By July 2008, several news media outlets speculated that Edwards' chances for the Vice Presidency as well as other positions such as the Attorney General were harmed by the allegations, which now included that he fathered a child with Hunter and had visited her and the baby girl at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Three weeks before his death, he was honored by First Lady Hillary Clinton at The White House as one of the 10 finalists in an essay contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Voice of America for an essay he wrote on entering the voting booth with his father. Edwards was first to boycott a Fox News-sponsored presidential debate in March 2007. Two weeks later, Edwards finally copped to the affair, while still maintaining that he wasn’t the father of Hunter’s child.
He acknowledged that he had been dishonest in denying the entire Enquirer story, admitting that some of it was true, but said that the affair ended long before the time of the child's conception.
Though it seems obvious, the findings of a new poll on the former senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards are still startling if only for the reflection of how far he has fallen in the world of public opinion. “I mean, I don’t look sickly, I don’t feel sickly. “I didn’t think it was John Edwards,” Hunter told Newsweek in 2006, “because the public persona did not mesh at all with the person who was sitting in front of me.”, Edwards announced his second consecutive run for the presidency in December 2006. That same month, Edwards was appointed as director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for studying ways to move people out of poverty. She also came out in support of gay marriage in 2007, during her husband’s second run for the presidency.  Edwards later helped set up an ACORN-administered "Louisiana Home Rescue Fund" seeded with $100,000, much of it from his pocket, to provide loans and grants to the families who were foreclosed on by Fortress-owned lenders. Editorial: Even in dark times, Cooper, fellow governors seize a brighter future, Calls for consistency with airline COVID policies, Want something delivered by Christmas?  Joe Trippi, a senior advisor to the campaign, said the report was "complete bullshit". He was indicted by a North Carolina grand jury, and faced six felony charges in 2012, as CNN detailed: conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions, and giving false statements. But I guarantee you, she will speak her mind and take up for what she thinks is the right thing to do.". During a gubernatorial debate in 2016, Republican Pat McCrory shot at Democrat Roy Cooper: “You’re about as straight as another trial lawyer who became a politician in North Carolina—John Edwards.”. In his time in the Senate, Edwards co-sponsored 203 bills.
After Edwards' January 21, 2010, admission that he fathered a child with his mistress, Elizabeth legally separated from him and intended to file for divorce after a mandatory one-year waiting period. While Edwards had the looks and charisma of a politician, it’s safe to say his political instincts paled in comparison to those of his wife, Elizabeth Edwards. The day after his concession speech, he announced his wife Elizabeth had been diagnosed with breast cancer. The former presidential candidate can be spotted around Durham, North Carolina having a glass of wine at one bar or tearing up the dance floor to "Rump Shaker."