Trippi: Edwards Should Not Have Run

Apr 30, 2009 1:02pm

ABC News’ Raelyn Johnson and Rick Klein report: With Elizabeth Edwards reportedly offering new details of her husband’s affair in her soon-to-be-released memoir, the senior political adviser to former senator John Edwards told ABC News Thursday that Edwards should never have run for president.

“There is no doubt that he changed the race on the war, on health care and on challenging special interests and lobbyists. But even with all that he probably should not have run,” Joe Trippi told ABC in an e-mail message Thursday.

Before details of Edwards’ extramarital affair came to light, Trippi had said he regretted not having pushed harder for the former senator to stay in the race and battle Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

Edwards left the primary battle in late January, and he endorsed Obama in May — before Clinton dropped out, but after Obama appeared to have the nomination all-but secured.

Trippi’s comments come as tidbits of Elizabeth Edwards new memoir, "Resilience,” to be published May 12, emerge in press reports.

The New York Daily News reported Thursday that, according to the book, John Edwards admitted the betrayal to his wife just days after declaring his run for president in 2006. Elizabeth Edwards writes that she then asked her husband not to run for president in the 2008 campaign, to protect their family from public scrutiny.

“He should not have run,” she writes.

Elizabeth Edwards also writes that when she found out about her husband’s affair with Rielle Hunter, “I cried and screamed, I went to the bathroom and threw up.”

John Edwards publicly confessed the affair with Hunter in an interview with ABC News in August of 2008.

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