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John Edwards Leaves Campaign Trail to Be With Wife

Posted March 20, 2007
Updated March 21, 2007

— Presidential hopeful John Edwards canceled an appearance in Iowa on Tuesday evening to be with his wife.

According to a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Elizabeth Edwards was expected to have a "follow-up medical appointment" Wednesday to a routine test she had on Monday.

"She's had similar follow-ups in the past, and they've all resulted in a clean bill of health, but Sen. Edwards has gone with her to these appointments, and he wanted to be with her tomorrow, too,” the statement said.

Calls Tuesday evening to Edwards' campaign headquarters in Chapel Hill were not immediately returned.

Edwards, who was in Iowa Tuesday on the latest stop of his 2008 presidential campaign, was scheduled to host a house party in Indianola.

Elizabeth Edwards discovered a lump in her right breast during the final days of Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign. After chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, doctors declared her cancer was in remission.

"Today, I am cancer-free," Edwards said in 2006. "So today, I am happy about my health."

She has since authored a book, "Saving Grace," in which she details her fight against cancer, the death of her 16-year-old son, Wade, and her husband's political campaigns.


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  • Pebbles Mar 26, 2007

    WRAL could not come up with a better photo of Elizabeth E.? I saw this photo and thought ... is that her? Please keep updated photos or ask the Edwards camp for a more flattering photo, please.

  • GWALLY Mar 21, 2007

    Since when did doing what one should do become news worthy???? Only in politics...!!! Maybe if the politicians did what they should do, more often, it would not be.
    I left work early to go to my son's school, will check the news for the story!!!!!!!

  • SOCLOSE Mar 21, 2007

    Lovinit, believe me you NEVER RECOVER from a tragedy like that. I was a victim of Hurricane Floyd. That was in '99. Things are still not the same for me as they were before that hurricane came. What we went through here is nowhere near what those went through with Katrina. How did yall get to Katrina anyway?

  • JoanIWilson2 Mar 21, 2007

    I was upset when I heard that Mrs. Edwards was going back to the doctor. I was treated for breast cancer shortly after she began her first treatments. I live in fear that cancer will return. My heart goes out to her ... regardless of my political beliefs. JW Fayetteville

  • newport31259 Mar 21, 2007

    Good on you guys...dumping on Katrina victims. Agreed that blaming Bush is not the answer, but to say they are looking for handouts and complaining about your tax dollars helping those impacted by natural disaster....hopefully, you won't have to be in their shoes some day! If so, wonder if you will have the same attitude if you are the victim.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 21, 2007

    Edwards gets this kind of free advertising from WRAL because he used to be a neighbor of the owner of WRAL. The WRAL owner is known democratic supporter who supports Edwards.

    Clinton and Obama need to request the same amount of free advertising that Edwards gets from WRAL.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 21, 2007

    This is a publicity stunt by "The Breck Girl" trying to improve his polling with the voters.

    The Breck Girl even had the audacity to say that his $6 million monstrosity home in Chapel Hill was Carbon Neutral. Give us a break. We aren't as stupid as Edwards thinks we are.

  • Lovinit Mar 21, 2007

    Hope she is well, cancer is such an ugly thing.

    However...her book SUCKED.

  • Greekgirl Mar 21, 2007

    I hope she is fine,but personally I AM JUST SICK OF THEM BOTH.

  • me-in-raeford Mar 21, 2007

    Lovinit...I came in kinda late to this discussion...but I did want to let you know that you are not alone in your opinion about Katrina victims...I'm sick of hearing their whining and how its all GWB's fault...