CONCORD, N.H. – Elizabeth Edwards said Monday her husband will do more to help women than any other candidate, including the one hoping to become the nation's first female president.
"If you want to make a difference in women's lives by your vote in 2008, vote for John Edwards," she said in a brief interview with The Associated Press between campaign stops.
"That is not intended as an anti-Hillary statement of any kind," she added, referring to Sen. Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination.
Earlier, Elizabeth Edwards told Southern New Hampshire College students that empowering women is about more than seeing women attain high offices. It's about providing higher wages, health care and educational opportunities to women at the margins of society.
"The power of women to change this country doesn't happen just at our highest levels," Elizabeth Edwards said. "The real impact of empowering women will be when it happens across the board."
The trip was Edwards' second to the early primary state since announcing in late March that her breast cancer had returned and spread to the bone. Since then, she said no one has approached her to criticize her decision to stick with the campaign, and those who have done so online or by other indirect means don't know what they're talking about.
"People who haven't faced it just don't know yet what they would decide to do so it was easy to speak from a position of ignorance," she said. "Plus, we're a pretty judgmental society."
Those who question what the decision could mean for the Edwards' two young children should realize what the death of their 16-year-old son in 1996 taught them about parenting, she said.
"With respect to our children, I think they might understand that we have given this a lot of thought even before the diagnosis because of Wade. One of the great things I can say about being Wade's mother is I have no regrets," she said in the interview. "And on my final day, whenever that is, I hope it's a long way away, I hope to be able to say with respect to these children that I have no regrets."
Asked about her own haircut habits considering the uproar over her husband's $400 haircut, Elizabeth Edwards said that after going through chemotherapy, she was more focused on letting her hair grow than cutting it. She said she gets her hair colored and trimmed at a small salon in Chapel Hill, N.C.
"I'm not big on haircuts," she said. "Sometimes I do that root touchup thing that you buy. Those cost $5.49 at Target."