The One America Tour is aimed at ending poverty and made three stops in the mountains Wednesday.
The senator started off Wednesday morning in Wise, Virginia, where he hosted a round-table discussion with local residents struggling with poverty and limited access to healthcare. Edwards then moved on to Whitesburg, where he called for universal healthcare for every American.
"No more. Never again in this country will somebody who has a medical problem that can be fixed will they not get the treatment that they need or the care that they need. Never again are we gonna have children that don't have the food that they need or a safe place to live," Edwards said.
Edwards ended his tour with a speech in Prestonsburg. He will continue his campaign tour Thursday in Iowa.
People came from all over Kentucky to hear Edwards's speech. Edwards promised to end poverty if elected and the crowd liked what he had to say.
Hundreds gathered in the July heat and they were hot for Presidential Candidate John Edwards.
"I think he said exactly what we need," said Eula Hall.
"I'm here today to declare their America is over," Edwards said.
Mud Creek Clinic Founder Eula Hall sees poverty everyday.
"There shouldn't be two Americas, one for the rich and one for the other people," Hall said.
"This should never happen in America," Edwards said.
The crowd of all ages and backgrounds agreed poverty plagues Eastern Kentucky and America and holds them back from good healthcare, jobs, and a better education.
"I think it's a big issue and one we need to address and I think John Edwards is doing a good job of that," Glenn Means said.
After his speech, Edwards responded to national media criticism of his Two Americas declaration.
"I am not against people doing well. I'm a living breathing example of somebody's who's done extremely well. The problem today is opportunities are being denied there's so many Americans who don't have a chance to live the American dream," Edwards said.
"I see it everyday, matter of fact, I got it in my own home," said Debbie Blevins.
People in the crowd claim Edwards’ speech now gives them a glimmer of hope.