Edwards affirms commitment to poverty.
PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire (CNN) – John Edwards fired back at Hillary Clinton Wednesday over earlier comments that he said questioned his commitment to ending poverty.
"She said something about ‘People are talking about poverty, but, you know, what are we going to do about it?’" the Democratic presidential candidate told reporters after a Granite State campaign event with musicians Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt.
He said the New York senator’s remarks had been a “veiled reference” to him.
The former North Carolina senator - who regularly touts his working-class credentials as the son of a mill worker - shot back.
"Let me just be clear," said Edwards. "Ending poverty in this country is the cause of my life, and I am completely committed to it."
He called on Clinton and other White House hopefuls to commit to raising the
minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. He also challenged them to come up with their own comprehensive plan to end poverty.
Edwards has made his own anti-poverty plan a centerpiece of his campaign.
–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla