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. Michele

    I could understand why Hillary "stayed" with Bill–she perhaps thought it would keep her own political profile intact–but Elizabeth is living in a situation that would seem detrimental to what's left of her health. I hope that when she does pass on (hopefully not for a long time!) that her dear hubby will not go off and set up housekeeping with this Rielle person!

    August 20, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. Deuce

    It is not Americans. Hiding money from Americans. People invest in many countries all ove the world. You! America because it is in your bank at the time. Think it belongs to you. Your Stupid.

    August 20, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. BeautifulSoul

    What's so wrong with loving your husband, even after he messed up badly? Why are so many women trying to encourage her to leave? Isn't love about forgiveness?

    Mrs. Edwards, I applaud you for loving your husband and attempting to keep your marriage in tact. May God bless and keep you, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!!!!

    August 20, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Angie in PA

    Could you leave this to the Gossip Colums like the Enquier or globe or something and report some real news oh I know why dont you focus more on the LIES Being spreaded by Republicans, Freedom works, Fox News and tell the FACTS ABOUT HEALTHCARE REFORM!

    August 20, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. Robert

    John Edwards is a sleeze and that is all there is to it. Mrs. Edwards isn't dead but he is going to move the squeeze closer? What to teach the kid how to lie and cheat on your wife who is battling incurable cancer? What a jerk! Move forward Mrs. Edwards and tell him to go move in with the illegitmate kid!

    August 20, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Patriot

    Sure, your wife is dying and it is ok to knock up another woman. And both are as happy as can be. Sick...Sick.......both of them.

    August 20, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. j-Indiana

    You know we are all just weak human beings.
    When will we stop judging people. Who made us God.
    I respect Mrs. Edwards and hope all goes well.

    Some of the coments sound like mean people who are
    unhappy with their own lives. Get a grip. Love your neighbor and hush!

    August 20, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Deb

    What both Bill Clinton and John Edwards did were wrong, but there is a big difference between the two. Bill Clinton did not profess to be holier than thou, or campaigned with a "family values" platform like John Edwards did. Bottom line, John Edwards is a hypocrite and a cheater....

    August 20, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. WILLIAM, from CaLi!

    Don't forget Ted Kennedy's indiscretions...How soon do we forgive and forget!.........................................They were worse!

    August 20, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. linda in AR

    The show was about getting some real health care reform, as Elizabeth said "What are we going to do in 3 years when a family private insurance policy cost $38,000 a year."

    Hugs to Elizabeth.

    August 20, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    It's unforunate to be in the situation that she's in.
    Yet, let her work thru it. That's all I can say.

    August 20, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. jon

    Politicians, the public and the press really need to stop judging other politician's based on their personal pecadillos. The argument that this somehow effects Edwards' judgement on the job is absurd and assumes that all politicians are somehow infallible and free of mistakes. We all know that this is not the case. This family should be left alone to deal with their pain privately. By the way, I'm a Republican, just in case someone feels this is a politically skewed comment.

    August 20, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. Carol

    Mrs. Edwards is a beautiful, intelligent, brave woman who has been betrayed by her husband. She did not expect Larry King's question but answered it honestly. How can some of these heartless people be making such ugly comments and judgments about her? She is to be admired and loved for all the pain she has suffered, all the while with her head held high. Stay strong, Mrs. Edwards. I wish you a miracle.

    August 20, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  14. Deuce

    Says CNN. Always after the facts...

    August 20, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. JRS

    Is she staying just for the $$ and Life-style?
    I wonder how much he thought of his sick wife while he was out messing around??????

    August 20, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Wise Latina

    Unfortunately, Mrs. Edwards is a "co-dependent" who encouraged her husband in this activity by not calling him on it. She certainly must have known for years (like Hillary knew) that her husband was a worthless lying, cheating scoundrel who was all-too-happy to use her considerable pain for his political and egotistical gain. She gave him a pass, and he took it with relish. Keep in mind, that while she knew all of this, Liz was all-too-happy to receive the benefits and attention that she accrued from her husband's political ambitions.

    This defines a weak and/or cold calculating woman...

    August 20, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Does it matter

    All these comments are rather detrimental by the ones who posted them. And for the most part very silly. What I've read from the posts are left wingers (a place to vent), right wingers, those telling Liz to leave her husband when they probably wouldn't, and people that are passing judgment...yes even the one that posted...Lest he judge? PULEEZ, give us all a break on that one; EVERYONE judges!

    And don't bring your prayers and Gods into this! That makes no sense at all. Just like religion; it's control of the people...PEOPLE!

    To this very day I get shocked but however amused at how idiotic some people insist on being. And I bet for the most part, these are the ones that claim righteousness and 'professionalism' on the outside world and their job. Phonies! This is what happens when the internet is affordable and accessible to EVERYONE..! GEEZ..!

    August 20, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Chris

    The Edwards have been together for over 30 years. In spite of everything that has happened maybe she still loves him and wants to spend whatever time she has left with him rather than go through a divorce. Cheating husbands are nothing new. Usually it is simply for sex and they wouldn't dream of leaving their wives. Ask any woman who has ever been the "other woman". But he was incredibly stupid to not use a condom. I suppose he fell for the "It's OK, I'm on the pill" line – and to think he could have been president? No one knows what really goes on in peoples' private lives, so don't be so quick to judge Elizabeth.

    August 20, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Maria

    What a beautiful gracious soul. John Edwards will live to regret hurting this woman. The other woman couldn't be much of a woman if she's sleeping with another woman's husband knowing how much he had to lose, both publicy and privately.

    August 20, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |

    Hey Liz,

    You don't have to suffer from two cancers at the same time, you do not have to explain your spouse's actions.
    Take your power back and enjoy the remender of your life, because things can not be fine when the elephant is seated in your living room.

    August 20, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Deuce

    CNN! Is really Democrat CNN.... Pro Obama CNN. They actually think they are some kind of svengali. We Shout! And the world listens.

    By the time I have finished with you CNN. You will all be on the Dole.

    You cannot hold the world to ransom, because you made a mistake.

    "The Moment". The Madness of CNN

    August 20, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Steve from TN

    Normally, I would have Christian empathy for the wife. However, she knew of the affair and still stood beside this embicile and allowed his lie to continue. She has lost my respect for this reason. He might have been the nominee when the news of his infidelity had broken. What a mess the US would have been in with McCain-Palin. The country must come first. Forgive,; don't forget.

    August 20, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. William in San Jose

    Can you imagine if that idiot made it to the White House? Poor Elizabeth married a loser, a liar and a cheater. She's got more compassion than I.

    August 20, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. David from WI

    Corruption and infidelity knows no party lines.

    I wish Americans would remember that a bit more often.

    Mrs Edwards I wish you well and my best wises. There is NO excuse for cheating on ones spouse period. It is a betrayal of trust and the very foundation of ones marriage.

    Lets not forget it takes TWO to cheat and I am not talking about Mrs Edwards but the woman Mr. Edwards had the affair.

    Mrs. Edwards good luck and stay strong.

    August 20, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Mike

    I honestly don't know what to think of all this. I feel truly sorry for her but I'm long beyond starting to think that politicians really think they are above all laws, both real and those of common decency.
    There is not one single politician that I would trust with anything anymore.
    I just hope this thinking spreads and we finally get some voters with cojones to elect a third party President along with several third party Congressmen/women.
    Only then will the extremists on both sides of our current political aisle get the picture. I doubt that will even do it.
    Getting elected to public office does not entail someone to a specific entitlement. It means you have been given an honor and it should be treated as such.

    August 20, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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