Unofficial but on the Record — Elizabeth Edwards Outspoken Again

Aug 8, 2007 12:10am

ABC News’ Raelyn Johnson reports: Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic presidential John Edwards is making headlines again for what has been interpreted as indirect comments about her husband’s top rivals.

In an interview with online CIO Insight, an online business Journal, Elizabeth was quoted saying, "We can’t make John black, we can’t make him a woman. Those things get you a lot of press, worth a certain amount of fundraising dollars. Now it’s nice to get on the news, but not the be all and end all."

All day the blogosphere has been buzzing with the question, "Did Elizabeth Edwards really say that?" Finally tonight there is an answer as the Edwards campaign confirms the remarks to ABC News.

"Elizabeth was noting what countless reporters and pundits have said for months, that Senators Clinton and Obama get a lot of media attention, and deservedly so, because of the potential ‘firsts’ of their candidacies," said Eric Schultz, a national press secretary for the Edwards campaign.

Elizabeth’s comments were linked around the blogosphere under sensationalized headlines: "Elizabeth Edwards on campaign’s troubles" and an "Up Hill Battle for Campaign." However the original comments were given to a reporter who was writing a story on the importance of the Internet in the ’08 race.

"It’s about bypassing the sieve of the mainstream media," said Elizabeth, who’s been known to blog herself, and has been instrumental in her husband’s internet outreach. "The idea that you have people standing between you and the voter is diminished, and the capacity to speak directly empowers candidates to trust their own voices."

"The reality is, with so many candidates in this race, we just have to work a little harder to get our message out and inform the people about John Edwards’ bold vision for America," said Schultz, further explaining the context of Elizabeth’s comments.

In recent weeks, campaign officials have found themselves defending Elizabeth’s comments, but it seems they weren’t exactly prepared for this one. The author of the article who apparently blogs here, says he successfully reached Elizabeth for an interview through unofficial channels by e-mailing her directly because, "that is how she rolls."

Undoubtedly, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama have been garnering major headlines in the mainstream media, but given the way she ignites people on the Internet, Elizabeth Edwards apparently has an asset of her own … and with unlimited space, the Internet’s got plenty of room for those outside the mainstream media.

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