ABC News’ Raelyn Johnson reports: Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., and John Mellencamp have been friends for years, but fans at the singers Iowa concert didn’t appreciate an on stage reunion.
Mellencamp began to sing a few lines of "Small Town" when he stopped and surprised nearly 17,000 concert goers packed into the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. "This guy is from a small town and he just so happens to be running for president of the United States. Is John back there?" Mellancamp asked.
Edwards emerged from backstage and was greeted to competing jeers and cheers. Judging from Edwards’s brief stay, it seems the jeers won.
"The good news is, I have been in your small towns, born and raised in a small town, I’ve been all over your state in small towns and you didn’t come to listen to me so I’m not singing, thank you for being here have a wonderful night," Edwards said.
As Edwards left the stage glad-handing, Mellencamp tired to quiet concertgoers saying, "Guys that run for president aren’t as stiff as you think they are, they’re pretty fun guys, that guy’s a pretty fun guy."
All of the Democratic candidates are seeking high visibility this weekend leading up the Iowa Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson Dinner. Mellencamp and Edwards had been in touch for the several days, but staffers were able to keep quiet about the surprise concert.