(CNN) – In his first at-length interview in the year since he admitted to an extramarital affair, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says he's still not sure whether it was a mistake to run for the White House knowing his act of infidelity could be exposed.
"Did it make sense to run and stay in the race? Time will tell," Edwards told the Washington Post in an interview published on the paper's Web site Wednesday.
The former North Carolina senator credited his run with highlighting the issue of poverty and pushing his chief Democratic competitors - Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - toward more progressive stances on a host of issues.
"If you were to ask people during the campaign who's talking most about [poverty], it was me," Edwards said in the interview. "There's a desperate need in the world for a voice of leadership on this issue... The president's got a lot to do, he's got a lot of people to be responsible for, so I'm not critical of him. But there does need to be an aggressive voice beside the president."
The comments come a month after his wife Elizabeth embarked on a high-profile book tour, during which she documented at length her anguishing reaction to Edwards' affair with a campaign staffer three years earlier.
Edwards - the 2004 vice presidential candidate and onetime frontrunner for an Obama cabinet post - also said he is not ruling out a future in politics.
"Sometimes you just keep your head down and work hard and see what happens," he said.
John, as a former fan of yours I say to you, get a grip. Time will tell that you were finished even before your last run.
With so many people cheating, I'm sure some of the people leaving negative feedback have also been unfaithful at some point in their lives.
He cheated on his wife, big deal – there are worse things a politician can do with their time.
it is natural for man to cheat/or to have extramarital sexual encounters
it does not mean they don't love there wife
why do woman care so much spouses are not there possession
wrong is when diseases are transmitted during the encounter
european woman do not obsess but give man the freedom to leave
if they choose so
woman don't need sex like a man do, they are fine without
in the us man say they will find it if they don't get it @ home
this to me is slavery and power so well understood the usa
i love america, but wake up, woman are not well respected
we would not have the violence and crime against woman and children, that it be, don't trash man nor woman
Edwards is the Eddie Haskell of American politics