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Edwards, Wife to Speak to Press Thursday

Posted March 21, 2007

Presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, have scheduled a press conference Thursday at noon in Chapel Hill.

The campaign would not say what they would discuss, but observers have been awaiting an update on Elizabeth Edwards' latest breast cancer checkup.

According to a statement released Tuesday afternoon, she 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.

Edwards, who was in Iowa Tuesday on the latest stop of his 2008 presidential campaign, was scheduled to host a house party in Indianola. He canceled the appearance to fly home and attend the follow-up appointment.

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

"Today, I am cancer-free," she 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 their 16-year-old son, Wade, and her husband's political campaigns.


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  • seankelly15 Mar 23, 2007

    insulted you - why did you choose to callme lame?

  • seankelly15 Mar 23, 2007

    MSN93 - I have never

  • BIG S Mar 22, 2007

    let's first see what the man has to say before everyone goes off the deep end.

  • swimfast Mar 22, 2007

    It may very well be that Elizabeth is very sick again and that John may not run. I am sure that you will all be happy. Since you spend all of your time obsessing about Edwards I guess you haven't noticed that all of the candidates get daily media coverage. Edwards is topical here for obvious reasons. If you don't like it, ignore the stories and read something more suitable to your tastes.

  • El Doggo Mar 22, 2007

    MORE FREE PRESS??? What a waste! This is getting really OLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • takecare_of_others Mar 22, 2007

    What is WRAL thinking, how many times in the last month has a news crew been in the local hospitals and talking with families that have ill ones? Makes me wonder what do they (WRAL) have to gain out of this story. I surely hope Elizabeth is doing better and has good news. For John and WRAL however they feed off the wealth of others like myself and so many more. He (John) is a crook and will always be a crook, taking instead of GIVING.

  • brentsykes Mar 22, 2007

    i'm not by any means trying to be funny here, because someone's health is surely a serious issue...but is this woman really holding a press conference to discuss her health...? and this is news because........? is john the presidential candidate, or is his wife.....? my step-father is currently in line for a liver transplant, and he's not holding a press conference anytime soon....i just dont get it....is the triangle so boring and hurting this desperately for a story......and yes, i'm democrat, BUT SORRY FOLKS, THERE IS NO NEED FOR THIS WOMAN TO HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE, AND THIS IS SURELY NOT NEWS-WORTHY...

  • rbrianj Mar 22, 2007

    Those that can't show sympathy for The Edwards in this difficult time, no matter what you think of his politics, will rot in hell. You are vile despicable cowards!

  • wynnwilson Mar 22, 2007

    deja ; John Edwards has no shame . He is a gutless wonder !

  • wynnwilson Mar 22, 2007

    FYI ! My Husband has skin cancer !