Preparations Are Underway For John Edwards' Visit

By: Heather Haley Email
By: Heather Haley Email

Presidential candidate John Edwards is set to visit eastern Kentucky as part of his tour to highlight Poverty in America.

His first stop in Kentucky will be in Whitesburg.

Several Letcher County residents are getting their questions ready for the democratic candidate.

Students at The Appalachian Media Institute at Appalshop in Whitesburg have been preparing for weeks for Presidential Candidate John Edwards' visit to the Mountains.

Willa Johnson is an AMI intern and she says she looks forward to Edwards' visit.

“I think it's a really good chance, a good opportunity, its something I never would have seen happening before,” Johnson said.

The focus of Edwards' tour is poverty and Johnson says there's two ways to look at that.

“It could be bad because I mean you don't want people to look at what's bad about the area but on the other hand it could be a really good benefit for everybody it could bring a lot of positive changes,” Johnson said.

Machlyn Blair is an AMI trainer and he says he hopes people from across the region show up to hear Edwards' speak.

“I really hope that this helps some people realize that politics is important and who's in office really does make a difference,” Blair said.

Edwards says the tour isn't a political strategy, but an effort to draw attention to what he calls a huge moral issue facing America.

“I'd love to get to know who he is and maybe I'll find that out tomorrow,” Blair said.

Johnson and Blair say they hope Eastern Kentuckians come out to show Edwards the positive side of the region.

This the full schedule for Edwards' visit.

• Wise, Virginia at 9am
• Appalshop in Whitesburg at 11am, officials say the there will open at 10:30am.
• Prestonsburg with a speech at the old Floyd County Courthouse around 1:30pm.


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  • by Paul Location: Lex on Jul 19, 2007 at 12:14 AM
    Forgive the obvious, but i have to write this... Dear John, In the 60's when Bobby came through here and Johnson decided that eky was the dregs of humanity, highlighting our poorest, and shoeless, millions of pairs of shoes were sent to appalachia. As a good friend of mine said, those shoes burned hot in our stoves. If you really want to look at poverty, don't just look at the people in the hills but also look at the poor in our inner cities. Folks up in the mountains will gladly tell you its not about a hand out its about a hand up. Your "Poverty Tour", although well intentioned is embarrassing to people that are struggling and doing what they can to make ends meet.. All of us in Ky would like to see you concentrate on those that do what ever they can to make ends meet.. People in your state are the same as they are in the rest of the country. Do not politicize our plights, do not embarrass our people, do not utilize 3rd and 4th generation welfare recipients to show your good intentions and to further your political goals. If you want to help, we applaud you, but don't make us a freak show. It didn't work for Bobby and Lyndon, and it damn sure won't work for you.. Our best to you, your wife and your family... A Kentuckian
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2007 at 10:58 AM
    John who??
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2007 at 07:54 AM
    It's not insecurity, it's politics. If you look at past presidential campaigns then you'd see that is how it works. I think they'd do a better job than what's being done now.
  • by JAKE Location: HYDEN on Jul 18, 2007 at 06:47 AM
    The rich liberal, Edwards, is only coming to eastern Kentucky to exploit our people. If he really cared for poor people, he would give back the money he robbed from doctors with his petty malpractice lawsuits that caused medical expenses to go up for everyone. Like all liberals, he is a phony.
  • by anon on Jul 18, 2007 at 06:25 AM
    This visit is not political? Give me a break!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2007 at 05:53 PM
    Someone should ask him why he and Hillary are so insecure as to plot how to get the other candidates out of the Democratic debates. I myself am a Democrat, but those two will never get my vote.

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