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    John Edwards affair

    Sad sad day for me ...

    Edwards Admits Sexual Affair; Lied as Presidential Candidate

    John Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an extramarital affair with a novice filmmaker, the former Senator admitted to ABC News today.

    In an interview for broadcast tonight on Nightline, Edwards told ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff he did have an affair with 44-year old Rielle Hunter, but said that he did not love her.

    Edwards also denied he was the father of Hunter's baby girl, Frances Quinn, although the one-time Democratic Presidential candidate said he has not taken a paternity test.
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    Any pictures?

    She should be hot, at least.

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    what sucks is i kept hearing that he was one of the "good guys"... his fights for the poor and such... and now his career and ideas could be dismissed.

    to some this wont matter ala bill clinton

    but to some it just goes to show you that no matter how much you support certian celebrities and/or polititions... that you really dont know them.

    people are not perfect... neither are politicians... but one has to wonder about the judgment of a guy who clearly has it all and is/was running for the most important position in the world...yet he just couldn't control himself

    kinda fuked up he did it while his wife was getting cancer treatments...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lakerboy View Post
    Any pictures?

    She should be hot, at least.
    Rielle Hunter .....


    umm no

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    this just came out on ABC? this has been a story for months now
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    ouch. cheats on the wife fighting cancer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ari1013 View Post
    this just came out on ABC? this has been a story for months now
    the story is he is admitting it

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    WASHINGTON - Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday admitted to an extramarital affair while his wife was battling cancer. He denied fathering the woman's daughter. Edwards told ABC News that he lied repeatedly about the affair with 42-year-old Rielle Hunter but said that he didn't love her.

    He said he has not taken a paternity test but knows he isn't the father because of the timing of the affair and the birth.

    A former Edwards campaign staffer claims he is the father, not Edwards.

    Hunter's daughter, Frances Quinn Hunter, was born on Feb. 27, 2008, and no father's name is given on the birth certificate filed in California.

    The National Enquirer first reported on the affair in October 2007, and Edwards denied it.

    "The story is false," he told reporters. "It's completely untrue, ridiculous."

    The Enquirer carried another story last month, stating that its reporters had accosted Edwards in a Los Angeles hotel where he had met with Hunter after her child's birth. Edwards called it "tabloid trash," but he generally avoided reporters' inquiries, as did his former top aides.

    In the interview, scheduled to air on ABC News' "Nightline," Edwards said the tabloid was correct when it reported on his meeting with Hunter at the Beverly Hills Hotel last month.

    Most mainstream news organizations refrained from reporting the story, but newspapers in Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., recounted the Enquirer's allegations in prominent articles on Thursday.

    Edwards acknowledged the affair on Friday afternoon, traditionally a slow-news period even when the Olympic Games' opening ceremonies are not preoccupying millions of Americans.

    Edwards was a top contender for the Democratic nomination for president, pursuing his party's nod even after announcing that his wife, Elizabeth, had a deadly form of cancer.

    He placed second in the Iowa caucuses last January but dropped out of the race a few weeks later. He has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential choice for Barack Obama. The former North Carolina senator was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2004.

    David Bonior, Edwards' campaign manager for his 2008 presidential bid, said Friday he was disappointed and angry after hearing about Edwards' confession.

    "Thousands of friends of the senators and his supporters have put their faith and confidence in him and he's let him down," said Bonior, a former congressman from Michigan. "They've been betrayed by his action."

    Asked whether the affair would damage Edwards' future aspirations in public service, Bonior replied: "You can't lie in politics and expect to have people's confidence."

    In 2006, Edwards' political action committee paid $100,000 in a four-month span to a newly formed firm run by Hunter, who directed the production of just four Web videos, one a mere 2 1/2 minutes long.

    The payments from Edwards' One America Committee to Midline Groove Productions LLC started on July 5, 2006, five days after Hunter incorporated the firm in Delaware.

    Midline provided "Website/Internet services," according to reports that Edwards' PAC filed with the Federal Election Commission.

    Midline's work product consists of four YouTube videos showing Edwards in informal settings as he prepares to make speeches in Storm Lake, Iowa, and Pittsburgh, as he prepares for an appearance on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and travels in Uganda in 2006.

    Edwards' PAC followed the six-figure payment with two smaller payments totaling $14,461, the last on April 1, 2007.

    At the time Hunter was compiling the videos in 2006, Edwards was preparing a run for president.

    Episode One of the four videos captures a conversation between Edwards and an unseen woman as the two chat aboard a plane about an upcoming speech in Storm Lake, Iowa.

    Cutting between clips of the speech and the conversation with the woman, Edwards touches on his standard political themes, declaring that government must do a better job of addressing the great issues of the day, from poverty and education to jobs and the war in Iraq.

    "I want to see our party lead on the great moral issues — yes, me a Democrat using that word — the great moral issues that face our country," Edwards tells the crowd. "If we want to live in a moral, honest just America and if we want to live in a moral and just world, we can't wait for somebody else to do it. We have to do it."

    The sound track for the six-minute video is the song "True Reflections" which begins with these words: "When you look into a mirror, do you like what's looking at you? Now that you've seen your true reflections, what on earth are you gonna do?"

    The video entitled "Plane Truths," opens with Edwards relaxing in his seat on the plane, telling the unseen woman that "I actually walked the country to see who I am, who I really am, but I don't know what the result of that will be.

    Edwards adds: "But for me personally, I'd rather be successful or unsuccessful based on who I really am, not based on some plastic Ken doll that you put up in front of audiences, that's not me, you know?"
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    Hmm, its weird he would run for President if this happened in 06. He had to know there was a chance it could come out, and if he happened to be the nominee when it came out, Democrats lose the election. Maybe it was a really well-kept secret and would only come out if he admitted it though.

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    ...he's still better than Hillary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkize31 View Post
    and if he happened to be the nominee when it came out, Democrats lose the election.
    Disagree completely. Why would committing adultery ruin Edwards' chances against McCain. If Edwards biggest flaw is adultery and McCain's is supporting the same war and same upper class tax cuts Bush originally put in place I would think it would be a clear decision on who moderates would vote for.

    Conservatives wouldn't vote for Edwards, even without the adultery issue, because of his stance on social issues such as abortion. And Democrats wouldn't vote for McCain because he's way too much like Bush in several key areas. So it comes down to whether McCain or Edwards is more appealing to moderates in swing states. And I believe Edwards would have gained that edge.

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    No way

    A politician lied again about something???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkize31 View Post
    Hmm, its weird he would run for President if this happened in 06. He had to know there was a chance it could come out, and if he happened to be the nominee when it came out, Democrats lose the election. Maybe it was a really well-kept secret and would only come out if he admitted it though.
    No, it's been out for a while. I guess the big deal now is, as Doc says, that he's admitting it.

    But this was the reason all along that I thought he had no chance at the VP slot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Edwards
    Our family has been through a lot. Some caused by nature, some caused by human weakness, and some – most recently – caused by the desire for sensationalism and profit without any regard for the human consequences. None of these has been easy. But we have stood with one another through them all. Although John believes he should stand alone and take the consequences of his action now, when the door closes behind him, he has his family waiting for him.

    John made a terrible mistake in 2006. The fact that it is a mistake that many others have made before him did not make it any easier for me to hear when he told me what he had done. But he did tell me. And we began a long and painful process in 2006, a process oddly made somewhat easier with my diagnosis in March of 2007. This was our private matter, and I frankly wanted it to be private because as painful as it was I did not want to have to play it out on a public stage as well. Because of a recent string of hurtful and absurd lies in a tabloid publication, because of a picture falsely suggesting that John was spending time with a child it wrongly alleged he had fathered outside our marriage, our private matter could no longer be wholly private.

    The pain of the long journey since 2006 was about to be renewed.

    John has spoken in a long on-camera interview I hope you watch. Admitting one’s mistakes is a hard thing for anyone to do, and I am proud of the courage John showed by his honesty in the face of shame. The toll on our family of news helicopters over our house and reporters in our driveway is yet unknown. But now the truth is out, and the repair work that began in 2006 will continue. I ask that the public, who expressed concern about the harm John’s conduct has done to us, think also about the real harm that the present voyeurism does and give me and my family the privacy we need at this time.

    Just got this off of Elizabeth Edwards' blog.
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    "I think this President has shown a remarkable disrespect for his office, for the moral dimensions of leadership, for his friends, for his wife, for his precious daughter. It is breathtaking to me the level to which that disrespect has risen," - John Edwards, on Bill Clinton, 1999.

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