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Edwards Takes Heat Over Quotations About Hillary

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, October 22, 2006

Comments attributed last week to the wife of former North Carolina senator John Edwards (D) provided a faint foreshadowing of the intraparty battle that could arise when Democrats choose their presidential nominee in two years.

Elizabeth Edwards said last Thursday that her life has been a happier one than that of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), according to the magazine Ladies' Home Journal. Both Clinton and John Edwards, the Democrats' 2004 vice presidential nominee, are prospective 2008 candidates for the presidency.

Clinton "and I are from the same generation," Elizabeth Edwards said at a luncheon sponsored by the magazine. "We both went to law school and married other lawyers, but after that we made other choices. I think my choices have made me happier. I think I'm more joyful than she is." Ladies' Home Journal provided a transcript of the luncheon comments to the Associated Press.

On Friday, Edwards released a statement accusing the magazine of misquoting and misrepresenting her. "This is particularly true with respect to my comments about Sen. Clinton, who holds a serious and demanding public office while I am largely home, joyfully I must admit, with two lovely children," Edwards said in the statement.

Ladies' Home Journal said the quotes were accurate.

Edwards called the former first lady on Friday to apologize, a Clinton aide told the AP.

"They had a good conversation," Howard Wolfson said. "The senator thanked her for the call and wished her well on her book tour."

Edwards is promoting a memoir, "Saving Graces," that examines her experience with breast cancer.

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