John Edwards Admits To Affair: Issues Statement

Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is admitting to an extramarital affair but denies fathering the woman's daughter.

Edwards tells ABC News that he lied repeatedly about the affair with a 42-year-old woman but says that he didn't love her. He says he has not taken a paternity test but knows he isn't the father because of the timing of the affair and the birth.

ABC says a former Edwards campaign staffer claims he is the father, not Edwards. Edwards was a top contender for the Democratic nomination for president. He placed second in the Iowa caucuses last January but dropped out of the race a few weeks later.

Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2004.


August 8, 2008

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs. I recognized my mistake and I told my wife that I had a liaison with another woman, and I asked for her forgiveness. Although I was honest in every painful detail with my family, I did not tell the public. When a supermarket tabloid told a version of the story, I used the fact that the story contained many falsities to deny it. But being 99% honest is no longer enough.

I was and am ashamed of my conduct and choices, and I had hoped that it would never become public. With my family, I took responsibility for my actions in 2006 and today I take full responsibility publicly. But that misconduct took place for a short period in 2006. It ended then. I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established. I only know that the apparent father has said publicly that he is the father of the baby. I also have not been engaged in any activity of any description that requested, agreed to or supported payments of any kind to the woman or to the apparent father of the baby.

It is inadequate to say to the people who believed in me that I am sorry, as it is inadequate to say to the people who love me that I am sorry. In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic. If you want to beat me up - feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself. I have been stripped bare and will now work with everything I have to help my family and others who need my help.

I have given a complete interview on this matter and having done so, will have nothing more to say.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 14, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    Stop blaming Bush, we have a democratic house and senate, really, last I checked they did not want drilling in the US in fact, Nancy Pelosi adjourned so as not to deal with the problem of energy. Use Google to learn more about how the country works. The democrats under Carter did away with drilling in the US and made us vulnerable to foreign oil. Fact. No money is ever wasted to have a free country in Iraq. There is much good in what the US does in the world. We are always the country that steps up in a crisis. Earthquakes, floods and even when a dictator attacks a free country. This why I love being an American. Obama said he was going after the oil companies like Carter did, history; see ya in the gas lines. He also said he is going to increase taxes; hope you like a paycut.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: It was President George H.W. Bush who signed the executive order banning offshore drilling in 1991, not Presidnet Carter.
  • by Lavon Location: Kinston on Aug 13, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    See me in the gas lines? What you mean like were doing now with the current republican president? lol!! Or do you mean the way inflation has nearly doubled since Bush has been in the white house, Oh let me guess, all this is Obama's fault right? You talk about taxes being raised but it's strange to me that you forgot to mention that billions of dollars or OUR!! Tax money is wasted away in Iraq every month. And you have the audacity to mention taxes LOL!!!! Your comments are absolutely laughable..
  • by cynthia Location: greenville on Aug 13, 2008 at 08:08 AM
    He is still lying about what happened! I suspect this is not the end of the story but just the beginning. His wife should leave him, get an attorney, and take this scumbag to the cleaners.!!!
  • by Crazy Location: Washington on Aug 13, 2008 at 07:34 AM
    I have never cheated on a wife, or girlfriend...that makes me crazy. I have known only a handfull of people that have done that. When my ex cheated, I showed her the door. Her family hasn't talked with her for doing this, get it. Its about moral values. I hope you girlfriend or wife cheats on you while you are having a life threatning disease, then you might understand the hurt that Elizabeth and the family have over this and the sneaky underhanded person John is. Vote for Obama, he will loose the state anyway. His agenda is not NC based, its liberal socialist agenda. Hope you like the paycut you have coming when he raises your taxes. See ya in the gas lines.
  • by Lavon Location: Kinston on Aug 13, 2008 at 05:45 AM
    So what big deal! Every man cheats at some point in a relationship, if you think for one min that your husband or borfriend has never slept with another woman then your just plain crazy!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 13, 2008 at 05:25 AM
    Sorry McCain Snake Oil Co, Obama Snake Oil is made from by far the sleeziest, lowest, slithery snakes we can find. Edwards is one of our best salesman, salesman of the millenia. We have Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosia and Reid who have been past salesmen and women of the year. All found under cow pies. Its about credibility. This is why Obama is blowing smoke in NC, he has no experience, questionable ties to Ayers and Wright and people just don't trust him. Obviously you have no problem with Edwards so you should vote for Obama. Thats OK, he will not win in NC but he might in the country. The democrats need to find more experience and someone with moral principals to get my vote again, yes, I am a democrat. As soon as they get someone, I will let you know. Its just not the liberals they are shoving down our throats right now.
  • by Mark Location: Bath on Aug 13, 2008 at 05:12 AM
    To Gail: You get the quality of leaders you deserve. Look at the quality of officials North Carolina elects, George W. Bush and Hood Richardson as just two (pathetic) examples.
  • by Kathy1965 Location: NC on Aug 13, 2008 at 04:58 AM
    An affair by a husband or wife is between the huband and wife. Its nobody elses business. Her choice to stay or leave is her choice. It takes a strong woman to leave a person you love over an affair just like it takes a strong woman to stay and work through it. Either way, it's her business. If a man or woman has an affair, it doesn't mean he/she isn't capable of performing his/her job. A person can be faithful to their spouse and still not be able to perform their job properly. Nobody is perfect. Everyone has things they are good at and others they are not. What's in your closet?? Nobody's business, right?!
  • by McCain Snake Oil Company on Aug 12, 2008 at 04:47 PM
    I believe it is 100% acceptable what Edwards did. He is a man that if he sees something he wants he goes after it. After all that is what Capitalism is all about! He is a go getter, that is the type of person we need to to follow in the footsteps of our glorious leader President Bush even if he is a devilcrat.
  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Aug 12, 2008 at 03:00 PM
    I'll say it again....once you become a public figure your personal life becomes public also. Neighbors gossip about other neighbors. I feel sorry for his wife and I hope she has what Hillary didn't...the guts to end that relationship. It kills me how people in the spotlight always say, leave me alone, don't bother my family. Edwards knew what he was signing up for. If I cheat on my husband it won't make national news, it would be just juicy gossip around the towns folk. His interview with Katie Couric was horrible, it was like watching a platypus with spina-bifida. The interview was all awkward. He was all over the place, not making any sense, and at the end in some twisted way he called his own self a low down dog. I'm just glad I'm not his wife because I'm violent ;)

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