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?