PRESS RELEASE from John Edwards for President

December 17, 2007

Audrey Waters


Endorsement shows growing momentum, Edwards also featured on cover of Newsweek

Des Moines, Iowa – On the last day of his “Main Street Express” bus tour and following a widely praised debate performance, today Senator John Edwards will receive the endorsement of Iowa First Lady Mari Culver.  Culver believes Edwards’ lifetime of fighting for those without a voice makes him the best candidate to stand up for America’s families and bring change to America. Culver will join Edwards today at his “Main Street Express” bus tour finale events in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport. During the eight-day tour, Edwards has been highlighting his plans to fight for regular families like the ones he grew up with in his small, rural hometown.

“With all the challenges facing our country, we need a leader who will fight for our families,” said Culver.  “I am proud to endorse John Edwards for President. John has spent his career standing up for children and families in their hour of need.   I admire his commitment to speaking out for those who have no voice and look forward to working with him to make sure children here in Iowa and across the country are safe and secure and have the opportunity to realize their dreams.”

“I am honored to have Mari’s support,” said Edwards.  “She has been a passionate advocate on behalf of families and children in crises.  Her commitment to helping the less fortunate is exactly the kind of the leadership America so desperately needs.  With Mari’s help and the help of the people of Iowa, we can build the One America we believe in.”

Culver’s endorsement adds to Edwards’ growing momentum in the final weeks before the Iowa caucuses.  This week, Edwards was featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine. He was also recently endorsed by Congressman Bruce Braley and continues to gain support from community leaders and undecided caucus goers. He has strong grassroots organizations in all 99 Iowa counties, and enjoys the support of Caucus for Priorities, which represents 10,000 Iowa caucus goers.  Edwards has the support of numerous labor groups who are actively working to put him in the White House.  He has been endorsed by the Iowa State Council of the SEIU and 11 other SEIU state councils representing more than a million SEIU members. Additionally, he has been endorsed by the Iowa Postal Workers Union, the United Steelworkers, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, the Transport Workers Union of America, the United Mine Workers of America and the UNITE HERE Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board.