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. AK

    What affair? There was an affair? I didn't read about any affair on CNN, or NBC, or ABC, or CBS, or the New York Times. So what are they talking about?

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

    Well, he won't be elected for any office in North Carolina. I didn't agree with his beliefs, but never thought he would cheat on his wife who has breast cancer.

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

    What a wonderful August Surprise. Im sure he can speak with Bill Clinton at the DNC convention on the need to change the tone of politics in Washington. In a way, Im kind of underwhelmed that he didnt hold out until after the convention so he could swagger around with the 21 delegates that he won.

    Im sure the baby issue will pan out later.

    August 8, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. texas DEM

    Edwards endorsed Obama, Yet he is just like Bill Clinton.
    There is Irony In Poilitics.

    VICE PRESIDENT CLINTON 2008!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Sam

    When is the paternity test? I pity his poor wife!

    August 8, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. Dianne

    Oh my, this is sooo disappointing. I really viewed John Edwards as one of the few really upstanding men of our time. The weakness of men is unbelievable, especially with so much at stake. He has lost all credibility in my eyes. Very sad.

    August 8, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. J Smith

    I wonder if this would have gotten more than 2 sentences if it were a republican former presidential candidate. And they say there is no media bias.

    August 8, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. joe

    Isn't this a resume booster for him as a Democrat?

    August 8, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. John in California

    I've known about this for about 3 weeks! Just makes you wonder how many skeletons in the closet Barack has!

    August 8, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. R.I.F.

    Ouch! Guess you want see his face at the Convention.

    August 8, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. Lynnie

    yeah, right . . . the aide fathered the child. How bizarre . . . and we're expected to believe this!

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Kevin from Florida

    Wooooow! I am shocked! Welp, his politcal career is OVER!

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

    Adultery is illegal in North Carolina. I know, a friend of mine was prosecuted for it.

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Disappointed!

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Walter Cronkite

    Unbelievable! He's got some nerve and all this while his wife is battling cancer?! What a fink

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Bonnie O., Raleigh, NC

    ...and you're any better than Bill Clinton, how???

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Joy Henley

    Oh....how I have loved John Edwards. He seems to have the most devoted wife. Elizabeth has stood by him when she is so ill. She also worked hard throughout his campaign, despite her own needs.
    She must be devastated, to put it mildly. This is sad..... I will be saying prayers for this family. These are really dear people to me.

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Luke Brown, Charleston SC

    McCain should admit to the affairs he had while he was married to his first wife.

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. craig

    Why can't any democrats keep their pants zipped up? What a disgrace. He should not be considered for VP or for that fact he should resign. This is supposed to be a position for people with values and morals. Of course the former democratic president Billy boy was getting off in the oval office with his intern and the dems excused that also.

    What a disgrace.

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Socialists for Obama

    Well, there he is, right on schedule... "Mr. Honorable." He's only coming out with this because someone must be getting ready to release photos of him doing the 3 AM walk of shame from the Beverly Hilton.

    So, let's see... if he lied about something as mundane as playing the hokey pokey with the hired help, what else do you think he may have been lying about?

    Do you think he may have ever been lying in one of the multimillion dollar legal shakedowns of medical professionals, you know, the scumbag ambulance chasing lawsuits where he single-handedly did his part to help RAISE the cost of healthcare and RAISE the cost of medical providers' insurance, all in the name of building a 35,000 square foot shrine to himself. Oh, yeah, look ladies and gentlemen, he's a man of the people. And liberals have the "audacity" to talk of hypocrisy across the aisle. Please pick the beam from your own eye first.

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Zelda

    I'm sorry to hear about this. I wish the Edwards family well. They've been through a lot.

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Very disappointed. Thought highly of him until now.

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Shari, NY

    Good that you were not the Democratic nominee! Anyway, go and sin no more! Same to all those of the same ilk in the political arena/ public limelight who to this very day are shooting their mouths off.

    August 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. Let's be Real

    It's GAME OVER for Edwards...

    The one I feel most sorry for is his wife who is battling cancer and you got a dimwit of a husband who can is out there having an affair

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. steve

    a lying, cheating, unfaithful democrat. who would have thought!!

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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