By PETE YOST, AP
WASHINGTON (Aug. 8) -- 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." He professed his love for his wife, Elizabeth, who had an incurable form of cancer, saying, "I've been in love with the same woman for 30-plus years and as anybody who's been around us knows, she's an extraordinary human being, warm, loving, beautiful, sexy and as good a person as I have ever known. So the story's just false."
Edwards, you bastard. Is there no end to the gall of these A-holes? His wife is battling breast cancer, and this horndog is out having an affair. I wasn't an Edwards fan to begin with, but after hearing this, I'd like to smack that s***-eating grin right off his face. This is the guy who said, "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. 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." Apparently by "we" he means you and me and the rest of us mere mortals...not himself, as he has apparently decided that he is exempt from such pesky moral issues as fidelity and honesty. He recently said that if chosen to be Obama's running mate, he would accept. I don't think you need to worry about that now, John Boy.
You'd think I'd stop being amazed by this kind of thing at some point, but I continue to be appalled, shocked, and disgusted. I guess what really gets to me is the fact that these people pretend to be so wonderful and righteous and upstanding...all the while being a run-of-the-mill dickweed like so many of us have encountered in our lives. It's the same deal as people like Jimmy Swaggart or Jim Bakker actually preaching to people about what God wants them to do and be and think, while secretly--or so they think--conducting their own peccadilloes. I find the hypocrisy of it all utterly and completely disgusting, and Edwards is nothing more than another jerk who can't control himself. He comes from a long line of such jerks, and I hope he's very proud of his illustrious heritage. Way to go, you smarmy, lying slimeball!