The North Carolina Association of Educators has endorsed Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards for president.
It's the third time the organization has backed one of his campaigns for federal office.
The association represents 70,000 educators and retirees in Edwards' home state. The association says Edwards' "comprehensive education plans" will help him compete in battleground states.
Association president Eddie Davis says Edwards is the candidate who is talking about pocketbook issues affecting working families.
The association voted yesterday to back Edwards. The group also supported Edwards in his successful 1998 campaign for U.S. Senate and his 2004 presidential run.
Edwards has proposed a variety of plans to increase teacher pay and reduce classroom sizes.