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Friday, November 17, 2006
John Edwards vs. Wal-Mart
There's a very funny thing going on between John Edwards and Wal-Mart over a Playstation 3. Here's the run-down from the Wall Street Journal:
Wal-Mart issued a press release this afternoon saying that an aide to John Edwards, the former Democratic vice presidential candidate and North Carolina senator, contacted a Wal-Mart store in Raleigh, N.C., in search of a Sony PlayStation3 “on behalf of the senator’s family.” The coveted game console, available in limited quantities, goes on sale at midnight tonight.
The giant retailer noted the irony, given Edwards’s participation Wednesday in a conference call organized by Wal-Mart critic WakeUpWalMart.com. During the call, Edwards criticized Wal-Mart’s employment practices and recounted how his son had taken to task another student for buying shoes at Wal-Mart. WakeUpWalMart.com and other union-backed groups have pilloried the retailer’s employment practices at several events recently.
Edwards’s One America Committee didn’t immediately return a phone message seeking comment. Update: In a statement, Edwards said: “Elizabeth and I don’t shop at Wal-Mart. We haven’t been in a Wal-Mart in years. We instructed no one to contact Wal-Mart on our behalf.” Second update: Wal-Mart says it stands by its statement.
The company noted that the PlayStation3 “is an extremely popular item this Christmas season, and while the rest of America’s working families are waiting patiently in line, Sen. Edwards wants to cut to the front,” Wal-Mart’s statement reads. – Kris Hudson