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Edwards Blames Volunteer For Wal-Mart Gaffe

From his undying fans at the DNC’s Associated Press:

Edwards Denies He Asked for Playstation 3

(11/17/06 – UNDATED) – Wal-Mart claims that former North Carolina Senator John Edwards asked his local Wal-Mart store for help in getting a hot new Sony PlayStation Three.

The potential 2008 presidential candidate says a volunteer made the call by mistake, and feels terrible about it.

Edwards, a prominent critic of the company, had taken part in a conference call yesterday with union-led activists who are trying to pressure Wal-Mart for better labor standards.

Wal-Mart says the same day, an Edwards staff member asked a Raleigh, North Carolina, electronics department manager to obtain a P-S-Three for the ex-senator’s family. A company statement accuses Edwards of not wanting to wait his turn.

Edwards says it was a volunteer who made the call after hearing that the Edwards family had wanted a P-S-Three.

Edwards also says the volunteer now realizes that he shouldn’t have used the former senator’s name.

It was all a simple mistake. A "botched joke."

The AP has spoken. This is the first and last you will hear of it from our one party media.

But for the record, here is Wal-Mart’s press release:

Former Senator John Edwards Turns to Wal-Mart for PlayStation3

Thursday November 16, 4:11 pm ET

Even Presidential Candidates Agree: Wal-Mart is the Best Place to Shop for Hot Electronics Items this Christmas Season

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Just like the millions of Americans who turn to their neighborhood Wal-Mart for their holiday shopping needs, Wal-Mart announced today that former Sen. John Edwards is seeking to be one of the first to get a Sony PlayStation3, one of the most coveted holiday gift items this Christmas season.

Yesterday, a staff person for former Sen. Edwards contacted a Wal-Mart electronics manager in Raleigh, North Carolina to obtain a Sony PlayStation3 on behalf of the Senator’s family. Later that night, Sen. Edwards reportedly re-told a homespun story to participants of a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union-sponsored call about how his son had chided a fellow student for purchasing shoes at Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart welcomes Sen. Edwards to visit his local Wal-Mart store and explore the extensive line of home electronics as well as the Metro7 line shoes for men and boys.

The Company noted the PlayStation3 is an extremely popular item this Christmas season, and while the rest of America’s working families are waiting patiently in line, Senator Edwards wants to cut to the front. While, we cannot guarantee that Sen. Edwards will be among one of the first to obtain a PlayStation3, we are certain Sen. Edwards will be able to find great gifts for everyone on his Christmas list – many at Wal-Mart’s "roll-back prices." …

(Thanks to everyone for the heads up on the various versions of this story.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 17th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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