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    Edwards admits to affair, denies fathering child

    By PETE YOST, Associated Press Writer
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    Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday admitted to an extramarital affair while his wife was battling cancer. He denied fathering the woman's daughter. Edwards told ABC News that he lied repeatedly about the affair with 42-year-old Rielle Hunter but said that he didn't love her.

    He said he has not taken a paternity test but knows he isn't the father because of the timing of the affair and the birth.

    A former Edwards campaign staffer claims he is the father, not Edwards.

    Hunter's daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, was born on Feb. 27, 2008, and no father's name is given on the birth certificate filed in California.

    The National Enquirer first reported on the affair in October 2007, and Edwards denied it.

    "The story is false," he told reporters. "It's completely untrue, ridiculous."

    The Enquirer carried another story last month, stating that its reporters had accosted Edwards in a Los Angeles hotel where he had met with Hunter after her child's birth. Edwards called it "tabloid trash," but he generally avoided reporters' inquiries, as did his former top aides.

    In the interview, scheduled to air on ABC News' "Nightline," Edwards said the tabloid was correct when it reported on his meeting with Hunter at the Beverly Hills Hotel last month.

    Most mainstream news organizations refrained from reporting the story, but newspapers in Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., recounted the Enquirer's allegations in prominent articles on Thursday.

    Edwards acknowledged the affair on Friday afternoon, traditionally a slow-news period even when the Olympic Games' opening ceremonies are not preoccupying millions of Americans.

    Edwards was a top contender for the Democratic nomination for president, pursuing his party's nod even after announcing that his wife, Elizabeth, had a deadly form of cancer.

    He placed second in the Iowa caucuses last January but dropped out of the race a few weeks later. He has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential choice for Barack Obama. The former North Carolina senator was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2004.

    David Bonior, Edwards' campaign manager for his 2008 presidential bid, said Friday he was disappointed and angry after hearing about Edwards' confession.

    "Thousands of friends of the senators and his supporters have put their faith and confidence in him and he's let him down," said Bonior, a former congressman from Michigan. "They've been betrayed by his action."

    Asked whether the affair would damage Edwards' future aspirations in public service, Bonior replied: "You can't lie in politics and expect to have people's confidence."

    In 2006, Edwards' political action committee paid $100,000 in a four-month span to a newly formed firm run by Hunter, who directed the production of just four Web videos, one a mere 2 1/2 minutes long.

    The payments from Edwards' One America Committee to Midline Groove Productions LLC started on July 5, 2006, five days after Hunter incorporated the firm in Delaware.

    Midline provided "Website/Internet services," according to reports that Edwards' PAC filed with the Federal Election Commission.

    Midline's work product consists of four YouTube videos showing Edwards in informal settings as he prepares to make speeches in Storm Lake, Iowa, and Pittsburgh, as he prepares for an appearance on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and travels in Uganda in 2006.

    Edwards' PAC followed the six-figure payment with two smaller payments totaling $14,461, the last on April 1, 2007.

    At the time Hunter was compiling the videos in 2006, Edwards was preparing a run for president.

    Episode One of the four videos captures a conversation between Edwards and an unseen woman as the two chat aboard a plane about an upcoming speech in Storm Lake, Iowa.

    Cutting between clips of the speech and the conversation with the woman, Edwards touches on his standard political themes, declaring that government must do a better job of addressing the great issues of the day, from poverty and education to jobs and the war in Iraq.

    "I want to see our party lead on the great moral issues — yes, me a Democrat using that word — the great moral issues that face our country," Edwards tells the crowd. "If we want to live in a moral, honest just America and if we want to live in a moral and just world, we can't wait for somebody else to do it. We have to do it."

    The sound track for the six-minute video is the song "True Reflections" which begins with these words: "When you look into a mirror, do you like what's looking at you? Now that you've seen your true reflections, what on earth are you gonna do?"

    The video entitled "Plane Truths," opens with Edwards relaxing in his seat on the plane, telling the unseen woman that "I actually walked the country to see who I am, who I really am, but I don't know what the result of that will be.

    Edwards adds: "But for me personally, I'd rather be successful or unsuccessful based on who I really am, not based on some plastic Ken doll that you put up in front of audiences, that's not me, you know?"

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    I just thought I would post this news since I was a supporter of him. I liked him because I thought he stood for something that he clearly does not. I misjudged his character and could not be more wrong about him. I feel awful for his wife and kids.

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    Good thing this story didn't come out with him as the Democratic nominee.:eek:

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    I cannot get the tune of "Billie Jean" out of my head.

    Thank god he didn't win the nomination.

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    Wow, the chick is so not good either.

    Boooooooo.

    Definitely should have just gotten a hot hooker. At least Spitzer got that part right.

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    Dude, cheating while his wife was battling cancer? Lower than low! :(

    Never thought I'd say this but it makes Bill Clinton look like a decent husband. :eek:
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    Who cares?

    He's a democrat, it's his personal life, it was with a woman and he's no longer a politician.

    So what if his wife is dying of cancer?
    So what if he brings a new life into one of "two Americas"?

    He tried to get her an abortion, he even tried a coat-hanger? But his mistress is probably one of those right-wing anti-abortion nutjobs.

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    another hypocrite walks the green mile.

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    [QUOTE=jetstream23;2677841]Dude, cheating while his wife was battling cancer? Lower than low! :(

    Never thought I'd say this but it makes Bill Clinton look like a decent husband. :eek:[/QUOTE]absolutely...thats against the rules..and i'm not a prude.

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    Just yet another politician showing his true colors. Republican or Democrat it's all the same when it comes down to the scumbaginess of politicians. Damn shame.

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    I'd be more skeptical about electing a personal injury lawyer than an adulterer.
    Edwards just looks like a phony bastard. A crappy politician too. Not only are the republicans more vulnerable than ever, he couldn't even beat out a woman and a black guy. There's just something scuzzy about him and I can't put my finger on it.

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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan;2677795]I just thought I would post this news since I was a supporter of him. I liked him because I thought he stood for something that he clearly does not. I misjudged his character and could not be more wrong about him. I feel awful for his wife and kids.[/QUOTE]

    Better late than never- once a scummy ambulance chaser always a scummy ambulance chaser.
    Now about your Obama obsession......

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    Affair with THIS
    [IMG]http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/08/08/edwards.affair/art.hunter.national.enquirer.jpg[/IMG]

    Clearly standards of our politicians are going down. Makes Monika a Merilin when compared with this ugly girlfriend. She is Belichick-girlfriend ugly.

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    I swear to God if this isn't the lowest most disgusting piece of **** scumbag thing to do to anyone much less your wife battling cancer. Imagine worrying if you are going to live or die. Worrying about the future of your kids. Then on top of all that your partner, the f-ing person you love sticks his **** in some loser broad. Piece of ****.

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    [QUOTE=chicadeel;2678268]I swear to God if this isn't the lowest most disgusting piece of **** scumbag thing to do to anyone much less your wife battling cancer. Imagine worrying if you are going to live or die. Worrying about the future of your kids. Then on top of all that your partner, the f-ing person you love sticks his **** in some loser broad. Piece of ****.[/QUOTE]


    Exactly...this is a huge story, & it ain't going away liberals, so get ready to deal with it. The hypocrisy of this dirtbag is unreal.

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    What a scumbag. I always knew he was trash with his phony smile and glaring hypocrisy, but even I didn't expect something like this -- cheating on your cancer-ridden wife. And he's got those little kids too that he pimped out during the '04 election. Ugh. Good grief, this is so bad it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan;2677795]I just thought I would post this news since I was a supporter of him. [B]I liked him because I thought he stood for something that he clearly does not. I misjudged his character and could not be more wrong about him.[/B] I feel awful for his wife and kids.[/QUOTE]

    Well, you [B]are[/B] a fan of the Kennedys...

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    failure and embarrassment on so many levels... truly disappointing...

    but then, humans were never meant to necessarily be monogamous... he's just the latest public victim of surrendering to nature taking over...



    on a side note: if he needed to just 'bust one,' why an impressionable, educated staffer in the public eye? what a dumbass...

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    [QUOTE=Press_Coverage;2679290]
    but then, humans were never meant to necessarily be monogamous... he's just the latest public victim of surrendering to nature taking over...



    [/QUOTE]

    So in your mind Edwards is a "victim".

    Big surprise there......

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    Glad I never voted for him! How long until the Obama w/Edwards pictures start popping up?

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