John Edwards criticizes economic stimulus package

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says growing up in the rural South gives him a better perspective on the problems of ordinary Tennesseans than his chief rivals.

The former North Carolina senator, who was born in a small town in South Carolina, spoke Monday to a crowd of about 500 supporters at a United Steelworkers office in Nashville.

He drew cheers in his calls for creating a universal health care system, raising the minimum wage and pulling troops out of Iraq.

He also said the U.S. needs to reduce its dependence on foreign oil and that may require sacrifices by most Americans. But investing in alternative energy technologies could create up to a million new jobs.

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