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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