Local News

Edwards Takes His Campaign to the Streets

Posted October 22, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT

— John Edwards is zig zagging all over the state this weekend in an RV. His goal is to reach as many people as possible, and he says getting on the road is the way to do it.

U.S. Senate Candidate John Edwards is taking his message to the streets.

"It's just a grass roots campaign, always has been, always will be, this is just our way of symbolizing that," Edwards said.

He is calling it his "People Not PACS" tour in light of his pledge not to accept money from lobbyists or Political Action Committees.

"I've kept that pledge, we haven't taken a dime from either of those special interest groups," Edwards said.

"That's why Clinton raised $400,000 for liberal John Edwards," says a negative ad targeted at Edwards.

Senator Faircloth continues to attack Edwards' character for accepting help with fundraising from President Clinton. Edward's response, "[We] point out that they're false, which had been easy because newspapers everywhere have said they're false, and secondly go back to the issues."

The opponents met briefly and shook hands for the first time at a barbecue in Charlotte Thursday.

"I don't think it was real important, I think what would be important is to stand side by side and answer questions from voters about real issues," Edwards said.

Whether he is talking to middle school students about the political process, or senior citizens about social security, Edwards is confident about his chances.

"I think we're going to win, I'm excited about it," Edwards said. "We've had a groundswell of support, our momentum is going straight up and it has been for several weeks."