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Elizabeth Edwards Expects Paternity Test

Elizabeth Edwards, unwittingly perhaps, continues to draw attention to the story of her husband's extramarital affair with a campaign aide and the question of whether he fathered his mistress's child.

In her latest television appearance, on CNN's "Larry King Live" Wednesday night, Edwards said she expects the issue will at some point be settled once and for all. Asked if there might be a "solution" such as a paternity or DNA test, Edwards replied, "My expectation is at some point, something happens. And I hope for the -- for the sake of, of this child -- that it happens, you know, in a quiet way."

John Edwards himself has not denied that he either has or will soon take a paternity test to determine whether he is the father of Rielle Hunter's 18-month-old baby, Frances Quinn Hunter.

The former North Carolina Democratic senator and presidential candidate previously vehemently denied he is the father of the baby. But he admitted last summer that he had had an affair with Hunter after first dismissing the original National Inquirer report on the subject as "completely untrue, ridiculous" and "tabloid trash."

A federal grand jury in Raleigh is still investigating whether Edwards made illegal campaign or other federal payments to Hunter as hush money to conceal the nature of their relationship. Hunter has spoken to prosecutors in the case, as has former Edwards aide Andrew Young, who initially claimed paternity of Hunter's baby and now says he did so only to protect Edwards.

Young has signed a deal with a publisher to write a tell-all book in which he reportedly explains why he claimed last summer to be the father of the Hunter baby. He also reportedly claims to have a copy of a sex tape of Edwards and Hunter.

A year ago, Hunter ruled out genetic testing to determine the father of her baby. Her lawyer, Robert Gordon, issued a statement saying, "Rielle will not participate in DNA testing or any other invasion of her or her daughter's privacy now or in the future."

The statement was issued at a time when Hunter and her baby, as well as Young and his family, were being financially supported by the late Fred Baron, a wealthy longtime friend and donor to Edwards. Baron, who had cancer, died in October of last year.

Any personal payments that may have been made by Edwards to Hunter would not be part of the ongoing federal investigation, nor would his decision to take a paternity test.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 20, 2009; 5:12 PM ET
 
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Edwards wasted all types of possablities on this women- he was the most progressive of the "real" candidates and moved the others- he also had far reaching influence- he moved all the candidates to the left, gave Barack the no lobbyist rule, and was an attack dog on HRC leaving Obama in the clear; Obviousy if he had dropped out, Hillary would have been the candidate as she would have won Iowa. So this affair turns out to be much more historically relevent than the one that disabled the Clinton presidency. Additionally, there is evidence that the Edwards couple is similar to the Clintons- a team- but dalliances with other women were not part of the expectations here- so I think Elizabeth is truly hurt. I hope, for the child's sake, it is not his.

Posted by: NYClefty | August 20, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

John Edwards is beneath contempt as a gutless, lying hypocrite. It's shameful that the media allowed this conniving rat to get as far as he did without exposure.

Posted by: dan1138 | August 20, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Edwards, the male, has pretty much been unmasked as a scurilous rake. But lots of folks thought he would have made a great Vice President.

Hypnotism by imagery is the enduring curse of the American electorate, I guess.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | August 21, 2009 5:14 AM | Report abuse

The Elizabeth Edwards Stigmata Routine is growing old real fast. This woman wasn't oblivious, but apathetic, to her husband's shenanigans. How many more book tours is this woman going to go on before she starts answering questions about her own involvement in this sordid mess? Perhaps she should leave the Oprah comfort zone and start answering some tough 60 Minutes questions -and you don't need a paternity test for that.

Posted by: joneshn | August 21, 2009 5:46 AM | Report abuse

The Elizabeth Edwards Stigmata Routine is growing old real fast. This woman wasn't oblivious, but apathetic, to her husband's shenanigans. How many more book tours is this woman going to go on before she starts answering questions about her own involvement in this sordid mess? Perhaps she should leave the Oprah comfort zone and start answering some tough 60 Minutes questions -and you don't need a paternity test for that.

Posted by: joneshn | August 21, 2009 5:48 AM | Report abuse

Elizabeth Edwards went along with her husband's scam - supporting his presidential run WHILE knowing he'd had an affair!!
They're both despicable!

Posted by: angie12106 | August 21, 2009 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Whose baby is it anyway? will the real father please stand up.

Posted by: jatihoon1 | August 21, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

It's the National Enquirer, not Inquirer.

Posted by: likenotlose | August 21, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Why is this anybody's business? I don't know anybody who is interested. Honestly, who cares?

Posted by: citizenchick | August 21, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I always feel sorry for the children who are here because they didn't ask for all this drama. I pray for Elizabeth's sake, the child isn't his, but it looks to be true. I hope she comes out better and prays to God for healing in her body to be here on Earth for her children!

I just wish men would show forth the leadership skills they have in the job, over their families and realize that cheating in their marriages actually weakens them as a man.

Men talk to your wives and tell her your desires and your needs, you would be surprised how many women may give you the o.k. to fulfill your needs elsewhere if she cannot, nevertheless, God will still not allow you to destroy your marital vows.

Posted by: roxannebs | August 21, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Elizabeth Edwards was entirely complicit. Remaining silent while her despicable husband continued to attack Hillary Clinton allowed this monster Obama to become president, and he's ruining our country. Anyone with half a brain could see that Obama was an evil man considering his past affiliations, his books and now where he wants to take this country. Didn't anybody learn anything from the collapse of the Soviet Union? What a legacy John and Elizabeth Edwards leave! Horrible people--both of them.

Posted by: mvpeach | August 21, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

What do you expect from a Democrate? They cannot keep their pants up. He was expected to do great things and now it is all gone. Aiyah, another woman thing.

Posted by: dtiong | August 21, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

If Elizabeth Edwards find out that John lied AGAIN and is the father of the baby, I hope she will end her marriage. Whether she's ill or not, this is too much to put up with from a man who dared to campaign by telling everyone about his great marriage and family.

Posted by: spro | August 21, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

If people find Mr Edwards and his wife "despicable", then I guess it is safe to say that they are outraged that two members of the US Senate Mr. Ensign and Mr Vitter have shamelessly pursued sexual relations with women outside of their marriages and continue to conduct business as if nothing happened. Now that is outrageous.

Posted by: jake1231 | August 21, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? and why?

Posted by: evelyn3091 | August 22, 2009 6:03 AM | Report abuse

"All we are is dust in the wind...."

Posted by: howardrhart | August 22, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

I say a Edwards/Spitzer ticket in 2012, with Obama as economic advisor. These two guys truly represent the hypocrisy, deceit, and hubris of the Democrat party. And they can draw on the economic expertise of Obama, who is "above politics"....Mary Ann-wash your hair!

Posted by: kfstewart | August 22, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. I am not a Democrat but let's look at some others who have had problems with their pants around their ankles. There's Senator John Ensign (Nevada Republican), Senator John Vitter (Louisiana Republican), Governor Mark Sanford (South Carolina Republican), Senator Strom Thurmond (South Carolina Republican), racist and father of a black child, never saw a pretty woman he didn't want no matter how old he was. I watched him come on to my wife), and so on. Do not get 'Holier than thou' regarding political affiliation. Neither party is the party of innocence where human weaknesses are concerned. Politicians of any stripe, are there because psychologically, they need the love and adulation of the multitudes. They pontificate and begin to think of themselves as entitled. It is the few, and not the many, that come through unscathed from the drunken debauchery known as politics. If nothing else, political systems demonstrate that men create God in their own image.

Posted by: sambrown9 | August 22, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

By the way, so far it appears Obama may be the exception and not the rule where politicians are concerned. I do not see him as power crazy and loose in the belt so far. That's probably why so many hate him. He flies in the face of what we have come to expect in a politician - dishonest, immoral, and depraved. This is not to say he hasn't had his brushes with problems. Power, like night light, attracts the moths, flies, and mosquitoes.

Posted by: sambrown9 | August 22, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

The way all the mainstream press gave Edwards a completely free pass lets you know how blinded they are by their liberalism. Ironic that it took the National Enquirer to do the real journalism to unmask this rake. Maybe some day that same press will get around to unmasking the absolutely radical policies disguised by middle of the road language that are currently creating conditions inevitably leading to prolonged economic stagnation and the descent of America.

Posted by: student1776 | August 23, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Do you suppose this woman even KNOWS who is the father? She sounds worthless to me!!!Maybe they deserve each other.

Posted by: tricemo | August 24, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Is this another of our OH SO CHRISTIAN leader wannabes...gutless and willing to write off his own blood and child??? Is this the man we had considered to be the leader of our nation, a fearless and honorable man, to bad we dont use stoning

Posted by: erichk1 | August 24, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

John Edwards never subscribed to Senator Vitter's theory that "if you pay for it, it's not adultery." It's only Republicans who offer excuses as to why what they did (or do) is not their fault, or have mommy and daddy pay hush money like Senator Ensign.

Posted by: matthewjblack | August 25, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully his wife divorces him and gets everything,before he starts running around on her again.

Posted by: rompe78 | August 26, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Elizabeth Edwards continues to stick it to John, interview after interview. It's clear to me that, underneath the calm tone, she is extracting her pound of flesh. But let's put that story aside for a moment and look at the spoiled chance for progressive leadership. That, to me, is the real disappointment. I think this nation needs true progressive voices; John Edwards squandered his chance to be one. (And bless Dennis Kucinich, by the way.)

Posted by: Gita1 | August 26, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

It's sad that in the last stages of the life Elizabeth Edwards lived with John and their children, this is the lasting memory we as a nation have of this couple. That men (in the public eye or out of it) think that they have license to live in a "bubble" of goodness and morality while carrying on a double life is shameful, but doubly shameful for John Edwards to hurt his wife dying from cancer in this sordid manner.

Posted by: magicfish | August 27, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

For all of you who are dissing Elizabeth Edwards, what gives you the right? She was a victim of her husbands peccadillo’s, not you or me. Even if she knew about the affair prior to the campaign, she owed no admittance or explanation to anyone. The affair was a private part of their marriage, not a public part of the campaign. People seem to forget it is the spouse who is being cheated on, not us! While I find it contemptible that these men have so little self control and so little honor when it comes to their marriage vows, it is not us they are cheating on. Especially the republican ones who proclaim their godliness and faith and want to tell everyone else how to live based in their "beliefs" until we find out their beliefs don't quite reach all the way down to their pe**ses. What hypocrisy.

Posted by: alaskan2 | August 27, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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