November 11th, 2008
07:29 PM ET
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Can John Edwards make a comeback?

 Edwards made hist first public appearance Tuesday.
Edwards made hist first public appearance Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - John Edwards took the stage at Indiana University on Tuesday night for a discussion on the 2008 presidential election, but members of the audience may have had something else on their minds entirely.

After all, this is the former North Carolina senator's first public appearance since his admission of an extramarital affair sent shockwaves through the political world more than three months ago.

The revelation, confirming a months-long investigation by the National Enquirer, was a political bombshell for the former candidate, who espoused moral values during his White House bid and whose wife is fighting a public battle with breast cancer.

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soundoff (205 Responses)
  1. Dem for McCain

    That would be a big NO.

    November 11, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. dave harlow

    This guy is bad, mean, nasty and a teller of lies..........oh wait he is a Democrat........ Well it was not his fault, troubled times, pressure, good guy at heart and Bushes fault.

    November 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Tony

    No.

    November 11, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Laverne

    Sounds like somebody need a job...........

    November 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Tafari

    John should stay in the shadows a little while longer. His image is so tarnished right now!

    November 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Lee from FL

    NO

    November 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. HSNP

    Please John, just go away.

    November 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. cool onlooker

    Whenever I see this guy's face, another nice face comes to my mind: his nice and innocent wife.

    I am not sure if the audience can concentrate on his speech.

    November 11, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Matt

    Sure he can...just as soon as America grows up and realizes that leadership skills have nothing to do with where you put your genitals, nor what kind of genitals you have in the first place.

    November 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. dEMOBRAT

    Nothing to report CNN? Get this guy outta here. He's a snake oil salesman.

    November 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Lady in GA

    HIs sex life is none of my business. Too many political issues to discuss. We the citizens are asking for more.

    November 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. Daniel

    Not anytime soon. Americans were willing to forgive Bill Clinton for his infidelity, but his wife didn't have cancer.

    And as a former Edwards supporter, I'm OK with that.

    November 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    Of course. He needs to apologize and not repeat it again. There's too many problems we need talents to help build America.

    November 11, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. JL

    Nope. The republicans are very critical of every move a democrat makes under their "do as I say, not as I do" philosophy and won't allow a person that had an affair to go anywhere in politics, unless he becomes a republican, of course.

    November 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. FreeNLovIt

    I'm thankful God doesnt condemn all of us for one act of sin or we will all be in trouble.

    November 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Jamaican Queen

    Who let the Dog out??

    November 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Camille - Richmond, VA

    As a moderate democrat and a proud Obama supporter let me just say that I wouldn't vote for John Edwards for dog catcher. He cheated on his wife while she was battling cancer. That's all I need to know about him.

    November 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  18. Michelle, PA

    This was not your run of the mill affair. I don't think Americans will easily forget the man who fought poverty and talked about "family values" with one hand while he was sleeping around on his cancer-stricken wife with a highly paid, underworked staffer with the other. He's over.

    November 11, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Newt Gingrich is staging a comeback to lead the Republican party and he also committed audltry and headed the call to impeach Clinton. The Republicans aren't deny Newt so why should Democrats or any Republican deny Edwards. There are many more but just haven't been caught.

    November 11, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Mia and Mike

    I don't think so. Everything the American people loved and admired about him went down the tubes when it was revealed he had an ffair. He's still a gret guy, but unfortunately has lost admiration for being the inspiring leader he once was.

    November 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Forget Edwards: He's A loser

    Sarah Palin is the future-we view Obama as an interim President while we wait for Sarah Barracuda-The Thrilla from Wasilla-–in 2012.

    No woman in the U.S is more accomplished at the age of 44--Mayor, Governor with the highest approval rating in the U.S., Member Alaskan Energy and Conservation Board, Candidate for VP–and all while raising 5 kids.

    I suspect her critics are far less accomplished than she is.

    November 11, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Debbie

    John Edwards is one of the only political advocates for the poor. This country NEEDS him!

    November 11, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. MD

    Not yet but given time, I think he could make a come back. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".

    November 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Jon

    He should mount a comeback in Alaska, where corruption is rewarded.

    November 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. FAYE, NV

    If his wife forgave him then surely we the public should.

    November 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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