From NBC's Mark Murray
As expected, we received this fundraising solicitation, via email, from the Edwards campaign regarding yesterday's Elizabeth Edwards vs. Ann Coulter showdown on Hardball.
The solicitation is from Elizabeth Edwards:"Dear Friend,last night I had an important talk with Ann Coulter and I want to tell you what happened. On Monday, Ann announced that instead of using more homophobic slurs to attack John, she will just wish that John had been 'killed in a terrorist assassination plot.'
"Where I am from, when someone does something that displeases you, you politely ask them to stop. So when I heard Ann was going to be on 'Hardball' last night, I decided to call in and ask her to engage on the issues and stop the personal attacks. I told her these kinds of personal attacks lower our political dialogue at precisely the time when we need to raise it, and set a bad example for our children. How did she respond? Sadly, perhaps predictably, with more personal attacks.
"John's campaign is about the issues-but pundits like Ann Coulter are trying to shout him down. If they will not stop, it is up to us cut through the noise. Help us fight back-please give what you can today. There are just over 3 days left to hit our $9 million goal for the end of the quarter. If we make it, we can directly reach voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, and all over the country with our detailed plans on the issues that matter. Please give what you can right now to help raise the dialogue and show that Ann Coulter-style politics will never carry the day.
"Why do Ann Coulter and other right-wing pundits keep attacking John? Because John's bold, specific plans hit them where it hurts: solving global warming, ending the war, building a fair economy -- John's agenda threatens everything these talking heads and their corporate cronies stand for. And they know John can win-just last week a new poll showed that John is the only Democratic candidate who beats all the possible Republican challengers-by an average of 13 points. So they are trying to take John down early. Their strategy is to sling mud and manufacture scandals-about houses, haircuts and anything else they can think of-to discredit John and take down our movement for change.
"The best way to beat them is also the right way-take our message of substance straight to the voters. And that is exactly what this campaign is all about. But we need your help to hit our goal. Please give what you can today.
"And thank you for all that you do to support this cause.
- Elizabeth Edwards
Wednesday June 27, 2007"