WILLARD, Mo. - Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards promised Monday to deliver high-speed Internet access and more money for people to start businesses in rural areas.
Edwards, on his second stop in as many days in southwest Missouri, said business closings and declining wages are particularly acute in rural parts of the country, and that he and John Kerry would help change that if elected.
"The key to this is to have a president and vice president of the United States who don't think of rural America as a place you fly over between New York and California," Edwards told a private gathering of about 35 people on a 500-acre family farm. "It's part of our way of life, what we believe in."
Providing financial and educational support for entrepreneurs would help strengthen rural economies, he said.