Ex-US Sen. John Edwards says he fathered Reille Hunter's child

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010 9:14 AM
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RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards finally came forward Thursday to admit that he fathered a child with a woman that he hired before his second White House bid.

Edwards, a former U.S. senator from North Carolina and 2004 vice presidential candidate, confirmed this in a statement released to The Associated Press, after initially denying that he'd fathered a child during his affair with videographer Rielle Hunter.

"I am Quinn's father," the former senator declared in his statement, as the second birthday of Frances Quinn Hunter approaches. He vowed to do "everything in my power" to support her.

"It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me," he said.

A former Edwards aide, Andrew Young, initially had claimed paternity of the child. Young is scheduled to release a book on Feb. 2 that details the scandal.

Frances was born Feb. 27, 2008, indicating that she was conceived in the middle of 2007, several months after Hunter stopped working for Edwards in the early stages of the battle for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

Edwards dropped out of the presidential race on Jan. 30, 2008, after poor showings in early primaries. He admitted the affair in August 2008 but denied he was the father of the child until now. He claimed the affair ended in 2006.

He acknowledged in May that federal investigators were looking into how he used campaign funds. Both Young and Hunter — with her child — have made appearances at a federal courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina, but the U.S. prosecutor's office there has declined to confirm or deny an investigation.

Edwards' wife of more than 30 years, Elizabeth, has been battling incurable cancer since March 2007. She has stood by her husband despite the affair. She has said that it does not matter to her whether her husband fathered a child with Hunter, saying, "that would be a part of John's life, but not a part of mine."

Harrison Hickman, Edwards' longtime political adviser, called the situation "a lot more complicated than people think."

"Elizabeth thinks that he should acknowledge this," Hickman said in an interview broadcast on NBC's "Today" show. He said it "has been a very difficult time for everyone ... but especially for Elizabeth."

Edwards, a successful attorney, won election to the Senate from North Carolina in 1998 but served only one six-year term. In 2004, he made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, then was chosen as the vice presidential running mate by the nominee, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry. President George W. Bush beat them that November, winning a second term.

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brownskin30434
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brownskin30434 01/21/10 - 10:40 am
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Is there anyone out there who

Is there anyone out there who believed for one minute that this child had not been fathered by Edwards?

tdp
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tdp 01/21/10 - 10:50 am
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I guess he thought we were

I guess he thought we were all stupid enough to believe him when he said it wasn't his. What a scumbag!

ustabe
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ustabe 01/21/10 - 10:51 am
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Is there anyone out here who

Is there anyone out here who believes that John Edwards is anything but pond scum? And my respect for Elizabeth plummeted as well. She should look at Jennifer Sanford as a role model.

tired of the crap
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tired of the crap 01/21/10 - 10:55 am
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just like that was not jbs

just like that was not jbs child give me a break.

tired of the crap
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tired of the crap 01/21/10 - 10:55 am
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just like that was not jbs

just like that was not jbs child give me a break.

MakeADifference
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MakeADifference 01/21/10 - 11:10 am
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I didn't believe him when he

I didn't believe him when he said he wasn't the father. He is a sorry excuse for a human being. What a great example in our leaders...letting anyone else take the blame for your own stupid actions again...if you can...just like a tort lawyer.

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Riverman1 01/21/10 - 11:13 am
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The big question here is why

The big question here is why the major news media refused to bring this out during the campaign? Edwards was still in the running and could have ended up being the VP. Obama did like him a lot. When the tabloids released the first information, the LA Times and others told their reporters to lay off the story. It's obvious what the truth was now. They have no excuse.

disssman
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disssman 01/21/10 - 11:23 am
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Does this mean he will now be

Does this mean he will now be forced to join the CONServative party just to fit in?

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/21/10 - 11:34 am
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He's one of those baby-face

He's one of those baby-face angelic looking males that think they can get away with anything. The baby looked just like him, I can't believe he tried denying it. He had no credibility with me as soon as he denied that baby.

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H4LJ 01/21/10 - 12:29 pm
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Good riddance you ambulance

Good riddance you ambulance chaser!

ustabe
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ustabe 01/22/10 - 12:37 pm
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I just read that Elizabeth's

I just read that Elizabeth's cancer seems to be "better". Think I'd rather have cancer alone than be cured and have to stay with Johnny Boy. How can she even stand to look at him?

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