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From NBC's Domenico Montanaro

Edwards is up with his first ad in New Hampshire today, a 30-second spot highlighting his focus on poverty. In it, he repeats part of his stump speech, telling viewers, "It's time for the President of the United States to ask Americans to be patriotic about something other than war," the Manchester Union-Leader reports. Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, appears briefly, and the ad shows close-ups of Edwards, addressing supporters. Americans "know what needs to be done to lift families out of poverty, to strengthen the middle class," Edwards says. "Will we make America the country of the 21st century? That depends on all of us."

Dodd, Richardson and Romney are already up on the air in the Granite State. Edwards' first campaign TV ad was in Iowa in May. In it, he urges Congress to end the war in Iraq.