March 11th, 2009
12:34 PM ET
5 years ago

Edwards steps back into spotlight

Edwards spoke at Brown University Tuesday.
Edwards spoke at Brown University Tuesday.

(CNN) - Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards waded back into the public eye Tuesday, months after admitting to an extramarital affair with a campaign aide that likely put an end to his political career.

In a speech at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, the two-time presidential candidate focused his remarks on issue of poverty, calling it a "fundamental issue," according to the Raleigh News and Observer.

In a question and answer session following the speech, only one student touched on the controversy that unfolded last summer, asking Edwards if politicians should be held to a higher standard than ordinary citizens.

“I don’t think it’s for a candidate to decide what’s appropriate,” Edwards said. “It’s something for every American to decide for themselves.”

“I have my own view, which I’m going to keep to myself tonight," he added.

Since admitting to an affair with former campaign videographer Rielle Hunter last August, the onetime vice presidential candidate has kept a low profile. Wife Elizabeth Edwards has continued to advocate for universal health care and is set to release a book in the coming months entitled, “Resilience: Reflections on the Burdens and Gifts of Facing Life’s Adversities.”


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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Ken in NC

    Yes John Edwards, wade in and wade right back out again.

    March 11, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Did all of you Edwards backers turn a blind eye to the John McCain or where you calling him out on his first wife?

    March 11, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Cindy

    Obama needs to forgive him, and use Edwards' talents in his administration. Obama seems to forgive everyone else, why not Edwards, too?

    Despite his infidelity, and broken trust... there is still good in him.

    March 11, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. M.S.

    I'm a Democrat and I was pretty angry at Edwards when his affair came out. He owes me for the money I contributed to his campaign, when there was NO WAY he would have been elected with this businesss going on. What a putz.

    March 11, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Mark C

    *** 2. He lives in a mansion with a huge electric bill, uses private jets, takes limosines then lectures us on the environment so I feel like he is a hypocrit.
    3. He managed a hedge fund and did lame medical malpractice so he can't be trusted to be objective in fixing wall street or healthcare reform. ***

    Actually, he has never run any sort of fund, hedge or otherwise. And the environment is not his issue – poverty is and always have been.

    March 11, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. bernard

    its nice to see you back buddy . hay john its great the democrats are back in power as well, thanks to you and your wifes help in that , most of all buddy thanks for standing up for the little guy in america , i realy mean that john thanks the little guy hasent much power and needs people like john edwards to help them bye standing up for them . thanks go to john and his wife . and dont be a stranger we wanna see more of you john .

    March 11, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Baze

    Get lost Edwards

    March 11, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. No Hillary = No Obama

    Unbelievable!

    March 11, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Mary - Independent

    It is unfortunate that so many Politicians are corrupt and cheat!
    Some get by easier than others, when it comes to consequences.
    Edwards appeared to be a great American; however, seeing another woman should be private, but it was exploited heavily by the media.

    March 11, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  10. Scott

    Does he really think his opinion matters to anyone? He has no credibility.

    March 11, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  11. DP

    @ constantgardner – So he cheated on his wife. What is next? Where does the cheating stop? This is a character issue. We do not need leaders who do not display good character. If you like the French so much, why don't you move there.

    March 11, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  12. The One

    Edwards should just crawl back under his rock . . . .

    March 11, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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