Withdrawing candidate asks for and receives specific commitments from both rivals to make an anti-poverty agenda part of their campaigns.
“This is the cause of my life, and I know I have their commitment to engage in this cause,” he tells supporters in the Ninth Ward. Watch it above. Read full speech here.
Plus: Edwards adviser Trippi tells Talking Points Memo that Obama and Clinton are “banging down the doors” for his endorsement:
–Clinton tells MSNBC that she spoke to Edwards before his announcement, touted making poverty agenda part of her campaign. Watch video here.
–Obama praises Edwards in Colorado speech, talks up former rival’s poverty agenda as well. Read more from Obama here.
Without media, Edwards stopped at New Orleans tent city to visit with homeless on his way to the speech.