CLEVELAND — Democrat ic presidential candidate John Edwards, on an eight-state swing to highlight poverty issues, visited a struggling neighborhood Tuesday in the nation’s poorest big city.
Edwards, a former North Carolina senator and John Kerry’s running mate in 2004, began the swing Sunday in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans.
“It’s not a Cleveland problem or a New Orleans problem, it’s an American problem,” Edwards said Tuesday during a walking tour of Cleveland’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood.
Edwards spent four minutes on a porch chatting with homeowner Glenn Curry, 57, who said his home was close to foreclosure because of his wife’s medical bills.
Edwards called for the enactment of a national law to regulate predatory lenders, who push high-interest loans on home buyers who have bad credit or low incomes. Otherwise, he said, “they just move to another place where they are not regulated.”