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. TJ in Texas (Dallas)

    O-M-G.

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Joseph

    Unfortunately for John Edwards, this will be seen as an indication that he is unfit to be a leader, when in fact this has nothing to do with his efficacy as an elected official.

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. PUMA in Training

    Wow... the party has really went down the toilet.

    /flush

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Steve

    Poor Elizabeth, dying of cancer, probably divorce now

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Tim K.

    With his wife suffering and fighting a courageous battle of Breast Cancer, John Edwards takes it upon himself to have an affair and possibly father a child. Too chicken to take a paternity test. Edwards now belongs in the company of have an affair while you wife lays sick Newt Gingrich style. He along with Gingrich, total scum, total waste of human flesh.

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. George

    Yep, if my wife were dying of cancer I'd be cheating on her too. NOT.

    John Edwards....you are a scumbag.

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. AJ

    And all his mindless supporters are now voting for Obama

    i dont recognize the Democrat party

    they are a bunhc of hypocritical radicals

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

    Poor Elizabeth

    Shame on you John

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. dave

    Well, another big time democrat cheats on his wife...no surprises here.

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. John "Snake Oil " Edwards

    Typical Hypocrite!!!!!

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Aaron

    Wow, and while his wife is fighting breast cancer. Way to go, man.

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Kathy

    As an Edwards supporter, I am incredibly disappointed. Cheating on his wife, who is terminally ill? And I thought Bill Clinton was low...

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. McCain=McSame, Toledo, Ohio

    So did Clinton...let's move on.

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Hunter

    Yawn....

    More hypocrisy from the Left...

    August 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. RandSeattle

    And you thought his $400 haircut was for political purposes!

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Houston, TX

    I will pray for them

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    Interestingly enough the National Enquirer has some of the best investigative reporters in the print business. I know it may not seem like it when we see some of the headlines they have but they do.

    It's a sad story but infidelity happens all the time and causes grief in families every day. It's just when you're living in the national spotlight it seems amazingly stupid to do something like this – like you're not going to get caught. And on top of that to do this when his wife is so sick, makes it even worse. I think he can kiss off Attorney General as well.

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Dems 20081968 Convention Riot

    Edwards for President. Bill Clinton for VP. Bush for Defense Secretary. Powell for Sec. of State. This will be the best adminstration ever. Oh wait....it is already the U.S. Government

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. JDC // Ohio

    The PERFECT Dem choice for VP!

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Dominique

    Wrong answer! What was he thinking? He should have been able to say that he did not father the child because he had never slept with her mother. The fact that he cannot say that reveals so much about his character.

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Melissa

    Was this going on while he was making campaign ads preaching about his morals? If you come back to NC, you've got some balls.

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Leeza

    This is just really sad.

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Right wing nut

    I love America: I didn't think democraps prayed ;o) Anyways just shows yet another person from your wonderful party not telling the truth ie..(I didn't enhale & I did not have sexual realations with that women) HAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH Your whole party is in OUR prayers!!!

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. gma of the midwest

    What a pig.

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  25. Phill

    He's done. He pretends to be one thing and then goes do something else. His wife is ill and he goes have an affair there is no excuse for that.

    August 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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