Speaking on poverty and Iraq, Edwards sounds like a hopeful

Portland speech: the ex-candidate for vice president pushes a higher minimum wage, tax credits and more. Saturday, July 01, 2006, by SHELBY OPPEL WOOD.

Former Sen. and Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards decried a “huge void of moral leadership in this country” in a Portland speech Friday, calling for a withdrawal from Iraq, a new war on poverty and sounding like the 2008 presidential hopeful that many presume he is.

In town to speak to a meeting of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women, Edwards told reporters he is “seriously thinking” about running but wants to make sure his wife remains healthy.

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