Presidential Hopeful John Edwards to Visit Cleveland on Tuesday

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, highlighting poverty issues, will visit Cleveland and Youngstown on Tuesday.

In Youngstown, Edwards will see a city trying to shed its rust-belt image. In Cleveland, Edwards will be visiting another Democratic stronghold and ranked by the Census Bureau as the nation's poorest big city.

He spoke in Cleveland last week at a gathering organized by the United Steelworkers union on manufacturing issues.

Edwards, who trails Sens. Hillary Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois in both fundraising and polls, will meet with Youngstown public officials, said state Rep. Robert Hagan, a Democrat.

Edwards will speak with Mayor Jay Williams and county commissioners about the success of the Youngstown Business Incubator and the city's 2010 revitalization plan.

The former U.S. senator from North Carolina will make public comments after his talk with local officials.

Edwards was in Howland for a private fundraiser in March, and made stops in Youngstown and Warren during the 2004 campaign, when he was a vice presidential candidate.