Edwards stumps in Roanoke with Ralph Stanley
The Democratic presidential candidate spoke about inequality.
By Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times
In the 2000 movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" opportunistic Southern politician Pappy O'Daniel jumped onto the stage during a bluegrass performance of "Man of Constant Sorrow" to try to catch a populist wave to victory.
Wednesday night, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was in Roanoke, looking for a similar boost from Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys at the Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall. Flanked by Stanley and former Georgia Rep. Ben "Cooter" Jones, Edwards spoke to a crowd of about 600.
He stuck largely to a populist message and talked about looking up to the men and women who worked with his father in a North Carolina textile mill.
"They were what I believe America is supposed to be about," Edwards said. "They went to work every day. They ... (blah blah blah)
Edwards came to Roanoke seeking campaign donations.