Presidential Hopeful Edwards Due in Eastern Arkansas Today

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards says today the war in Iraq isn't lost, but the United States must change its approach.

The Democratic presidential hopeful says on ABC's "Good Morning America" show that it's obvious that things haven't gone well in Iraq.

Edwards says President Bush isn't willing to change course and the American people are demanding a change.  Edwards says the violence in Iraq is created by a political conflict and violence will continue until the conflict is resolved by Iraqi leaders.

Edwards also says the United States should plan a withdrawal of troops but keep rapid reaction forces nearby and "prepare for the worst."

Edwards is launching an 8-state tour in New Orleans today to highlight poverty.  That tour will take him to eastern Arkansas for a visit later today at Helena-West Helena.

The three-day tour is set to wind through eight Southern states.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)