John Edwards Stops In Montana, Touts Rural America Background

Presidential candidate John Edwards says Democrats need someone like him who grew up in rural America to carry the traditionally conservative Rocky Mountain West next year.

The former North Carolina senator spoke yesterday in a brief interview following an appearance at the University of Montana. Edwards spoke to about 600 people in a campus ballroom.

It was Montana's first visit by a candidate seeking the Democratic Party's 2008 presidential nomination.

Edwards got applause for his remarks on college funding and environmental policy. He is pushing a plan to guarantee college for everyone who is qualified and agrees to work ten hours a week.

Edwards also called for new investments in alternative energy, such as wind power.