Elizabeth Edwards Appeals For End To Hateful Political Speech

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Elizabeth Edwards is continuing her war of words with Ann Coulter over what's OK to say.

Edwards is the wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and she's upset over comments by conservative author Coulter suggesting it would be fine with her if Edwards were to be "killed in a terrorist assassination plot."

Interviewed today on the CBS "Early Show," the candidate's wife said it didn't used to be all right for people to "call names, to say these hateful kind of things." Edwards said as a parent, she doesn't think it should be allowed to happen now.

She also defended the use of Coulter's comments as a fund-raising tool by the Edwards campaign. She said it's showing what they're asking voters to reject.

Edwards said decent people can win the elimination of meanness and hatred from political discourse the same way they got rid of racist dialogue from civil speech in the South.

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

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