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Democrat-North Carolina (Senator, 1999-2005)
Vice-presidential nominee, 2004; presidential candidate 2004, 2008
Update: January 22, 2010: Edwards finally 'fessed up on national TV: Yeah, he's the father of Rielle Hunter's baby. In all, Edwards was probably fooling five, six people in the entire world.
So let's count the lies (thus far):
1. He lied about having a daughter;
2. He lied about having an affair;
3. And, if his former staffer, Andrew Young, is right, Young fell on the sword and said it was his daughter all along, and that Edwards ordered him to "Get a doctor to fake the DNA results."
Honorable John Edwards, former U. S. Senator (Democrat-N.C.), 2008 presidential contender, and 2004 vice-presidential candidate, admitted in early August 2008 that he had an extra-marital affair. Edwards had repeatedly denied having an affair with Rielle Hunter and still denies that he was the father of her child. Back in October 2007, he said a National Enquirer (that great, truth-telling newspaper) story about an affair was "completely untrue, ridiculous."
Edwards said this on August 8, 2008: "In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs. I recognized my mistake and I told my wife that I had a liaison with another woman, and I asked for her forgiveness. Although I was honest in every painful detail with my family, I did not tell the public. . . . I was ashamed of my conduct and choices, and I had hoped that it would never become public. . . today I take full responsibility publicly."
My, my. The Edwardses have been married more than three decades, and have three children; a fourth died in a car accident in 1996. Elizabeth Edwards has undergone a public and difficult battle with breast cancer.
Sources: Howard Kurtz, "John Edwards: Repeat Offender," Washington Post, January 22, 2010.