Edwards: It Pays Not To Be Late

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards now knows it pays to be on time for a New Hampshire town hall meeting.

By showing up late today, the former North Carolina senator had to field detailed questions from voters who passed the time reading a 77-page policy booklet printed by his campaign.

The booklet describes Edwards' plans in four areas: standing up for working families, ending the war in Iraq, building a better future for children and ensuring opportunity for all. But one voter suggested one more category -- balancing the federal budget.

Another woman directed Edwards to page 59 of his booklet, where
the candidate explains his goal of ending poverty within a generation. She told Edwards that her city and surrounding towns have seen an increase in homelessness and shelters and food banks have struggled to provide needed help. She asked him what immediate steps he would take to end that problem.