Oh Baby!

Former North Carolina Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards interview about his alleged extramarital affair left many questions unanswered.

It was a bombshell for the many supporters of John Edwards: the National Enquirer was right.  Edwards admitted in a TV interview Friday to having an extramarital affair.  "In 2006, I made a very serious mistake," Edwards told Bob Woodruff of ABC News.  He'd been unfaithful to his wife, Elizabeth, who's had a very public and brave fight against cancer. 

Edwards said in the interview, "I grew up as a small town boy in North Carolina.  I came from nothing, worked very hard, dreamed about doing something hopeful, helpful in my life....I went from being a young senator, to being considered as a vice presidential candidate, running for president, being a vice presidential candidate and becoming a national public figure, all of which fed a self-focused and egotistical narcissism that leads you to believe that you can do whatever you want."

There is one facet of the National Enquirer reports that Edwards flat out denies, however.  He says he did not father his mistress's baby.  Another staffer on the Edwards campaign is claiming he is the father of Rielle Hunter's baby.  Edwards says he is willing to take a paternity test.  Hunter's lawyer says she does not want to take part in a DNA test, that she wants privacy.

What do you think about this story?  Do you think it has any impact on the way Americans view politicians, especially in an election year? Do you think it's nobody's business who fathered the baby? 

 

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  • by MARIBEL Location: GREENVILLE on Aug 22, 2008 at 12:26 PM
    I WISH EVERYONE WOULD LEAVE HIM ALONG ABOUT HIS EXRAMARITAL AFFAIR. MAYBE HE NEEDED A LITLE ON THE SIDE. SOME MEN NEED THAT AS WELL AS WOMEN. I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ANYWAY, BUT THAT'S JUST ME. HA!!HA!!!
  • by bill Location: greenville on Aug 20, 2008 at 10:52 PM
    what a tool. glad he's not on the obama ticket because of this. then again, he democratic party might be stupid enough to put him on the ticket. i can't see obama going for him though. nice to know the fraud was out making his wife proud while she was battling cancer!!!
  • by Zoey Location: NC on Aug 18, 2008 at 11:54 AM
    I am sorely disappointed in this man. I should have know better than to think he was above reproach!
  • by Chuck Location: Greenville on Aug 13, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    We treat politicians like professional sports figures! In both cases, we pay them too much and allow them too much leeway in our society. The same can be said for entertainment TV/movie stars and more and more even news and media figures. Get a backbone America and start demanding these mere humans get paid and treated based on their real contributions to society? Don’t pay Edwards millions of dollars by reading a book that I am sure will soon be published about his poor sex life while his wife was fighting cancer. The joke is on us and we keep paying for it!
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 11, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    I don't think the opinions of most Americans toward politicians could get much lower, no matter how good their hair looks.
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