Despite coming in second in the Iowa caucus and third in the New Hampshire contest earlier this month, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards is working hard to convince voters that the Democratic nomination is not a two-person race.
“My message of standing up for the middle class against entrenched moneyed interests and fighting for the middle class is one that’ll work,” Edwards told reporters in South Carolina, according to MSNBC.
Despite a key endorsement by the culinary workers’ union for Obama, Edwards is confident about union votes.
“I think union support is relatively evenly divided here in Nevada,” Edwards said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “I’ve got carpenters and steelworkers and transit workers. They’ll work hard for me.”
Confidence in Nevada aside, the Edwards camp has already shifted focus to voters in the southern states, where he hopes his southern roots will strengthen his appeal. The former senator recently released four 10-second radio and TV ads aimed at the Jan. 26 primary in his native South Carolina, a state he won in 2004.
The ads, however, have come under criticism. One, entitled Beats, claims that Edwards is “the only Democratic candidate who beats all the Republicans in the recent CNN poll.”
“In fact, Edwards wasn’t even included in the most recent CNN poll that compared the Republican and Democratic candidates in head-to-head match-ups,” Newsweek reported. “However, there is an older CNN poll, released a month ago, that did include Edwards in the hypothetical match-ups. At that time, he indeed was the only candidate to lead all four Republican contenders.”
Another ad, called “”Deal”“:http://www.johnedwards.com/media/video/deal/, claims Edwards is the only Democrat who opposes NAFTA, a treaty candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, has made a point of staunchly opposing for decades.
“Edwards has opposed the North American Free Trade Agreement, though neither he, nor Obama, nor Clinton were in Congress to vote on it before it took effect in 1994,” the Associated Press reported.