John Edwards' bad edit.

Political ads dissected and explained.
March 8 2007 7:26 AM

John Edwards' Bad Edit

The candidate's video sleight of hand.

John Edwards is serious about health care. In fact, his proposal for revamping America's chaotic health-care system is more serious and detailed than any of the other candidates' plans. But when Edwards sent out a campaign video to 70,000 Iowa voters earlier this week, something caught our eye—a bit of video-editing trickery that made Edwards appear to be talking about medical care when he was really talking about Iraq.

Click on the video screen to play John Dickerson's Damned Spot about Edwards' switcheroo.

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Andy Bowers is the executive producer of Slate’s podcasts. Follow him on Twitter.

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

Jim Festante is an actor/writer in Los Angeles and regular video contributor to Slate. He is the author of the Image Comics miniseries The End Times of Bram and Ben.