(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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Wow... the party has really went down the toilet.
Poor Elizabeth, dying of cancer, probably divorce now
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.
Yep, if my wife were dying of cancer I'd be cheating on her too. NOT.
John Edwards....you are a scumbag.
And all his mindless supporters are now voting for Obama
i dont recognize the Democrat party
they are a bunhc of hypocritical radicals
Shame on you John
Well, another big time democrat cheats on his wife...no surprises here.
Wow, and while his wife is fighting breast cancer. Way to go, man.
As an Edwards supporter, I am incredibly disappointed. Cheating on his wife, who is terminally ill? And I thought Bill Clinton was low...
So did Clinton...let's move on.
More hypocrisy from the Left...
And you thought his $400 haircut was for political purposes!
I will pray for them
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.
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
The PERFECT Dem choice for VP!
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.
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.
This is just really sad.
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!!!
What a pig.
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.