August 8th, 2008
08:43 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain, Hillary Clinton react to news of Edwards affair

(CNN) - John McCain was tight-lipped Friday afternoon when it came to answering any questions about former U.S. Senator and Democratic hopeful John Edwards's admittance to having an extramarital affair. Edwards acknowledged he had had an affair with a former aide in 2006 but denied being the father of her baby. McCain told reporters "I don't have any comment on that" during a press conference in Rogers, Arkansas.

In Nevada, New York Senator Hillary Clinton said her "thoughts and prayers are with the Edward's family today" when asked if she thought her party would suffer any repercussions because of the scandal. Senator Clinton held an impromptu press conference following a campaign event in Las Vegas for Barack Obama where the statement was made.

Filed under: Hillary Clinton • John Edwards • John McCain
soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Lee from FL

    McCain should know a thing or two about cheating and leaving his wife.

    he did it also.

    August 8, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    The correct response is no response at all.

    Thank you, Hillary and John.

    August 8, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. rachel

    Thats my girl Hillary cnn you forgot to add she said thats all I am gonna say about it. I think that was more kindness than edwards showed bill during his witch hunt.

    August 8, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  4. Chase

    Good the less said the better from either one of them, Hillary or McCain.

    August 8, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  5. Michael in La Canada

    Aster a lot of hype, John Edwards added nothing to the Democratic ticket in 2004; he has now expanded upon that lack of achievement by detracting from the Democratic campaign of 2008. This man needs a LONG, LONG time to do penance before he shows his vapid, blow-dried face in public again!

    August 8, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. Jim

    Being that McCain had an affair with Cindy after his first wife had an accident and became wheelchair bound, I can understand why he did not want to comment on it.

    August 8, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  7. Maggie

    I suppose Edwards made a terrible mistake having this affair. But its not the end of the world. There are alot of people out there condemning Edwards and they themselves are doing the same thing.

    But I also wonder if there is something out there that we don't know about Obama. Maybe the DNC had better do a thorough check on Obama because you never know if a scandal can suddenly come out about him. That would definitely be a disaster so I think he should be checked out before the republicans find something that could definitely hurt the democrats.

    August 8, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  8. ex republican

    mcCANE changed the subject because he cheated on his first wife. there have been rumors of other affairs also........

    like many others have said, edward's affair will hurt mcCANE and help Obama.....Obama should call mcCANE out on it.

    August 8, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  9. John Lear, Burlington, IA

    McBush can't say anything about the affair Edwards had, that would be like calling the kettle black. All you holier than thou republicans, McBush wasn't divorced when he started an affair with trophy wife. Why isn't what he did in all the papers, why isn't he treated like an adultorer, that's what he is.

    August 8, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  10. Rob indetroit

    A subject John MCcrazy knows all about, seeing how he has committed adultry.

    August 8, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  11. Pam

    McCain did the same thing that Edwards did. He has no place making a single comment on this.

    August 8, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  12. Turnabout is Fair Play

    What's the matter McExplain? Don't want the media to turn their attention to you and your turkey necked Barbie Grannie doll there and how you two got together before and after you trashed your injured wife? Hmmmm?? Yeah, you BETTER keep your mouth shut about Edwards cause that would be the pot calling the kettle...

    August 8, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. Proud army and navy mom

    Is this story going to run 5 or 6 times? Must be a ploy to keep off Obama's ridiculous energy un-plan. I hope some sleazy lawyer goes after John Edwards for everything he has just like he did to corporations why he was helping the 'common folk'. What a jerk and a typical hypocrite. Now you know why dems don't run on family values, they don't have ANY values.

    August 8, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. Edward Edwards

    This is news?

    August 8, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. georgia

    neither of these two would have anything worth hearing to say on the

    August 8, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. ck

    And to think at one time I thought Elizabeth Edwards was a woman of strength and integrity... looks like she a typical government mooch after all

    August 8, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  17. jim

    McCain has no comment......I wonder why!!!!

    August 8, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. rhoward

    Considering what I keep hearing about Senator McCain and his first wife, if he's smart, he'll continue to be "tight-lipped".

    August 8, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. The Independent One

    I applaud McCain's discretion on this matter. He has firsthand experience that IT"S NO ONE'S BUSINESS. Disclaimer: This does not mean I like McCain.

    August 8, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Uren

    Matters of this type should better left to woman involved with John and his family as their private affairs, and this should be the case despite the admission by John of the extramarital affairs with that woman involved.

    August 8, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  21. Donna

    So sorry for all involve. Let's leave them alone.

    August 8, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    Jejussssssss, how many stories can there be on this? when will the gardener give his account? You would think this guy started an uneccesary war or something. This is between Edwards and his family. If Elizabeth wants to kick him in his acorns, I'm all for it.

    August 8, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. J.C.

    As long as Edwards is not running for or holding any public office, this is truly none of our business. My best wishes to the Edwards' family!

    August 8, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  24. Proud American

    Of course McCain is gonna be tight lipped he had an affair too. Those with sins can not cast stones.

    August 8, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  25. The Lady

    I really don't think that someone who has been down this road before would really like to comment on this topic.

    August 8, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
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