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Elizabeth Edwards Response

Elizabeth Edwards has released the following statement on the DailyKos website:

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.

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Comments (5)

Codekeyguy[TypeKey Profile Page]:

I really feel sorry for Elizabeth Edwards, BUT I wish just once, a wife in her position would throw the A**hole under the bus. He is a useless piece of trash, and should be thrown out with the garbage.


I also feel sorry for Mrs. Edwards, but like most men who are political people, sex seeks them out.

But to make a big deal out of this, well how about making a big deal about Vitter, diapers and all?

Quit the smear jobs of the people, no matter what their political party beliefs are.

Both parties have problems, but the GOP sure has more than the DEMO's have. Argue that one all you want, but the graft, corruption, sex (homo) that the GOP has is more than the Demo's have.

Steve Crickmore:

Actually, I don't feel that I have been let down by Edwards, since I was never really taken in by him. His personal amassing of 54 million dollars, his enormous clear-cut mansion out of a forest, his conservative senate voting record and his post-senate job... in hedge funds, were in sharp conflict to his main campaign theme of-the other America. It was clear which America, Edwards lived in all, and it seemed that Edwards was `riding for a fall'. After this admission, in which he says he failed because he was only "99% honest". Please!

The huge reaction to this scandal proves again that Americans aren't so interested with the financial or environmental hypocrisies of their candidate but they are obsessed with whom their candidate has slept with.


I am from North Carolina, and I am a Democrat. Most of us have always known John Edwards for his truth.....nothing but white trash. Now the world knows.

An indiscretion can and should be forgiven. They happen all the time. The lying and positioning around the subject of the lie are what make him lower than a snake's belly.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

I agree. I hope this ends Edwards' political career. I would never consider supporting the guy after this.


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