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John Edwards Admits to Affair

John Edwards Admits to Affair, Doesn't Claim to be Father

John Edwards has admitted to having an extramarital affair with filmmaker Rielle Hunter, and lying throughout his Presidential campaign. ABC News will run the Edwards interview tonight, in which he admits to the affair, but says he never loved the woman. Although he has not taken a paternity test, Edwards says he knows he is not the father based on the timing of the affair. He also denies making payments to the woman, but says his friends or supporters may have done so without his knowledge.

The former presidential candidate says his wife Elizabeth and other family members learned of the affair in 2006.

Update: Following the news of his admission, John Edwards released a statement.

In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs. . . . I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established. . . . It is inadequate to say to the people who believed in me that I am sorry, as it is inadequate to say to the people who love me that I am sorry. In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic. If you want to beat me up — feel free.

For the rest, read his full statement.


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outofhere outofhere 9 years
He's disgusting and I don't believe for a minute the child isn't his. He never loved the women who he had an affair with? Lovely. Now there's a man I'd feel comfortable running for office, doesn't think twice about having an affair on his wife who is battling cancer, lies through his campaign, and his friends and supporters are footing the bill to his mistress out of the kindness of their hearts, without his knowledge? Puhleeeeeeeeeeze.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 9 years
I don't think this is 'news,' their sex life is their sex life, for all we know, his wife may have given a 'permission' to sleep with another person because she's all sick and dying. But it's always good to know what type of people running the government, or at least to see where the tax payer's money (or part of it) goes to..either the government..or to pay off some woman who wants to go public with some guy's affairs... or in another case pay an escort...etc. If they're going to investigate anything, investigate where the money comes and goes to (in regards as that hush-hush payment). I don't think his friends are footing the bills for him (paying off the other woman behind his back..LMAO!!! Gag me with a spoon).
lula29 lula29 9 years
Thanks lilblu, you are so right. . This is a private family matter and I still have no idea why it's being investigated to death. I get there might have been some impropriety with campaign funds, but I really think the press is stretching it to make it a legit news story and not gossip. I don't know a thing about the Edwards' family or marriage. This is really none of our business and not news.
stephley stephley 9 years
I didn't watch - I figure I've heard all I need or want to know about the story. It isn't important.
liliblu liliblu 9 years
Did anyone watch Edwards on Nightline last night? I'm not that outraged about this. Even the lying about the affair doesn't bother me. His affair was/is a family matter. It is not my or any one elses concern. The media will beat this to death and important issues will be pushed to the side. Health Care, Iraq, and Education are not as exciting topics as sex and lies about sex.
cindychic cindychic 9 years
Why do these men in politics always do the same thing? They haven't learned from all the other idiots before them. It just goes to show how stupid they really are and they want to run the country! Help us all!
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
MeggyPoodles - I know, I saw that and nearly barfed. She's PROUD that he admitted he had an affair because it shows so much COURAGE. Wow, just wow....
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
I think in this case it isn't so much that he had an affair but the selfishness of the timing. His wife was fighting cancer and it is just beyond callous to have betrayed her like that when she was so ill. I think this goes a little beyond "I just made a mistake." IMO This shows a really ugly side of Edwards.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Haromony, that was the first thing that popped into my mind. Why would you run for president if you had the "cheating on your dying wife" skeleton in your closet!! If he had been the nominee, this would have been one heck of an August surprise!
MeggyPoodles MeggyPoodles 9 years
This is from his wife's statement on the topic: "Admitting one's mistakes is a hard thing for anyone to do. I am proud of the courage John showed by his honesty in the face of shame." REALLY?!?!?! Proud????
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
Most of these people are so fake and dishonest. He knew if payments were going to this woman, so I don't want to hear that he didn't know if someone else was paying her, for him.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 9 years
I think the only reason he half-heartedly admits this is because he is most likely to be the daddy baby. And I think HE's the one who's been paying her off so far, well, the money is from him although MAYBE his friends and trusted confidantes are the one who 'hand it' to the other woman. I've learned that you can't ever trust anything out of a politician's mouth :lol: I just feel sorry for his wife if she does love him (after watching so many weirdness in politican's married life, I'm concluding that most of them stay around for status and wealth or some sort of idealistic movement they're fighting for). To learn that when you're dying your husband is fooling around. But oh well, it's her choice and her life.
janneth janneth 9 years
He took a vow to be faithful. He broke his promise. His wife is seriously ill. He lied. I bet that baby is his. He could have seriously hurt his party. As it is, it makes the Demos look bad.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
The internet is amzing. I made someone smile in Finland. Very cool. >"Why is it okay to dismember a woman on TV but a nipple sends the country into a frenzy?" This bugs me to no end. It's weird that we can show murder on tv (definitely illegal) but not sex (totally legal).
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
I will stick with Torgleson's answer. It made me smile. However, my answer would get too dark and rambly, inevitably. And with that, ladies, its now 3am in Finland. This ranting "liberal loonie elitist multimillionaire AC-cranking wierdo" (that lives in a modest flat and takes the bus) needs her sleep. :P
stephley stephley 9 years
If your friends ever figure that last one out, let us know!
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
And yes, trust me, when I say, a lot of other countries see America as behaving somewhat prudishly over these issues. As a friend here once said "Why is it okay to dismember a woman on TV but a nipple sends the country into a frenzy?"
rabidmoon rabidmoon 9 years
Lol at comment 53. But personally, it seems a deep ingrained fear of any politician to just be honest, and as a society it seems we both demand and despise honesty in our political figures. We love to see it in the movies, that honest man (or woman) that tears down the system. But in the real world, it seems we - and they - are just deathly afraid of following through. We want perfection from them, at all costs...however false, or dangerous those perceptions may be to hold. We want to believe they are one of us, and when they behave just as some guy might...we hate them for it. Again, I do not condone what he did, it was in truly poor taste. But as political lies go...surely there have been - especially - far greater lies worth our scrutiny.
stephley stephley 9 years
Depends on what you mean by evolved. Americans have sex all the time, in and out of their marriages - it seems to be a conservative guess that 40% of all men will cheat, slightly fewer women (but we're catching up). So it's not the sex that bothers us. There are a number of politicians on both sides of the aisle who are known to have had affairs on their last spouse with their current spouse and still have their jobs. So apparently that's not the issue. We seem to like to have someone to paint with a scarlet A. It would seem to be that Narcissistic disorder could cover anyone who has an affair - I felt the need to be admired and adored by THAT person today!
MotoLinz MotoLinz 9 years
I'm not sure the problem is so much with the sex as with the way the entire issue paints Edwards. As much as people joke about all politicians being liars and philanderers and duplicitous brats, most still want to hold the belief that their chosen candidate is honest, hard-working, and intent on sticking to their word. When something like this comes out, the wool is swiftly pulled from its firm position over our eyes, and there is zero denying that the person in question is dishonest and deceitful. If a man can't even keep his family's best interest in the forefront of his heart and head, how will he manage to keep an entire country on track?
mayeb63 mayeb63 9 years
Our family is going thru this painful situation right now (my sister-in-law has been having an affair behind my brother's back) and she is trying to use the same RIDICULOUS excuse Edwards is using....Narcissistic disorder - what the HELL is that?? I'm sorry, I don't buy it. Just because you have a desire to have an affair, doesn't mean you have a mental disorder. I'm sure everyone is tempted during their life, but you don't give in. These politicians need to realize if they take vows, they stand by them. No exceptions.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I know! But seriously why haven't we evolved more?
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Because of the Puritans?
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I agree with Steph. Why is this country so puritanical?
stephley stephley 9 years
Of course, I'm talking about being arrogant!
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