Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., continued to look toward Iowa as his best shot for front-runner status in the Democratic field. His campaign on Tuesday announced a Aug. 13-19 bus tour through the Hawkeye State that is expected to wrap up at a debate at Drake University.
A recent poll of caucus-goers put Edwards, with 27 percent, above Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. with 22 percent and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., with 19 percent, both of whom lead the national polls.
Over the course of the seven-day “Fighting for One America,” Edwards plans to stop in 30 counties and push his populist message. Last week, he called for an increase in capital gains taxes, those paid on profits from investments, for Americans that make more than $250,000 a year. Under Edwards’ proposal, the revenue produced from increasing the current 15 percent rate to 28 percent would be redirected to support increased tax cuts from lower- and middle-class families.
The proposal drew sharp criticism from Robert McIntyre, director of Citizens for Tax Justice, when he spoke to the the New York Times.
Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Monday as they always have — dinner at Wendy’s. Elizabeth received some good press this week with a profile in the Wall Street Journal. The piece follows Elizabeth through several days as she advises her husband one moment and works on her “dying letter” to her children the next.
The op-ed page of his home state’s Charlotte Observer once again went after Edwards and his ability to win support among North Carolina voters.
And at the YouTube/CNN debate, the Edwards campaign showed a Web video aimed at rebutting the recent coverage of his pricey haircuts: