Edwards Brings Message of "Hope and Opportunity" to Arkansans

AUGUST 4, 2004 - Posted at 1:58 p.m. CDT

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards brought his message of hope and opportunity to Arkansas today.  Edwards promised a crowd in North Little Rock that a Kerry/Edwards ticket would make America safer and improve the lives of working families across the country.

Edwards told thousands of Democratic supporters that he and Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry were "united in the effort to make sure that, in 2004, Arkansas goes for Kerry-Edwards."

President Bush won the state in 2000 over then over then Vice President Al Gore.

Edwards praised Kerry's military service, his heroism in Vietnam and the nominee's record as a lawyer after the war and service in the Senate.

He said Bush had engaged in relentless negative attacks against Kerry and said the Democrats' campaign would be a positive one.

Edwards boarded his bus in Little Rock after his speech and made his way to an unscheduled stop in Brinkley for lunch.  Afterward he is to head on to Memphis for a rally there.  The Edwards bus is tentatively set to make a brief stop in the Forrest City area while en route to Memphis.  Another similar stop make take place near Osceola this evening, after the rally in Memphis.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)