June 17th, 2009
06:48 PM ET
13 years ago

John Edwards talks affair, future

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/17/art.jedwards0617.gi.jpg caption=" Edwards isn't ruling out politics in the future."](CNN) - In his first at-length interview in the year since he admitted to an extramarital affair, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says he's still not sure whether it was a mistake to run for the White House knowing his act of infidelity could be exposed.

"Did it make sense to run and stay in the race? Time will tell," Edwards told the Washington Post in an interview published on the paper's Web site Wednesday.

The former North Carolina senator credited his run with highlighting the issue of poverty and pushing his chief Democratic competitors - Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - toward more progressive stances on a host of issues.

"If you were to ask people during the campaign who's talking most about [poverty], it was me," Edwards said in the interview. "There's a desperate need in the world for a voice of leadership on this issue... The president's got a lot to do, he's got a lot of people to be responsible for, so I'm not critical of him. But there does need to be an aggressive voice beside the president."

The comments come a month after his wife Elizabeth embarked on a high-profile book tour, during which she documented at length her anguishing reaction to Edwards' affair with a campaign staffer three years earlier.

Edwards - the 2004 vice presidential candidate and onetime frontrunner for an Obama cabinet post - also said he is not ruling out a future in politics.

"Sometimes you just keep your head down and work hard and see what happens," he said.

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soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. Sylvia

    John, as a former fan of yours I say to you, get a grip. Time will tell that you were finished even before your last run.

    June 17, 2009 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  2. Hypocrites

    With so many people cheating, I'm sure some of the people leaving negative feedback have also been unfaithful at some point in their lives.

    He cheated on his wife, big deal – there are worse things a politician can do with their time.

    June 17, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  3. hannah

    it is natural for man to cheat/or to have extramarital sexual encounters
    it does not mean they don't love there wife
    why do woman care so much spouses are not there possession
    wrong is when diseases are transmitted during the encounter
    european woman do not obsess but give man the freedom to leave
    if they choose so
    woman don't need sex like a man do, they are fine without
    in the us man say they will find it if they don't get it @ home
    this to me is slavery and power so well understood the usa
    i love america, but wake up, woman are not well respected
    we would not have the violence and crime against woman and children, that it be, don't trash man nor woman

    June 18, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  4. John

    Edwards is the Eddie Haskell of American politics

    June 18, 2009 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
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