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Edwards issues challenge to Bush on poverty

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards has challenged President Bush to explain polices that Edwards says favor the wealthy.

The former North Carolina senator ended an eight-state poverty tour this week.

Edwards' letter to President Bush says five million Americans have fallen into poverty during his administration.

Edwards has made poverty the centerpiece of his campaign.

He spoke yesterday to a convention of union workers in Des Moines, Iowa, yesterday.

A spokesman for the Republican National Committee yesterday called Edwards the wrong man to lead the effort against poverty. Chris Taylor pointed to Edwards' now-infamous $400 haircut.

Edwards says none of his Democratic rivals has devoted as much attention to fighting poverty.

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

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