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Elizabeth Edwards asks commentator Ann Coulter to stop attacks


RALEIGH (AP) -- A day after conservative commentator Ann Coulter said she wished Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had been killed by terrorists, his wife asked her to stop the personal attacks.

Elizabeth Edwards called the MSNBC program "Hardball with Chris Matthews" today during an appearance by Coulter, who claimed Edwards was calling on her to stop speaking altogether. And she questioned why Elizabeth Edwards was making a phone call on behalf of her husband.

While appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America," Coulter was asked about a March speech in which she used a gay slur to refer to Edwards, adding that if she was going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, she'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot.

It was an apparent riff on remarks made by HBO's Bill Maher in March, saying "people wouldn't be dying needlessly" if Vice President Dick Cheney had been killed in an attack in Afghanistan.

Coulter attacks help Edwards raise cash

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says conservative author Ann Coulter's attacks are personally hurtful and it's important to respond.

The former North Carolina senator made his first comments to The Associated Press in response to Coulter's suggestion she wished he would be "killed in a terrorist assassination plot."

Edwards' campaign is using her remarks to bring in donations in the final week before his next fund-raising deadline. It's not the first time Coulter has given the Edwards campaign a financial boost.

She called Edwards an offensive name in March and the campaign used video of the comment to help raise 300-thousand dollars before the end of the first quarter.

The campaign has sent e-mails to supporters asking them to send donations to defy her attacks.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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