August 8th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Edwards admits lying about affair, says ABC

Edwards endorsed Obama in May.
Edwards endorsed Obama in May.

(CNN) – Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards admitted to an extramarital affair in an interview with ABC News, the network reported Friday. He denied being the father of the woman's child, as had been alleged in tabloid reports.

Watch: Edwards met Hunter at a bar

Asked by a reporter late last month whether he had provided any financial support to Rielle Hunter, or to Andrew Young - the former Edwards aide who claimed paternity of the child - Edwards replied that "I have no idea what you are asking about, I have responded to consistently to these tabloid allegations by saying I don't respond to these lies." He also said again that he had not lied during his presidential campaign when he denied an affair with Hunter.

Election Center: The John Edwards File

Speaking to the network for a story to be aired Friday night, Edwards acknowledged the affair with 42-year-old Rielle Hunter, which began after she was hired to make documentary videos for his campaign, ABC said.

He said he has not taken a paternity test, but that the timing of the affair rules out the possibility that he could be her baby girl's father.

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  1. W.H. Thomas

    That would make a perfect Maury episode.

    August 8, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Jame

    That's one less VP that Obama has to consider.

    But he is so the kid's dad.

    Also, if he lied about this; What else is he lying about?

    August 8, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. Linda K.

    Poor Elizabeth. How can she stay with him?

    August 8, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Richard B

    I am happy to see that you finally decided that this could be printed. Of course Edwards had to admit it publicly before you decided to put it on the website, so I am not sure why you felt it was important to filter the news on this issue.

    August 8, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. sick of CNN

    Amen Ellen...

    August 8, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Lamike

    Not too surprising for a guy who pays $400 for a haircut.

    August 8, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Jason

    Anyone surprised?

    August 8, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. james

    yikes! I guess we now know why Obama didn't pick Edwards as his VP. I was hoping for it personally, but now I see what a distraction this would have been...(huge sigh of relief)

    August 8, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Matt Jennings

    And it's our business why? This is between him, his family, and whoever or whatever he believes he'll meet on the other side. The traditional media is turning into a cheap, gossip rag.

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. sms

    You wouldn't think it if you looked at the guy...and his wife has cancer. Just goes to show that you really never can tell.

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Melissa Sandoval in Whittier, CA

    I was wondering when CNN was going to report this. The LA Times had not reported anything on Edwards affair and most of the news outlets ignore this story. This story is another example of the public's disappointment with their politicians.

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    I am disappointed, but we all make mistakes, I feel badly for the hurt to Elizabeth and their children

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Ontaya

    Very sad time for the Edwards family as a whole :(

    I really want to see Barack Obama in the White House to restore family values!

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. Terry from Calif

    Wow!

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. Marc

    Yikes. He's going to look like scum considering what his wife has been through. This Hunter chick sure does get around.

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  16. silas

    I'm disappointed .

    what is it with all this politicians? . Well in God we trust.

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. RASHEEDA

    WOW, this is bad news. But why should this be any of our business?

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  18. Franky

    Don't worry Senator. Senator McCain has been in worse...ooopppss!! LOL!!!!

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  19. Kristina

    wha??? Well at least he came clean.

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Cindy

    Oy vey! I think a paternity test is in order...

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. Anderson

    Former presidential and potential vice presidential candidates affair (while his wifes cancer has returned) is verified, after months of denials, and relegated to the ticker? Come on.

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Karl Miller

    Amazing that it took the National Enquirer to do the work of the MSM and these so-called "journalists".

    Start digging in to Obama's past instead if applying his sunscreen and the darkness will be revealed.

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    How sad!! There goes his chance at being VP!!!!

    GOBAMA/Biden, 08

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Heather

    Boo. That's a shame. No wonder he was so adamant about not being VP, huh?

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Melissa Sandoval in Whittier, CA

    My heart goes out to Elizabeth Edwards.

    August 8, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
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