John Edwards joined an organized effort to oppose the war in Iraq Monday, indicating his intention to tie the cost of the war to the crumbling economy.
The coalition includes MoveOn.org, as well as the powerful Service Employees International Union, anti-war veterans and other liberal activist groups. And organizers say they’ spend more than $20 million on the campaign.
“Most Americans know this instinctively,” Edwards said. “The American public sees a direct connection between the spending in Iraq and the economic anxiety caused by the price of oil and gasoline.”
A primary goal of the “Iraq/Recession Campaign” will be to defeat Senate Republicans who helped to block Democratic efforts last year to end the war. The focus, said MoveOn.org’s Eli Pariser, will be on Maine’s Susan Collins, Minnesota’s Norm Coleman, John Sununu of New Hampshire and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Specific House targets are still being identified, Pariser said, though Nevada Republican Rep. John Porter is a possibility.