"We the People": Edwards releases his first ad

John Edwards released his first ad today which will air in the DC area and has an online component. It's on YouTube and the Edwards campaign is asking people to send in their video messages to Bush, to include in the ad. This is yet another innovate approach the Edwards campaign has taken, to be inclusive of the netroots.

This is the moment of truth on Iraq. The veto we knew would come has arrived. Congress must now make a decision: cave in to Bush and extend the war, or send back a binding plan to end it.

I asked my staff to create an emergency television ad that would bring the people's voice directly to Congress, calling on them to make the right choice. They worked late into the night and we now have a powerful message ready to go on the air in D.C. as soon as tomorrow morning.

But I need your help: We need to raise $100,000 in 24 hours to air this ad. If you want to make sure every member of Congress, their staff, and the national press corps see this message at this critical time, I need you to chip in whatever you can afford right now, at:

We the People

Is it normal for a presidential campaign to drop everything and focus on pushing Congress to end a war? Maybe not.

Is it normal for you to contribute money online towards running emergency ads in Washington, D.C.? Maybe not.

But we don't have time for normal. We've got a few days—maybe less—to do absolutely everything we can to ensure this Congress responds to Bush's veto by sending another binding plan to end the war.

This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. I need you to pitch in $5, $50, $500 or whatever you can manage to rush this ad on the D.C. airwaves in the next 24 hours. You can see the ad and make your contribution here:

www.johnedwards.com/wethepeople

And there's another twist. I wanted this ad to be about the voice of the people. And that means I don't just need your help putting it on the air, I need your voice.

We've designed the ad so you can actually add yourself in online. We hope that dozens, hundreds or even thousands of people will send in video clips of themselves echoing the message of the ad — "We the people" are asking Congress to stand up to Bush.

If you have a video camera, or you can borrow one, please take a minute to send a clip of yourself saying "We the People" that we can put into the online version of the ad—and get your friends to do the same.

You can see the ad, make your contribution, and send in your video clips online at:

www.johnedwards.com/wethepeople

Seizing this moment and ending this war is going to take every single one of us chipping in and adding our voice. But I believe we're up to the challenge. And with your help, I believe we'll succeed.

Thank you,

John Edwards

Comments

You beat me to it.

I like the ad, and I hope that people will step up to the plate. A little piss-ant of a blogger over at Daily Kos said this the other day:

Awesome. (5+ / 0-)

Does it have anything to do with this site?
I'm in your position. I am a serious on-the-ground grassroots organizer and I just visit this place to see what is going on. With the number of people I meet in person, the ones who spend a lot of time blogging would rather sit at a table at the bar and rant the whole time than actually get something done. The ones who are really active spend very little time here or at other sites (probably because they are too busy).
That is just my personal experience.
by Yoshimi on Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 01:59:37 PM EDT

I get sick to death of this kind of B.S., which is why I have been asking "What are you doing to win in 08?" so much lately. Me, I'm giving up doing something this weekend and giving another $25. One donation at a time.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Netroots to grassroots

He's an ass and obviously underestimates our netroots to grassroots work. I donate. I table. I've done voter registration, etc. Posting "little messages" on blogs is the tip of the iceberg. He's obviously jealous because his candidate isn't really mobilizing supporters the way Edwards is, through OneCorps.

Yoshimi's a girl's name

They're wrong to generalize, but I know a lot of bloggers that just sit around and talk and do nothing (and DailyKos polls on the topic bear this fact out), as well as knowing a lot of bloggers who give and volunteer (of course, I'm not talking about the efficacy of blogger volunteer hours ... that's a whole other issue). I'd love to have a better handle on what the numbers are.

And saying someone is jealous of John Edwards is reaching ... were they even speaking about JRE?

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

You had to be in on the thread...

the other comments were:

the netroots is still NOT (14+ / 0-)
what I would call a major factor in American politics especially when it comes to the Presidential elections. A factor? yes. Valuable? yes. Major? Not yet. And I think we do ourselves a huge disservice to act like we are some huge powerful force that must be bowed down to, reckoned with. It's arrogant, it's not reality-based. It's counterproductive to our goals and commitments.

• I'd recommend 10 times if I could (3+ / 0-)

The fact that Obama support dwarfs the overwhelming Edwards support here tells me that DailyKos is very small compared in relation to the whole grassroots movement.
by Yoshimi on Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 01:42:23 PM EDT

The entire thread was a put-down of the netroots, something that has become a recurring them on Daily Kos from Obama supporters.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

OK, you didn't make it clear that they're Obama supporters

However, since there are so many Obama supporters, there's bound to be a few bad ones. I mean, there are some Edwards and Clark supporters that really tick me off, but that doesn't mean I think they're indicative of the entire support base.

Now, I also think we're a little biased here on BlueNC, since many factors came together that made Larry Kissell's campaigns one of the few campaigns where bloggers were a major force. We raised a fourth of the money, etc. But I'd agree that the netroots aren't a major force yet.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

My problem with them....

isn't that they think the netroots is NOT a major force. That's fine. It's their continual derision of the netroots, their continued reference to it as a joke, as a bunch of teenagers in their parents Bonus Rooms. While not every blogger might be as outgoing as we here at BlueNC seem to be, we can't be the absolute exception, we must represent the rule.
As I wrote to them, I don't think we ARE the grassroots, thanks goodness since we'd lose every election if we only had 1 million grassroots Democrats, but I think we are representative of the grassroots. I've sat in meetings with "activists" that have thrown around wonderful ideas, and I've never seen some of them come to fruition. NO different than the blogosphere.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Well, that part's true

People in politics on or off the net love to shoot the stuff ... and much of the time it's just that, BS. But I think the netroots would be much less open to attack from such people if we didn't take some of our BS as seriously as we do.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

And

I double posted.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

because you love to

hear yourself talk. :)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

You hate america.

'nuff said.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

That's it

I tried to warn you. Now I'm going to manage Ralph's District 1 campaign and join Draft Chris Kouri.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

There you go again

:)

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I'm serious.

I hope this doesn't happen again.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I am headed out to the emergency rally in Raleigh

I see Anglico just posted about it. It's downtown, Moore Square at 4 pm if anyone can make it and there is one in Chapel Hill on Franklin, I think.

I'm having trouble with the site, it keeps unlogging me and when I'm not logged in, I can't see my entry. Hmmm..might have to bug SouthernDem again. lol, ;)

I think it is an IE problem.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

It is an IE problem

Firefox is the only way to go for now - well...and Safari for mac users.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Thanks, SD & Robert!

I do use IE, that must be it.

You can use Firefox on Mac...

I'm not a big fan of Safari, though it has gotten better. I need my ForecastFox!

I great ad!

We need to work to keep this ad alive and post it everywhere, thanks for sharing it here.

Go John Edwards and we the people!

I love this ad!

It makes me feel like we really do live in a democracy--we might be heard. I went to an emergency rally today and uploaded clips of people speaking out to remind Bush and Congress that we are the people and we want our troops home.

I don't remember any other candidate ever working so hard to be sure people were empowered to make changes. I am also impressed that they were ready to go not only with the ad but with the encouragement to us to participate.