North Carolina Democrat John Edwards, the Southern moderate looking to reinvigorate his lagging presidential campaign, formally launched his candidacy Tuesday and promised to be an advocate for working-class Americans.
The North Carolina senator spoke before a now empty textile mill where his father worked for 36 years and he earned money for college mopping beneath the looms. The site was chosen to draw a distinction with President Bush, whose father served as congressman, vice president and president.
"America deserves a president who understands that the people of this country work," he said. "A president who will stand up for those people --someone who will stop at nothing to create opportunity for all the great people."