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Elizabeth Edwards Doesn't Trust John

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The wife of former senator John Edwards breaks her silence in a surprising new interview.

John and Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards breaks her silence to the Detroit Free Press about her husband's affair with campaign worker Rielle Hunter.

According to Elizabeth, trust and forgiveness remain unresolved.

"When you mention trust, that's probably the most difficult issue," the 59-year-old Edwards said.

One thing Elizabeth, who is suffering from breast cancer, would not say is if she had forgiven her husband. "I don't want to feed the monster, if you don't mind."

But she did offer this as an explanation:

If she had to amputate a leg she says people wouldn't ask her, "Are you over that leg yet?"

Elizabeth also said that she didn't want their three children, ages 26, 10 and 8 to think badly of their father, adding that she wants her children to view him in a positive light.

"I need to create the picture for them that I want them to have," she said, pointing to John's past charity work.

She also said John's confession forced her to concentrate on the important things in life, saying her children are "the center of my life."

On the positive side, Elizabeth said she was starting to bounce back from all the publicity that surrounded the affair, saying, "it's an ongoing process of finding your feet again ... There's a lot of adjustment to make."

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33 comments so far | Post a comment now
Steve September 18, 2008, 4:35 PM

She is still a politicians wife—she is going to ‘spin’ this for her kids. Don’t focus on him as cheating sleazoid, I’m going to paint him (spin him) as a loving father and man who did charity work. They are 26, 10, and 8—give them some credit for having some sense. And give them the truth so they don’t have to spend 10 ears in therapy to get to it later.

Susanne September 18, 2008, 4:37 PM

What a misleading headline! You should go to work for a tabloid. No where in the actual article does she indicate she doesn’t trust her husband. (
As noted the actual quote is: “When you mention trust, that’s probably the most difficult hurdle.” That statement is a far cry from what the headline implies. Shame on you!

Bill September 18, 2008, 4:39 PM

Edwards didn’t do anything that McCain hasn’t done and probably Palin, yet McCain and Palin get a free pass.

JBM September 18, 2008, 4:42 PM

“I need to create the picture for them that I want them to have,”

That about says it all, these people were living a lie, and she was trying to put forth “the picture I want them to have” not just to her kids, but to the country.These people are really, truly sick.They lied to their friends, their staff, their supporters across the country, talking about family values, while knowing this was going on, INCLUDING Elizabeth, who knew during the Iowa caucuses. She’s every bit as guilty, and they’re still lying, and denying an innocent child, who’s unquestionably better off. Sickos, just go away. BTW…I’ll bet 1000 to 1 that Edwards ends up with the mistress and the baby weeks after Elizabeth dies. Cold, but we all know it’s true, he’s a sick, selfish man.

HARJOT KAHLON September 18, 2008, 4:43 PM

One feels sorry for what Ms Edwards has gone through medically and emotionally. However there is another side to all this and that is: she was complicit in perpetuating a falsehood in middle of a political battle.
Her personal challanges are huge and she comes out as a strong person. The political image is however tarnished and lacks integrity though not to the same extent as her lawyer husband’s who made millions on the back a flawed medical tort system and then pretended to be champion of the poor.
The champion of the poor apparently had $800 haircuts, celebrity lifestyle and the usual lawyers arguement to convince others, his wife and himself of his great moralist stand till he got caught red handed. Ms Edwards played an enabler even after she knew the truth. She should rightly focus on her personal life and family, which are her strengths.

JBM September 18, 2008, 4:43 PM

So Bill, how often do you cheat on your wife and father children with those women? I mean, if everyone does it, that surely must include you.

Link September 18, 2008, 4:46 PM

In the article Elizabeth mentions that John “will now be a single dad.” It is unfortunate that they are not remaining together as a couple. John has surely been good support for Elizabeth through her cancer and he continues to be a good father to the children. I suspect that they still love each other, but are separating because of societal forces that over-emphasize the importance of John having intimate relations with a person other than his wife. Too bad.

robt September 18, 2008, 4:48 PM

Liz doesn’t trust John!!!

That makes her the smartest wife of a Democratic in history.

DLL September 18, 2008, 4:48 PM

@ Bill. What are you talking about? Talk about spin

They get a free pass because this is America. Innocent till proven guilty. Not guilty because Bill thinks they “probably” done it also.

tomcat September 18, 2008, 4:48 PM

Hey JBM - this is not about Sarah Palin this is about Elizabeth Edwards.
Just a bad dream bubba, you can go back to sleep now.

Kelly September 18, 2008, 4:49 PM

Seriously Bill, what kind of comment is that?

Ryan September 18, 2008, 4:49 PM

Certainly Elizabeth has concerns that Reille Hunter’s baby is John’s, which remains unresolved. This is a sad situation. I would not be shocked to learn John Edward’s promised Reille that they WILL be together once Elizabeth is dead and continues to hold out that hope to her. John Edwards is so horrid, I bet he cast her a “replacement wife” thinking no one would discover the affair.

Hurneric September 18, 2008, 4:49 PM

I’d like to be able to trust John Edwards and forgive him for his behavior toward his wife, but, “I’m just not THERE yet.”

Darrell  September 18, 2008, 4:49 PM

One should not attack a person for keeping their head up and handling a tough situation with personal grace.
The kids know more than we can conjure.

Grace and love is the essence of all life. Feel free to practice.

Olden Atwoody September 18, 2008, 4:50 PM

John Edwards….just waiting for her to die.

Great guy.

James September 18, 2008, 4:52 PM


That is sort of a simplified take on the issue. It is more then possible that, in the absence of this publicity, that Edwards and his wife had an understanding. She has terminal cancer and intimacy might be an issue for her. It is possible that she overlooked the affair. It is certainly not unprecedented.

I am not sure if he is a “sleazoid”. He is a human being. It is easy to hurl stones when you are outside of the glass house. You have no idea what the circumstances of the Edwards marriage were prior to this public outing. I am not saying he is right or even that you are wrong. I am just saying there are at least two sides to every story.

Jodi in MI September 18, 2008, 4:52 PM

I don’t think she is saying he is going to be a single dad because they are separating, she is dying for pete’s sake. You people are so vicious. If I were dying, I would hope that I could find some kind of forgiveness for my husband so I could die in peace. It’s that simple. Don’t judge until you’ve walked a day in someone else’s shoes.

steve September 18, 2008, 4:54 PM

it’s unfortunate that the article uses the phrase ‘terminal’ regarding elizabeth. if one believes there is no hope, this sends a strong signal to the immune system to give up the fight. so i hope that elizabeth is working with alternative nutritional approaches to her disease. peace and blessings to her!

Jenny September 18, 2008, 4:56 PM

Elizabeth Edwards didn’t say that her husband will now be a single dad.. you morons like to read things into it that are not in evidence. She mentioned what would happen were she to die before her children grew up, she does have cancer. They are together as a couple, despite what you National Enquirer types want to spin things.

Anonymous September 18, 2008, 4:56 PM

are any of you folks facing the same mortality she is? unitl you walk in her shoes don’t try to answer how you would handle important issues.

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