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Democratic candidate Edwards uses activist supporters in anti-war, anti-Bush TV commercial

Democratic candidate Edwards uses activist supporters in anti-war, anti-Bush TV commercial

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is blending a new television commercial with his online Web message and letting his activist supporters sound off against President George W. Bush's veto of a military withdrawal timetable for Iraq.
The ad, which will air in Washington, D.C., urges Congress to ignore the veto and to send Bush the "same bill again and again." Bush rejected the bill late Tuesday, a few hours after Congress sent it to the White House for his signature.
Edwards, a former senator who is lagging behind Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama in the polls and in fundraising, is seeking to distinguish himself as the anti-war voice among the Democratic aspirants.
The timetable for pulling out of Iraq is contained in a bill that provides money for the U.S. forces in Iraq. Unwilling to risk delays in money for the troops, congressional Democratic leaders are struggling to adjust the bill to avoid a veto without angering the party's most liberal anti-war members.
It is that tension that Edwards is seeking to exploit with his new commercial.
The ad also will run on the Edwards Web site as well as on YouTube, the popular online video site. Edwards wants viewers to post personal messages to Congress about Iraq. The campaign will then incorporate those messages into future Web ads.
Edwards' new ad depicts nine people criticizing the Bush administration.
"President Bush isn't listening to us," one person says.
"It's time to end the war," another person says.
"Don't back down to President Bush," adds another.
"Send him the same bill again and again."


Updated : 2020-12-04 00:34 GMT+08:00