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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  1. Bob

    McCain cheated on his first wife after she suffered a horrendous auto accident. Look it up. We shouldn't forgive either of them, but especially Edwards for publicly lying about it.

    November 11, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. Tim

    Yes, he is a democrat so it doesn't matter what he did yesterday.

    November 11, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  3. KK

    Sadly, probably he could make a comeback. The American public has an incredible ability to forget sins in their politicians and pop culture icons.....but, cheating on your sick wife to stroke your ego, then running for president anyway-knowing this story would eventually break-even though this was one of the most important elections in the history of your party? Disgusting. Here's hoping the American public draws the line and Edwards crawls back under the rock he's lived under the past few months (to remain there for eternity).

    November 11, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. mary

    NO, but Elizabeth Edwards is always welcome.

    November 11, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Mike from Virginia

    I like John Edwards but once you lie about something in public and humiliate your supporters, done deal.

    November 11, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Brady

    I have utterly no respect for this man. He should just go away.

    November 11, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Murf, Jackson, NJ

    Hopefully not!

    November 11, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Deb

    More than the affair, John Edwards who was campaigning for the democratic nomination for the Presidency put us all in jeopardy by lying. What would have happened if he had been nominated and during the general election the affair would have been found out?

    November 11, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. RickM

    I think John Edwards can make a comeback. If Dick Nixon could do it anyone can. Bill Clinton cheated on his wife while in the White House and it was no big deal. In fact I think John Edwards could be the face of the Democratic party post-Obama. America needs to grow up!

    November 11, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. hope

    maybe in 8 years.

    November 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. Matt

    GO AWAY! and take your $400 haircuts and multi-million dollar mansion with you.

    November 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. Chuck

    Not in this lifetime!!!

    November 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Lillie

    NO! NO! NOOOOOOOWAY!!!!! Shame on him!

    November 11, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. BJ/Phoenix

    What a 'looser'. Anyone that cheats on their spouse when they are dying, does not deserve anything. He is a 'sad' excuse of a human being. Shame on you John Edwards.

    November 11, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Lisa

    I love the way people stand in judgement of John Edwards. Get real. I say leave the guy alone. If his wife and family can live with who are we to have even have an opinion about this. People act like they have never done anything wrong in their lives. Knock it off everybody, he is not the first and he won't be the last. Moving on nothing to see or hear!!!

    November 11, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Enough from Dallas, Tx

    I care about anything a public figure does good or bad becasue it is a great barometer of his/her morals. If they can lie, cheat or steal in their personal life then how are to trust them in their public life? Unfortunately, if Bill Clinton was unscathed by his Monica incident ; I'm sure those same people are willing to forgive and forget.

    November 11, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. Bart Kofoed

    I don't have a high opinion of John Edwards' moral character. Not only was unfaithful to his wife, but people who have worked with him directly say that he is one of the vainest men around. John Edwards is not someone I want representing me in any capacity.

    November 11, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Annie in Bloomington

    I live in Bloomington and work at IU. I can tell you that there is very little interest from the people in Bloomington in seeing Mr. Edwards. Many are wondering why he is even wanting to speak. He should be at home with his wife, who is diagnosised with cancer.

    His political career is over – however I'm sure he'll speak or write a book.

    November 11, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. libs be dopes

    I understand Brecks is hiring......................

    November 11, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  20. LIP

    Who cares about John Edwards?
    Did anyone notice that Sarah Palin received 57,000,000 votes. Care to imagine what would happen if she were on her own ticket?
    All those Demo bloggers would be foaming at the mouth. Care to wonder why? Because they are afraid of her along with the Liberals and left wing leaning media. This was not a landslide victory folks, it was marginal. What would have happened if Obama not outspent McCain 6 to 1? Would he have won...I doubt it. If Palin runs for President, she should do the same as Obama and take private funds and then we will have a real horse race.

    November 11, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  21. Chuck

    Harlow, this could also be said about McCain, Guilliani, Clinton, and the many other politicians who think they are above reproach. Don't make it a partisan call. Remember you also have the bathroom tap dancing senator on your side.

    November 11, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. Tim

    He should retire IN SHAME to private life. Go away and stay away!

    November 11, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. travis

    Shamefully voted for him in the 2004 primaries. What a loser he is......

    November 11, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Spencer/VA

    For all of you GOP right wingers, let's not forget your faithful, adulterist maverick John McCain who was in the same situation and ran for election this year. At least Elizabeth knew of the infidelity. McCain just kicked his handicapped wife to the curb. What a maverick!

    November 11, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. DJ in TX

    While not defending John Edwards, who are we to judge? Clinton made it through after his admission. Unfortunately, this is life, These are politicians, not clergy. I don't advocate anybody being immoral, but that has nothing to do with being able to lead. That being said, he has a long way to go to get anybody's trust again.

    November 11, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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