Edwards to Include Helena Stop on Poverty Tour

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.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)