Elizabeth Edwards: "Trust Is The Biggest Hurdle"

DETROIT (AP) -- The wife of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards says her husband's extramarital affair has allowed her to focus on the importance of her children and health reform as she goes through "an ongoing process of finding your feet again."

"There's a lot of adjustment to make," Elizabeth Edwards told the Detroit Free Press for a story published Thursday. "When you mention trust, that's probably the most difficult hurdle."

The interview came more than a month after her husband acknowledged that he repeatedly lied about having an affair in 2006.

Elizabeth Edwards, 59, had been quiet about the affair, only discussing it in a brief statement last month in which she pleaded for privacy and said her husband confessed the affair to her in 2006.

Edwards, who is being treated for breast cancer, spoke to the newspaper ahead of a visit to Detroit next month to talk about coping with life's setbacks, including the loss of her teenage son in an auto accident and her 2004 cancer diagnosis.

She also said she wants her children - Cate, 26, Emma Claire, 10, and Jack, 8 - to have an image of their father as "an advocate for poverty, not for this current picture of him to be the only one they carry with them, as young people and as adults."

"I have to prepare for the possibility if I die before they are grown," she said, of helping them "function without an involved, engaged and admiring parent. So I need to create the picture for them that I want them to have."

Audience members asked no questions about her private life, and Edwards did not mention the affair. She did not return a message left Thursday by The Associated Press.

John Edwards has canceled all of his public events until after the election, saying in a statement through his publicist he doesn't want to be a distraction to his party's ticket.

He said in early August that he had an affair with a woman hired to produce videos of him doing advocacy work as he laid the groundwork for a presidential campaign.

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  • by Obama 08 4 Prez! on Sep 18, 2008 at 06:00 PM
    The worst thing about this is, John didn't just drag is wife into this mess, he pulled his kids and the public in also. Mrs. Edwards didn't have to deal with this privately like a lot of women do. She dealt with it with spotlights right on her. She shouldn't have to answer questions from reporters, they should be asking John. No one has any control over another. I hope she finds peace and strength, and realizes no one is worth playing second fiddle. There is a saying.....No man or woman is worth your tears, and the one that is won't make you cry!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 18, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    Trust is never regained, it is put at bay. She stays as Hillary stayed out of political necessity. John? He's finished.
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