Edwards Won’t Rule Out Return to Politics

Jun 17, 2009 2:58pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Former Sen. John Edwards sat down with The Washington Post for his first extended print interview since admitting publicly to an extra-marital affair — and he says he’s not ruling out a return to politics.

“Right now, a lot of that is unanswerable,” Edwards, D-N.C., told the Post’s Alec MacGillis. “Sometimes

According to MacGillis, Edwards envisions an Al Gore-style advocacy role for himself on issues of poverty, if he decides to return to public life in a major way.

"What happens now? If you were to ask people during the campaign who's talking most about [poverty], it was me," he said in the interview. "There's a desperate need in the world for a voice of leadership on this issue… The president's got a lot to do, he's got a lot of people to be responsible for, so I'm not critical of him, but there does need to be an aggressive voice beside the president."

Edwards also says he’s not prepared to say it was a mistake to run for president in 2008 — despite recent comments by his wife, Elizabeth.

"Did it make sense to run and stay in the race? Time will tell," he said.

Another interesting nugget in the Post story: “In New Orleans, residents who had been foreclosed on after Hurricane Katrina by subprime lenders owned by Fortress Investment Group, a hedge fund that Edwards worked for and invested with, have not received the special assistance that Edwards promised after their troubles were reported by The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal in 2007,” MacGillis writes.

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