Edwards Courts Shallow-Pocket Voters At Birthday Fundraiser

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards used a birthday fund-raiser today to reach out to voters with little cash to donate.

While most presidential campaign fund-raisers feature thousand-dollar-a-plate meals, Edwards returned to his hometown roots with an event featuring backyard barbecue and pie. The entrance fee was just 15 dollars.

Edwards told the crowd that he needs voters to mobilize to create change. He compared the current need for change to the Civil Rights movement, ending the War in Vietnam and the movement to end apartheid in South Africa.

The former North Carolina senator was joined in Chapel Hill by his wife, Elizabeth, kids and parents. He also got the support of former niversity of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith.

It was Edwards' 54th birthday.