August 8th, 2008
03:05 PM ET
15 years ago

Edwards admits lying about affair, says ABC

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Edwards endorsed Obama in May."](CNN) - Former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards admitted to an extramarital affair in an interview with ABC News, the network reported Friday. He denied being the father of the woman's child, as had been alleged in tabloid reports.

Watch: Edwards met Hunter at a bar

Asked by a reporter late last month whether he had provided any financial support to Rielle Hunter, or to Andrew Young - the former Edwards aide who claimed paternity of the child - Edwards replied that "I have no idea what you are asking about, I have responded to consistently to these tabloid allegations by saying I don't respond to these lies." He also said again that he had not lied during his presidential campaign when he denied an affair with Hunter.

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Speaking to the network for a story to be aired Friday night, Edwards acknowledged the affair with 42-year-old Rielle Hunter, which began after she was hired to make documentary videos for his campaign, ABC said.

He said he has not taken a paternity test, but that the timing of the affair rules out the possibility that he could be her baby girl's father.

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  1. Tom Williams

    Better check out Obama. Look, his wife isn't even with him anymore - she went back to Chicago. What do you think that means??? She knows something about her husband that the media has not dared put out there yet. I can guess what it is; that man thinks of himself as Godly and Rock-star stuff. Why do you think that is??? (Not to me, he isn't) Major media, don't wait for National Enquirer to scoop on this one.

    August 8, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Concerned Citizen of America 08

    Sen Edwards was my first pick for Dem Presidential nominee. I'm not only heartbroken for Elizabeth, but very disappointed in John.

    August 8, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Democrat, Washington, DC

    Well, good thing we didn't pick that guy. Phew!

    August 8, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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