Edwards discusses economy, civil rights in visit to Oklahoma

Monday, October 27th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Muskogee-AP) -- Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards emphasized economic recovery and civil rights as he spoke at a small church in Muskogee's black community.

More than 150 people showed up to hear the North Carolina senator speak yesterday.

Edwards criticized President Bush's claim of economic recovery and says he is dedicated to helping working-class people.

He also addressed civil rights issues, saying America needs judges who will enforce civil rights laws.

Edwards says he wants to improve health care across the country, and favors adding a prescription drug benefit into federal policy.

He also says he wants to lead a national initiative to pay teachers better and invest in after-school programs.