Sean Keady, 11, Marvin Ridge Middle School, Waxhaw: John Edwards'affair hasn't affected his ability to be a good politician. But I wouldn't trust him. Half of electability is trust. People don't like somebody who lied. He needs to regain trust by being honest and doing good stuff. He needs time for people to forget.
Sam Sergi, 14, Providence Day School, Charlotte: John Edwards' affair does affect his right to speak at the Democratic Convention. He lied to the American people. His campaign was based on moral values and, his choice to have an affair is a serious character flaw. This shows he can make some very bad decisions. His chances at ever being elected again have been hurt significantly. This will permanently affect his legacy.
Dane Keil, 16, home-schooled, Charlotte: When a politician is guilty of an infidelity or crime, it automatically destroys their credibility. The American people do not deserve a public official who is willing to lie to those whom he/she represents. If someone like John Edwards willingly lies about an affair, which does not directly affect the American people, why shouldn't one expect them to lie about something that affects everyone in the country? It's sad that such intelligent politicians can still commit such stupid acts.
Jacob Keady, 14, Marvin Ridge, Waxhaw: The only thing an affair can take from a politician is his reputation. However, that can be the worst thing a politician can lose. Look at Bill Clinton. He did a good job for the most part but the affair made some people trust him less. John Edwards could be a great president, but the affair destroyed that possibility. Why? People don't trust him anymore. I met him once and he seemed like a guy you could trust. Now I don't know what to think.