WASHINGTON -- Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards may not know how much milk costs in New Mexico, but he has a handle on prices at his local grocery.
Edwards has promoted himself as a down-to-earth candidate who can relate to the struggles of working families.
Broadcaster Don Imus put Edwards to the test yesterday, quizzing the North Carolina senator on the costs of a gallon of milk and six-pack of beer in Albuquerque.
''You were just in Albuquerque; do you know?" Imus asked.
Edwards sidestepped the ale question, saying: ''I haven't bought a six-pack of beer in years, so I don't know."
He was more confident about milk. ''I know about what it costs," he said. ''I think a half-gallon of milk costs about $2.30, $2.40. Is that right?"
A half gallon of whole milk, not name-brand, is $2.29 at the