WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards has a ready answer for the criticism about his expensive haircuts and huge home.
The former North Carolina senator says a man can be wealthy and care about poor people.
Edwards plans to spend three days next week on a poverty tour...including an east Arkansas stop in Helena-West Helena, reminiscent of Robert Kennedy's 1968 trip. Edwards even plans to end where Kennedy did, in Prestonburg, Kentucky.
The eight-state tour shifts the spotlight to poverty, an issue that's been the focus of Edwards' campaign since his first run for the White House four years ago.
Publicity about $400 haircuts, a 28,000-square-foot house and hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary has threatened Edwards' message. His advisers point out nearly all the leading candidates for president are wealthy.