John Edwards Will Continue To Run For President

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Politico was half wrong. His wife’s cancer has returned, but he’s going to keep going.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – John Edwards said Thursday his wife’s cancer has returned, but said he will continue his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“The campaign goes on. The campaign goes on strongly,� Edwards told reporters, his wife by his side.

Earlier Thursday, MSNBC.com incorrectly reported that Edwards would suspend his campaign because of his wife’s illness. The report was based on a statement an Edwards friend made to Politico.com, a political Web site, and a source who spoke to NBC.

Honestly, I don’t know how I feel about this. Obviously this is a personal decision between John and Elizabeth, but they have two small children to think of. If Elizabeth gets really sick, I’m sure they have enough family to take care of them…but when should John say enough’s enough?

Andrew Sullivan wrote the following after reading the Politico piece too. I wonder if he wants to retract anything…

He does it because his wife has a recurrence of cancer in some degree to be further explored. It is of a piece with his character to do this; and a simple testament that he has the right priorities and values to be a president of the United States. Sorry, Ms Coulter. But this man will be remembered for a character you do not even want to possess.

Does he still have that character since he’s going to keep going?