August 8th, 2008
08:43 PM ET
13 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. Susan, PA

    He should be on McCain's VP list. That would make both of them having same qualifications.

    August 8, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  2. Peter E

    Why is every story about Clinton again? Does CNN have a fetish going out of their way to ask her about everything unrelated to her?

    August 8, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    How can she make a comment when her husband had an affair with a black woman back in the 1980's...

    Best play nincompoop.

    August 8, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  4. TerryDoRight

    CNN, you have turned into trash television. Did the Enquirer purchase CNN.

    Edwards admitted he had an affair, it over, his political career is over let Mrs. Edwards suffer in peace, I am sure her agony is tough enough without you dragging her pain, threw the rags of journalism,

    August 8, 2008 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  5. Hans Hansen

    Why John…why?

    August 8, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  6. Alan

    I think the reaction to the story about John Edwards' affair just reaffirms what a gossip mongering low-brow society we really are. So what if he had an affair? It's not the business of the entire country. It's not front page news, to be the number one story on Nightline. Every newspaper in the country will make this a front page story, and the people will go after the details like a hog after slop.

    August 8, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  7. Terry B

    She can't say nothing with her husband adulterous affairs and a possible child with a black woman in the late 80's.

    Just play nincompoop.

    August 9, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  8. Janet

    Both Senator Clinton and Senator McCain had the good grace to minimize their reactions to this story – for very different reasons.

    August 9, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  9. Tracy, Buffalo

    I really, really, don't want to see this drawn out in the media. John Edwards is an intelligent person who has done so much work for the environment and this country. He is only responsible to his wife, in regard to this issue, and apparently, that has been resolved.

    Please,CNN (as I know Fox news will pick apart every word and the entire background of the other woman), please just leave this alone-after the initial note/story.
    There is more than enough real news to report.

    August 9, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  10. Michael Skoog

    Isn't it fun to see how hilary clinton is subtly throwing her name back into the occasional headline now? I don't like the woman but her and Bill are ridiculously good at politics. How perfect is that? She disappears after losing and acts gracious, and then she suddenly wants to be back on the ballot. How does she support this claim? Not with reasons, no the real one of those is that she wants to be President so bad. Hillary just comes at you by causing a media frenzy about petty but headline grabbing subjects. She's a crazy little snake about politics.

    August 9, 2008 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  11. Judy

    Its none of our business...

    August 9, 2008 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  12. Paris

    CNN you should have at least one story about the kind of reply we
    Got from our two presidential candidates.
    You have six article on John Edwards and none analyzing the reply of our next president.

    I guess rating and quality don’t go hand in hand.

    August 9, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  13. Nija

    From a Human point of view, this is wrong because, I do not have the right to judge him. My prayer goes to his family especially to his wife who has undergone chemo for sometime now. This should be a warning for every married man. An affair is on thing but consequences out wieghts the risk. In Texas the bill board of DWI says "You can't afford."

    August 9, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  14. CNN loves McCain

    I would expect McCain to be quiet...he is hardly one to comment on the virtues of marraige!

    August 9, 2008 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  15. Tbone

    I mean, what's McCain gonna say, it was immoral when I did it, and it's even more immoral now? Let's move on to actual issues.

    August 9, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  16. jenny

    What a sad, sad fall from grace.

    That said....of course McCain didn't say anything – didn't he take up with his current wife before ending the marriage to the first wife?

    August 9, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  17. Kjam

    this is jaw dropping. I am so disappointed.

    August 9, 2008 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  18. Donkey Party

    McCain knows better than to comment, he did the same thing when he returned from Nam, and Hillary doesn't want to go there cause it happened to her, except she's so power-hungry that she'll overlook all of Bill's forays in the interest of saying she's married to a former President.

    August 9, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  19. Chillary Hilton

    How come everyone's having whoopy except me and Elisabeth. Okay, at least me, anyway???

    August 9, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  20. Still an Edwards supporter

    John Edwards affair should have no bearing on the Dem party. This is a moral issue that he will have to answer for. His affair in no way, minimizes all the good he's done. He's still, in my opinion, a champion for the underpriviledged and should not have this one sin destroy his name.

    We all should remember that although having an affair may not be our sin, but something surely is.

    August 9, 2008 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  21. Sandra

    Ofcourse McCain has no comment. He might have been asked about the affair he had with his first wife. So.......... he dodge the question. Go figure.

    August 9, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  22. Leslie

    ugh....I'm losing all faith in men. Geez.

    August 9, 2008 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  23. Butch Dillon

    Why not explain McCain's tight-lipped non-response? Everyone knows why he'd be mum on the subject. The treachery of McCain's extra marital affairs against his first wife are common knowledge, as is the reason for them. Like Elizabeth Edwards, McCain's first wife was in a very bad physical situation after a devastating car accident, and not the woman he left behind when he went off to play in Vietnam. McCain can be trusted just as much as Edwards or Gingrich, or any of the others in that situation.

    August 9, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  24. Tracy, Buffalo

    At least Edwards resolved this with his wife, the only person he made this promise with. That is all I need to know. There was a satisfactory agreement in there, or else Elizabeth would have left. Error in judgement, but he's an intelligent guy, does a lot of good work, but, he is a person. I still believe, a family man.

    McCain left his disabled wife for the person he was having an affair with- Cindy McCain. Who-though the odds are low- could be our First Lady- that coniving B***h! Now, that is HORRIBLE. If there is a news story to go over and over and over, that would be it. McCain is the lowest form of life....grrr..I can't even come up with the right words for what McShame did.

    August 9, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  25. Wow

    Well, for the road that Elizabeth is now taking, Hillary has certainly been on that road before. She responded with strength and grace then and she does so now.

    John McCain of course didn't say anything because he's been on the same road John Edwards is taking- a politician who's had an extramarital affair.

    It didn't hurt McCain's career much- he's running for president..

    August 9, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
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