Edwards will speak at Cooper Union College Thursday night.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Reprising a major theme from his 2004 presidential campaign, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards will lay out a middle class economic plan Thursday designed to merge "Two Americas" into "One."
"I have learned something in the last four years," Edwards will tell an audience at Cooper Union College in New York City. "It's not enough to talk about the Two Americas. We also need to talk about what we need to do to build One America - and to do that, I believe we have to build One American Economy."
According to the Edwards campaign, the former vice presidential nominee will detail his plan to stop "abusive lenders," reduce consumer debt, and create "a new Family Savings and Credit Commission" to assist those "who are investing and borrowing."
"It's time we did more than say ‘buyer beware’ while millions of families go broke every year,” Edwards will say, according to speech excerpts provided to the Ticker. "We should put in place the same consumer protections for financial products that we have for everything else Americans can buy. And when I'm president, I'll do just that."
Economic equality and poverty are two main elements of Edwards' campaign theme and platform. In 2004, Edwards' stump speech included a lengthy refrain on "Two Americas" which he said illustrated the large gap between the "haves" and "have-nots" in the country.
- CNN Senior Political Producer Sasha Johnson