John Edwards for President

60-second ad run in IA starting Jan. 2, 2008 (announced Jan. 1). 

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[Music] Doug Bishop: Now I myself was a former Maytag employee – I was laid off September of 2004. 

And I was asked, “Would you and your family like to come up and meet Senator Edwards?” 

And this is something I’ll never forget – he grabbed my seven-year-old son by the hand, he dropped to one knee, and he looked him straight in the eye and he said, “I’m going to keep fighting for your daddy’s job, I promise you that.”

You know, that stuff sticks with you.  That’s the kind of things we need in a leader in this country. 

Not somebody that’s going to go to a big fundraiser and say, “Write me a check for $2,300, and I’ll let you know you have my support.”

I want a guy that’s going to sit down and look a seven year-old kid in the eye and tell him, “I’m going to fight for your dad’s job.”  That’s what I want.  [applause]

I’m going to do my best to make sure that my children aren’t the first generation of Americans that I can’t look them in the eye and say, “You’re going to have a better life than I had.” 

And I think the person that’s going to get that done is my friend, and yours, Senator John Edwards. [applause]

Edwards (voiceover): I’m John Edwards and I approve this message.


Notes: This ad features Edwards' supporter and former Maytag employee Doug Bishop.  The campaign also ran a full-page ad in The Des Moines Register on Jan. 1 featuring a letter from Bishop.