JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- John Edwards returns to New Orleans tomorrow where he will deliver what the campaign bills as a "major address on poverty."
The return to the city where Edwards launched his campaign in late December 2006 is an attempt to inject his voice back into the national scene following disappointing third place finishes in New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.
While Louisiana is not a Super Tuesday state, Edwards said that tomorrow's speech will prove his devotion to New Orleans' recovery following Hurricane Katrina and to the issue of poverty at large.
"I think it's a living, breathing example of the heart of my message, what I'm talking about," Edwards told reporters following a campaign stop in Jefferson City, Missouri today.
"It's the perfect indication of the conditions of poverty that exist in America, particularly in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, which is where I'll be."
Following the speech, Edwards will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to construct homes at the Musicians' Village, an area of the city most devastated by the hurricane in 2005.