John Edwards admits to having an affair.
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.
Edwards said he knew he was not the father based on timing of the baby’s birth on February 27, 2008. He said his affair ended too soon for him to have been the father.
When the National Enquirer first reported the alleged Edwards-Hunter affair last October 11, Edwards, his campaign staff and Hunter vociferously denounced the report.
“The story is false, it’s completely untrue, it’s ridiculous,” Edwards told reporters then.
He repeated his denials just two weeks ago.
Edwards today admitted the National Enquirer was correct when it reported he had visited Hunter at the Beverly Hills Hilton last month.
I think we can pretty much rule him out as being on the short list for VP.
It’s not the affair that bothers me; someone’s personal life is just that, and Mr. Edwards never went around the country preaching morality and “family values.” I’ll leave the gloating about hypocrisy to the right wing, who, after all, are experts on that score. No, what pisses me off is the rank stupidity this displays on his part. What in the world ever gave him the idea that the story wouldn’t get out, and what made him think that denying and lying about it would put the end to it? Where the hell was he during the Clinton administration, or any of the other countless public humiliations that happen to people when the news gets out? Who does he think he’s kidding?
And what did he think would happen if somehow he had become the Democratic nominee and this news came out? President McCain, that’s what.
I had a lot of respect for John Edwards before this, and in some ways I still do. But this kind of failing disappoints me, not because I expected perfection. All I would like is some proof that he knows the simple fact that no one ever gets away with something like this, and I expect someone who wants to be president to know that.