October 26th, 2009
06:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Elizabeth Edwards: Marriage is a 'great love story'

John and Elizabeth Edwards during the 2008 presidential campaign.
John and Elizabeth Edwards during the 2008 presidential campaign.

(CNN) – Despite John Edwards' extramarital affair that rocked his marriage, his wife described their union as a "love story," albeit an unconventional one.

Elizabeth Edwards told WJLA-TV in Washington late last week that she wants her marriage to work, and that her husband has been supportive as she continues to battle breast cancer.

"John said, 'Perhaps not the great love story that we hoped, but maybe a great love story nonetheless," she said.

Edwards added: "'Til death do you part, because that's what I want."

Though Elizabeth promised to soldier on, she acknowledged the grim reality of trying to overcome terminal cancer.

"Cancer will probably win," she said. "Why would I give it any more days than it may already take? That's the choice I make."


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  1. Shecky

    First of all, I can't believe John Edwards would actually want to MARRY that little troll Rielle Whatever-her-name-is, but, that aside, Elizabeth calling her marriage a Love Story would be comical if it weren't so utterly PATHETIC. Love Story???? UM, ...don't think so. Pathetic sham of a marriage to a dopey liar and a cheater would be more like it.

    October 26, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Dennis

    John Edward is a fraud. Nothing else to say.

    October 26, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Gerald

    Great Love Story , Now I get it , you mean just like the Cintons. CNN only has the gloves of when its a republican.

    October 26, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Amber, Orlando

    Oh Lord, this brought tears to my eyes. :(

    October 26, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Debbie

    I think Elizabeth Edwards has great courage. I'm sure she still loves the man she married...not the man John Edwards is today. She is keeping her vow and her husband did not. Does he still love her rather than the tart he fooled around with? Most likely. In the big picture Elizabeth will lose her battle with cancer. She is just trying to make the best of a very bad situation. The person that should be in the news though is the tart. She should be hounded everyday for the rest of her life for her actions! And John Edwards should be reminded every day of the vow he made and failed at.

    October 26, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Scorpio1

    For the man (of course it was a man) who said that his infidelity was not as bad as stealing, get a grip. It is the ultimate sin. In light of the fact that his wife is terminally ill makes it even more disgusting.

    I despise his choice to run for office with his wife so ill. What does that say about his dedication to his vows? His ego comes first. Although I have never been in the place she is in, I understands why she stays for the end of her life. She is dedicated to forgiving. As for Hilary, all respect was lost for her when she stood by Bill given all of his indescretions. He is a repeat offender. She deserves nothing but pity.

    October 26, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Rainey

    Such a complicated mess. Would have a very different outcome if she were well I'm sure. She's between a rock and a hard place at best....so unfortunate. Life can really suck sometimes...that's reality.

    October 26, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. B

    She has the patients of a saint !!

    October 26, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  9. Greg, Dearborn MI

    Tremendously Strong Woman with a Worthless Schmuck.

    October 26, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  10. Haas

    Hmmm. Really?

    October 26, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Frances

    It might be for the benefit of their children.

    October 26, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  12. Pepou

    I empathize with Ms. Edwards' health situation but the state of her marriage or her private life doest not interest me.

    October 26, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Niki Birdsflight

    Sometimes, you have to be graceful and get out of the way. Love that is determined to stay put no matter what is not love. It is one sided fixation. She is in la-la land and he is paying the piper.

    October 26, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. Terri

    I guess you have you have to tell yourself what you want to just make it through the day when facing a terminal illness. I wish her the best.

    October 26, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Lynn

    She is a great wife and mother!

    October 26, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. Donna

    The biggest tragedy is losing John Edwards' pre-scandal campaign message. Blowing distasteful inciidents out of proportion is a perfect way to demonize what power brokers don't want us to hear.

    Cable TV bloviators, yellow journalists and internet hatemongers lower the bar for political dialogue. Since they never affected public policy, the former senator's picadilloes don't belong in the public sphere. Media opinionators without a conscience tried, convicted and sentenced Mr. Edwards to eternal disgrace, and Mrs. Edwards faces a premature death.

    It's time to leave the couple alone.

    October 26, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. It's Politics...

    Firstly, I want to congratulate Elizabeth for continuing her fight against cancer. For that, I have an endless amount of respect for her.

    And as for the argument of keeping vows "for better or worse, sickness and health" etc, I'm sure that "worse" doesn't constitute "staying in a trapped relationship with a man who obviously doesn't respect you or your needs."

    October 26, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Niki Birdsflight

    There are no guarantees on anything and a love that you force on someone is twisted and impossible. Love is unconditional, unrequested and not mandatory. It happens between people but time and events change it. The marriage responsibility puts a dubious question about the love issue. If a man has a relationship and a child outside of a current marriage, he is confused and has needs that are not met in his relationship. Stress, awareness of death and sex drive can change a man and his responsibilities. I think Edwards still loves Elizabeth but is in love with Rielle. If Elizabeth would understand that, she could have a decent relationship with the father of her children. The tension in that marriage must be hard enough to cut with a knife.

    October 26, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. maria

    Good for her, it is her choice to make, and she has every right to do so, no body's bizz

    October 26, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. nikki rogers

    Yuck. Elizabeth, find your sense of self worth and run away from that man.....that is NOT a love story......

    October 26, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Christi from Houston

    Do any of these people posting see that it is not love that keeps them (John and Elizabeth; Hillary and Bill) together? It is lust for political power. More repulsive than anything.

    October 26, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. ANONYMOUS

    I feel so sorry for this woman! She is trying to die with what little dignity she can muster up. The absolute absurdity of his loser DEMOCRATIC husband lying, cheating, having sex outside of marriage (isn't he Catholic?)) paying-off politicians, bribing, how long does the list go? Give this woman a break!

    October 26, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Phil

    What a pit of hypocritical vipers. Kicking a dying woman and having the nerve and gall to say that you are better than an adulterer? The Bible says you will be judged in the same merit that you judge others, and some of you are going to fall on your own sword before long.

    October 26, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Larry

    I have the upmost respect for Mrs. Edwards' strength and courage. Her husband, on the other hand, is the ultimate example why medical malpractice lawyers are all scumbags. Shame on anyone who voted for him.

    October 26, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. Phat Elvis

    wow what a great attitude to have. she has every right to be angry what withthe cancer and her husband's infidelity, but she is looking at the positive for the remainder of her days. very admirable.

    October 26, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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