"This Isn't the Person I Campaigned With Back Then," Kerry Says of Edwards, Per Source

A source close to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee has reacted with sorrow to the scandalous personal behavior of his former running mate, former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC.

“It’s a really sad personal family situation,” the source tells ABC News.

Kerry “reached out and called” Elizabeth Edwards a couple days ago, the source says. “He reached out and called her. He’s very sympathetic to the situation she’s going through, and that’s where his focus is.”

In July 2004, Kerry announced that Edwards would be his vice presidential running mate, saying, “I have chosen a man who understands and defends the values of America…a man whose life has prepared him for leadership and whose character brings him to exercise it.”

Kerry said that Edwards, “like me, is blessed with a remarkable wife: a strong, brave woman, Elizabeth Edwards. And Teresa and I will be proud to stand with the Edwards family…Anyone who knows them -- and America will get to know them -- knows that this is a family that loves each other and loves America. He has honored the lessons of home and family that he learned in North Carolina. And he brings those values to shape a better America together with all of us.”

On 20/20 on Friday , former Edwards aide Andrew Young will speak exclusively to ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff regarding his upcoming memoir, "The Politician," an insider account of Edwards' pursuit of the presidency and the scandal that brought him down. Young gained notoriety when he falsely claimed to be the father of Rielle Hunter's baby and then welcomed Hunter into the home he shared with his wife and three children.

Since the story of Edwards’ affair with Hunter broke, Kerry has been asked if in 2004 he saw any signs whatsoever of the duplicitous if not pathological behavior of which his former chum is capable.

“This isn’t the person I campaigned with back then,” Kerry has privately said, according to the source.


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