Edwards Begins Tour To Highlight Poverty

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says linking the federal minimum wage to inflation and strengthening collective bargaining rights could help eliminate poverty in America.

The former North Carolina senator made New Orleans the starting point for his eight-state campaign tour to highlight poverty in America.

The 2004 vice presidential nominee plans to spend three days this week on a poverty tour reminiscent of Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 trip. Edwards even plans to end his journey on Wednesday in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, as Kennedy did some 40 years ago.

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

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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