Edwards Stops In Kentucky On Poverty Tour

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WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) - As a 17-year-old living in one of the poorest counties in Appalachia, Evelyn Cosgriff eagerly listened to Robert F. Kennedy's early morning speech on Feb. 14, 1968 at the Letcher County Courthouse.

His speech was brief, but passionate.

"There are great possibilities in eastern Kentucky," Kennedy told the crowd on this stop of his two-day, 200-mile poverty tour.

"But there have to be people who are going to fight for eastern Kentucky."

"We thought he would be our savior," said Cosgriff, now 55 and still living in Whitesburg.

Nearly 40 years later, the towns on Kennedy's poverty tour continue to struggle with poverty. This week, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is making them a part of his own poverty tour, shifting the spotlight to the issue and in the process, linking himself to a Democratic icon.

But some eastern Kentuckians are less hopeful this time around.

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