The Breck Girl has discovered poor people. Can JRE pull off a JFK, or an RFK? John Edwards plans to announce Monday that he'll take a break from fund-raising and campaigning in early-voting states next week for a three-day, eight-state, 12-city "Road to One America" tour aimed at calling attention to poverty in the deep South, the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia and the Rust Belt. The campaign points out that none of the states he'll visit has an early 2008 primary, and says Edwards won't be doing rallies.
Instead, TV viewers will see Edwards in coal country, Edwards in a factory, Edwards on a farm, Edwards in a struggling neighborhood, Edwards in a school, Edwards in a health care clinic. "It's an effort to show the rest of the country how 37 million Americans live their lives in poverty every single day," an Edwards aide said. "It's not only their workplaces--it's their homes and the places they get health care." And I'm sure Johnny E will be willing to represent each and every one of them in court-for a fee, of course.