55 Facts About John Edwards


John Edwards was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008.

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John Edwards defeated incumbent Republican Lauch Faircloth in North Carolina's 1998 Senate election.

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John Edwards eventually became the 2004 Democratic nominee for vice president, the running mate of presidential nominee Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.

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John Edwards was a consultant for Fortress Investment Group LLC.

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John Edwards was found not guilty on one count, and the judge declared a mistrial on the remaining five charges, as the jury was unable to come to an agreement.

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John Edwards's mother had a roadside antique-finishing business and then worked as a letter carrier when his father left his job.

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Football star in high school, John Edwards was the first person in his family to attend college.

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John Edwards attended Clemson University for one semester before transferring to North Carolina State University.

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John Edwards graduated from NCSU with high honors with a bachelor's degree in textile technology and a 3.

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In 1984, John Edwards was assigned to a medical malpractice lawsuit that had been perceived to be unwinnable; the firm had accepted it only as a favor to an attorney and state senator who did not want to keep it.

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In other cases, John Edwards sued the American Red Cross three times, alleging transmission of AIDS through tainted blood products, resulting in a confidential settlement each time, and defended a North Carolina newspaper against a libel charge.

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In 1985, John Edwards represented a five-year-old child born with cerebral palsy – a child whose mother's doctor did not choose to perform an immediate Caesarean delivery when a fetal monitor showed she was in distress.

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John Edwards filed at least twenty similar lawsuits in the years following, and achieved verdicts and settlements of more than $60 million for his clients.

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In 1993, John Edwards began his own firm in Raleigh with a friend, David Kirby.

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John Edwards became known as the top plaintiffs' attorney in North Carolina.

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John Edwards's was disemboweled by the suction power of the pool drain pump when she sat on an open pool drain whose protective cover had been removed by other children at the pool, after the swim club had failed to install the cover properly.

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John Edwards settled for the $25 million while the jury was deliberating additional punitive damages, rather than risk losing an appeal.

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The size of the jury award was unprecedented, and John Edwards did receive the standard one-third-plus-expenses fee typical of contingency cases.

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In December 2003, during his first presidential campaign, Edwards published Four Trials, an autobiographical book focusing on cases from his legal career.

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John Edwards promotes programs to eliminate poverty in the United States, including arguing in favor of creating one million housing vouchers over five years in order to place poor people in middle-class neighborhoods.

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John Edwards denounced the "troop surge" in Iraq, was a proponent for withdrawal, and urged Congress to withhold funding for the war without a withdrawal timetable.

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John Edwards endorsed efforts to slow down global warming and was the first presidential candidate to describe his campaign as carbon-neutral.

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John Edwards subsequently changed his mind about the war and apologized for that military authorization vote.

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John Edwards was the first person to introduce comprehensive anti-spyware legislation with the Spyware Control and Privacy Protection Act.

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John Edwards advocated rolling back the Bush administration's tax cuts and ending mandatory minimum sentencing for non-violent offenders.

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John Edwards generally supported expanding legal immigration to the United States while working with Mexico to provide better border security and stop illegal trafficking.

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John Edwards told interviewer Larry King that he doubted he would return to practice as a trial lawyer and showed no interest in succeeding Terry McAuliffe as the Democratic National Committee chairman.

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In February 2005, John Edwards headlined the "100 Club" Dinner, a major fundraiser for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.

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That same month, John 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.

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John Edwards was opposed to the nomination of Justice Samuel Alito as an Associate Justice and Judge Charles Pickering's appointment to the Federal bench.

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John Edwards spoke in favor of an expansion of the earned income tax credit; in favor of a crackdown on predatory lending; an increase in the capital gains tax rate; housing vouchers for racial minorities ; and a program modeled on the Works Progress Administration to rehabilitate the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.

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John Edwards was co-chair of a Council on Foreign Relations task force on United States-Russia relations alongside Republican Jack Kemp, a former congressman, Cabinet official and vice presidential nominee.

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John Edwards is a personal injury lawyer in Pitt County, North Carolina.

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In 2000, John Edwards unofficially began his presidential campaign when he began to seek speaking engagements in Iowa, the site of the nation's first party caucuses.

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The next morning, John Edwards made the announcement officially from his hometown.

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John Edwards declined to run for reelection to the Senate in order to focus on his presidential run.

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John Edwards's campaign was chaired by North Carolina Democratic activist Ed Turlington.

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John Edwards struggled to gain substantial support, but his poll numbers began to rise steadily weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

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John Edwards garnered the second-largest number of second-place finishes, again falling behind Clark.

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In Georgia, John Edwards finished only slightly behind Kerry but, failing to win a single state, chose to withdraw from the race.

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John Edwards did win the presidential straw poll conducted by the Independence Party of Minnesota.

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John Edwards stated that his main goals were eliminating poverty, fighting global warming, providing universal health care, and withdrawing troops from Iraq.

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John Edwards was first to boycott a Fox News-sponsored presidential debate in March 2007.

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On January 26, John Edwards again placed third in the primary in South Carolina – his birth state – which he had carried in 2004, and he placed third in the non-binding January 29 vote in Florida.

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John Edwards did not initially endorse either Clinton or Obama, saying they both had pledged to carry forward his central campaign theme of ending poverty in America.

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John Edwards has a child out of wedlock, born in 2008, named Frances Quinn Hunter, conceived with his former mistress Rielle Hunter.

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John Edwards denied being the father for over two years before finally admitting to it in 2010.

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John Edwards's was treated by chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and continued to work within the Democratic Party and her husband's One America Committee.

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John Edwards 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.

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John Edwards further said he was willing to take a paternity test, but Hunter responded that she would not be party to a DNA test "now or in the future".

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Young later renounced that statement, instead alleging that John Edwards always knew he was the child's father and had pleaded with him to falsely accept responsibility.

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In May 2009, newspapers reported that John Edwards's campaign was being investigated for conversion of campaign money to personal use related to the affair.

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John Edwards said that the campaign was complying with the inquiry.

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In March 2011, voicemail messages allegedly left by John Edwards were obtained, which Young says prove that Edwards arranged the cover-up of his affair with Hunter.

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John Edwards's lawyers claimed the money was used, and that the campaign did not receive all the funds to which it was entitled, but the Commission rejected the arguments.

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