Edwards brings His Anti-Poverty Campaign to Houston

Former Senator John Edwards bought his anti-poverty campaign to Houston today. The former Democratic presidential candidate would like to end poverty in 30-years. KUHF’s Bill Stamps has more on the visit.


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Melba Williams of Dallas got into a car with a few others and drove to Houston to hear what  [former] Senator John Edwards had to say. She took part in a closed door town hall meeting in which Edwards outlined his plan to get rid of poverty in the US.

“I think its needed and we all need to go to work with the Senator make this happen in the state of Texas.”

Edwards made poverty his big campaign theme while running against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. His Presidential bid may have been unsuccessful, but he’s vowing to continue helping the poor.

“I would describe myself as the energizer bunny when it comes to ending poverty in this country. I’m gonna make certain that this word is out—that people hear it.”

Edwards listened to average people talk about issues that affect them each day. For Houston’s Maria Lozano its foreclosures.

“I come because I come want to get information for my friend about foreclosures. My friend Rosie might lose her house, and I’m getting some information for her.”

“In Texas we have the quickest process to get someone foreclosed on than any state in the country.”

That’s state Senator Rodney Ellis who joined Edwards, answering questions and vowing to work together. Edwards didn’t talk much about foreclosures, instead he hammered home his anti-poverty message.

“There’s so many basic things we can do. That would have a dramatic effect on poverty in this country. Things like raising the minimum wage. Raising it at the national level. Indexing it. Raising it on the state and local level. Raising the earned income tax credit.”

Edward’s believes the government really can end poverty in the United States. Some Houstonians will be happy…if the government just helps them keep their homes.

Bill Stamp…KUHF-Houston Public Radio.

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