Edwards Campaign Launches "MAIN STREET EXPRESS - REAL CHANGE STARTS NOW" Tour in NH

Edwards campaign releases new TV spot calling on New Hampshire voters to join the fight for the middle class

Manchester, New Hampshire – Building on Senator Edwards’ momentum from the Iowa caucuses last night, today the Edwards campaign launched the “Main Street Express – Real Change Starts Now” bus tour across New Hampshire. From January 4th through Primary Day on January 8th, John and Elizabeth Edwards will hold Graniteroots rallies and town halls with voters across the Granite State, joined by their children Cate, Emma Claire and Jack as well as John's parents Bobbie and Wallace. In conjunction with the launch of the tour, the campaign also began airing a new television spot in New Hampshire today titled “ Your Time Is Now. ”

“Corporate greed is not just stealing the future of the children of Democrats - it’s doing the same thing to the children of Independents, the same thing to the children of Republicans,” Edwards says in the 30-second ad. “We have an epic fight for the future of the middle class in this country. If you believe that, your time is now – your time to speak up, stand up, and do what’s right.”

The “Main Street Express” got an early start this morning with 6:15 am rally in Manchester, and later in the day, Edwards will hold events in Nashua and Portsmouth. Over the next five days, Edwards will continue to campaign throughout the state in the newly redecorated “Main Street Express” bus, which now features the motto “Real Change Starts Now – Join the Fight for the Middle Class.”

Momentum from Edwards’ strong performance in Iowa last night will fuel the “Main Street Express” across New Hampshire and into the other early states. Early this morning, the campaign was reporting a flood of online contributions -- on pace to make Friday the top fundraising day since JohnEdwards.com went online more than a year ago.

The “Your Time Is Now” television spot can be viewed at http://www.johnedwards.com/ads/your-time-is-now/

and a higher quality version can be downloaded here: http://www.johnedwards.com/ads/your-time-is-now/ .

A full transcript is included below. Also included below are John and Elizabeth Edwards’ schedules for the next five days.

Transcript of “Your Time Is Now” (30 seconds):

Corporate greed is not just stealing the future of the children of Democrats –

It’s doing the same thing to the children of Independents,

The same thing to the children of Republicans.

The middle class is being damaged.

It is the entire country.

We have an epic fight for the future of the middle class in this country.

If you believe that, your time is now –

Your time to speak up, stand up, and do what’s right.

I’m John Edwards, and I approve this message.

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National press wishing to travel with the campaign should contact Audrey Waters at awaters@johnedwards.com.