Edwards Outlines Plan to Restore Economic Fairness to Rural NH

Unveils New Proposals for Rural Communities During Economic Fairness Tour of New Hampshire’s North Country

Manchester, New Hampshire – Today, Senator John Edwards kicked off an “Economic Fairness for the North Country” barnstorm and unveiled his plans for Restoring Economic Fairness to Rural New Hampshire.

“I grew up in a small rural town, so I’ve seen firsthand how the problems of rural America too often are forgotten by politicians living and working in far-off capital cities,” said Edwards. “This campaign is about fixing the broken system in Washington and building One America where all of our communities have good schools, good health care and the support systems they need. As president, I won’t turn my back on rural America.”

To restore economic fairness in the North Country and rural areas across America, Edwards unveiled three new initiatives that expand on the Rural Recovery Act he proposed earlier this year:

Give older Americans more choices to help them live independently , including better transportation options, access to home health care, and protection from predatory lenders.

Help rural firefighters by fighting for fair funding levels, ending the Justice Department backlog on death benefits and guaranteeing job protection for volunteers while they are responding to an emergency.

Ensure rural towns have the resources they need to serve their citizens by protecting the Payments in Lieu of Taxes program from President Bush’s budget cuts.

“Edwards is the first presidential candidate to offer comprehensive and detailed plans for rural New Hampshire,” said Paul Robitaille, Coos County Democrats chair. “He understands the challenges we face and is not only committed to preserving and strengthening our communities, but has the strength and vision to create the bold change we need in this country.”

During his two-day barnstorm through New Hampshire’s North Country, Edwards will makes stops in Durham, Conway, Berlin, Littleton, and Claremont. He kicked-off the tour with a roundtable discussion about the challenges facing rural and working families at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute. During the Economic Fairness tour, Edwards will be joined by Grammy Award-winningmusician Ralph Stanley II, the IBMA award-winning Bluegrass Brothers, and former Democratic Congressman Ben Jones, who played “Cooter” on the Dukes of Hazzard.

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