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Ear to the Ground

‘The Campaign Goes On’

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Posted on Mar 22, 2007
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John and Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer is back, in an incurable but treatable form.  However, the couple announced Thursday that the campaign would go on. John Edwards called his wife the most unselfish woman he has ever met, and said that when she received the news her first thoughts, after their children, were of John and the American people.

Elizabeth said there are others in America in “real desperate shape,” and indicated that her husband’s campaign has never been motivated by ego. She said it is crucial that “we get this election right.”


New York Times:

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., March 22—John Edwards, the Democratic candidate for president, said today that his wife Elizabeth Edwards was once again suffering from breast cancer, this time in an incurable form. But in a joint news conference, he and Mrs. Edwards expressed confidence that the disease could be managed with treatment, and that there would be no interruption in his campaign for the Democratic nomination. Mrs. Edwards said she was in little pain, and that she was maintaining a positive attitude and a full schedule of appearances on behalf of her husband’s candidacy. “I expect to do next week all the things I did last week,” she said at the midday news conference, conducted in a courtyard at the inn on the campus of the University of North Carolina where the Edwardses held their wedding reception 30 years ago this summer. The scene was tense before the couple appeared shortly after noon Eastern time to make their announcement. Word began to circulate late Wednesday evening that Mrs. Edwards had received dire medical news, prompting speculation that Mr. Edwards would suspend his campaign or abandon it entirely to be by her side as she underwent another round of cancer treatment. Mr. Edwards, who served one term in the United States Senate representing North Carolina and was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2004, is considered a top-tier candidate for the presidency in 2008. Although he has generally been placing third in national polls behind Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois, he is running strong in Iowa, which holds the first nominating contest of the campaign next January.

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By Margaret Currey, March 25, 2007 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment
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I think that Elizabeth is the one who will decide if she needs her husband by her side or out on the compaign trail.

Maybe in the 18/19th century campaigning might have been difficult, but I am sure John can afford the plane trips to get from here to there.

I don’t think people will vote for John just because of his wife.

John Edwards is a very smart person, and maybe if he had been running for president before he might have won.

Margaret from Vancouver, Washington

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By Sharon Ash, March 24, 2007 at 8:22 am Link to this comment
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Elizabeth and John Edwards are demonstrating to the world and to their children that you do not have to give in to discouraging news.  They are demonstrating that while cancer has the attention of their family, that it will not be permitted to consume their lives and chart their course in life. 

I am not sure they are fully aware of the fight ahead of them, but from my personal and ongoing experience with a beloved family member, whose breast cancer has progressed much like Elizabeth’s, I can state from first hand knowledge, an incredibly difficult battle lies ahead for them.  No one can tell you what it is like, and no one can fully understand unless they are living the experience.

I will hold up Elizabeth in the white healing Light of God’s love on a regular basis and pray for the entire family because when a family member has cancer, the entire family is profoundly affected. And I hope others will support them through prayer and by sending positive thoughts to them.

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By Jeff Badura, March 23, 2007 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment
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oh ??? i crossed the line i spoke of the dead in front of the children ??? sorry, that’s going to be Edwards new sales pitch, regardless of how sad, or heroic. Elizabeth’s story is !!(I’m pulling for her) its now, I’m running for pres. the wife has terminal cancer !!! that’s a fact

-Ignoramus illiterate;  A-HOLE.

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By Polly Ester, March 23, 2007 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment
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“Hello my name is John Edwards, somewhere in America an 8 yr old girl is going to bed hungry, my wife has terminal cancer; please vote for me”

Ignoramus illiterate;
Your comments show just what kind of person you are—a weasel. You’re not interested in discussing politics; you’re only interested in pointing out that you’re an A-HOLE.  Why don’t you contact Ann Coulter, she might value your deviant mentality.

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By Jeff Badura, March 23, 2007 at 10:15 am Link to this comment
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Oh well !!  now when Edwards gives the same speech he has been giving for the last 5 yrs , he can add another emotional line for the bleeding heart libs !!

“Hello my name is John Edwards, somewhere in America an 8 yr old girl is going to bed hungry, my wife has terminal cancer; please vote for me”

illgramaticus knee o’kaun

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By Polly Ester, March 22, 2007 at 6:48 pm Link to this comment
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What a bitter sweet story, it’s heartbreaking to hear that Elizabeth Edwards cancer resurfaced, however, today’s press conference revealed what a spectacular relationship the two of them have.  How refreshing to see a political couple, that truly respects and admires each other.  How uplifting to see a couple married for 30 years, and is still not only in love but is best friends. 

Character counts, the moral fiber of some of the other candidates is revealed by their actions. Who could trust a candidate who humiliates their spouse publicly and considers marriage nothing more than serial monogamy?

It’s too bad that MSM has chosen to play-up the Obama, Hilary rivalry while neglecting to cover Edwards with the same vigor—-sadly, that is the nature of this dismal electoral process—-we never get to hear each and every candidate; there is never a series of serious debates—-just the usual superficial press coverage more concerned with marketing a product than informing the public.

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By Quy Tran, March 22, 2007 at 5:09 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Sen. Edwards,

Please keep going on. Our nation needs all brave men like you. We all wish you and Elizabeth all our heartfelt compliments and lucks.

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