John Edwards today announced an noteworthy endorsement in Iowa and launched a new TV ad on healthcare in New Hampshire.
Congressman Bruce Braley is the most senior Iowa Democrat to publicly announce for a candidate. Edwards is locked in a tight three-way contest with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in Iowa, where his presidential hopes could rise or fall in the Jan. 3 caucuses.
"Throughout this campaign, on issue after issue, John has proposed bold ideas to end the power of special interests in Washington and restore our government to the American people," Braley, elected last year in Iowa's First Congressional District, said in a statement issued by the Edwards campaign. "John is the only Democratic candidate who grew up in rural America, and he has most specific, most progressive and most far-reaching ideas. I truly believe he is the best Democratic candidate to lead us to victory in 2008."
The fight against special interests is also at the heart of the new ad, in which Edwards blames insurance companies, pharmaceutical firms, and their lobbyists for blocking healthcare reform.
He says it's misguided, as Clinton and Obama suggest, to give insurers and drug companies a seat at the negotiating table and expect them to give away their influence over healthcare.
"You have to take their power away," he declares in the 30-second spot.