Edwards: ‘I don’t think God’s through with me’

May 24, 2012 

Excerpts from John Edwards’ statement outside the federal courthouse following his acquittal on one count and the ruling of a mistrial on the five remaining counts:

• “While I do not believe I did anything illegal, or ever thought I was doing anything illegal, I did an awful, awful lot that was wrong. There is no one else responsible for my sins. … I am responsible. If I want to find the person that should be held accountable for my sins, honestly, I don’t have to go any further than the mirror. It’s me. It is me and me alone.”

• “I also want to say a word about my own children. Cate, who most all of you have seen, has been here every single day ... no matter how awful and painful a lot of the evidence was for her. ... But she never once flinched. She said, ‘Dad, I love you. I’ll be there for you no matter what.’ ”

• “Emma, who turned 14 recently ... Jack, who just turned 12, whom I take care of every day. I’ve not been able to see them quite as much, but I see them in the morning. I get their breakfasts ready. I get them off to school. And then we get home at night, and we all eat supper together. I love them both so dearly, and they’re such an important part of every day of my life.”

• “Finally, my precious Quinn, whom I love more than any of you could ever imagine, and I am so close to and am so, so grateful for. ... I’m grateful for all my children, including my son, Wade, whom we lost years ago.”

• “I don’t think God’s through with me. I really believe he thinks there’s still some good things I can do. And whatever happens with this legal stuff going forward, what I’m hopeful about is that all those kids I see, in the poorest parts of this country and in some of the poorest places in the world, that I can help them.”

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