDWARDS!

    January 26, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Aprendi

    Thanks for reminding us Lisa,

    The politicians rely on their constituents having a short memory. Further they rely on us not being able to add two plus two.

    January 26, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Debbie in Ohio

    John Edwards is a joke in that he has really capitalized on being the "grown up" well, he was not the candidate that was attacked during the debate with the Clinton lies. I am sure if he had those lies told about him he would have defended himself just as Obama did. He just came out of the debate looking like the "grown up". We do not need Clintons back in the White House. Stop making this a race issue. Hillary is the same old , same old. We need change and Obama is the man for the job. If Hillary gets the nomination I will vote Repulican before I will take part in voting for a Clinton again.

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!! 2008

    January 26, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. chris

    CLINTON had my vote twice befor and his wife Hilary will have mine this time too.

    January 26, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Vi

    Edwards gives me a funny feeling, I can't vote for him. There is just a feeling of uneasyness about him. for me that is. His story is touching, but there is just something.

    January 26, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Katie_SC

    Edwards will be worst nightmare for the lobbyists, drugs companies, oil companies, the corrupt Washington establishment, and the right wing Republicans, thats why they are pouring all the money into Hillary and Obama campaigns; they know Hillary or Obama can't win the general election, one has way to much baggage and polarized and the other has only empty promises, big slogans and big speeches; but no record. Well at least Hillary is also a a fighter and she will not go down easily...but Obama...hmmm Obama will run to hide behind Oprah, Napolitano, Tyra first or run behind Kerry, Dashle, Jackson, etc. He can't handle the heat! Hillary and Obama are winning or on the lead only because they have political machines supporting them, all millions of dollars and surrogates covering all the press and media, take that away from them and put them in the same page with Edwards and they both will have not chance!
    I was undecided before; but I like a President that can stand on his own on principles and has the guts to fight big groups, big packets and corruption! I believe Edwards is the right man!

    Edwards for President 2008!

    January 26, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Jon

    Don't think Edwards can win the nomination for the Democrats – he can't seen to get enough people interested or that will listen to him. That is partly because Slick Willy is campaiging for his wife. Late last year Bill said his wife can take care of herself, now he seems to be doing all her dirty work – don't trust them – never have.
    I would vote for McCain, but if Romney is the choice, I would vote for Obama, if it is Clinton – I hope a third party choice rises from the ashes.
    Romney is the Republican version of Slick Willy – don't trust him.
    Huckabee is likeable but won't win the nod.

    January 26, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. bannon

    Obama is a looser, whiner and do nothing. If he cant know what his close lumlors friend is doing what can he do for 300mil people. If he says 100 times just a present what bills can he get approved, If he just cant agree his relegion what promises he made can he agree. He is looser and dooper. Ed best thing is ask Clinton if you can be VP with her. God bless American

    January 26, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  17. Phil Memphis, TN

    Go Edwards... "The Grown-up's Choice For President". Edwards/Biden in 2008? Edwards/Richardson in 2008? Edwards/clinton in 2008? Hmm... I'm going to have to think about that one for a while.

    January 26, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. Wordie

    Good for Edwards! He is indeed the one grown-up in the race, and the squabbling of the other two isn't good for Democrats overall.

    Edwards is the best choice for Democrats who are thinking about November. Edwards was consistently coming out ahead of the Republican candidates, and better than the other Dems, in almost all of the head-to-head polling, which is why the recent decision by most of the polling companies to exclude him makes little sense. Democratic voters need to be aware of which candidate does best against the Republicans. He's not that far behind in the delegate count (not counting super delegates, who can change their vote at any time), and is trending upward in national polling. Giving the way things are shaping up, we may have a brokered convention, so the polling companies should re-visit their decision, and include him in head-to-head polling in the future. Besides, we've only had a few primaries so far, and lots could change between now and the convention.

    CNN are you listening?

    January 26, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. P. D.

    Ah, South Carolina! The state with the horrible ads about McCain that propelled George Bush to the presidency! I would like to thank you for the last 7 years.

    January 26, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. docrock,tx

    It seems that moderation has no place on this blog.Fairwell and good luck to all of the candidates in both parties.

    January 26, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. Joe

    S. C, Take a good look at John Edwards!!!!!! He gives us the opportunity too take back our Country! Go John!!!!!!!

    January 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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