Missouri remains in the national political spotlight. Democrat John Edwards, candidate for vice president, has completed a two-day trip to southwest Missouri with a visit to a farm near Willard. He talked there about improving small town and rural community economies. Sunday night in Springfield, Edwards spoke to several thousand people at Southwest Missouri State University, repeating campaign pledges to roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans to finance tax credits for college students who do two years of volunteer work in their communities and for child care. He calls the plan a shift in the tax policy from wealth to work. First Lady Laura Bush comes to Missouri tomorrow afternoon for a women’s rally at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac. It’s part of a multi-state campaign swing by the First Lady, scheduled to end Thursday when she arrives at the family home in Crawford, Texas. Vice President Dick Cheney visited Joplin last week.