August 8th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
10 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.

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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.

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  1. George Banta

    C'mon, leave him alone. At least he didn't invade Iraq and destroy our economy. Cut him some slack.

    August 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. anonymous

    What man doesn't keep his zipper up. This doesn't surprise me.
    This kind of stuff unfortunately will go on til the end of the world.
    So let's get on with the show and stop judging again. Are any of us perfect?

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

    It's shameful. I hope this affair ended before he learned his wife, mother of his 4 children, is dying.

    August 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Jeff

    I've always had a lot of respect for John Edwards. It's too bad that this had to happen. It really is sad.

    August 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Truely a Democrat

    I hate this Elizabeth. I hope Edwards pray and ask the Lord for forgiveness.

    August 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Ian E-S

    Very unfortunate. I hold him in high esteem, but I have no sympathy for him. My heart goes out to Elizabeth and the rest of his family.

    August 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Sprayem

    What does this have to do with Obama? You McCain lovers are odd. Your boyfriend Bush knows about that.

    August 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Joe Kiloz

    Wow, he says he's not the father because of the timing ? In other words, he was intimate with this woman at other times but not when she got pregnant. Take the paternity test John and come to the court of public opinion with the results.

    As for Andrew Young, if he is the father and accepts it, step up to the birth certificate and start paying child support. Another dynamic duo who are critics of all kinds of crooks out there.

    Must have been that $300.00 haircut ? And this guy has the audacity to claim moral leadership within the Democratic party and criticized Bill Clinton for his dangling lavolier ?

    August 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. jgriffith3792

    Everyone is now seeing John Edwards for what we in North Carolina already knew – a low life that will say and do anything to satisfy that monstrous ego of his.

    I knew from day one he did it and not surprised. Shortly after the Enquirer story broke, Elizabeth totally disappeared off of the campaign trail. Nothing more was seen or heard from her once the story came out. We didn't see here again until NO when John dropped out and she just stood in the back.

    Going to be interesting to see how this pans out. Hopefully Elizabeth finds as "determined" a lawyer as Edwards was and takes him for everything. Of course, that means that John will then have to go back chasing ambulances again and wreck our health care again here in NC.

    August 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Shanee Garner

    im disappointed. Isn't his wife sick?!

    August 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Kaye C.

    John? How could you do this to your wife after all she's been through.
    Shame on you.

    August 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. White Dude for Obama!

    Edwards isn't running for President, so this doesn't hurt Obama. In fact, I bet most people don't even care. If it is his child, Edwards is a MILLIONAIRE, so the kid will be well off.

    Edwards infedelity has nothing to do with anything other than problems in his relationship with his wife. It probably started when she got sick and couldn't respond to his needs physically.

    I wouldn't agree with what he did, but as a man, I understand. As a Christian who supports Obama, you gotta stayed Prayed up to make sure you aren't weak in these situations.

    Edwards, make your peace with your wife. I hope u become a better man.

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

    Nice job Mr. Edwards.........just another lying sack.
    Hopefully you will never hold a public office.
    Do you guy's have any conscience at all? Your wife has cancer and this is your way supporting her.............what a guy.

    August 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. dennis from chicago


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

    Typical Democrat. I love it! Thank you John Edwards. Keep up the great work!

    August 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Ramona

    Not that suprising seeing how he and his aide were sharing everything including her.

    August 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. R.I.F.

    John in California August 8th, 2008 3:14 pm ET

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

    Go ask McCain about his disabled ex-wife and the fact that he started dating Cindy before they ended their marriage.

    August 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Brian D

    No surprise here,
    just another MARRIED Democrat Leader with His pants down
    denying the truth.

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

    People here on these blogs are so riteous 🙂 but the same people bashing Edwards here will be ignoring the fact that McCain did the same thing. Personally... I won't throw any stones because I refuse to judge someone based on what they do in the bedroom. Who knows what John Edward's relationship with his wife is like behind closed doors. This is not news, and none of our business.

    And I'll bet everyone here talking down to him have either been guilty of the same thing... or at least seriously thought about it.

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


    No wonder he did not want the VP spot................. Sooner or later he would have to face the music

    August 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. GenPatton

    Gee, Imagine that.

    August 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. RDS

    @John in California.....LMAO...u might wanna dust off McCain's bones first. Since we already KNOW he has a few skeleton's in his closet concerning his 1st marriage!

    August 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |

    Another lying Democrat, I guess if he was a Republican it would have been headline news, but since he is a Democrat it gets this little bit of attention.

    August 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Jean

    Wow this is sad , so hard to belive that Edwards could do this to Elizabeth after all she has cancer . What a shame he done this he needs to take a paternity test to see if he is the father.

    August 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. agiman

    John Edwards was always an empty suit.

    With a wife that has cancer this creep ran for president and endoresed Obama with great fanfare.

    Shame shame shame.

    Mainstream media isn't interested in reporting accurate news.

    August 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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