John Edwards Tiptoes Back Into Public Eye
Three months after becoming embroiled in a sex scandal involving a campaign worker, former Sen. John Edwards, the North Carolina Democrat and one-time presidential candidate, is coming out of hiding.
He showed up last night at Indiana University, where he was paid $35,000 to make a speech entitled "The Land of Opportunity," according to the Indiana Daily Student. Edwards focused on Barack Obama's presidential victory last week.
"The result of last Tuesday was not an accident," said Edwards, speaking of president-elect Obama. "Americans want change and they wanted something different."
The former vice-presidential pick made no mention of his affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter while his wife, Elizabeth, was in remission after a bout of breast cancer. The National Enquirer broke the story and Edwards later went public with the transgression, telling ABC News that he made "a serious error in judgment." However, he denied being in love with Hunter or fathering her child.
After the affair became public, Edwards canceled a planned appearance with his wife at Salem State College in Massachusetts, as well as speeches at Hofstra University and the University of Illinois. And he was noticeably absent from the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August.
Last night's speech will be followed by a public appearance today in San Francisco and a planned debate with former Bush strategist Karl Rove at the Commerical Finance Association's annual convention.
Observers say Edwards is trying to slowly ease himself back into the political landscape.
"He needs to figure out what the Democratic Party needs post-Obama election and step back and think, 'Well, what can I bring to the table?' " James Spellman, a professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management, told CNN. "It can't be all about him and his resurrection."
By Derek Kravitz |
November 12, 2008; 11:32 AM ET
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