Edwards Focuses On Rural Poverty, Obama Highlights Urban Poor

WISE, Va. (AP) - Presidential candidates John Edwards and Barack Obama focused on the struggles of the nation's poor today. The two Democrats gave competing speeches that underscored the fierce fight for the Democratic nomination.

Edwards was wrapping up his eight-state poverty tour with stops in Virginia and Kentucky.

During a stop in eastern Kentucky, Edwards held a forum with youth to discuss problems in Appalachia. Edwards listened during a forum in Whitesburg, Kentucky, as youth described problems with coal companies, prescription drug abuse and health care.

Unwilling to cede the issue to Edwards, Obama spoke at a recreation center in the nation's capital. In a jab at his rival, Obama argued that combatting poverty was hardly new for him, a one-time community organizer in Chicago.

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

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