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John Edwards To Hold Press Conference to Discuss Wife's Health

John Edwards will be holding a press conference at noon. Rumors are that he may announce he is suspending his campaign.

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards accompanied his wife, Elizabeth, who has been treated for breast cancer, on a doctor's visit Wednesday. His campaign said they would hold a news conference in their hometown Thursday to discuss her health.


Campaign officials refused to answer any questions about what the Edwardses learned at the doctor's appointment or how it might affect his candidacy. Edwards had cut short a trip to Iowa Tuesday night to be with his wife Wednesday but still attended a barbecue fundraiser later in the evening in their hometown of Chapel Hill, N.C.

The campaign had said that Mrs. Edwards had a follow-up appointment to a routine test she had Monday. The campaign explained that she had similar follow-ups in the past but they always resulted in a clean bill of health.

The campaign refused to elaborate Wednesday. Family friends said Wednesday night that they didn't know of any new complications to her health.


I hope and pray that Elizabeth Edwards did not receive bad news, but the fact that a press conference is being called means there is something to report. (Unless you are Chuck Hagel, that is.) I don't agree with the Edwards' politics, but I met Mrs. Edwards years ago when I was working as a paralegal in Raleigh and she was very pleasant. The man I worked for many years is a friend of the Edwards and he always spoke highly of Elizabeth. The family has already been through a lot losing their teenage son in an automobile accident. No matter how much money or fame a person achieves, dealing with cancer or any other health issue is difficult. My mom is a breast cancer survivor so I have an especially soft spot for women battling the disease. My prayers go out to the Edwards family.


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Since people like Chris Ree... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Since people like Chris Reeve would have walked if Hanoi John would have been elected, Im wondering just who could have been elected so that a greaseball lawyers wife wouldnt have gotten cancer.

They better have something ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

They better have something fairly major to report, because if they are going to use her illness as some political media ploy, then they both are beyond disgusting.

Having said that, I hope she's okay.

Nothing surprises me from ... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Nothing surprises me from that side of the aisle.

Hard to have sympathy for a family that didnt have the balls to take a stand when Breck boys employees chose to, aahhhm, thats right, 'malign the faith' of potential voters.


Karma is a bitch!!

Nice post. This is one of t... (Below threshold)

Nice post. This is one of those times when you put politics aside and hope for a clean bill of health for the opposition.

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My thoughts and prayers for... (Below threshold)

My thoughts and prayers for Elizabeth Edwards and her family.


I hope Elizabeth is OK.... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

I hope Elizabeth is OK.

I also really hope that this is not a sad publicity ploy. I don't need to lose more respect for that side of the aisle.
-=Mike

Would you blame me if I tho... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Would you blame me if I thought this might be a cynical move, and not something related to changes in her health?

Cynical about Johnny, always. C'mon, he channelled a fetus, for crappin' out loud.

Karma is a bitch!!<br /... (Below threshold)
marc:

Karma is a bitch!!
Posted by: Gianni

And so are people that use a thread on this topic to score some type of political point.

Hope everything is OK with the Edwards family but the reality is that's maybe too optimistic considering the dots connected.

As an aside, considering the Cyrillic in "coverlife's" post I wonder if it's the sockpuppet of the now banned repukelican?

I do hope she's all right, ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I do hope she's all right, too. Many prayers and may God watch over the Edwards family.

And I just saw it:... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

And I just saw it:

STFU, Gianni. That makes you no better than Barney recently.

Best wishes to Elizabeth Ed... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Best wishes to Elizabeth Edwards and her family.

Cancer is evil, no matter w... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Cancer is evil, no matter who it strikes. ww

Cancer is horrid, I'm not s... (Below threshold)
epador:

Cancer is horrid, I'm not so sure its evil. It is a price we pay for having a complex genetic system of cell differentiation and control.

The true strengths and weakness of character in a family come out during times of challenge like this.

Observe.

I certainly offer good wish... (Below threshold)

I certainly offer good wishes and prayers to persons on both sides of the aisle who any have personal struggles.

On the political side of things, Edwards simply hasn't gained the traction in the polls that he really expected so far. In cash donations he lags far behind both Clinton and Obama as well. Suspending his presidential run wouldn't really be bad. In fact, probably the right choice for all candidates other than Clinton or Obama, as none really have any realistic chance of winning the nomination at this point.

Clinton is still the heavy favorite to be nominated, although Obama will draw a strong antiHillary vote and energize many younger voters. And Giuliani still is the heavy favorite on the GOP side, as well as most likely to win the presidency at this point.

Cancer is no small thing; e... (Below threshold)
cagey1:

Cancer is no small thing; even though Lance beat it, it eventually ruined his family, perhaps twice. If Edwards chooses to become the "former contender" & focus on his wife's needs, then Godspeed. Yet after receiving whatever news he received, he went fundraising? If the news was bad & he still felt the need to focus on cash & pig, then Xrist what the hell kind of dude is he?

I remain unsure if I would ... (Below threshold)
jim:

I remain unsure if I would vote for John Edwards, but I absolutely wish his wife full health.

Okay, so I personally thing... (Below threshold)
Cousin Dave:

Okay, so I personally thing Elizabeth Edwards is a moonbat, but she's still a human being. And no human deserves cancer. Prayers go out to you, Elizabeth.

Thinking about Cathy Seipp today too.

Gianni, I hate to be so blu... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Gianni, I hate to be so blunt but. . .go to hell.

You don't ever cheer for someone to get cancer, no matter how much you may dislike their politics. Its disgusting, vulgar, and beneath all contempt. If your statement of "Karma's a ****" is true, then I think you have some nasty things in your future.

Prayers and wishes that Elizabeth makes a recovery - and that she can live a long life with her husband.

Just preferably not as first lady.

TO put things on a more per... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

TO put things on a more personal note, I've had a family member be diagnosed with a cancer. I've seen, even after a surgery estimated to be successful, them being unable to sleep at night wondering if THIS test is going to come back positive or negative. So when I say 'go to hell' regarding your sentiments, I want you to understand it is a most sincere and heartfelt 'go to hell."

Isnt it baffling that only ... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Isnt it baffling that only 1 side of the aisle is held to a standard of civility? How many on the left chuckled when they heard about health issues with Reagan, Heston, etc

Wanna see compassion? Go check out LGF, and the hateful pricks burning a soldier in effigy. Think we'll see that on CBS, NBC, etc, or will the lib MSM protect the left from themselves again??

How many people got false hope to walk again because Edwards made a statement that is as ludicrous as algore. (did he ever apologize for that?)

How many people in NC suffer because a greaseball lawyer lied/claimed to channel the dead? (did he ever apologize for that?)

How many millions were offended when Edwards, etc chose to blog about Mary, etc? Where was all of that compassion then? (did he ever apologize for that?)


Where was all of this compassion and civility then? Karma is a bitch, do you dispute that?

His wife is no different than the 1000's every day who are diagnosed with cancer, and none have a press conference. 1000's every die of cancer, and none have a press conference. 1000's of innocent babies are murdered every day, and yup, no press conferences there either.

I wish nothing bad on Mrs Edwards, unlike these people in Portland, from the same side of the aisle as the Breck Boy, http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=24853_Leftists_Supporting_the_Troops&only

who havent quite mastered the utilization of all of that compassion you claim to possess.

Ryan,Im being hone... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

Ryan,

Im being honest, its hard to have sympathy for a family that has none of its own. You dont get that, thats YOUR problem.

Where exactly did I cheer? Where are my posts that are similar to the comments we've all read when Heston, Reagan, Cheney, etc have been diagnosed with a severe health issue? NOTHING I posted was no where close to that level. So, prove I cheered. I'll wait.

Karma is a bitch, and maybe Edwards will soon become a better human being. There is a LOT of room for improvment.

The nice person in me prays... (Below threshold)
Ragnar Danneskjold:

The nice person in me prays for good health for Elizabeth and comfort for her children.

The cynic in me wonders about the timing so close on the heels of the "Breck girl", Ann Coulter and the resurgence of Pretty Boy Preening video...

So you are congratulating y... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

So you are congratulating yourself, gIanni, on not being quite as much of a sleazeball as the people wishing Reagan were dead or cheering it? Gee, talk about damning yourself with faint praise. .




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