CINCINNATI (TDB) -- When Congress returns to work the morning after the State of the Union, they will see a full-page ad in Roll Call, the widely read newspaper that serves Capitol Hill. The ad is sponsored by Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and more than 80,000 of his supporters. The ad urges Congress to halt President George Bush's plan to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq.
Here's an early peek at the Edwards ad, which was financed by money the former North Carolina senator raised through his grassroots online operation. Edwards is quickly distancing himself from the unpopular war, which he voted to authorize as a senator.
The 2004 vice presidential candidate circulated a petition on his Web site that asked supporters to express their dissent from the President's plan. The petition says, "I am opposed to President Bush's plan to send additional troops to Iraq. Congress must act now to block funding of Bush's escalation of the war -- and demand that the President provide a plan to leave Iraq."
Edwards is running an aggressive Internet operation. On Wednesday night, he plans to convene an online video discussion of what he calls "the real state of our union." He's turning into a gut-fighter with a heart.