“What we find is that Republicans will forgive you for cheating on your wife as long as you are a Republican. Democrats are not forgiving [John] Edwards.” — Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling.
I think there is one person we can safely scratch off the list of potential speakers at the Democratic National Convention this year…
John Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an extramarital affair with a novice filmmaker, the former Senator admitted to ABC News today.
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.
A former campaign aide, Andrew Young, has said he was the father of the child.
According to friends of Hunter, Edwards met her at a New York city bar in 2006. His political action committee later paid her $114,000 to produce campaign website documentaries despite her lack of experience.
Edwards said the affair began during the campaign after she was hired. Hunter traveled with Edwards around the country and to Africa.
Edwards said he told his wife, Elizabeth, and others in his family about the affair in 2006.
It’s a shame, really. I kind of liked the guy. You know the right is having a field day with this. While I in no way condone the actions of Senator Edwards, I’ll close by saying let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
I just clicked on the Obama banner in the left column figuring I’d drop in and see what’s going on today. I almost fell out of my chair (what with VP picks being foremost on everybody’s minds these days) (see previous post). Look at what greeted me on the splash page:
I’m all like… Did I miss something? When did this happen?
They’re just touting the fact that Senator Edwards had endorsed Senator Obama. But I gotta admit, they had me going for a second or two. (Nice picture, though.)
Besides, I think John Edwards would make a much better Attorney General than he would Vice President. Plus, I think appointing him to Attorney General would tick off the righties more than choosing him as Number Two would.
(Updated with video.)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Senator John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina who bowed out of the presidential race in January, is expected to endorse Senator Barack Obama at a rally being held here after 6 p.m.
Officials announced the news shortly after Mr. Obama landed here late this afternoon. The campaign has timed the announcement to coincide with the start of the major evening newscasts, which would have otherwise focused on Senator Hillary Clinton’s landslide victory in West Virginia, which raised new questions about Mr. Obama’s strength with white working class voters.
Mr. Edwards has been watched closely for who he would endorse, and Mr. Obama’s campaign is hoping it will be taken as the start of a partywide coalescence around Mr. Obama as the Democratic nominee.
The endorsement ended months of speculation over Mr. Edwards’s preference in the Democratic nominating contest, during which he mostly stayed silent and close to home in Chapel Hill with his wife, Elizabeth.
But in recent days, Mr. Edwards had made his choice all but obvious, giving a series of television interviews hinting that he was close to endorsing Mr. Obama, who last week he called “clearly the nominee at this point.”
And it was little surprise to close observers of Mr. Edwards on the campaign trail in the past year, when he regularly attacked so-called establishment politicians like Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and teamed with Mr. Obama against her in debates.
His campaign sounded similar themes to Mr. Obama’s – both candidates positioned themselves as change agents who would clean house in Washington.[..]
Mr. Edwards has carefully played down his aspirations for an administration role. In an interview in January, he said he would not accept a vice-presidential spot or Cabinet position. “No, absolutely not,” he said, shaking his head emphatically when asked.
But privately, he told aides that he would consider the role of vice president, and favored the position of attorney general, which would appeal to his experience of decades spent in courtrooms as a trial lawyer in North Carolina; and his desire to follow in the footsteps of Robert F. Kennedy, one of his heroes.
Not long after Mr. Edwards dropped out of the race, John C. Moylan, a close friend and adviser who ran his South Carolina campaign, said Mr. Edwards he would consider a Cabinet spot. “You don’t run for president unless you want to work in the administration,” Mr. Moylan said.
I think it was mighty outstanding of Mr. Edwards to wait until the nomination was practically secure before choosing to endorse Senator Obama. It shows a lot of courage on his part. Really, it does. (Not.)
Has he earned a position in the Obama administration? I guess we’ll see.
Hillary Clinton, for her part, had this to say today:
Hillary Clinton on Wednesday reiterated her vow to stay in the Democratic presidential race, but she said it would be a “terrible mistake” for her supporters to vote for John McCain over Barack Obama.
“Anybody who has ever voted for me or voted for Barack has much more in common in terms of what we want to see happen in our country and in the world with the other than they do with John McCain,” Clinton said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”
“I’m going to work my heart out for whoever our nominee is. Obviously, I’m still hoping to be that nominee, but I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that anyone who supported me … understands what a grave error it would be not to vote for Sen. Obama.”
It’s coming together.
“We are here tonight because the Democratic voters have made their choice, and so have I.” — John Edwards, May 14, 2008.
Both John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani will be exiting the presidential race today. We knew last night that Giuliani was quitting, but Mr. Edwards comes as a bit of a surprise. Of the two, he is the one I am sorry to see leave. I thought he would stick it out at least through Super Tuesday.
DENVER (AP) – Democrat John Edwards is exiting the presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voters’ sympathies, The Associated Press has learned.
The two-time White House candidate notified a close circle of senior advisers that he planned to make the announcement at a 1 p.m. EST event in New Orleans that had been billed as a speech on poverty, according to two aides. The decision came after Edwards lost the four states to hold nominating contests so far to rivals who stole the spotlight from the beginning – Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.
The former North Carolina senator will not immediately endorse either candidate in what is now a two-person race for the Democratic nomination, said one adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the announcement. Clinton said Wednesday that Edwards called her to inform her about his decision.[..]
Edwards waged a spirited top-tier campaign against the two better-funded rivals, even as he dealt with the stunning blow of his wife’s recurring cancer diagnosis. In a dramatic news conference last March, the couple announced that the breast cancer that she thought she had beaten had returned, but they would continue the campaign.
Their decision sparked a debate about family duty and public service. But Elizabeth Edwards remained a forceful advocate for her husband, and she was often surrounded at campaign events by well-wishers and emotional survivors cheering her on.
Edwards planned to announce his campaign was ending with his wife and three children at his side. Then he planned to work with Habitat for Humanity at the volunteer-fueled rebuilding project Musicians’ Village, the adviser said.
With that, Edwards’ campaign will end the way it began 13 months ago – with the candidate pitching in to rebuild lives in a city still ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Edwards embraced New Orleans as a glaring symbol of what he described as a Washington that didn’t hear the cries of the downtrodden.
This second story comes as no surprise whatsoever. Rudy Giuliani was considered the frontrunner for the Republican nomination until he started campaigning and people got to know him. The more they saw him, the less they liked him.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Rudy Giuliani told supporters Wednesday he’s abandoning his bid for president and backing Republican rival and longtime friend John McCain.
“I spoke with Rudy Giuliani this morning and he confirmed that he is dropping out of the race and will endorse Senator John McCain for president,” New York Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno said in a statement.
Once the Republican presidential front-runner, Giuliani suffered a debilitating defeat in Tuesday’s Florida primary.
The former mayor finished a distant third to the winner, McCain, and close second-place finisher Mitt Romney. After the results, Republican officials had said Giuliani would endorse McCain on Wednesday in California.
I have endeavored throughout this holiday season to post the candidates’ holiday greetings. Here are a few that somehow escaped my attention.
First on the stage, Democratic candidate John Edwards…
Next, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has a holiday message for the troops…
Finally, Republican candidate Mitt Romney (not posted on YouTube, but taken directly from his campaign website)…
There you have it. It’s the day after Christmas, so I’ll not be on the lookout for any further greetings from the candidates. I trust those I have posted have given you a little glimpse into the personalities of the people who want to be the next President of the United States.
Unlike 2004, I do not have a favorite in this year’s Democratic primary. It doesn’t really matter, because the nominee will be chosen long before my state has its primary election. I will promise you this: I will strongly support whoever wins the Democratic nomination, even if it’s John Edwards…
Waterloo, Ia. – John Edwards vowed Monday to include Republicans in his Cabinet if he’s elected president.
“Here’s why: because I’m looking for the strongest, most capable, most independent-minded people I can find. I want people around me who will say, ‘You’re wrong about this, and you could do grave damage if you do it. Mr. President, you need to change your mind,’ ” he said. “Because I’m not perfect, I’m capable of making mistakes.”
That is wrong on so many levels. Has he not been paying attention for the past seven years? Has he not seen how much damage the Republican party has done to our country and the world? If you’re looking for capable and independent-minded people, you definitely do not want to look within the Republican party. You’ll not find any there. To make a promise like this is just stupid-headed.
The article goes on to state that “Democratic rival Bill Richardson also has said he would include Republicans in his Cabinet.”
I do not believe that either Edwards or Richardson will win the nomination, but if either does, he will have my support. Even a stupid-headed Democrat is better than any of the Republican candidates. But if they are going to continue saying stupid things like this, I really hope that neither does.
In conclusion, let me say to both Mr. Edwards and Mr. Richardson: “You’re wrong about this, and you could do grave damage if you do it.”
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards often talks about the “Two Americas.” He’s right, you know. There are two Americas. There is the one “they” live in and then there is the one the rest of us live in.
How many of you believe that you could perform so miserably at your job that you end of getting fired, yet you walk away fixed for life?
There’s a fellow named E. Stanley Oâ€™Neal who is one of “them.” He took over as chief executive officer of a company, ran it into the ground, and is about to get fired. He’ll walk away with $159,000,000… fixed for life.
The board of Merrill Lynch, its frustration mounting over the brokerage firmâ€™s credit losses and the decision-making of its embattled chief executive, E. Stanley Oâ€™Neal, has begun to actively consider whether to replace him and with whom, according to people briefed on the boardâ€™s deliberations.
The discussions underscore Mr. Oâ€™Nealâ€™s precarious position. Once credited with turning Merrill Lynch around, Mr. Oâ€™Neal is struggling to retain his job in the wake of a third-quarter loss of $2.3 billion and an $8.4 billion charge for failed credit and mortgage-related investments. He has also clashed with his directors over an approach he made to a rival bank, Wachovia, for a possible merger, The New York Times reported yesterday.
Here’s the fixed for life part…
Merrill Lynchâ€™s directors may be weighing E. Stanley Oâ€™Nealâ€™s future, but one thing is already guaranteed: a payday of at least $159 million if he steps down.
Mr. Oâ€™Neal, the companyâ€™s chairman and chief executive, is entitled to $30 million in retirement benefits as well as $129 million in stock and option holdings, according to an analysis by James F. Reda & Associates using yesterdayâ€™s share price of $66.09. That would be on top of the roughly $160 million he took home in his nearly five years on the job.
Still don’t believe in the Two Americas? You really are a die-hard Republican, aren’t you? Either that, or you are one of “them.”