Talking about jobs and the economy, Edwards said he supports outsourcing, but only if it's "done in a smart way." He said he believes Bush has not figured out how to balance the export of labor and keep high-paying jobs in America.
"There needs to be labor standards and we need to enforce them, which the president is not doing," he said. "Second, we need to get rid of these tax breaks for companies taking jobs overseas. That's crazy. That needs to stop."
Edwards also discussed his plan for universal health care. He said a universal health-care system could help not only Americans below the poverty line, but also those in the lower middle class struggling to make ends meet.
"Half the bankruptcies in this country are the result of health-care costs," he said, "so we cannot only make sure everyone has coverage but also bring down the costs of health care for everybody."
Though the cost of Edwards' proposed health-care program is high — between $90 billion and $120 billion — he said America can afford it by doing away with Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy.
"I'd pay for it by getting rid of President Bush's tax cuts only for those who make over $200,000 a year," he said. "We'll roll their tax rates back to what they were during the Clinton years."
In March, Edwards' wife, Elizabeth Edwards, learned her cancer, first diagnosed 2½ years ago, had returned. They made the decision together to continue the campaign.
Elizabeth Edwards said today she's doing well on the campaign trail. A recent bone scan, she said, revealed nothing new about her condition.