Concern in Edwards Camp Over Elizabeth

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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LET ME AT 'EM, JOHN The Edwardses

With the exception of a certain silver-haired former president, Elizabeth Edwards may carry more clout than any other political spouse in the 2008 race for the White House. Despite her charismatic public appearance, some in the campaign are worried about the potential downside of her increased role.

Sources with ties to the campaign tell that some staffers are increasingly concerned by what they perceive as Mrs. Edwards's loose-cannon behavior, citing in particular her heated on-air debate with conservative pundit Ann Coulter on Hardball with Chris Matthews last week. While defending her husband earned the struggling campaign its fair share of publicity and helped them reach second quarter fundraising goals, not everybody involved with the campaign was impressed. "Taking on Coulter creates a perception problem," a source tells "Senator Edwards still has to overcome the 'Wimp Factor' in a lot of circles. The last thing he needs is the appearance that his wife is fighting his battles for him."

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