August 20th, 2009
03:34 PM ET
13 years ago

Elizabeth Edwards: I expect a paternity test on Hunter's child

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Elizabeth Edwards spoke to CNN's Larry King about the paternity of Rielle Hunter's 18-month-old daughter, Frances."]
(CNN) - Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, told CNN she believes a DNA test will be conducted to confirm the paternity of the child of Rielle Hunter, with whom her husband conducted an affair.

"My expectation is that at some point, something happens, and I hope for the sake of this child that it happens, you know, in a quiet way," she told CNN's Larry King Wednesday night.

John Edwards originally denied that he was the father of 18-month-old Frances, but has not denied recent reports that he may soon make a formal statement conceding his paternity.

His wife told King Wednesday that life continued as usual in the Edwards household. "Things are going fine. We are getting the children ready for a new school year, everything seems to be going pretty smoothly at my house. Thanks for asking," she said.

Mrs. Edwards, who is battling incurable cancer, told King that "the numbers don't look that optimistic, but I feel good." She said recent test results showed her in relatively good health. "I'm still out here fighting," she said.

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  1. Bill

    Why is it relevant that Mrs. Edwards is a Democrat? Is CNN implying that all Dem's have spouses who are not faithful? In any case, who cares?

    August 20, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Ken McMullen

    I can't get over how callous and cold some of these remarks are. America truly needs some compassion and concern for others. It isn't all "about us" anymore.

    Just plain ..... Sad.

    August 20, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Edwards, in spite of her own terminal illness and the ongoing treatment and pain it causes, is still championing health care reform in this country. She is still providing a voice for those who feel they have no voice; who feel that no one listens. She has courage, integrity and a deep sence of social responsibility. As a cancer survivor and one who is struggling with my own health insurance provider I applaud her tenacity.

    August 20, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  4. NH Independent

    She staying with a man that betrayed her......sad example for her daughters......she as ignorant as he husband

    August 20, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  5. Deb

    Elizabeth at this stage you do whatever makes you and the children happy. You deserve that. Who are we to tell her to leave her husband. Maybe she needs her family, regardless, more than ever.


    August 20, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. julie in atlanta

    God bless Elizabeth Edwards.

    August 20, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Fenarkleman

    Stop it. Just stop it. For God's sake and the sake of our beloved nation, just stop it already.


    This is not debate. It's just the WWE and that's not American. We move forward now. Don't like it? Too bad.

    August 20, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. jjj

    I was a big Edwards supporter, but she needs to kick him to the curb.

    August 20, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. hm

    I am a married woman, and I respect myself and my children to much to stay married to man that has fathered a child with another woman. It is terrible and heart breaking enough to be cheated on, but then to have the ultimate reminder a child, I could not handle that in a marriage. Marriage is about love and trust, and even if I still loved my husband I could never trust him. Then there is no marriage.
    And whom ever thinks that the strong wonderful single women in this country are dumb, must be married to quite the man is all I can think.

    August 20, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  10. karrie

    Elizabeth, I understand and applaud both your courage and your grace. Stay strong.

    August 20, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    John Edwards is just another lying scumbag lawyer turned lying scumbag politician.

    August 20, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Carol

    I highly doubt that "things are going normally in the household." In my business of psychiatry I would have to say that there are "elephants in the living room." That simply means there are obvious issues that are being ignored. So, if the family is in weekly therapy, maybe then things would be simply OK, but, normal? I think not.

    August 20, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. free bird

    Mrs. Edwards is brave, inteligent , honest and abve all good Mother.
    Some of above comments are so cruel and rude.
    John Edwards is guilty one not Elizabeth she is doing her best to keep family together – what is wrong with it???
    Also that woman Hunter knew well that John ismarried man with children and sick wife ,wonder what she was thinking going into relation with married man. Perhaprs expecting to be Fisrt Lady or just for fame,whatever reason but it's stupid, shame on her.
    Mrs. Edwards ,God Bless You!!!

    August 20, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Rosalinda

    I believe Ms. Edwards is tackling this situation as she wants to. Who knows, who can blame her, maybe if we were in her shoes we would be doing the same thing. Your trucking along in life, taking care of your family thinking your family is taking care of you as well. Then BAM!! you realize that your so-called loving husband has not been faithful to you, you are dying of cancer, your so-called loving husband has lied to you about his affair over and over & just right when you thought you could believe him, you realize there is a little one that you did not give birth to but looks a hell of alot like your husband. What does she have to lose? She is about to exit this world, let her do things her way. It may not be classy and it may not be in the manner we would handle it but it is her deal and she has been given alot to deal with lately. And the public, well the public can chose to listen or not.

    August 20, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. hydra

    I assume all of you posting the very negative comments about her marriage and telling her what she should do are living your own lives as you choose. So stop telling her what to do.

    Good for Mrs. Edwards not running out, and good for Hillary having the guts to stay with Bill. Long-term relationships are made of so many days and years and experiences and life crises. If these women want to stay married it's no one's business but theirs. And Mrs. E. wasn't on LK to discuss her marriage. Watch the show people. It was about the healthcare issue. He is the one who opened the marriage discussion. Politician, minister, cab driver, whoever. .. Many ,many marriages have survived long before and after an infidelity by one spouse or the other. Flight is easier than fight. I think Elizabeth, and Hillary for that matter, are class acts when it comes to their personal lives.
    Good for them.

    August 20, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Buffalo

    Hasn't Elizabeth Edwards heard? It's already been proven the baby is John's. That's what was reported last week by an anonymous blogger. So it must be true.

    August 20, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Province of Saskatchewan Canada for Obama/Biden

    I watched CNN last night and the Larry King show and thought how despicable for Larry to even ask her about paternity test and rehash the whole baby issue again. Would someone please remove Larry from the airwaves he is truly sinile? I found that he asked the most pertinent and dumb questions to the people who chose to go on his nightly show. He laughs uncontrollable – Guys take him off it is a sign of sinility. Pleaseeeeeeeeee!!!

    Mrs. Edwards, may the God above grant you peace of mind. Mr. Edwards is a sick puppy/dog.

    August 20, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. laura

    If, as some posters have mentioned in defending Mrs. Edwards from critics, this is a personal matter – than it ought not be discussed on Larry King!!!

    C'mon, she's opened herself up to criticism for going on TV to talk about it.

    If, as you infer, she wanted to it to be a private matter, she would do so without all the TV cameras.

    I think she wants some attention.

    August 20, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. irene

    CNN became on of the Tablloids Gossip news.
    If Mrs. Edwards was at Larry King program to discuss Health Care reform, why Larry raised such provocative questions. He shall talk how many marriages he has behind and talk about his past LOVE LIFE-

    August 20, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Mary Miles

    The best gift, a lasting legacy that Elizabeth Edwards could leave her children is the lesson of how to live one's life with dignity, to teach them to live their lives with joy and grace NOT as the victim of a philandering man without one ounce of respect for women.

    Trying to give her children a sense of normalcy – come on. There is nothing normal about their lives. Her passive-aggressive behaviour is only teaching her children to manipulate others and play the sympathy card. "Woman-up" Elizabeth and live the rest of your life with courage instead of cowering behind the media and playing "victim".

    August 20, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  21. Shelly

    Putting on a brave face, she is.
    Maybe her legacy should be that she is a strong voice in this health care debate. Republican or Democrat, everyone seems to like and respect Elizabeth Edwards. She has been through enough.

    August 20, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. R in Maine

    Be tough! Hang in there. You do not need him. We are proud of you.

    August 20, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. DZ

    Liz, the only way you're going to "fight" or "conquer' your cancer is if you LET GO of all the anger you have about John's infidelity. Anger IS a cancer, a cancer on the soul. The breast cancer is a physical manifestation of the inner (soul) cancer you feel about John and his proclivity for other women. You're angry that he chose Rielle over you, and you're angry that he may have this child with her. But for yourself, you need to LET IT GO and move on with your life. As Ann Landers used to say, you have to make a decision whether your life is better off with him or without him. LET IT GO and MOVE ON with your own life! Stop dragging this on and on thru the media. They don't care about you - they're interested only in drama and feeding the public's insatiable appetite for drama and comparing our lives to those in the public eye. Live your own life for yourself. Stop dragging your life thru the streets. No one will give you pity, and if they did, it's not what you need to heal yourself. Only taking care of yourself is healing.
    And God bless you and give you courage to do what you need to do.
    DZ, PhD

    August 20, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Dina/Bronx

    Larry King is an idiot and should retire already. Someone at CNN, please put an end to him already!

    Politics has nothing to do with this; infidelity has nothing to do with this. Elizabeth Edwards was supposed to discuss health reform (does she understand the bill? Is that why she was asked to appear on the show?). Then Larry asks the question about her cheating husband.
    Enough already! We don't care!!

    August 20, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. L

    John goes out and lands himself in quite a bit of trouble as he parades through life with self indulgence in mind. In the end, he sees his cancer stricken wife (God bless her) field private questions from Larry King in an effort to maintain her family. In the meantime, we have another woman, likely distraught and hurt over John's dismissal of their child, attempting to piece together a life. It's horrible...all the hurt, betrayal and raging emotions endured by two women and an innocent child! And what is John up to these life as "normal as possible" back home. It is not fair at all!

    August 20, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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