Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., and his wife Elizabeth completed a whirl-wind bus tour of Iowa last week in a continued effort to secure a win in that state’s caucus. Edwards has enjoyed strong support among Hawkeyes since the beginning of the campaign, but a recent poll has Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., ahead with support among 30 percent of Iowa Democrats compared to 23 percent for Edwards and 19 percent for Illinois Democratic Sen. Barack Obama.
The “Keokuk Daily Gate’s coverage”: of the bus tour focused on Edwards’ health care platform and the Muscatine Journal looked at his visit to Wapello. The Iowa tour ended with the debate at Drake University. The Des Moines Register focused on both Edwards and Obama’s criticism of Clinton.
Also, while on the bus, John and Elizabeth Edwards sat down for an interview with CBS News:
This Sunday, while outgoing presidential adviser Karl Rove was out criticizing Clinton, the Los Angeles Times reported on how these attacks might be a case of Rove reverse psychology, citing how Rove lieutenant Matthew Dowd admitted in 2004 at a Harvard conference that President Bush’s campaign attacked his Democratic rival Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts in that election’s primary season because the Bush camp was more afraid of Edwards. Joe Trippi of the Edwards campaign jumped on this idea in a campaign e-mail, and the Washington Post and a number of blogs picked up the story.
Thursday, the Edwards family is scheduled to ride the bus again, this time for a four-day tour of New Hampshire. They kick off with a policy speech at a town hall event at Dartmouth College and wrap up Monday with a rally in Portsmouth.
A favorable op-ed on Edwards last week by NewsHour regular and New York Times’ columnist, David Brooks, has continued to be picked this week by smaller papers around the country, including the Post-Bulletin of Rochester, Minn.
The Edwards team has added video and photos of the Iowa tour on its Web site.