John Edwards is skipping an Indianola house party event tonight to fly back to his wife, who's battling breast cancer. I talked to Ray Walton, the man hosting the wine and cheese event. He said Edwards called him about 4pm, about two hours before the party was scheduled to start. Walton said Senator Edwards told him Elizabeth got some unexpected test results back from the doctor and he had to fly back home immediately.
The campaign called supporters who had planned on going to the party to say the Senator hoped to reschedule the event soon.
Here's the campaign's take on it:
JOHN EDWARDS FOR PRESIDENT STATEMENT ON CANCELLATION OF INDIANOLA EVENT
Chapel Hill, North Carolina - The John Edwards for President campaign released the following statement about the cancellation of Senator Edwards' house party tonight in Indianola, Iowa.
"Mrs. Edwards is having a follow-up medical appointment tomorrow to a routine test she had on Monday. She's had similar follow-ups in the past and they've all resulted in a clean bill of health, but Senator Edwards has gone with her to these appointments and he wanted to be with her tomorrow too."