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John Edwards wants to help the people in the forgotten rural towns. The problems in rural towns are often forgotten by politicians living in cities, although many rural families are struggling. Most earn 27 percent less than other families and 244 of the poorest 250 counties are rural. As a native of a small rural town, John Edwards knows that America can't turn its back on rural areas. Small towns and rural areas are the keepers of American values like family, work, community, and freedom. America depends on rural communities for a strong manufacturing base, reliable and affordable food, and increasingly for clean energy as well. He plans to restore economic fairness and create new jobs and businesses in rural America, help struggling counties and towns, and protect the rural people and their way of life.

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