Well, former North Carolina Senator and Vice Presidential candidate, John Edwards announced last week that he was running for President in 2008.
Not so surprising for anyone who has been following the political news since the last Presidential election.
What makes Edwards unique is his campaign agenda.
No matter what you think of Edwards, no matter what your party preference or perspective on what the nation needs in its next President, you have to admit that Edwards has placed the issue of poverty front and center on the agenda for public discussion between now and November 2008.
As a matter of fact, he is the only major candidate in either major party who has done so.
I'm grateful he has. It's time we stopped ignoring poverty and the poor.
Edwards made his announcement in successive interviews with the major network, morning news programs from New Orleans.
No accident in that choice of cities either.
Almost a year-and-a-half ago Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans. In spite of a host of promises from public officials, the city still lies largely in ruin. The poor have suffered the most.
The city was a good choice for a candidate who will make challenging poverty the centerpiece of his candidacy.
I have no idea what Senator Edwards' chances are, but I know he will make the race interesting.
And no one who listens to the conversations he will provoke will be able to ignore American poverty any longer.