February 10th, 2010
05:16 PM ET
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Edwards' spokeswoman denies story on marriage proposal

Former Sen. John Edwards' spokeswoman flatly denied a story in the National Enquirer Wednesday.

Former Sen. John Edwards' spokeswoman flatly denied a story in the National Enquirer Wednesday.

Washington (CNN) - Former Sen. John Edwards' spokeswoman flatly denied a story in the National Enquirer Wednesday that claimed the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee is engaged to his mistress, Rielle Hunter.

The Enquirer reported that Edwards proposed to Hunter on the day he told her that he would publicly acknowledge being the father of their child, Frances Quinn.

Edwards was taking steps to run for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination when he began his affair with Hunter, a videographer. The former senator denied that he was the father of Frances Quinn for more than a year, but he acknowledged paternity late last month.

Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, have legally separated.

"John has said that when his divorce is final, he'll buy her a diamond ring," the Enquirer quotes a 'close source' in the story as saying about the marriage proposal. "But in the meantime, he's getting them a house."

But Joyce Fitzpatrick, an Edwards spokeswoman, said in an e-mail to CNN that the report was "absolutely untrue."

The Enquirer broke the story of Edwards' affair with Hunter as well as his being the father of Frances Quinn.

A federal grand jury is investigating payments the former senator's campaign and supporters made to Hunter, who worked as a videographer for Edwards as he prepared for his 2008 presidential campaign.

Andrew Young, a former Edwards' aide complicit in helping the former senator hide the affair, revealed in his new tell-all book "The Politician" that prosecutors peppered him with a number of questions regarding the payments made to Hunter.

"I sat in the witness chair, and as the men and women of the grand jury scrutinized me, the prosecutors pressed me for exact information about checks that were written, the way the money was used and the timing of events," Young wrote. "They wanted names, dates, and amounts in very specific terms."

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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Mitt Romney rules!

    Cut down on government spending, pensions,.... Smaller government with more of a private sector thinking, please.

    February 10, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. lynne

    I just feel for Elizabeth God Bless you.

    February 10, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. charlotte

    Edwards and his spokespeople have zero credibillity. Weren't they denying there was an affair? Weren't they denying there was a child? Now they deny there's an engagement. God, you just can't make this stuff up. Myself, I'll wait and see, not that anyone truly cares except his poor wife.

    February 10, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. pa. independent

    Maybe he wants to marry Rielle ASAP so she doesn't have to testify against him, if he goes to trial for inappropriate use of funds.

    February 10, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. charlotte

    Oh, and John in Iowa, for your retarded information there ARE a lot of liberals posting here about their lack of faith in Edwards. You're too stupid to be on blogs, you make assumptions without any facts behind them. Oh, that's right, you're a Rethug. 'Nuff said.

    February 10, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. ew!

    I love the comment from 'Edie' "Who cares what this dishonest politician is doing" LOL bury your head in the sand with the rest of them!

    February 10, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    It could be worse. Maybe he'll run around with Failin' Palin next.

    February 10, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    after all – he's following the big hero inept pilot John McCain. He ran around with a single woman when he had a crippled wife.

    February 10, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  9. Mike

    When you see the word "deny" in a story about a politician, you know the story's true ....

    February 10, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Porter

    yeah yeah yeah – we've heard his stories before.......I bet the Enquirer is right, yet again.

    February 10, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. Really...

    Like who really cares at this point. Have you ever heard the story Cry Wolf?????

    February 10, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  12. NC Jeff

    I don't think it much matters much whether he is a Democrat or a Republican. It's no longer a political issue but rather an issue of integrity and honesty. It could be the downfall of human decency and a total breakdown in what is right and wrong. Both parties have cheaters, beaters and depravity.

    John Edwards betrayed me because I thought he was a decent and fair man. Boy was I fooled! I'm so discussted with our elected officials and the way that business is conducted in Washingto that I'm voting against the incumbent and if there is a call to arms, I'm coming.

    February 10, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Susanne L

    Why cant they just leave them alone. Let that woman live out the rest of her life with some peace and her children. Why do people thrive off of others misery?

    February 10, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Judy

    Now why we we doubt what John Edwards says? He'll admit this within a few months. That's his creepy m.o.

    February 10, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. LW

    They are both selfish trash. Please report on something worthwhile.

    February 10, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Cindy, Ohio

    John, You better hope your current wife does ot die anytime soon. You be blamed for her death and will more the scum of the earth than you are now. Stress and cancer does not mix.. John you are a looser!

    February 10, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  17. Debby

    He is pure scum. He first said he didn't have an affair and then the child wasn't his. This guy has spewed more lies than carter has pills. I can't believe I actually voted for him and lurch back when I was a Dem.

    February 10, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  18. Mary

    I doubt that anyone will ever believe anything that comes out of the Edwards camp. He is scum and isn't credible.

    February 10, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. Emilio

    Why is the interest of so many in this nation piqued by bottom-feeders like John Edwards? This man is not worth consideration for anything, not even dog-catcher.

    February 10, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. Sam

    One question.......Who Cares??????

    February 10, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. Ruth Neeley

    Gosh, haven't you or any of your friends erred? Do we have to crucify John over this. We need to ask our selves what we would do if we were in his shoes.
    Just because he messed up we don't have to kill him. I am sorry he messed up but lets try to gorget and forgive.

    February 10, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. Fitz in Texas

    The definition of lowlife.......John Edwards.

    February 10, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. Rosie

    At least Edwards didn't run to Argentina and use state money to get a babe like Mark Sanford did.

    February 10, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. john

    edwards and his spokespeople have been pretty straight with us since this whole story just broke. so why wouldn't we believe them now?

    February 10, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. Brian from RTP

    Why do we still care about his business? I mean, if we can't trust him, he is fairly useless to us which means his personal affairs is not at all important or worthy of national news.

    February 10, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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