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Edwards offers big ideas with price tags to match

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic audiences like what they're hearing from presidential candidate John Edwards.

The former North Carolina senator is offering more policy proposals than any other candidate in the primary.

But the question is whether other voters will cheer when they see the price tag for his proposals, which is more than $125 billion a year.

Edwards is well aware his spending on health care, energy and poverty reduction comes at a cost. But he says fixing the country's problems takes priority over deficit reduction or middle-class tax relief.

If all his plans are enacted over two terms in the White House, they'd cost more than $1 trillion.

Edwards would pay for some of these proposals by rolling back Bush's tax cuts on Americans making more than 200-thousand a year.

On the Net: John Edwards campaign Web site: http://www.johnedwards.com

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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