Elizabeth Edwards & Bloggers Denounce Racist Ad Against Obama and NC Democrats

Elizabeth Edwards Calls Racist GOP Wright Ad an “Assault Weapon”

Taking time off from her family vacation in Florida, Elizabeth Edwards commented on the GOP racist ad, “Extreme,” during an MSNBC interview, calling it an “assault weapon.” Elizabeth went on to support Obama’s decision to separate himself from Reverend Wright.

Watch the interview here:

As the North Carolina Primary heats up, the NC Republican party is igniting the race issue, employing Jesse Helms style tactics. McCain, having failed yet another leadership test, made a request for the ad not to air, but is being defied by the NC Republican Party who plans on airing this reprehensible ad:

It’s no surprise that Elizabeth Edwards has stepped up and denounced this racist ad. From confronting Ann Coulter for calling her husband a gay slur to telling the media to “do their job,” she’s known for speaking out.

A media frenzy and airing racist ads about Reverend Wright further distract from the issues that American voters want and deserve to hear about, threatening our democratic process.

Media Corporations should be held accountable for what political messages they sell on their stations.

As Elizabeth recently noted in her NYT Op-Ed Piece, “But as long as corporations to which news gathering is not the primary source of income or expertise get to decide what information about the candidates “sells,” we are not functioning as well as we could if we had the engaged, skeptical press we deserve.”

Bowling 1, Health Care 0 by Elizabeth Edwards


News is different from other programming on television or other content in print. It is essential to an informed electorate. And an informed electorate is essential to freedom itself. But as long as corporations to which news gathering is not the primary source of income or expertise get to decide what information about the candidates “sells,” we are not functioning as well as we could if we had the engaged, skeptical press we deserve.

And the future of news is not bright. Indeed, we’ve heard that CBS may cut its news division, and media consolidation is leading to one-size-fits-all journalism. The state of political campaigning is no better: without a press to push them, candidates whose proposals are not workable avoid the tough questions. All of this leaves voters uncertain about what approach makes the most sense for them. Worse still, it gives us permission to ignore issues and concentrate on things that don’t matter. (Look, the press doesn’t even think there is a difference!)

I was lucky enough for a time to have a front-row seat in this campaign – to see all this, to get my information firsthand. But most Americans are not so lucky. As we move the contest to my home state, North Carolina, I want my neighbors to know as much as they possibly can about what these men and this woman would do as president.

If voters want a vibrant, vigorous press, apparently we will have to demand it. Not by screaming out our windows as in the movie “Network” but by talking calmly, repeatedly, constantly in the ears of those in whom we have entrusted this enormous responsibility. Do your job, so we can – as voters – do ours.

National and local state bloggers are not holding back either.  Jane Hamsher of Firedoglake, Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend, along with BlueNC bloggers, will be delivering a petition on Thursday,  to NC U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, demanding she put a stop to this ad:

Dole is up for re-election this year (and will be running against either Kay Hagen or Blue America candidate Jim Neal).  But where is she?  She’s never in the state, she lives at the Watergate in DC, she rarely makes public appearances in NC.  It seems she’s gone Washington  — because once again, she’s nowhere to be found when it comes to a North Carolina issue.

She can stop the racist attack ads against Obama, and we’re asking her to send this letter:

Dear Chairwoman Linda Daves,

I disapprove of the content of the North Carolina Republican Party’s recent advertisement “Extreme”. I feel that it resorts to a type of negative politicking that betrays the best interest of North Carolinians.

I call on you, as Chairwoman of the North Carolina Republican Party, to immediately stop airing this advertisement. Failure to do so will reflect negatively on all North Carolina Republicans, and would necessitate that I return the Party’s contributions to my campaign to disassociate myself from the vitriol which you appear to embrace.

Whether you are for Obama or Clinton, this ad is a prime example of gutter politics. It’s flat out wrong. The corporate MSM needs to step up and “do their job” by refusing to run this ad.  

Libby Dole needs to step up do her job by denouncing the ad.

Help put a stop to this despicable ad by signing the petition here: Stopping the Slime

Oh, and on that endorsement that some are demanding John and Elizabeth Edwards “must do” (as if they are obligated), Elizabeth had this to say:

If we thought that somehow there was a partial bloodletting that an endorsement would solve, that would be reason to do it. I don’t think Vice President Gore or my husband think their endorsement would change that dynamic.”


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    • TomP on April 30, 2008 at 01:54

    Elizabeth adds so much to the dialogue.  

  1. I am always glad to hear Elizabeth speak out. She is a voice of reason and always speaks her truth in a way that everyone can understand. In a confusing political season, Elizabeth is clear and honest.

    I hope we hear more from Elizabeth in the days to come!

    • Benny on April 30, 2008 at 02:50


  2. its always good to see Elizabeth Edwards speak out.

  3. Thank you to you both for speaking out. The Republicans are so petty; they have nothing they can be proud of so they can only tear down others as much as possible. This fall will be ugly. Thank you, Elizabeth, for your clarity and focus on the needs of real people.

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