Edwards campaigned in Kentucky Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - After completing a tour of impoverished rural areas in Middle America, former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards sent a letter to President Bush Thursday inviting him to join him on a trip to those towns to see "how much worse American families are under your presidency."
"Go to the cities and towns where I have gone," Edwards said in the letter. "See and talk to the good and decent Americans with amazing character who struggle with incredible poverty. Incredible poverty, Mr. President, which has only worsened every day over the last 7 years because of the failure of your leadership and the terrible effects your policies have had on millions of families."
Edwards traveled through eight states and highlighted his meetings with residents of Marks, Mississippi, West Helena, Arkansas, Wise, Virginia and Whitesburg, Kentucky. He also spent time in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans, where he criticized the slow recovery effort and said that Bush's "indifference to this problem has only made the problem worse."
- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich