Kerry-Edwards Ticket Takes to the Airwaves

WASHINGTON, D.C. John Kerry’s presidential campaign today launched seven 30-second TV spots, the first flight to feature Kerry’s choice for a running mate, Sen. John Edwards. The Kerry-Edwards ads introduce the Democratic ticket to voters and discuss the need for good paying jobs, energy independence, affordable healthcare, and a strong and respected America.

“The strength of this ad buy is a clear indication of the strength of this ticket,” said Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill. “Kerry and Edwards are proven leaders who will return hope to America and restore America’s values to the White House.” The media buy for the new ads includes Edwards’ home state of North Carolina.

Meanwhile, President George W. Bush’s campaign has unveiled an ad of its own. The spot reminds voters that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was Kerry’s first choice for his vice-presidential running mate. In the ad, McCain refers to Bush as a man who “has not wavered, he has not flinched from the hard choices, he was determined and remains determined to make this world a better, safer, freer place.”

The Bush ad is airing on national cable and in local markets.