Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is touring the Southeast to bring attention to poverty.
He was in Canton, Mississippi, on Monday to speak with poultry plant employees and said their plight demonstrates the government's shortcomings in addressing workers' wage and health issues.
The appearance is part of Edwards' three-day poverty tour that he hopes will draw attention to the struggles people face in urban and rural communities.
The former North Carolina senator said during his stop at Mount Levi Full Gospel Church in Canton that the government must enforce its labor laws, raise the minimum wage to nine dollars 50 cents an hour and provide universal health care for all workers.
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