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Edwards in '08

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Washington, DC - Former Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards' campaign says he's running for president for a second time.

Edwards plans to formally announce his candidacy Thursday from New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, which was hard hit by Hurricane Katrina. But his campaign got a little ahead of itself Wednesday and announced his intentions online.

"Better a day earlier than a day late," said Jennifer Palmieri, Edwards' adviser.

On the eve of his announcement, Edwards visited the site of that announcement Wednesday for a photo opportunity. He did yard work at home Orelia Tyler, whose home was completely gutted by Hurricane Katrina and is close to being rebuilt.

Edwards' announcement in the wake of President Gerald Ford's death and was prompted when his campaign accidentally launched his campaign Web site a day early, then shut it back down.

Edwards did not cancel his plans for a formal announcement because of President Ford's death late Tuesday. He issued a statement saying he was deeply saddened by the news and calling Ford a "true leader."

"He called on us to never lose faith that we can change America," Edwards said.

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