On the campaign trail in Emmetsburg, Iowa, it was Mr. and Mrs. Edwards double teaming Michelle Obama, wife to Barack Obama. Mr. Edwards repeated the question asked by an audience member that wasn’t audible to the rest of the room during a Q & A session.
“What he’s saying, is he’s hearing directly from the other campaigns, including Senator Obama’s wife, that well, Edwards, he may be a great candidate, but is he going to have enough money to go on and be able to win,” he said repeating what the audience member had asked.
“Can I say something first of all? We’re not going to have an auction in Iowa, we’re going to have an election,” Mr. Edwards responded afterwards.
But that wasn’t the end of the response.
“Do you understand how frightening it is to a campaign and a bunch of campaign workers and a candidate that have raised $100 million, to have somebody even with them, who’s spending, whatever it is, a third, or a tenth, I don’t even know how much it is, of what they’re spending?” Mr. Edwards said.
He added: “I mean, really! It scares them to death because what they know is, what this candidate and campaign stands for is working! They get it, they completely get it. So when you’re resorting to arguments about how much money somebody has, you’re in a bad place.”
Mr. Edwards had said that the argument was very weak. After that, Elizabeth Edwards also joined in. She was already on stage. She spoke her part saying: “You may not be surprised. But I am surprised, and disappointed, in Michelle.”
For four seconds, the audience was silent with shock.
But it continued when Edwards asked: “Who’s next.”
In terms of money, John Edwards said that he would have plenty of money to take on a Republican when the general election comes.
Edwards finished off with: “Once I’m the nominee, if I’ve beaten them, having been outspent in the ways I just spoke about, taking on a Republican who carries George Bush’s baggage will be a piece of cake.”