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Rielle Hunter video of John Edwards' during affair

This morning former Sen. John Edwards admitted an affair with a videographer named Rielle Hunter, an issue The Ticket has reported on here previously and here last night and in the Opinion L.A. blog on July 23.Rielle Hunter who former Senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards admits having an affair with

This afternoon, after taping an ABC-TV interview for broadcast later, Edwards issued a printed statement admitting the affair. Later, his wife, Elizabeth, also issued a statement. The full text of both is published on the secondpage of this item, click on the Read more line.

The 55-year-old lawyer, former Democratic vice presidential nominee and former North Carolina senator said:

"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. When a supermarket tabloid told a version of the story, I used the fact that the story contained many falsities to deny it. But being 99 percent honest is no longer enough."

The complete text of Edwards' statement is available here by clicking on the Read more line below.

Despite her lack of experience, Hunter was hired in 2006 to make a series of behind-the-scenes campaign videos on Edwards for his ultimately unsuccessful run for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Those videos were exhibited on the Edwards website for a brief time last year.

Then, they disappeared.

However, The Ticket has obtained Chapter I of those videos called, in ironic hindsight, "Plane Truths."

The film includes casual in-flight interviews of Edwards during trips to speeches, the candidate making fun of his staff, discussing his speech notes and then cutaways to the actual passages in his later speech and ruminations about the political process in America today, how modern politicians so easily just get speaking a reel and not the truth. All designed to show, presumably, the candidate's human side.

Often, you hear the voice of a woman off-camera asking questions or laughing heartily at some Edwards' comment, which he appears to enjoy.

You do not see the woman. However, the film is dated 2007 and is fully credited to the 42-year-old Rielle Hunter. It's titled "Inspiring Politics: A Webisode Series John Edwards. "

In the opening, the former Democratic presidential candidate, who finished second in the Iowa caucuses, says:

"I've come to the personal conclusion that I actually want the country to see who I am, who I really am. But I don't know what the results of that will be.

"But for me personally I'd rather be successful or unsuccessful based on who I really am, not based on some plastic Ken doll you put out in front of audiences. That's not me, you know."

In his statement Edwards also denies paternity for Hunter's baby and<

offers to take any tests to prove that. He also denies making any financial payments to Hunter or to the Edwards friend who's taken responsibility for the infant, Frances Quinn Hunter, born Feb. 27, although her birth certificate carries no father's name.

"It is inadequate to say to the people who believed in me that I am sorry," Edwards continues, "as it is inadequate to say to the people who love me that I am sorry.

"In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic. If you want to beat me up -- feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself."

He says with this statement and his TV interview he will have nothing further to say on the matter.

According to the Associated Press, Edwards' One America Committee paid $100,000 to Midline Groove Productions on July 6, 2006, five days after Hunter, who had no previous video experience, incorporated the firm in Delaware. She produced four webisodes, one only 150-seconds long.

To see the full texts of both Edwards' statements, click the Read more line below.

--Andrew Malcolm

Photo: Extra via Associated Press

one t   Here is the text of John Edwards' statement, 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. When a supermarket tabloid told a version of the story, I used the fact that the story contained many falsities to deny it.

"But being 99 percent honest is no longer enough.

"I was and am ashamed of my conduct and choices, and I had hoped that it would never become public. With my family, I took responsibility for my actions in 2006 and today I take full responsibility publicly.

"But that misconduct took place for a short period in 2006. It ended then. I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established.

"I only know that the apparent father has said publicly that he is the father of the baby. I also have not been engaged in any activity of any description that requested, agreed to or supported payments of any kind to the woman or to the apparent father of the baby.

"It is inadequate to say to the people who believed in me that I am sorry, as it is inadequate to say to the people who love me that I am sorry.

"In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic.

"If you want to beat me up - feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself.

"I have been stripped bare and will now work with everything I have to help my family and others who need my help.

"I have given a complete interview on this matter and having done so, will have nothing more to say."

   Text of statement issued by Elizabeth Edwards, August 8, 2008:

"Our family has been through a lot. Some caused by nature, some caused by human weakness, and some most recently caused by the desire for sensationalism and profit without any regard for the human consequences. None of these has been easy.

But we have stood with one another through them all. Although John believes he should stand alone and take the consequences of his action now, when the door closes behind him, he has his family waiting for him.

John made a terrible mistake in 2006. The fact that it is a mistake that many others have made before him did not make it any easier for me to hear when he told me what he had done. But he did tell me.

And we began a long and painful process in 2006, a process oddly made somewhat easier with my diagnosis in March of 2007. This was our private matter, and I frankly wanted it to be private because as painful as it was, I did not want to have to play it out on a public stage as well.

Because of a recent string of hurtful and absurd lies in a tabloid publication, because of a picture falsely suggesting that John was spending time with a child it wrongly alleged he had fathered outside our marriage, our private matter could no longer be wholly private. The pain of the long journey since 2006 was about to be renewed.

John has spoken in a long on-camera interview. Admitting one's mistakes is a hard thing for anyone to do. I am proud of the courage John showed by his honesty in the face of shame. The toll on our family of news helicopters over our house and reporters in our driveway is yet unknown.

But now the truth is out, and the repair work that began in 2006 will continue. I ask that the public, who expressed concern about the harm John's conduct has done to us, think also about the real harm that the present voyeurism does and give me and my family the privacy we need at this time."

The family of former senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth

Photo credit: JohnEdwards.com

 
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So when is the mainstream media going to cover John McCain's affair(s)? The fact that Vicki Iseman was a lobbyist on issues that McCain voted on while they were having an affair makes it even more noteworthy. You cover a Democrat who has fallen 24-7 but when it happens to Republicans you sweep it under the rug. What a double standard.

Elizabeth's comments reveal she was willing to "cover up" Edwards' indescretion and encouraged his continued candidacy for president. In short, BOTH the Edwards deceived his campaign and the public. I am inclined to believe Edwards was already having an affair with Hunter before he announced his candidacy. Why else would a hire an inexperienced person and why did he pay her $100,000.00. That seems like an exhorbitant amount of money for four videos!! Edwards' campaign finance manager stated he had "GIVEN" Hunter money without Edwards' knowedge. Looks like this gal was blackmailing the campaign for her to stay quiet. I believe once Edwards suspended his campaign and there was not more "GIVEN" campaign money, she decided to blackmail Edwards. To Edwards, it was imperative the truth NOT be exposed. He had recently stated he would "consider" the VP job if asked. I believe this whole mess is much bigger and more sinister than we are being told. Why is Edwards meeting with this gal two years after he says the affair took place?? Perhaps she wanted to raise the money ante??

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"But that misconduct took place for a short period in 2006. It ended then."
Now I was not an A student in math. At the same time even I can do the math on the calendar.
Let' see. . . the misconduct that "ended then," and leaving the hotel at 2:30 in the morning two weeks ago.
I think that makes it at least 547 days since it "ended then."

I was a die-hard Edwards supporter. I also met him in a bar, at a fundraiser, in Chicago in 2007. We talked about our spouses battles with cancer. There is no way I would cheat on my husband, even if he is "in remission". I am so saddened and disappointed to find out he is just another philandering, shyster politician.

Imagine if he won the nomination... I sure glad that he didn't.

I alway admired John Edwards. Not anymore. He is human, made a misake...but he was also running for the highest job in the land..President of the United States. I want an honest man for that job. He is a beautiful wife , who has cancer, and doesn't deserve this horrible treatment her husband has bestowed upon her. The affair is a cheap , sordid thing with a woman of bad quality. I am glad he was caught, and I do believe his political career is over. Shame on John Edwards!

"I was a die-hard Edwards supporter. I also met him in a bar, at a fundraiser,..."

You see Vic, this is why the liberal mind cannot be trusted. Met him in a bar, huh? Gosh, that doesn't sound anything like how John 'Douchebag-For-Life' Edwards met his empty-headed, shell of a human being, mistress, does it?

Do you see a pattern here, Vic? He's a lying, scumbag, jackass, who preys upon the unwitting to flatter his own image of himself. He's a classic Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) case, incapable of telling the truth. He's lying even now in his big Friday-night confession, not because it serves him in any capacity, but solely for the desire to see if he can get away with it.

It's his MO. It's what John Edwards has always done. He's a trial lawyer, for God's sake. He lies for a living.

Men are genetically programmed to "cheat". Some who have a strong will against cheating coupled with low attractiveness will get through life without it.

Rather than condemning men for behavior most of them cannot avoid, perhaps it is time for our race to rise to a higher level of organization where people no longer "own" their spouses' sexuality and finances. Such ridiculous and impossible contracts inevitably turn men into "guilty parties", and much suffering follows for the men - and their families.

Let's at least face this simple truth - "It's not news". Few men in the public eye have avoided infidelity, and some of the more notorious "cheaters" were the most beneficial to our society.

And realize that Republicans and the rich in general have a huge advantage in this arena. Their extramarital sex is often arranged by virtually impenetrable networks of suppliers closely associated with the government. Though this was apparently not the case for Edwards.

The standard American contract of marriage recognizes mostly the needs of the woman, and holds men accountable for things beyond their control. I say "beyond their control" because it's obvious that successful men are furious at themselves when they blow a career they've spent decades building.


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