Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Edwards to continue prez race despite wife’s cancer

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth revealed Thursday, March 22 that her cancer had returned, but that he would continue his campaign for the White House.

Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer in the closing days of the 2004 presidential race, when John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator, was the vice presidential nominee. The couple informed the public of her illness just after Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry lost the race to President Bush.

“The campaign goes on,” John Edwards said Thursday during a news conference in North Carolina.

Edwards and his wife said that the cancer was found in a rib and that it is treatable. Elizabeth Edwards said that she expects to be as active in her husband’s campaign as possible and plans to attend upcoming events with him.

Gay conservative pundit Andrew Sullivan praised John Edwards’s decision to continue with the campaign. Writing on his blog, Sullivan, who is living with HIV, said, “One key to surviving serious illness is to live positively and candidly while you treat it. …. Own it, face it, beat it. That’s what the Edwardses did today, and they will help a lot of people through their example.”

— Cynthia Laird, March 22, 2007 @ 11:21 am PST
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