Inside the mind of John Edwards
Why did the former presidential candidate have an affair?
- Duration 6:09
- Date Apr 27, 2012
Why did the former presidential candidate have an affair?
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I -- that had the ability and then very came very close to being one of them had been a president.
And within four months of the Al caucuses.
Not only does he have an affair but he videotapes.
-- -- sexual encounter with a pregnant woman.
That is not his wife.
And then -- is the the the videotape sitting in a rental house this nation are real church for a must.
That is Andrew Young he's the star witness in the corruption trial against John Edwards.
He is on the witness stand now down in North Carolina piecing together what he claims is an elaborate scheme.
To hide an affair and a love child from the public not to mention his cancer stricken wife.
And raising the question.
Why would a man with so much going -- risk.
Back to keep that -- has an article about -- hot -- dot com he's a psychiatrist and a member our Fox News medical eighteen and he's got a very interesting take.
On why on why he would do such a thing -- traveled.
Give it to us in a -- And Megan in -- nutshell.
Perhaps at the right metaphor but nonetheless in a nutshell.
What my blog states and what I've heard from hundreds of clients over the years is this that people are very moved by each other.
That marriage is long.
That passion tends to leave these unions recall marriages which can still stand the test of time.
Even after affairs take place as they do.
In a huge percentage of marriages and so what happened to John Edwards like many passionate people it seems he was moved in a passionate way.
By another highly successful person.
And they had a child together.
-- really object to this being the way we select leaders.
We can -- gotten a civil rights movement off the ground if Martin Luther King we're held to the -- same standard he would have to have his character assassinated because of his sex life.
It is it just his sex life or is it -- lot ways he was telling us in trying to be a man of family values.
In cheating on a white I mean no -- didn't cheating on -- spouse is never good cheating on you dying wife.
While she has cancer.
Very sad but I can tell you sadly if you choose to call it -- it is not that uncommon.
And what do you do when you have an affair well must have an open marriage hide it.
I'm talking about millions of Americans who then want to get up on their.
High horses and criticize other people get into their bedrooms for their own prurient interest just isn't about splicing and dicing according to character.
Our candidate this is about Americans wanting to use.
Others sex lives to get high on eroticism themselves that's what this is about and you know what.
He's not volunteering for it and volunteer for it was a private matter between him and a woman.
Does it -- have a daughter become our business if he runs for office you know because he it's not happy that he had an affair it's not just that an affair on and on -- on his wife who had cancer.
But you know -- this sound according to Andrew Young was you know.
Edwards is saying to real hunter to Sweden and Elizabeth will be dead soon she'll be dead soon and we -- it together and everything's gonna be different.
Listen Mark Sanford was a good governor.
Martin Luther King was a great leader.
For all I know -- female politicians and leaders who also have had affairs I think Princess Diana.
Advance certain causes that social values.
In fact it is not of our business what kind of sex slave people conduct.
The right thing to do in general if you're going to have an illicit liaison is to keep it secret.
Because why would you publicize it and listen.
Marriage is tough I've -- lots of marriages even after infidelity I always say.
Infidelity is never a reason to end a marriage there are lots of good reasons to keep it going like your kids who seem by the way.
To love their dad John Edwards very much.
So you don't see it as an issue at all for the American people to be judging.
An -- would be president.
By the fact that he's having an affair on his cancer stricken wife and gets another woman pregnant and gets private donors to fund to cover up -- while he's lying to the American people about doing it.
I know more think it's relevant to me as a taxpayer and to me as somebody who wants our military to succeed and I would think of my neurosurgeon.
And his behavior toward his wife is relevant to whether he could take it Leo blast -- out of my head -- on the import -- a politician.
-- -- that way in which a person conducts him or her -- in his sex life or her sex life.
Has no bearing on how they will conduct themselves and other facets of their lives it is a fallacy.
I want to ask you know I was hearing talk -- -- Riley about this last night he was calling Edwards and narcissistic and you know we that video -- I don't know with were you with the 400 dollar hair -- needs assessment that I feel pretty hair.
Is CN basis does that play into the.
Look -- our cynicism gets a bad rap you know -- narcissus.
In order right.
Bestselling play a bestselling novel you gotta be a narcissistic -- publish it.
In order to win the Pulitzer Prize you you -- want to in order run for president you've got to have some narcissistic qualities now if bill suggesting that candidate that you have John Edwards.
Has narcissistic personalities -- I haven't evaluated to guy but you know there's some things that are would argue against -- his adult daughter.
Seems really on his side and and to really feel like they have a special bond issue just fooled by him.
Was real hunter truly fooled by him is he going to be a terrible -- to his young daughter.
Listen these stories along if that little girl that they had together.
Turns out to be the first female president United States and I hope it doesn't take that long by the way to have a first female president -- -- states we're gonna feel dumb.
We're gonna -- you know what wait a second I guess they were supposed to have a look at what she became.
Very interesting interesting take as always doctor -- -- thanks so much for being here.
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