Rival Reacts to Teary Clinton

ABC News’ Raelyn Johnson and David Muir Report:  Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., on the tail end of his 36 hour campaigning marathon in New Hampshire took a moment to comment on Sen. Hillary Clinton’s, D-N.Y., emotional moment while speaking to a small crowd of undecided voters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Earlier today, Clinton began to tear up when responding to a question from a local New Hampsherite.  Marianne Pernold Young of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, inquired, “How do you do it?  ..How do you keep up beat and so wonderful?”  Clinton’s response required her to lower her otherwise very tough and rigid demeanor as her eyes watered up.

Edwards, speaking at a press availability in Laconia, New Hampshire, offered little sympathy and pounced on the opportunity to bring into question Clinton’s ability to endure the stresses of the presidency.  Edwards responded, “I think what we need in a commander-in-chief is strength and resolve, and presidential campaigns are tough business, but being president of the United States is also tough business.”

Edwards jumped on the chance to express his readiness to face the strenuous demands of the presidency: “What I know is I’m prepared for that and I’m in this fight for the middle class and the future of this country for the long haul, through the conventions, straight to the White House.”

However, in an interview with Elizabeth Edwards, the former Senator’s wife offered more compassion than her husband.  She offered some sympathy for Sen. Clinton and noted that everyone on the campaign trail can relate to how grueling the task can be.  In the end, Elizabeth Edwards did not pass on the political opportunity and added that voters will decide whether or not they want to see watery eyes.

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