Here is the most telling exchange from John Edwards’s interview with ABC’s Bob Woodruff, in which the Democrats’ 2004 vice presidential nominee admitted an extramarital affair: Woodruff: There are reports that there was money paid to try to cover up this affair. Was there?
Edwards: Can I just say everything you’re saying—there are reports, there are allegations— these are all things in the supermarket tabloids, which make the most outrageous allegations every week. So that’s the—start with where the source of this information comes. Edwards went on to deny the allegation that he paid to help cover up his affair with Rielle Hunter (née Lisa Druck): “That’s a lie. An absolute lie. Which is typical in these kind of cases.” He also denied being the father of Hunter’s child: “Not true. Published in a supermarket tabloid, but no, that is absolutely not true.”