Posted: November 1, 2007 5:12 PM
Edwards Goes on Offense in Debate, Airs First TV Ad in Iowa
Tuesday’s debate in Philadelphia showed a more aggressive John Edwards going after front-runner and fellow Democrat, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, on a range of issues from her recent vote on Iran to her so-called Washington insider status.
Marc Ambinder published in his blog for the Atlantic an internal campaign memo written prior to the debate showing the Edwards camp wanted to focus on the idea of change, stating: “Unfortunately, the Clinton campaign has made it clear — through its choices, its words and its silence — that it intends to defend the broken system in Washington, where the interests of the American people are bought and sold every day by an army of lobbyists, instead of taking the path that the American people want — a path that leads to ending the corruption in Washington and bringing the big, bold change we need to America.”
On Thursday, Edwards aired his first television ad in Iowa, titled Heroes, intended to underscore the former North Carolina senator’s commitment to working-class Americans. In the 60-second ad, Edwards appears at a podium, emphasizing the need for strength, stating: “It is time for our party, the Democratic Party, to show a little backbone, to have a little guts, to stand up for working men and women. If we are not their voice, they will never have a voice.”
With the debut of his Iowa ad (he’s run one previously in New Hampshire), Edwards scheduled to kick off what the campaign calls American Heroes Week. He plans to start Friday in South Carolina with a town hall meeting in Cheraw, then speak with former employees of Springs Textile Mill, take a walking tour of Rock Hill and end Saturday with a breakfast with Democratic state Rep. Bill Clyburn in Columbia.
Edwards beat out both Clinton and Illinois Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for the Service Employees Intentional Union’s endorsement in New Hampshire. Originally, it appeared Obama had won the nod from the state’s union board, but after a straw poll among union members, the vote switched in favor of Edwards. The Boston Globe reported on the switch, pointing out, “The endorsement could provide a huge boost for Edwards in New Hampshire, where he is running third in the polls. It means that 1.3 million members of SEIU chapters in 11 other states that have already endorsed Edwards, including Massachusetts and Maine, can come into the Granite State and campaign for him.”
Meanwhile, the Edwards family took to the New Hampshire streets Halloween night for some trick-or-treating.
After his Iowa swing, Edwards is slated to return to New Orleans, where he launched his campaign, to work on a Habitat for Humanity building project with five supporters that won an online contest. He plans to wrap up his time in New Orleans with a speech at Bill McKibben’s Step It Up 2007 National Day of Climate Action Rally.
His wife, Elizabeth, has separate events scheduled in Iowa during that period. John Edwards will join her back in the Hawkeye State on Sunday for more events, leading up to a speech on foreign policy Monday morning in Iowa City.