Toughest Hurdle Is Trust: Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards says she's focusing on advocacy and family
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2008 1:29 PM CDT
"I don't want to feed the monster, if you don't mind," Elizabeth Edwards told the Detroit Free Press when asked if she'd forgiven husband John for his extramarital affair.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Elizabeth Edwards is reentering the public eye with her attention fixed firmly on her three children and her health care advocacy, the Detroit Free Press reports, but can’t avoid questions about husband John’s extramarital affair. “There's a lot of adjustment to make,” she said in her first extended interview since the former Democratic candidate admitted the affair 5 weeks ago. “When you mention trust, that's probably the most difficult hurdle.”

Edwards, 61 and battling breast cancer, said the upheaval has made her focus on “issues that still matter to me, and on the children who are the center of my life,” and concentrating on them helps with “an ongoing process of finding your feet again.” This includes correcting her children’s view of their philandering father: “I need to create the picture for them that I want them to have.”