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John Edwards Might Not Speak at Democratic Convention

Convention in Jeopardy: Does Edwards Have to Come Clean?

Usually former presidential candidates are a shoo-in for a plum speaking role at their respective conventions. Certainly John Edwards as the third-to-last man standing this year, with supposed big promises from Barack for a good time-slot in exchange for his endorsement and fiery, progressive antipoverty rhetoric that sparks the base, would be a key (if not keynote) speaker. But the matter of his alleged love child and his lack of response to the story is in the way, big time.

One former DNC chair says, "if there is not an explanation that’s satisfactory, acceptable, and meets high moral standards, the answer is 'no,' he would not be a prime candidate to make a major address to the convention."

Edward's own former strategist agrees:

He absolutely does have to (resolve it). If it's not true, he has to issue a stronger denial. It's a very damaging thing. The big media has tried to be responsible and handle this with kid gloves, but it's clearly getting ready to bust out. If it's not true, he's got to stand up and say, "This is not true. That is not my child and I'm going to take legal action against the people who are spreading these lies." It's not enough to say, "That’s tabloid trash."

After somewhat questionable photos surfaced this week of (perhaps?) Edwards holding his love child (her name is Frances) one professor says speak up or be shown the door, "it would be sort of party suicide to take someone with that kind of scandal and place them up.” Is an Edwards explanation in order?


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stephley stephley 8 years This is an article from the Columbia Journalism Review about local North Carolina papers trying to cover the story.
Bettyjane Bettyjane 8 years
Sorry, those pictures that are supposed to be "proof" look so fake. Not to mention that the man in the picture does not look like Edwards. I think all these pictures prove is how desperate the National Enquirer is and how low they will go.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
"There's no real good term for a child born to unmarried parents, huh?" Hmmm... how about... CHILD?! :wink:
Padraigin Padraigin 8 years
Let me understand... NOW the Democratic party is concerned about moral fiber?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>I always think about the wives. Same! Definitely worse.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I always think about the wives. To go through that so publicly must be horrible...even worse than what the man must suffer, I would think.
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 8 years
true Jillness i agree 100%, we r not perfect at all!!! if he wsa a reg. Joe no one would give a care.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"If we held our leaders to any sort of moral code there'd be no one to lead us." I agree. I am sooooo tired of hearing out politicians sex lives. It is an issue that only concerns them and their spouse.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I agree that what goes on in the candidate's bedroom doesn't affect his ability to lead and do his job. Now if I could just get the other 90% of the US to agree with us.
suziryder suziryder 8 years
I really don't think potentially cheating on his wife makes him a bad political leader - but not responding to these accusations does. He needs to stand up and deny it, or say that it's true and deal with the fallout like a man.
em113 em113 8 years
grant cheating on hurley will go down in history as one of the biggest "huh? really? on her?" moments in my life.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>Also, his wife is a pretty amazing and fiery woman. Why would he cheat on her. Why did Hugh Grant cheat on Elizabeth Hurley? Men don't cheat because the women they already have aren't awesome. They cheat because they're dirty, dirty dogs.
gitsie123 gitsie123 8 years
Also, his wife is a pretty amazing and fiery woman. Why would he cheat on her. :(
gitsie123 gitsie123 8 years
Isn't this story from the Enquirer? Did they say Oprah had a life threatening illness last month. I wouldn't put much stock in their "news" stories anyway. Maybe that is why he has never made a statement because he feels the public knows that any stories that come from there are fake.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 8 years
If it's true, it was totally stupid of Edwards. If it's false, someone needs to admit it so it's over. Popular people are targets for people who want to have their 15 minutes of fame and sue for a million dollars. REAL people would have behaved differently. REAL meaning someone who's not in the spotlight.
linb linb 8 years
True, but cheating on your wife and hiding a love child (allegedly) is a larger skeleton than the ones I have in my closet.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Great point, Stiletta - who DOESN'T have a skeleton or two in their closet??
stiletta stiletta 8 years
If we held our leaders to any sort of moral code there'd be no one to lead us. I can't think of one president that hasn't done something they're ashamed of. Come to think of it, I can't think of one person either. I hope one day this won't be important any longer.
MissChicChick MissChicChick 8 years
Sigh, I just love Edwards. I really wish he was the nominee (back in Feb). However, all my efforts now are getting Obama elected.
em113 em113 8 years
If he wants to speak at the Convention then I would agree he needs to make a strong statement. But if he doesn't care to speak at the convention, then I think he can do whatever he pleases. I'd honestly forgotten about the whole thing until I read this story.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Now I have that song stuck in my head. "Ooooh, Love Child! Never meant to be! Love Child! Born in poverty!" There's no real good term for a child born to unmarried parents, huh? Love child is cheesy, the b-word is offensive. Illegitimate isn't very nice.
stephley stephley 8 years
I hate the term 'love' child too - does that mean other kids are 'hate' children, or 'we got drunk and now I guess the divorce is off' children? It's just that bastard brands the child harshly.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years I have that Supremes song stuck in my head...
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I am also not convinced by that photo - it doesn't even look like a baby, but more like a doll!!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Sorry stephley, it was a joke. I do think the term "love child" is silly though. It's like, must you be in love to get someone pregnant?
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