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Edwards: hedge fund job shouldn't overshadow his work on poverty

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards argues that his work for a hedge fund shouldn't overshadow his efforts on poverty and other issues after the 2004 campaign.

But Edwards isn't saying how much money he was paid for his yearlong position with the New York-based Fortress Investment Group. He says the numbers will be released when financial reports come out on Tuesday.

Last week, in an interview with The Associated Press, the former North Carolina senator said he worked for a hedge fund between presidential campaigns to learn about financial markets and their relationship to poverty. He says he also did it to make money.

Edwards says his work at Fortress should be put into context with the anti-poverty work he's undertaken since he and John Kerry made a failed run for the White House.

Edwards made the comments in Iowa, where he announced the support of 1,500 women caucus-goers.

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

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