August 24th, 2009
10:53 AM ET
9 years ago

Elizabeth Edwards puts politics aside, opens store

Elizabeth Edwards is opening a new store.

Elizabeth Edwards is opening a new store.

(CNN) - Elizabeth Edwards, a vigorous proponent of health care reform and the wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, is putting politics aside in her new job.

Edwards officially opened a furniture store in Chapel Hill over the weekend, something she has long wanted to do.

"My mother had a charity store when I was growing up where she got Japanese antiques and sold them," Edwards told CNN affiliate WTVD.

The store, called Red Window, sells a variety of antique pieces at discount prices, Edwards said.

"I try to go to High Point and buy good things at a great price," she told WTVD. "Sometimes that means I've got to buy a lot of them, but then pass the good price along to customers here in Chapel Hill."

John Edwards was also on hand for the store's opening, but refused to answer questions about his political future or the ongoing controversy surrounding his affair onetime campaign aide Rielle Hunter.

Earlier: Elizabeth Edwards says she expects paternity test

"[I am] doing the things I need to do with my family, helping Elizabeth, support what she's doing here," he said.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Edwards dismissed the latest reports on the matter as "tabloid news."

"Tabloid news is tabloid news," she told the station. "We just have a family to run and now a business to run as well, so we just keep our eye on that ball and try to ignore what supermarket tabloids have to say."

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  1. Maria - Proud Democrat

    Good for her......

    August 24, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  2. Alfred E. Neumann

    Elizabeth Edwards is a story because of her cheating husband.

    We can go back to Jack Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Ensign, Sanford, et al – a politician not cheating on his wife is a story.

    August 24, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. peter

    I am glad this woman is moving on with her live and her family peacefully with having to listen to this vulture of so called news destructionist medias.

    You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Rosa

    So this is political news? Who picks these stupid stories?? Fire them please!

    August 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. carmen Laube

    Wish I could go down there and help her! She's giving her kids the lesson of a lifetime – take the high road, and don't pay attention to what other people think.

    August 24, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Wise Latina

    I am much more interested in knowing why she hasn't filed papers on this piece of stinking human debris that was her husband??

    August 24, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. brian

    hmmm..seems a bit odd to dismiss tabloid news as being "tabloid news". If I remember Elizabeth, it was the National Enquirer that brought the story of John's indiscretions, and your lies, to light...

    August 24, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. katiec

    Way to go Elizabeth! You are greatly admired by many.
    Her statement about tabloid news hits the nail on the head.
    The media, especially those who claim to be fair and balanced,
    trustworthy etc have resorted to sensationalizing, cramming
    lies, distortions, outlandish statement down our throats, never
    ever fact checking or calling out people on their lies.
    The days of the media having integrity, honor and reporting in
    an unbiased fashion are long gone.
    And, we are the victims as cannot ever expect to get truthful, above
    board reporting as that quality has disappeared.

    August 24, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. ichong

    Good for her! I hope she gets better.

    August 24, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Cheryl

    Leave this woman alone and let her live her life. No one knows what they would do or would have done in her position.

    August 24, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  11. Big Ed

    Best of luck..

    August 24, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. Demo-Brat

    Honestly...good for her.

    How many women have husbands who have been 'found out' in the midst of some marriage destroying indiscretion????! WHY is it that when politicians do it, it has to be ALL over the news as though it affects anyone besides the wife and kids???? Just where is the public trust placed? In the politician's bedroom? He may make some mistakes in his personal life but Americans just keep on judging his "job performance" based on his bedroom activity. When are Americans going to wise up?

    Americans are so nosy as though they don't have skeletons lurking that just don't make it to CNN etc. If they were judged based on their marriage ethics, there would be alot of people jobless because of and women alike. Look around your KNOW there are corners where something other than work is going on. Americans should stop pretending to be outraged. Oh,'s better if I can point the finger at you but the truth is there are three pointing back at me.

    Bunch of gossiping and women alike. Get over it.

    August 24, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Scott, Tucson

    The Democrats can have their health care bill pass today, they got the majority and Obama will certainly sign it but than maybe, just maybe a few of these leftist politicians are hearing the American people (the ones that work for a living) and can see that 2010 is just around the corner and wish to save their political skins by not backing this bill.

    And does anyone in the media got the spine to ask Obama just how he plans on paying for this bill since we're looking at an additional 2 Trillion dollars that he's adding onto the nation debt before figuring in the cost of his health care.

    August 24, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. frank

    the edwards have no shame...and they continue with the show

    August 24, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Joe

    She only wants to be in the news when she profits – CNN is the perfect tabloid for free advertising for her new gig...

    August 24, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. jerseylil

    What a wonderful idea and good luck with your store, Elizabeth! Your continuing courage and drive to keep looking forward despite adversity is an inspiration to us all. I’m sorry but John Edwards just doesn’t deserve a good woman like you. I used to be a supporter of John but lost all respect for him. But I understand why you look forward and not backward and I applaud your decisions.

    August 24, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Hugo

    I find it laughable that Elizabeth Edwards is being presented as a Democratic stand up for promoting this crap of a healthcare Bill. Her husband got his career start in politics as a lawyer suing big tobacco in a State that saw most of it's Agricultural cash crop from, you guessed it tobacco (representing his constituents). So, as a lawyer he sued the tobacco companies for millions of dollars because individuals exercised their freedom and chose to smoke or use tobacco products. He made millions off of the lawsuits that insurance companies have had to pay and as a result increase their insurance premiums or quit issuing insurance to smokers . Now, we have all seen what a lying cheating piece of work he is and we all know that he will undoubtedly try to remain as a guiding light for the Democratic party. You Go liberals, this is why you will fail!

    August 24, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. her 911

    Elizabeth Edwards has said that it is all about family. Having owned
    my own business for 33 years and also in treatment for
    ovarian cancer, I really wonder where her priorities really are. It seems
    to me that every day she has left should be all about her children
    and a lot less to do with starting a business about which she appears
    to have little or no experience. My impression is that her children
    will look back at this experiment as taking away precious time
    with their mother. There must be a better way to be both a role
    model to her children and to other women who, too, are battling
    cancer. I find the whole furniture store to be baffling. staritng a business is very stressful and cancer thrives on stress.

    August 24, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    Opening a furniture store is the most sensible thing the Edwards have done so far. In a recession, reviving small businesses is the second engine for our economic recovery; manufacturing being the first engine.

    However, we must have a public health care plan to cover all Americans and tax everyone, I mean everyone, the same tax rate for Medicare and Social Security WITH NO LIMIT.

    I wish the Mrs. Elizabeth Edwards success in her small business adventure. North Carolina still has lots of good American made furniture to be sold. I suggest she sell it online as well.

    August 24, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  20. Farrell in Houston

    Elizabeth is doing the ground work to restore her husband's integrity and get him back into politics while he "supports what she's doing". Well, I too support Elizabeth but John is probably bored to death.

    August 24, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Mississippi Mike

    I hope she sells the same hair care products her husban uses! I just love his glossy mane.

    You know what's funny? Her husband is all about taking down evil entrepreneurs and capitalists but here she is opening a store that sells high end goods. Now his wife is selling fancy antiques, is this irony or hyprocrisy? Probably both.

    August 24, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  22. patNY

    Is this a second hand antique store?

    August 24, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Phillip Bunn

    Elizabeth Edwards needs to regain some dignity and either pack up and leave her husband or just "shut up" about it!!!! She has gotten more mileage from infidelity than any other living American I know. This whole "stand by your man" persona is getting abused to the point of just being pathetic and ridiculous. The simple fact of the matter is: she and John are getting rich from sucking up to the media and having them exploit the personal lives for all America to cope with. Grow up, people. Keep your private lives, private, and take out your own trash.

    August 24, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. Patti, Kansas

    I wish her all the best, but her husband is a total waste of space.

    August 24, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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