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DEMOCRATS Edwards begins poverty stump



Published: Sat, February 5, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards, getting the 2008 campaign cycle off to an early start, said Saturday that poverty "is one of the great moral issues of our time" and he pledged to help fight it.

"It may seem like an impossible goal to end poverty, but that's what the skeptics said about all of our other great challenges," said Edwards, who will head a University of North Carolina center that will study ways to lift people out of poverty.

Edwards, a 1977 graduate of UNC's law school, will be director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. He will hold a part-time, two-year faculty position, funded by private gifts to the university.

"If we can put a man on the moon, conquer polio, and put libraries of information on a chip, then we can end poverty for those who want to work for a better life."

The setting of Edwards' speech was as notable as its content. A visit to New Hampshire, traditionally the site of the leadoff presidential primary, is the first public sign that a politician is considering a White House bid.




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