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The Attack is in the Mail

By Shailagh Murray
DES MOINES -- Open a mailbox in Iowa this week, and those aren't Christmas cards jammed inside.

A flier that reads like an attack on Sen. Barack Obama by former senator John Edwards actually came from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which is supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton.

"Barack Obama's health care plan is not up to the job," reads the headline, next to photos of a woman with an oxygen tube and a man sitting in a waiting room, his head buried in his hands. Obama, the flier charged, "took timid way out, offering yet another band-aid solution. John Edwards has said 'as many as 15 million Americans would be without coverage' (Sioux City Journal, November 30, 2007) under Obama's plan."

The Edwards camp was not pleased.

"Iowa caucus goers have been sent a direct mail advertisement that appears to be an attack on Senator Obama by John Edwards, but is actually produced and funded by an organization supporting Senator Clinton," read a statement from the former North Carolina senator's campaign.

Jennifer O'Malley Dillon, Iowa State Director for the Edwards Campaign, made the following statement: "There have been a lot of misleading tactics and tricks in the last few weeks, but we've just never seen anything like this before...It's fine to have an honest debate about policy, but Iowans deserve better than planted questions and campaign fliers designed to fool them."

By Web Politics Editor  |  December 20, 2007; 1:29 PM ET
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